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AU$ 641
pledged of AU$ 7,500pledged of AU$ 7,500 goal
11
backers
29days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, September 24 2019 11:19 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Our family got our Sega Mega Drive when I was about 5 and some of my earliest memories are of me playing the thing in my fathers lap. Learning to drive in a straight line in F1 by Domark, to be precise!

Other memories are of me carefully studying the games and screenshots shown on the back of the box, we would only get hand me downs growing up so it wasn't until I got older that I would be able to experience some of these titles. 

Collection of games shown on the Megadrive II Release box
Collection of games shown on the Megadrive II Release box

I Started collecting Sega Mega Drive games in my teens and what started as my original lineup as a child, has turned into a small but quality collection.  As my collection has gotten larger I made it a personal goal to collect each PAL title released. 

Once I made this decision I started looking for some form of collecting guide that would give me a quick reference for each title released on the platform, something along the lines of Pat Contris' "Ultimate Nintendo Guide".

After searching for a while, I couldn't find anything. This is a pretty common book for other consoles but I just couldn't find one for the Mega Drive.  This is where the idea for my book was born. 

The idea of the book is simple:

A short forward, some quick info about the Mega Drive and then the meat of the book;

At-a-glance info of each game, box shot, screenshot and a short synopsis and review - for all 555 PAL releases. 

Example page layout - please note this is not quite final
Example page layout - please note this is not quite final

It will be quite the task I admit,

  • Fact finding for each title
  • Sourcing Box shots that are licensed under Creative Commons
  • Reviewing and Writing game Synopsis and Review
  • Taking screenshots for each title

And this is just for the informational parts of the book. 

The book will be A4 Size, Hard cover with approximately 215 Pages. Rewards include both Digital and Physical copies of the book.  Once the project has gained funding, the book will take approximately 12 months to complete - gives me a goal of 12 Titles per week with a bit of time left to get proof-reading done, test prints checked and a final QC to ensure the book printing is top notch. 

Risks and challenges

Overall no money upfront is actually needed to write a book, I have the software (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe In Design)& Hardware (Analog SG & Capture card, Sony A6000 and gear) already. The funding is only needed once the book has been completed and printing can begin, goal amount has been taken from the MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity) set out by the chosen print house along with a suitable compensation for my time and effort in writing this book.

The next potential risk will be sourcing the correct box shots and related artwork that is classified under the Creative Commons license. Many sites such as https://segaretro.org/ kindly license most of their content under the CCA 4.0 license which allows for Commercial use aslong as the media is attributed correctly.

Any media that I cannot source through the correct license I will either have to source through the community OR create the media myself (For example the Console & Controller shot on the front cover).

Apart from those risks - I cannot foresee any issues with the project.

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