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Hidden Gaming Gems is a review book covering every generation of video games, from 2600 to Switch, focusing on under-appreciated games!
Hidden Gaming Gems is a review book covering every generation of video games, from 2600 to Switch, focusing on under-appreciated games!
Hidden Gaming Gems is a review book covering every generation of video games, from 2600 to Switch, focusing on under-appreciated games!
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Hidden Gaming Gems: Generation by Generation is a 400+ page full color book that showcases video games from a multitude of consoles, covering every gaming generation, starting with Atari and going all the way up to the current generation with Playstation 4, Xbox One and even the Nintendo Switch! There is also a section for new retro games created for older systems, like the NES, Commodore 64, Sega Genesis and even the Dreamcast / Neo Geo!

The cover art was created in 1992 by the amazing Mike Winterbauer
The cover art was created in 1992 by the amazing Mike Winterbauer

Being a gamer all my life, I have consistently seen games that I would deem "Hidden Gems" in essence. This doesn't necessarily mean they are rare or unknown, more so under-appreciated. My hope is that not only are there a bunch of amazing games you've not played within this book but also some games in here that you do remember and it strikes a nostalgic cord.  

The book will be split into Chapters, starting with the 1st console generation and going all the way up to the newest generation of games. That means there will be Chapters on lots of games such as the 8th generation (with the Xbox One, 3DS and Wii U) as well as the 8.5/9th generation (with the Switch/PSVR), and the aforementioned Homebrew/Indie Section. I will also open up other Chapters as stretch goals, which will be really fun to do!

From Early Games...
From Early Games...
....to Newer Games
....to Newer Games

The game reviews will be 4-8 pages each and not only cover the games, but also have screenshots and amazing fan artwork throughout that really makes each and every page worth experiencing. I tried to make the page formatting feel classic, yet modern with large artwork so you can really see what each game offers. 

Pier Solar for the Sega Genesis
Pier Solar for the Sega Genesis
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril for the NES
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril for the NES

The "Game Scholar" Leonard Herman will be providing an amazing Foreword to the book that will cover a brief history on the 1st console generation and the impact it has had on video games. Plus he is going to cover a few of the more obscure releases from that era! 

The Legendary Gaming Historian Himself!
The Legendary Gaming Historian Himself!

To me, the best thing you can do is share your story with others and this is why backers will also have the opportunity to contribute. YOU will have the opportunity to write a full 4-8 page review, or just submit your story on why you love a certain Hidden Gaming Gem, your choice! The true greatness of the gaming community is that we can share our experiences with one another. Want to have your favorite unknown game included in the book? Here is your chance! 

  • 400+ Full Color Glossy pages
  • Large 8.5" x 11" size (matching all Hagen's Alley Books releases)
  • Beautiful Hardcover with art from Michael Winterbauer (drawn in the 90s!)
  • Bookmark Ribbon
  • Classic Game Art Inside the covers
  • Thick, high quality paper
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Ninja Gaiden for the Sega Master System
Ninja Gaiden for the Sega Master System

 Options 

  • Hardcover Book - The classic physical book!
  • Slipcase - These turned out amazing with the last release and the extra bonus animation was killer!
  • Submit Your Hidden Gaming Gem - Become a part of history!
  • Wooden Box - These are the same boxes I've used in game releases, just supersized and lined with felt to fit the book!
  • Leather Bound Tome - a Hagen's Alley tradition and very limited!
  • 10+ Chapters Covering every gaming generation from Pong to PS4
  • Foreword: My personal story about Hidden Gaming Gems and the original release of this book
  • 6+ games covered per chapter at a minimum with 4-8 pages per review
  • Lots of beautiful artwork for each game
  • New Homebrew games section for various consoles!
  • Alphabetical review index in the appendix
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Gunlord for the Neo Geo
Gunlord for the Neo Geo

Consoles / Computers / Handhelds Covered by Generation 

  • First Generation - Pong / Odyssey / Other Single Game Machines
  • Second Generation - Atari 2600 / Commodore 64 / Colecovision
  • Third Generation - NES / Sega Master System / Game Boy / Famicom / Atari 7800
  • Fourth Generation - SNES / Sega Genesis / Mega Drive / TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine CD / Super Famicom / Sega CD / MS-DOS
  • Fifth Generation - N64 / PS1 / Sega Saturn / Neo Geo / Game Boy Color / WonderSwan Color
  • Sixth Generation - PS2 / Xbox / Gamecube / Dreamcast / Game Boy Advance
  • Seventh Generation - PS3 / Xbox 360 / Nintendo Wii / Nintendo DS
  • Eighth Generation - PS4 / Xbox One / Nintendo Wii U / Playstation Vita / Nintendo 3DS
  • Ninth Generation (8.5) - Nintendo Switch / PSVR
  • Homebrew & Indie Games - Including NES / C64 / MSX / PC Engine CD / Genesis / Neo Geo / Dreamcast
  • *Locked Stretch Goal* Arcade Games
  • *Locked Stretch Goal* PC / Home Computer Games

This is a re-release of my book that was published out in Europe in 2010 called "Hidden Treasures". The original company went out of business and shortly after I did a very basic paperback "Print on Demand" version, that is still floating around somewhere online. I kept the page formatting retro and of course am covering at least twice as many games as in the original book! 

Completely Overhauled!
Completely Overhauled!

This 10th release by Hagen's Alley Books will bring that original book full circle with the amazing quality that you all know and love, plus offers you the opportunity to contribute as well. It also means this book will be the release to finally have the roman numeral "I" on the spine!  

*Add-Ons!*

By popular demand, you can add a specific amount to your pledge and get any of my older books that I have in stock included with your Hidden Gaming Gems book. You'll save $10 on any book and shipping is included in the price!

$20 - The Nintendo Entertainment System Compendium - Our personal stories about the NES with beautiful full page artwork!

$40 - NES Oddities & the Homebrew Revolution - 500 pages of Unlicensed, PAL Exclusives, Famicom, FDS, Bootlegs and 500+ NES Homebrew games all in one gigantic book!

$40 - The Complete SNES Definitive Edition - 630 pages of SNES Mastery covering everything on the system including every US release, PAL Exclusives, Super Famicom, Homebrew and more!

For stretch goals I'm keeping things more content based this time around, along with additions to the book itself. The more the project earns, the more I'll be able to do with it! 

@15k - Arcade Section Added - We will add a dedicated section for some amazing Arcade Hidden Gems!

@20k - Extra Bookmark Ribbon - We will be adding a second bookmark ribbon, which can be a different color!

@25k - PC/Home Computer Section Added - We will add a dedicated section for some amazing Home Computer Hidden Gems!

@30k - Animated Slipcase - We will be able to add Lenticular animation to the Slipcase! This will be a highlight of what games are available within the book.

*To be continued...*

Tell me in the comments what other sections you would like to see as a stretch goal!

One unique aspect to Hagen's Alley Books is that I have collaborated with individuals from all over the gaming community, and Hidden Gaming Gems is no different. Some people are well established, others are lesser known, but everyone shares one thing in common; a passion for video games!   

Kyle Gilbert - (Co-host of the VGBS Gaming Podcast)

Rob Strangman - (Author of Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman) 

Mike Levy / DYHPTG!? - (YouTube personality) 

John Riggs / Rigg'd Games - (YouTube personality) 

Sergio Elisondo - (Musician and NES Game Publisher) 

Danny O'Day / Rebel Gaming Club - (Musician and YouTube personality) 

Larry Bundy Jr. / Guru Larry - (YouTube personality) 

Daria Plays - (YouTube personality) 

Scott Zientek / Grimsie42 - (YouTube personality) 

Anthony Cavallo / AntDude - (YouTube personality) 

John Lester / Gamester81 - (YouTube personality) 

Eric Bailey - (*Writer in the Original Release* Founder of Skirmish Frogs) 

Daniel Greenberg / Winterion Studios - (Professor and Writer) 

Kevin Kil / KWKBox - (YouTube personality and VGBS Season 1 Guest Host)  

Danielle Hopkins - (*Writer in the Original Release*)

If you are interested in joining in on this adventure, make sure you select the proper tier and you can be a part of this book too! This is one aspect that I was asked to continue from my last few books and giving people the opportunity to contribute to the book is something I plan to do going forward.

Check out my site to see previous book releases and more!
Check out my site to see previous book releases and more!

Risks and challenges

NOTE: International shipping rates from the US have gotten so expensive that it costs essentially double the price of the book to ship to most countries. For those of you that still want to get a book, it will be offered Internationally in the future. You will also have the opportunity to get any other bonuses and tiers as well, such as being able to contribute to the book. I also know a lot of people internationally who have a P.O. Box in the US to save on shipping costs, but that is entirely up to you.

As this isn't the first book I have had published, the main challenge is getting this all to print in the most efficient way possible. Coming to Kickstarter gets me the best exposure and allows people to support authors like myself in order to make our visions a reality! I honestly would never be able publish a book like this all on my own and this community is amazing for supporting ideas like mine.

I try to have my books in a semi-state of completion before bringing them to Kickstarter. However keep in mind that contributors, artists, an editor and physical production are all factors that could extend the time it takes for the book to come out in a timely manner. My previous project took multiple months beyond estimation because of an error in production and the fact that I want the books to be as perfect as possible for everyone who has supported the project meant there was a wait period. The date of December 2018 is a "worst-case" scenario and the plan is to have it out much earlier.

The goal amount for this project is based on the minimum amount it will cost me to do a small full book print run, after Kickstarter fees and taxes (which are the same as the previous projects). Any support beyond this amount will allow us to do a larger print run and add extra features, which, being an author, is an exciting prospect!

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    Plus you get the ultra-cool Hardcover Book that will look amazing in your collection! This is in the same style of my other releases so it will have a consistent look to it.

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    Here is your opportunity to contribute your own hidden gaming gem review for inclusion in the book! Not only will your review be included in the book, but you will also be included in a special contributor section.

    You also get the ultra-cool Hardcover Book and Slipcase that will look amazing in your collection! This is in the same style of my other releases so it will have a consistent look to it.

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    I will write a review your favorite Hidden Gaming Gem! + Hardcover Book & Slipcase

    This is a special tier that I figured at least a some people would think is cool.

    Basically you choose your favorite gaming gem and I will review it and add it to the book! You will also have the opportunity to submit your own story of why you like it for inclusion in the book. This is your opportunity to be a part of history. You will also be included in a special contributor section of the book.

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    Limited Edition Wooden Box Version

    Like limited editions? I do too! For this awesome wooden box, I'll only be doing 10 of them!

    This awesome edition, includes both books and an ultra cool Wooden Box to display with them with the book being able to fit nicely inside. The outside artwork will be based on the cover of the book. As a bonus, I will throw in as many extra items that will fit inside the box and you can choose whatever Hidden Gaming Gem you want me to review!

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    Leather Bound "Tome" Edition

    This ridiculously excessive tier gets you the book in a hard cover bound in black leather and a foil embossed color cover jacket. We are doing this because it is possible and amazingly crazy!

    As always, this tier includes everything from all the books associated with this release and will be limited.

    FYI, this is how much it actually costs to make this happen, I'm just doing it because it is ridiculous and would be amazing to have!

    Note: I am going to try to use a new company with the same high quality leather and style.

    You also can have me review whatever Hidden Gaming Gem you would like!

    As a thanks, your name will also be published in the back of the book.

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