Let's Get This Thing Out There, Already...
Late Friday of last week, in the middle of an evening snow storm that blanketed the city with about three inches of snow, we played through the first complete round... Read more
Our First Set of Illustrated Community-Designed Badges
Badgecraft | Batch #3 Names Voting and Suggestions
Badge name voting for batch #3 is underway - please swing by and vote on your favorite designs, or even come up with your own.
Badgecraft Batch #3 | Name... Read more
Badgecraft | Batch #2 Design Voting
Badge design voting for batch #2 is underway - please swing by and vote on your favorite designs.
Hey, everyone, Sidian Jones here writing this particular update. I work with... Read more
Badgecraft | Batch #1 Design Voting
I'm currently sitting in the lounge in the New York LaGuardia airport, heading home in a few minutes after an intense few days of meetings related to The Game of... Read more
Badgecrafting & The Evolution of a Badge
It's community Badgecrafting time! If you have a second, please go and vote on name and illustration ideas for a round of Game of Books badges: http://storytime.booklamp.org/2013/08/19/badgecraft-2-technology-kids/
I'm including an... Read more
Badgecraft 101: Help us craft badges
Welcome to the first badge creation post for The Game of Books, where we’d like your help in forging the badges players will earn.
It's easy to help us craft... Read more
Help Us Forge Game of Books Badges
I have some good updates today. We're close enough with StoryDNA 2 that we can start forging our badges for The Game of Books, much as a master metal worker... Read more
Introducing Mike and Tom, Former Diablo II and III Developers Now Working on The Game of Books
I have great news. One of our goals since the funding of The Game of Books has been to recruit some experienced game designers with industry credit to the team.... Read more
Stephen King, the Rock Bottom Remainders, and Us
I'm sitting in a Starbucks in San Jose, California on the first week of a lot of Game of Books related travel, and I have exciting news. Typically, our team... Read more
Reward Cards Have Shipped!
I'm pleased to announce that - as we speak - we are now shipping the Special Edition Reward Cards, our first physical Kickstarter rewards. The first few hundred cards went... Read more
Brief Reward Update - Limited Edition Cards Still at Printers
There's good news and mildly inconvenient news this morning, but nothing particularly dramatic. The good news is that we ordered the reward cards from the printers some time ago, so... Read more
First rewards going out shortly...
We're getting excited to send out our first set of rewards. For backers that selected The Game of Books limited edition cards & bookmarks as your reward, those will be... Read more
The easiest way to chat with us...
How to Talk to Us:
We're limiting The Game of Books Kickstarter updates to about one every two weeks or so, based on feedback. While many have told us they... Read more
The first few workdays after the New Year...
Today is January 4th, 2013. Mentally, I've always thought of the first FULL week as the real "start" of getting back to work, but we've been in the office stoking... Read more
The Game of Books gift certificates. Have a merry Christmas & see you next year.
Good morning! It's just after 9:18 am, and I'm in Seattle on the last business trip of the year; after today - after this e-mail, in fact - I'm going... Read more
Why $109,970 = $110,000 (without rounding), and Christmas cards...
Quick Note: The first steps for us is to get you your Christmas Gift certificates. We've already started putting those together, and will have them out to you by the... Read more
#1 bestselling author Kerry Wilkinson is a backer of The Game of Books!
I don't have time to do him justice, because I am sitting in the airport lounge waiting to board. I am typing on my iPhone. :). Kerry Wilkinson is a... Read more
The 6 hour Quest. The Game of Books Christmas gifts & stocking stuffers.
If you read my last update, you know that I woke up this morning on a quest. Or, I should say, a Quest... with a capital Q so you know... Read more
We've made it! Let's sleep a bit. Then we'll get to work in the morning...
Turns out I was right that my last update was the final one before we successfully funded The Game of Books, and set ourselves on a path to build something... Read more
Why $102,364? What does it mean? Star Trek + Books... and the year 2364.
It's interesting to think that this may be my last update before we reach our funding goal, which is less than $1,000 away. One question that's repeatedly come up over... Read more
New York Times bestselling author Joel Comm is a backer of The Game of Books!
We've had the opportunity to meet such interesting people through this Kickstarter campaign. A few minutes ago we received a message from New York Times bestselling author Joel Comm, author... Read more
You need to check this graph out. Seriously. Check it out now.
About an hour ago, one of our backers sent me a message suggesting that we might be setting records for "a late bloomer" project, where we went from a healthy... Read more
$96,000 Raised, $6,000 left, hours remaining. A special note about Corey Cole (co-creator of Quest for Glory)!
First off, ignore the fact that I say in the video that it's Saturday with 40 hours remaining. That was ages ago. For one, when I filmed the... Read more
If you allow me a somber thought before good news...
It's been tough for me - as it has for everyone - since yesterday morning. On one hand, we've had fantastic traction on The Game of Books. Our numbers are... Read more
Cultural icon & bestselling author Warren Adler backs The Game of Books!
Warren Adler, the author of more than 33 books, is one of the most fascinating people you will ever meet. He's one of the few people I know that has... Read more
More than $80,000 there, 20% left to go, three days on the clock. A thank you to Boise, Idaho.
Here's an interesting thing: BookLamp is based out of both New York, where we have an office, and Boise, Idaho, where we were founded and where the majority of the... Read more
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken backs The Game of Books
As someone that grew up wanting to be a writer, there's something remarkable about the term, "New York Times Bestselling Author." It's a mark of acknowledgment that - one way... Read more
My wife's contribution is that she's letting me postpone my anniversary... :)
Yesterday was an amazing day. #1 New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss mentioned us again on his Facebook page - in very supportive terms, I might add. He issued... Read more
Picking Up Steam: We've seen more than $2,200 from 50+ backers flow to the project in the last 50 minutes...
After pushing out the Game of Books concept demo yesterday (http://gameofbooks.com/level_up), we're on the front page of r/books on the Reddit community, and have been for a few hours. And... Read more
Try Playing The Game of Books Demo!
You learn something every time you read. This is obvious in Nonfiction, of course. If I read a biography about World War II, I can be fairly confident that I'll... Read more
The Los Altos School District & a Quick Thank you to TheReadingRoom.com!
I wanted to fire off a quick Saturday morning update. I was in California all day yesterday meeting - among other people - with Kami Thordarson of the Los Altos... Read more
Good Conversations With Kickstarter, or "How to Avoid a Quest to the Kickstarter Office." :)
Great news! We've been having very good discussions with the crew over at Kickstarter, and think we have a solution for getting our recent $30,000 contribution into our Kickstarter... Read more
Wait. Did we just break Kickstarter? And tie for the single largest contribution in Kickstarter history? Works for me. :)
So, BookLamp may have broken Kickstarter... we're still seeing. I've gotten some e-mails asking why Lulu's contribution isn't showing up in the totals, and so here's the story. Apparently, Lulu's... Read more
Lulu.com Announces $30,000 Contribution to The Game of Books!
Lulu.com, one of the pioneers of the open publishing platform and a tremendous technology advocate in the publishing industry, gave us a huge gift today: $30,000. That's worth repeating: Thirty ... Read more
Fantastic Discussions with Patrick Ruthfuss (#1 NY Times bestselling author) & Rachel Van Dyken (USA Today bestselling author)
Quite unexpectedly, I got a call last night from #1 New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss. I think he expected it to be a 10 minute conversation (he's a... Read more
Early Media Coverage, The Lord of the Rings, and A Game of Thrones
We're starting to get enough traction on the project to put together an "early media" listing that deserves a spot at the top of every good project. So here it... Read more
Black Beauty & The Secret Garden + Grassroots During Hurricanes & Elections
We're getting pretty good traction from people arriving at the Kickstarter page - a high percentage of the people watching the video are becoming backers. We're also starting to see... Read more
Coverage on FastCompany and The Digital Reader. Off to a good start.
Looks like The Game of Books is starting to pick up some steam. We were covered by FastCompany (http://goo.gl/KGDl6) this morning, one of my favorite "go-to" magazines whenever I'm browsing... Read more