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An interactive puzzle novel written by Mike Selinker, with enchanting illustrations by Pete Venters.
An interactive puzzle novel written by Mike Selinker, with enchanting illustrations by Pete Venters.
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The long-awaited return of Puzzlecraft containing a new Maze of Games adventure

Posted by Lone Shark Games (Creator)
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For years we’ve been asked, when is our puzzlemaking book Puzzlecraft coming back? We’re pleased to announce the answer to that is right now—right this very second. And it's coming with a brand new section of The Maze of Games.

New hotness. Cover not final.
New hotness. Cover not final.

Puzzlecraft: How to Make Every Kind of Puzzle is the heavily revised and expanded version of my and Thomas Snyder’s 2011 tome on designing puzzles. In addition to staples like crosswords and sudoku, the book is now packed with new essays on escape rooms, videogame puzzles, puzzle rallies, Japanese logic puzzles, and so much more. It’s a big book, and we promise never to let it go from $300 on eBay again. Here's Gaby and me on the details.

You have two ways you can get it. The first is go to shop.lonesharkgames.com and preorder it right now. For $29.95, you get over 250 pages of puzzles and puzzlemaking advice. You’ll get a PDF with it for free, or you can just order the PDF by itself for $15. You can do that right now, but we have an even better idea for you.

You can pick up an exclusive PDF edition of Puzzlecraft AND get the best collection of game design books out there AND donate to charity all at the same time. While making games over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of working alongside and meeting some amazing people in the industry. We’ve been lucky enough to gather some of them and their writing for an incredible Humble Book Bundle: Game Design & Puzzlecraft

It’s every book we’ve ever written on game design, and every book we’ve ever loved by our friends and idols, all in one bundle. And get this: It all benefits Girls Make Games and Girls Who Code, two charities that advance the cause of righting the gender-imbalance in the game industry.

In a Humble Bundle exclusive, we’re also releasing Puzzlecraft: The DLC, 400 pages of Thomas’s and my original essays for Games magazine, before they were even edited. These will never be released again, so get it now.

The DLC. Four hundred pages of unedited goodness.
The DLC. Four hundred pages of unedited goodness.

In addition, you'll get A Theory of Fun for Game Design, The Kobold Guide to Board Game Design, Women in Tech, Level Up!: The Guide to Great Video Game Design, The Bones: Us and Our Dice, Boardgames That Tell Stories volumes 1 and 2, Family Games: The 100 Best, Hobby Games: The 100 Best, Things We Think About Games, Kicking It: Successful Crowdfunding, Hamlet's Hit Points, The Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design, Maze graphic designer Elisa's Girls on Games, and Mike's new book on games and politics, Game Theory in the Age of Chaos.

But WAIT WAIT WAIT… if you want the smartest play, buy the Bundle for $15 and then use the Bundle’s 20% off puzzle game and books coupon at the Lone Shark store to get your print and PDF versions of Puzzlecraft, plus The Maze of Games and Apocrypha stuff as well. You can order all of this today, and you’ll get 20 game and puzzle design books, reserve your copy of the Puzzlecraft print edition, and donate to great causes.

We're really excited about this, so we hope you are too. Thanks for supporting The Maze of Games and Puzzlecraft!

Mike and the Sharks

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    1. Matt Stephans
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      $13 shipping for a paperback is pretty high. I don't think I paid that for the hardback Maze of Games itself. And I can't pick an option that isn't 2-day shipping, because "of its origin, your location, weight and other shipping magic". :-(