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Title: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on October 06, 2013, 18:10:25 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5463/10123043154_0096a5f96a_h.jpg)

During my travels I came across this on Twitter and looked a lot deeper into the project. I must say it looks absolutely amazing.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/woodpunk/artcade-the-coin-op-art-book/ (http://http)

I am definitely supporting it.†
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on October 06, 2013, 19:24:31 PM
Yes Tim is doing a fine job with this project and should be wonderful to see in book form, if you love your arcades you have to have this :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Cryptic33 on October 06, 2013, 22:33:07 PM
I am very interested in this but I didn't quite get what the theme of the book is. I mean, yeah, great arcade artwork and for that alone I will support it but, as a book, I expect some information to supplement the artwork. I hope that will be the case and will look for it when published. Alas, he is a little way off the £10 000 he needs but nothing ventured, nothing gained so I've pledged 8)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on October 06, 2013, 22:39:46 PM
Well he has over half the money already and still 16 days to go.

Should achieve it.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Cryptic33 on October 06, 2013, 22:50:32 PM
Quote from: "zapiy"
Well he has over half the money already and still 16 days to go.

Should achieve it.
Oh, don't get me wrong, I think it is a very worthy project. Hence I have pledged and would have happily made it a £1000 if I had that kind of money. I don't know how fast these kickstarter projects get off the ground and as we are already in October, I felt he had some way to go. Of course, it is all about drumming up interest and getting the word out there and I wish him every success in his pursuit.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on October 06, 2013, 22:52:06 PM
Yeah agree fella.. Looks good, i dont know how the final book will look but i love the look of it thats for sure.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Cryptic33 on October 06, 2013, 23:04:28 PM
Well, TBH I absolutely loved the canvas art he produces and though I only half listened to him as I was scrolling, I was hooked when I heard him mention the Atari 2600 and I saw the Crystal Castles canvas :108:
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on October 06, 2013, 23:50:22 PM
This looks very interesting.  I'll have to read some more about it but I'm interested.  :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Shadowrunner on October 07, 2013, 03:20:28 AM
Looks great, definitely going to back this  :113:
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Cryptic33 on October 09, 2013, 21:04:29 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
This looks very interesting.  I'll have to read some more about it but I'm interested.  ;) You can always up your bid later and if you don't like what you do read, you've only pledged a dollar, right? :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on October 09, 2013, 21:57:58 PM
Quote from: "Cryptic33"
Quote from: "TrekMD"
This looks very interesting.  I'll have to read some more about it but I'm interested.  ;) You can always up your bid later and if you don't like what you do read, you've only pledged a dollar, right? ;)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Shadowrunner on October 09, 2013, 22:07:14 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Quote from: "Cryptic33"
Quote from: "TrekMD"
This looks very interesting.  I'll have to read some more about it but I'm interested.  ;) You can always up your bid later and if you don't like what you do read, you've only pledged a dollar, right? ;)

Cool, I did too! I chose the physical hard cover book and really looking forward to it  :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on October 09, 2013, 22:45:27 PM
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
Cool, I did too! I chose the physical hard cover book and really looking forward to it  :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Cryptic33 on October 10, 2013, 12:24:24 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
Cool, I did too! I chose the physical hard cover book and really looking forward to it  :)
Some of us are not so affluent and will have to make do with the PDF or wear a raincoat and read it in the book shop when it is in print ;)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on October 10, 2013, 12:27:12 PM
Well, it first has to make it to goal before anyone gets to read it in PDF or hardcover book.¬† :)¬† It still has some £2000 to go before that happens.¬† 12 days to go.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Cryptic33 on October 10, 2013, 12:29:42 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Well, it first has to make it to goal before anyone gets to read it in PDF or hardcover book.  ;)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on October 10, 2013, 12:30:50 PM
I just shared about it on two Google+ retro gaming communities.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Cryptic33 on October 10, 2013, 12:34:49 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
I just shared about it on two Google+ retro gaming communities.
Great, wish I could do more myself 8)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on October 11, 2013, 14:14:53 PM
With 11 days left, this is at 88% of goal which is great.† Here's an update they posted today along with a new stretch goal...

Hey there Artcadians!

I'm so excited about this update :-)

We're pretty close to 100% right now (88% as I'm typing this) and with 11 days still to go, there's a really good chance that we'll get the book funded. I'm humbled by the support for this project and I'll do everything I can to make sure it's something that we're ALL proud to be involved with.

With that in mind, it seems like a good time to announce the first stretch goal. For those new to Kickstarter, a stretch goal is like a 'power up' that adds a cool bonus to the existing rewards, once the total score (ok, pledge amount!) hits a certain number.

So, here's the first Artcade stretch goal:

If the total backing for the project hits £12,000, every copy of the book will come with a specially produced CD copy of The British IBM's acclaimed first album!

This album has pretty much been the unofficial soundtrack to the whole project, right from the very beginning. Every time I sit down in front of my Mac to do more work restoring the artwork for the book, The British IBM is on 'shuffle/repeat' :-) I find it inspiring, uplifting and it helps me to focus on getting stuff done. You can hear some of the tracks by clicking on the album cover below:

[align=center:oh7knlzi](https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/001/063/514/0430f7df7cd5b43411d0a914ecaa5bcb_large.jpg?1381496130)[/align:oh7knlzi]

Aidy, David and Paul's unique blend of vintage-computing inspired indie rock is something that I really want to share with you all, and the boys have really committed to the project by offering their music as part of this stretch goal - thank you very, very much gentlemen. (http://http)

So, click on the link, check out the sample tracks then get out there and recruit a few more backers so that you can get the whole album, on CD (CD is a pretty retro format for music now, right?!) for FREE!

Thanks again to every one of you for supporting me and making this book a reality. You guys are AMAZING!

Tim

Ps. Don't think for one minute that this is the only stretch goal - there are things happening that will blow your minds... ;-)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on October 11, 2013, 15:48:28 PM
Just got the notification that this is 100% funded!  Awesome!
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Shadowrunner on October 11, 2013, 15:54:08 PM
Cool! I didn't think they would make it for a few days yet but looks like there was a big jump in pledges today. Now for the stretch goals!
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on October 11, 2013, 19:46:27 PM
Great news.. Tim deserves the support..


Can those that pledged pm me please.. I have an extra prize for one of you.

Thanks
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Cryptic33 on October 13, 2013, 15:14:46 PM
Quote from: "zapiy"
Great news.. Tim deserves the support..


Can those that pledged pm me please.. I have an extra prize for one of you.

Thanks
Will do
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on October 14, 2013, 04:45:45 AM
The stretch goal has been met and there still are 8 days to go.  :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on October 15, 2013, 14:34:22 PM
Here is the project update posted today for backers:

So many people have asked about t-shirts that I felt obliged to do something about it so, thanks to the brilliant Zombie Media, here they are!

[align=center:dergbgdi](https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/001/185/213/52e108939a19e84abd59abc1eec3b2f4_large.png?1381843581)[/align:dergbgdi]

Here's the deal:

I've created a new reward level that includes a exclusive t-shirt and a copy of the book with your name in it at £40. Every existing backer at the £40 level and above will get a shirt anyway. If you've backed the project at the £25 level and want the shirt, you can upgrade your pledge and select the new reward to get one too. In essence, I've added a t-shirt to the £40 level but Kickstarter doesn't allow changes to existing rewards so, this is my way of doing it!

The shirt will come in the two colours shown above and will only ever be made available to you guys. Nobody else gets one. That's why it says:

I MADE IT HAPPEN!

You did!

:-)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on October 15, 2013, 23:19:49 PM
Thats you in a nice new Tee then fella?
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on October 16, 2013, 02:09:24 AM
Quote from: "zapiy"
Thats you in a nice new Tee then fella?

Well, based on this anyone who contributed at the £40 level will be getting one, so I guess that means I will be getting one.¬† :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on November 07, 2013, 03:11:41 AM
Here's the latest update on this project...

Hey there backers!

I'm rushing out the door to meet up with the graphic designer I'm working with (oh, that's the first piece of news: I'm working with a really great graphic designer to make sure every page of the book is print-ready ASAP) so this will be a quick update (please excuse typos and grammatical errors!)

The first batch of framed marquee prints got delivered yesterday, courtesy of the brilliant picture framer (and first backer of the project!) @madboxes Mark:

[align=center:z0bm0x9p](https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/001/287/856/bf39023ef58f12044e024b40c2748816_large.jpg?1383729708)[/align:z0bm0x9p]

Then, this morning the custom-made shipping boxes for the frames arrived. There'll be at least 1" (25.4mm) of foam on all sides of the frame, protecting them from damage as they make their way to the recipients:

[align=center:z0bm0x9p](https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/001/287/864/399ce1d9d86f7c7243050fdec3b31f7e_large.jpg?1383729907)[/align:z0bm0x9p]

The big news regarding the book itself is that we have a new, London-based printer working on the project.

These guys really understand what I'm trying to achieve :-) They print most of the hardcover Manga books for the European market, on behalf of big Japanese publishers (so they really understand the importance of getting things right for the 'pop culture' market) and they also print fine art books for The National Gallery in London, so they definitely know how to reproduce important art at ultra high quality! The people I'm dealing with were Xevious and Daytona addicts in their younger days and they're the first people I've spoken to that really do 'get it' :-)

The print samples they sent over were simply stunning.

The spec of the book (subject to any necessary changes) currently looks like:


More news as it happens,

Tim

PS. If you know anyone that missed out on backing the project via Kickstarter, they can still pre-order a copy for shipping in December at http://artcade.co.uk/ (http://http)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Shadowrunner on November 07, 2013, 03:18:09 AM
I was just reading the email. Most Kickstarters I've backed are months or even more than a year away from completion. Really cool this is going to be done so soon!
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on November 07, 2013, 03:19:08 AM
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
I was just reading the email. Most Kickstarters I've backed are months or even more than a year away from completion. Really cool this is going to be done so soon!

I know exactly what you mean.  :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on November 07, 2013, 12:55:26 PM
Tim really is pulling out all the stops on this. Really looking like a master stroke.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on November 08, 2013, 15:22:31 PM
Quote from: "zapiy"
Really looking like a master stroke.

You and me both!
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on December 01, 2013, 15:06:30 PM
Here is an update sent out today.† Some people really need to get a life...

[font=georgia:14wh2vl3][size=140]A scumbag tries to wreck everything...[/size]

I have share this with you guys before my brain explodes.

I woke up this morning to find an email in my Inbox from a guy claiming to be the 'licensed rights-holder' of three of the games that feature in the book. The bulk of the email was a thinly-veiled demand for a share of the profits (good luck with that - there won't be any!), followed by a cut & paste Cease and Desist notice from a lawyer.

There are a couple of problems with his claim:

1. The book is a documentary work of reference. I don't need anyone's permission to include the images in a book - I just need to state that the trademarks and copyrights of the contents are recognised as belonging to their respective owners, and that I make no claim to them.

2. I've already had an extensive dialogue with the Chief Legal Counsel at the particular manufacturer of the games he's claiming the rights to, and I have a signed agreement from them allowing me limited production rights of their 'graphical intellectual property, for the purposes of creating wall art and cabinet restoration materials'. The agreement also states that no licensing is required for the inclusion of the images in a book.

So, Mr Charles A. Marzo and his lawyers can go f**k themselves. Hard.

Phew! That was intense. Here's a little something to cheer everyone up :-)

(https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/001/396/633/2d6f246c03d95cb0bdcd9335ba7dc8da_large.png?1385893630)

Happy Sunday!

Tim[/font:14wh2vl3]
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on December 01, 2013, 17:49:12 PM
wow I can't believe why someone like that would try and pull this shit off on someone trying to do something of a homage like this? and if someone was out to sabotage this, why act as a copyright holder and threaten the creator? and yet been caught out that they have no real substantial claim? If they actually are copyright holders, this could be Case of them trying to retrieve some sort of payment for something he doesn't have too pay for, in other words trying their luck.

It's crazy is he hasn't altered any of artwork other than to remastering the original artwork and has fully acknowledged all I.P. attached to it, amazing the lows some people goto :45: because someone evolved on an idea they didn't think of themselves to begin with. Typical!
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on December 01, 2013, 17:50:57 PM
Yes, some people are just total asses and have to try to mess up things for other.  Luckily, it is a non-issue. Just some idiot trying to find an easy way to get cash that he doesn't deserve.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on December 01, 2013, 19:12:22 PM
Sad times when someone tries it on like this.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on December 09, 2013, 13:17:07 PM
Here is the latest update:

[font=georgia:3ux51emw]Dear Backers,

This is an update I was very much hoping not to have to write but, right now it's looking increasingly unlikely that I'll get the book shipped before Christmas.

I must 'fess up and tell you that this is partly because I underestimated quite how much additional work there would be to turn the restored artwork into print-ready pages, but mostly because an opportunity has arisen to include more than just the images in those pages.

Right at the start of the project, I wrote in the Kickstarter 'pitch' that my biggest regret was that I couldn't track down the original artists of the cabinet art, in order to credit them for their work. Many of the companies developing and publishing games back in the 80s used freelance artists through agencies, and never even knew the names of the individual artists themselves. Those that used their in-house talent often didn't record which specific artist worked on what game. Sad, but true.

I've mentioned before that my favourite of all the marquees is Moon Patrol. There's something about it that stands out from the others and, unlike many, it's more 'art' than 'advertising'. I decided to try and identify the artist of at least one of the pieces in the book, and Moon Patrol seemed like the right place to start. Through a very convoluted route, I ended up finding Larry Day, pinball and arcade game artist for Stern, Gottlieb, Mylstar, Williams and many others.

Larry was very surprised to discover that, in his words "...anyone even cares about those old games themselves, let alone about the artwork!" After trading a few emails, Larry confided that he had kept copies of most of his original work and has an incredible personal archive of arcade art, many of which have never been seen by anyone since the early 1980s.

He has spent the last few weeks having his collection professionally scanned and photographed, so that I can share it with all of you in the book. Larry has detailed the background of each item, many of which provide answers to the arcade community's questions and rumours of unreleased prototypes, name changes, and licensing deals gone bad. He has also included his original concept art, pencil sketches and Sharpie mock-ups that show the development of cabinet art from idea to end product.

I could sell the slight delay in shipping the book as being entirely due to the chance to include the Larry Day content but, in all honesty, getting the book out on time would be a struggle without the additional task of including Larry's contribution. I've done everything I can do to hit the Christmas delivery target, including turning down paid consulting work, working 18 hour days and enlisting the help of a graphic design student to assist with some of the page layouts, but I really did underestimate just how much work it would take to turn the artwork into a physical book.

I'm not talking months of additional work here - more like a few weeks. The bulk of the book is finished and in a print-ready state, I just want to make sure that it's absolutely the best that I can make it, and will stand up to scrutiny long after people have forgotten that it was a Kickstarter project. I'm only going to get one chance to do this; I want to do it right. The opportunity to include never-before-seen images and detailed background information from a guy who was right there is something I truly believe is worth taking a little extra time over. I sincerely hope you understand.

So, the good news about the bad news is; 

The book will be much, much better even though it will be a little later than expected.

Kindest regards,

Tim[/font:3ux51emw]
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on December 09, 2013, 16:20:20 PM
Yes welcome to my world Tim,

I've been working on my book for months and months with continuous tweaks and additional imagery been added to content that had already been finished, I think what has happened here is he needs to justify the content that he has created is not enough or possibly feeling about it not been value for money based on the cost of the book to begin with and now needs the extra time to add the new content, which will reshifts the books layout, I had all the same dilemmas and was continuous justifying the cost against content and now with all the extras I have added to my book I have a clean conscience about the amount of artwork imagery and everything else in there, my only nag is my book is 132 pages big and feel it might not be big enough in printed form based on the size in which I wanted it printed at..

Another small thing I have with a project like this, hiring or involving a graphic design student imo wasnt a great choice, as they have very little experience and tolerance for meeting deadlines or due dates for finished work, I'm not doubting his ability, but having an assignment in on time are completely two different things as your statement has already mentioned, it possible would of served you well to have been pipelining this long before you decided to do a kick starter , like many others have most of the time they mainly are at 50-75-80% completed development before doing a kick starter to help its final stretch but based on the project of course.

I'm happy Tim has decided to put in the extra time and effort and been so honest with his backers on this, what they now can expect is a very special  and unique book when its done and with something worth while having for the love of arcade game marquee artwork :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on December 09, 2013, 17:54:22 PM
This only means we'll be getting a better product, so I have no problem with the wait myself.  :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on December 09, 2013, 17:55:35 PM
Yes, I think it should be really worth the wait, as well he can roll out all the t-shirts and things to make it super special :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on January 27, 2014, 23:51:12 PM
Here is an update on the project from today.  I've boldfaced one rather interesting bit from the update...

[font=georgia:3bekud9c]Project Update #25: One more quick update before we go to press...

...and the presses roll on Monday 10th of February :-)

I'll start shipping books, shirts, framed prints and canvasses out to you brilliant backers 10 days later.

The ISBN number has been re-issued as I've made a few changes to the book. It now has a few more pages than I first planned and the publisher of record is different because I've set up a new company to publish this and any future books. Nothing major: it's just me!

There's more news to come regarding possible future volumes and as soon as I have concrete facts to report, you guys will be the first to know about it.

I want to send you all my heartfelt thanks for all of your support, help and patience. It means the world to me that this book is just about to become a real, physical object and the whole thing was made possible because of you 514 brilliant backers.

I'll be at the printers to see the first pages come off the press and there'll be video footage to share with you that day. I'll send out a link a couple of days beforehand.

We're almost there :-)

Ready player 1?

Tim[/font:3bekud9c]
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on January 28, 2014, 16:24:48 PM
Great update fella. :113:
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on February 23, 2014, 16:09:58 PM
There's a new update for this project that was posted today...

[size=140]Progress & Problems...[/size]

Hello again (finally)

I realise that this is a little later than expected and I apologise for that, but I've been extraordinarily busy trying to get to a position where I can tell you not just about the problems we've had getting the print quality right, but also the solutions we've come up with to fix things.

The proofing of the sample pages was a mixed bag of successful and not-quite-so-successful results: the pages themselves are the right size, shape and quality required to produce a really excellent art book, however, the colours were off-the-charts wrong :-(

Number one problem right now is the reproduction of the large areas of solid black in some of the marquee images. The print looks fine on uncoated proofing paper, but has a very clear bronze tint when printed on the coated satin stock I've chosen for the book. Apparently, this is something to do with relationship between the refractive nature of the clay coating on the paper and the type of ink. It only becomes noticeable when the pages are viewed at an angle, but it's the exact angle that a book like ours is viewed from.

There a few options we can try to remedy the problem:

Each one of these has advantages & disadvantages, along with cost implications and, in the case of the option to varnish each page, reduced yield of usable sheets. I've been in constant contact with the print company as they've spent the last week trying to find the right solution.

At this point, it's not clear which is the best way to go, but we'll work it out over the next few days.

Ready for more problems? OK, here we go...

The company in New Jersey I'd agreed terms with to ship the books to USA backers on my behalf went out of business. The cost of shipping 150+ heavy books individually across the Atlantic is mind-bogglingly expensive so, I worked out a deal where I'd package and address each copy, then ship them to the drop shipper as bulk freight, ready for domestic shipping in the USA. Right now, I can't find anyone willing to do a similar deal. I'll keep looking, but at this point it looks like I'll have to absorb the cost of shipping each copy from the UK.

One more problem and then I'll stop I promise!

I really don't like some of the page backgrounds I came up with :-(

They looked great when I printed them on my proofer, but trimmed to size and sewn into sections they're a distraction from the marquee images themselves. While the printers are figuring out the colour stuff, I'm taking the opportunity to rework some of the pages.

So, I'm having a tough time with all this right now, but I'll get everything sorted absolutely as soon as I can.

You all have my word on that.

Thanks for the continued support - it means everything to me.

Tim
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on February 23, 2014, 17:55:30 PM
Feel for the guy, thats a lot to contend with..

Eugenio to the rescue dropship style lol..
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on February 23, 2014, 18:00:48 PM
He definitely has a few headaches to work through.  The one about shipping is horrible, though. 
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on February 23, 2014, 18:03:34 PM
Yeah, its not going to be a simple fix, someone may offer to help now the update has gone out.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on April 14, 2014, 19:06:44 PM
Its been months now, any updates on this as the book was to ship December 2013 and we are now 4 months into 2014. As this was a project I was keen to keep an eye on, so if any of you are backers on the project, please if you can put me out of my misery :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Shadowrunner on April 14, 2014, 19:17:06 PM
The last update about the book was for backers only on March 31st.
Hopefully it's okay to post it here  :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on April 14, 2014, 19:39:59 PM
I bet Tim doe's not want to do anything like that again.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on April 14, 2014, 19:58:10 PM
Thanks ever so much Shadow for the great update, It looks like poor Tim bit off more than he can chew regards all these pitfalls he's fallen into d not by his own accord, but I'm beginning to see the serious logistics involved in such a project and the obligation he has to his backers.

This was why and fully understandable why I did not go down the crowd funding route for this exact reason, be rather attempting to self publish has its own hell regardless of financial input, but it looks like Tim has braved his way to success , can't wait for book 2 now lol.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on April 14, 2014, 21:32:35 PM
Ah, sorry. I forgot to add that update from the 31st. 
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Shadowrunner on May 20, 2014, 19:12:33 PM
Received another update today, and looks like more problems unfortunately  :( Hopefully it all works out!



"Apologies for the delay in getting this update posted Ė I really was hoping that the print company might just come through with a response at the last moment. Sadly, they didn't.

This project hasn't gone the way I expected at all. When I started on it (and remember, I started with the restoration of the artwork 11 months before I launched the campaign on Kickstarter) I imagined that the most complex parts would be researching the legal implications and garnering enough support to make it happen. Later on, I realized that the task of packaging and shipping 500+ copies to predominantly international backers would be no small task either!

A little further into the process, the issue of print quality came up and the print company Iíd chosen seemed to be responding to the challenge in a very professional manner. At no point did I imagine that the biggest hurdle I was going to face would be a number of slipped delivery dates, followed by a sudden and complete lack of communication from the printers.

Thatís where I am right now.

I've paid a significant deposit to them and havenít been able to get any kind of response by email, phone or Special Delivery mail (two letters remain unsigned for) in the last 5 weeks. Iíve had a contact who lives near the print factory itself drive over to take a look and he reported that there seems to be plenty of activity there, but the name on the sign is different to the company I've been dealing with. They seem to be a contract printer for small publishers. Iíll be taking a trip into London to the sales office address I have on Thursday, in the hope that I can find out what the hell is going on.

Right now, 600 custom-made book shipping cartons, 250 printed t-shirts, 50+ framed marquee prints, 75 custom-made art shipping cartons, a bunch of canvasses, a framed Star Wars storyboard and a 5 rolls of printed address labels are all sitting in my dining room (some of you have seen it and know how happy my wife is about that!), with friends and family on standby ready for packing and shipping. The only things I donít have are the books.

I've already spoken to a couple of alternative printers, one in Ireland and one here in England. Theyíre willing and able to help, but the cost is significantly higher than Ďthe other guysí. Iíll take the financial hit in order to get these books printed and shipped out to all of you.

One thing I've tried extremely hard not to do is let this project drag me down and become something that I just have to get done. I canít lie: there are days when it just feels like a huge burden that I wish Iíd never started, but I know thereíll come a day when I have the physical copy in my hands and itíll have all been worth it.

At this point, I donít have a date to share with you: I just donít know yet. Iíll be spending Thursday speaking to the two new print companies (while trying to track down the old one) and as soon as I know whatís happening, Iíll share that with you all. One of the complications I have to work around is that the time Iíd set aside, away from my consulting work to get the book out has come and gone. Iím now contracted to the BBC for 5 days every week and balancing that while keeping up with everything else is no easy task. I havenít even had time to tweet lately (so you know itís serious!) If Iím slow to respond; thatís why. I also really donít like posting about problems unless I have an idea of a solution too.

None of this is ideal. None of it was expected, but none of it is going to stop the project. One way or another, this project will deliver. As always, anyone who would prefer to receive a refund just needs to let me know and Iíll process it immediately. Iíll understand completely.

A few people have mentioned that theyíd like the digital copy or to see some of the content prior to the book being delivered. I've thought about this and while Iím tempted to share some of it as Ďcompensationí for the delay, I really want the first version people see to be the real thing. SoÖno spoilers! (although I will post some interesting stuff that Iím bursting to share!)

Iím truly sorry that this hasn't gone as planned. Itís not something I take lightly and whatever it takes to get the book into your hands; Iíll do.

Kindest regards,

Tim"
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on May 20, 2014, 20:17:44 PM
Yes, I got this today as well.  I was disappointed to see all the difficulties this is going through.  Hopefully, things work out well in the end.  :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Cryptic33 on May 20, 2014, 20:34:55 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Yes, I got this today as well.  I was disappointed to see all the difficulties this is going through.  Hopefully, things work out well in the end.  :-
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on May 20, 2014, 22:13:11 PM
What a decent and genuine guy though. When they explain things
like that it somehow makes things easier to swallow.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Cryptic33 on May 20, 2014, 22:31:59 PM
Quote from: "zapiy"
What a decent and genuine guy though. When they explain things
like that it somehow makes things easier to swallow.
Absolutely, I simply refer to the length of time and too many disappointments which, giving him the benefit of the doubt, is too much for what would seem a fairly simply project to complete considering he did all the hard work before hand getting the art, the rights, the contacts etc. It is just going on too long now. I don't mind waiting if I had been told from the beginning how long it would likely take.

We can only wait now.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on May 20, 2014, 22:36:56 PM
Agree, I doubt he would take something like this on again.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Cryptic33 on May 21, 2014, 08:52:07 AM
Quite. from his perspective, this project must have been a nightmare. The trouble is just how much trust can you place in a scheme like kickstarter when we only have the word of the entrepreneur. I wonder how many projects fail and what then happens to the investors money :39:
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: AmigaJay on May 21, 2014, 18:59:12 PM
Quote from: "Cryptic33"
Quite. from his perspective, this project must have been a nightmare. The trouble is just how much trust can you place in a scheme like kickstarter when we only have the word of the entrepreneur. I wonder how many projects fail and what then happens to the investors money :39:
I think its good that we do have trust in people to deliver, the risk isn't great, if you pay with paypal and don't receive the goods then open a case there.
I did have a look at putting my book on there when its ready, simply because amazon createspace doesnt do hardbacks and lulus cost would put it over £40 before any profit, so to make a affordable hardback these fundraisers are needed, and welcomed by me for one.
The only problem i can see is todo with the amount needed for funding includes postage for international deliveries making it hard to work out margins, its all a bit blind in that respect.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Cryptic33 on May 22, 2014, 09:22:50 AM
Quote from: "AmigaJay"
Quote from: "Cryptic33"
Quite. from his perspective, this project must have been a nightmare. The trouble is just how much trust can you place in a scheme like kickstarter when we only have the word of the entrepreneur. I wonder how many projects fail and what then happens to the investors money :39:
I think its good that we do have trust in people to deliver, the risk isn't great, if you pay with paypal and don't receive the goods then open a case there.
I did have a look at putting my book on there when its ready, simply because amazon createspace doesnt do hardbacks and lulus cost would put it over £40 before any profit, so to make a affordable hardback these fundraisers are needed, and welcomed by me for one.
The only problem i can see is todo with the amount needed for funding includes postage for international deliveries making it hard to work out margins, its all a bit blind in that respect.
Oh I have no problem whatsoever with the concept of kickstarter, in fact, I believe it to be a great idea. All I get annoyed with is the time-scale. As for the risk, that is very subjective, though I accept any money invested is just that, invested.
I fully agree with the agro over postage. Here in the UK they have started charging a customs fee plus VAT, the amount varies depending on the total value of the goods inbound. Now that is just robbery by highway men called government ministers.
Well, I hope he gets it all sorted and that the book is good and he makes a decent profit from it.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on August 28, 2014, 00:03:52 AM
Latest update, nearly there guys.

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Hey everyone,

It's taken a hell of a lot more time and effort than I expected to get to this point after a number of other publishers/agents expressed an interest in taking on the publication and distribution of our little book, but I'm finally at the point where all of the proposals and offers are in. I've worked through the implications of each one and negotiated with the final three to ensure that everyone who committed to this, long before anyone else gave a sh*t about it, is taken care of and gets the book and other rewards they've been so patiently waiting for.

There's one company that stands out from the crowd, both in terms of their affinity for geeky, niche and specialist subject matter and for their understanding of the importance that my primary focus is on fulfilling my obligations to all of you. We agreed terms as of last Friday afternoon and I'll be getting a formal offer in the mail by Wednesday this week :-)

As with any negotiation, there have been a few compromises on both sides. They're not equipped to take on the shipping of the non-book rewards, so I'll be shipping the artwork, shirts, CDs etc. That's not a major issue as I've already got everything here, ready to go (apart from canvasses, which I can have produced very quickly) and a bunch of willing volunteers (backers themselves) to help.

The biggest compromise is that they're keen to make the book part of their planned publishing cycle for the year, including some promotional activities at a number of trade shows and related events. This means that they're looking at a late October/early November publication date. I tried very hard to convince them to do a short run of books earlier, just for Kickstarter backers, but their idea of a 'short' run is around 2,500 copies and the deal they're offering only works if they do a single print run of 10,000+ copies in one shot, to coincide with the promo activities. The deal they're offering also includes any digital/ebook editions (essentially, I'm signing over all rights in the book to them) and they're planning the digital release to coincide with the release of the physical book.

It feels very strange to be preparing to sign away my rights to the book - It represents almost two years of my life, thousands of hours in research, legal wrangling and image restoration, a lot of fun, a lot of struggles and finally; some light at the end of the tunnel! Really, I'm just having to check in my ego in return for the security of knowing that this book gets made and you guys all get the book you deserve. I'm actually pretty damn happy about that :-)

The one thing that I haven't had to compromise on is the design and quality of the book. There'll be some changes to the content, but they'll be mostly limited to technical changes around the size (the aspect ratio will change slightly to fit a specific paper size) and the addition of a little more narrative content from some contributors I wouldn't have had access to before. Other than that: it's the exact same book. As soon as the formal offer arrives and the deal is signed, they'll start preparations for the marketing campaign/public announcement about the deal.

Just to be very clear; I'm receiving no advance payment for the rights to the book. I've foregone that in return for the copies required to fulfil the Kickstarter rewards and those who pre-ordered the book directly, along with the costs of packaging and shipping the books to backers. As with any publishing deal, there will be a 'per copy' royalty payment made to me as the author, for copies sold in the future. It's not much - I can tell you that nobody's getting rich creating nerdy books about old video games!

That's everything so far. I'm taking a few weeks away from my consulting obligations to take care of all this properly, so updates and responses to any questions should be much quicker over the next 6 weeks.

It's been tough for everyone, but we're going to get this book very soon. I feel like I can smile guilt-free for the first time in months. It's a good feeling...

Tim

Ps. Has anyone heard anything about a Space Harrier movie? I've had interesting conversations with an entertainment lawyer who let something slip and then hurriedly changed the subject. I want to see that movie!!
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on August 28, 2014, 02:20:13 AM
Excellent!  Thank you for posting the update.  Looks like things became more complicated but I think this will be a win for everyone.  Or, at least, I hope it is!
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on August 28, 2014, 08:31:11 AM
Yeah the guy behind it must feel a huge weight being lifted off his shoulders with this now.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on August 28, 2014, 09:38:00 AM
delighted to hear the poor guy has finally gotten the breaks his book deserves, it must of been very difficult having to come clean and explaining the difficulties involved. But wow signing the rights over to a publisher? wow. Shit!, I hope I don't walk into the mind field with my book.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: AmigaJay on August 28, 2014, 11:20:04 AM
Good news for all involved, yes he's signing rights over, but as you can tell its a big weight off his shoulders, better that than be in debt, and as with any retro gaming book they aren't going to sell in big numbers, good for him, lets hope they keep to said promises and this has a happy ending in November.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on August 28, 2014, 11:28:18 AM
yes..here here!!.. I hope it goes very smoothly for him and his great publication, I wasn't a backer on this, but I think I'll be purchasing this book in support of his work now, come November.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Shadowrunner on August 28, 2014, 15:18:34 PM
He sent another update last week too.

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Hi all,

A very quick update to let you guys know that I've signed the agreement with the publisher. I'm now contractually restricted as to what I can say about the deal until they formally announce their involvement. I've made it clear that there are a few hundred people who are really keen to know some details around what's happening!

The good news is, they're very keen to make sure that everyone is happy and will be making an announcement in the next 2-3 weeks (mainland Europe is pretty much closed for the entire month of August)

I'll be getting everything ready to ship the non-book rewards very soon, although we're in complete disarray right now after my mother-in-law fell and broke her femur. She's staying with us while she recovers and needs pretty much 24hr care after lying outside with a broken leg for 48hrs. Our dining room is currently a makeshift rehabilitation suite. As soon as things calm down a little, we'll be shipping the framed prints, CDs, canvasses and t-shirts :-)

Any other news that comes through, I'll share with you all as soon as I can.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tim

Aside from the mother-in-law bit, sounds like good news.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on February 16, 2015, 16:00:31 PM
Has Tim updated the status on the book yet?, how far is there to go?, I hope he can manage to get it into the wild soon as it seems to be very quite at the moment regarding what's happening?
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on February 16, 2015, 18:53:53 PM
This is the latest one he did mate.

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..I'm extremely happy to be able to share a bunch of information with you :-)

Item 1: I have a publication date in writing.

It's not as soon as I'd have liked, but it's official and the announcement is being pushed out to online and traditional booksellers in the second week of January. Right now, I'm just happy to have a date. The book will officially be available on 27th March 2015, with shipments to all backers (Kickstarter and direct) a week before that.

The book will now have more pages (232 vs 208) and feature a fold-out section too.

The ebook version will be made available at the same time as the physical version and will be hosted for downloads by the publisher.

Item 2: All of the framed marquee prints have now shipped. Many have already arrived and more should be turning up all over the world this week. Each box contains a framed print, a t-shirt and the British IBM CD.

Item 3: The sideart canvasses haven't shipped yet. I'm frustrated by this, but the printer I usually use has changed their setup to favour large format poster printing rather than canvas and I've had to find another supplier. I've actually found someone locally with the right equipment and I'll be picking up the canvasses and dropping them off with the framer at the end of the week. I'll ship them as they're completed by 2-3 day courier.

Item 4: The artcade.co.uk domain has been signed over to the publisher for promotional use for the next year. I believe that I'll still receive email sent to help@arcadeart.co.uk (http://mailto:help@arcadeart.co.uk)

That's everything 'official'. A few other things have happened that I'll share with you: I've been asked to do another volume of the book and I've turned that down for the moment; I can't think about that until this one is in everyone's hands. Now that the publication date is set and the bulk of the artwork rewards are shipped, I can actually look at arcade stuff without cringing, so I'm doing some pieces for magazines, one for TV and I'm working on more restorations of the remaining 3,671 pieces in the archive that aren't yet done!

It's been a tough one. Things haven't gone the way I planned at all and there have been times that I didn't handle my own disappointment and I suppose, shame, very well at all. To those few I've disappointed and who decided to leave the project; I sincerely apologise and understand. To those who were disappointed and stuck with me through all of this; both an apology and a truly heartfelt thank you. This has always felt like our book, rather than just mine and that's what made me keep going when things got really tough.

A very happy non-denominational winter celebratory period to you all :-)

Take care, don't drink & drive and wear a condom (not necessarily all at the same time!)

Tim
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on April 15, 2015, 10:31:07 AM
This got a mention over at RG, now with it been mid April and missing its march date, Tim hasn't come forward with any explanations to the delay?, I'm hoping everything is alright with his book and that it's on its way? , a few people have tried to contact him, but with no success, the Facebook page seems to have disappeared too?

If anybody here can get through to speaking with him, explain there are a few people (backers) and non backers are asking about the status of the book and all that jazz, funny enough I haven't seen anything from his twitter account neither? Hope all is okay?

Just giving this a bump :)

This is nearly in limbo like my coin-op book lol. J/k.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Shadowrunner on April 15, 2015, 14:56:28 PM
Yeah, I'm not sure what's going on here, and I also noticed he's gone silent on Twitter. The last thing I remember seeing about this was a tweet a month or so ago. He was saying the company that bought the book from him wanted him to do a promotional tour of some kind, and they weren't going to print the book until he agreed to it, or something along those lines. He then said he didn't have the time to do that right now. . .

Hopefully he get's it sorted out soon, I'm being patient but I'm sure there's a lot of backers who aren't so understanding!
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on April 15, 2015, 16:04:37 PM
Thanks for the update, a member over at RG posted this:
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Tim Nicholls wrote:
Guys,
I've been holding off posting here while frantically trying to work out the details so I'd have some answers for you. I don't have those right now, but I'm working hard to sort things out. I can tell you that the publication date will definitely be pushed out beyond the 27th, mainly due to some serious personal/family circumstances that mean I just can't commit the necessary time to do the promotional activities the marketing people want from me. In any other situation, I'd do whatever it takes to get the book out, but right now, I just can't be away and certainly not out of the country.
I need to be home with my family.
The editor I'm working with is trying to be as supportive as she can, while balancing the commercial interests of the publishers. We're working it out, but at this point I simply don't have a revised date to give you. They don't want to do the print run until everything is planned out around the promotional stuff (understandable) and I just don't know yet what I can commit to and when. We're not arguing; just negotiating.
The canvas prints are finally being stretched this week and I'll be around next week to get them shipped out. I have to say, the quality of the printing is actually better than the original company I used to use - they look spectacular. I'm shipping the replacement framed marquees out today to the three backers whose first shipments went missing.
As soon as I know anything at all about schedules etc. I'll post short updates here. I won't wait until I have all the answers as that leaves long gaps with no word from me and I know that makes some people uncomfortable.
As an aside, I heard from the Official Receiver this week that the print company I was originally working with has now been shut down by the courts and their assets have been liquidated. Unfortunately, because the deposit I paid to their sales agent never went 'through the books', I'm not considered to be an official creditor and will get nothing back.
In a strangely ironic twist, the things that are making it hard for me to commit to promoting it, have actually made getting the book out even more time-critical than it already was. I promise you I have all the motivation I need.
Thank you all for the support and for sticking it out all the way through this.
Tim
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Shadowrunner on April 15, 2015, 17:13:36 PM
Thanks Greyfox, nice to know the whole story. Hopefully this will keep the wolves at bay!
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on April 15, 2015, 17:46:54 PM
Life happens and, truthfully, family and health come first.  Anyone who doesn't understand that has issues.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on April 15, 2015, 18:09:12 PM
As above, Tim would not have wanted these issues so fair play to the guy.. It will be out when its out.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on August 28, 2015, 22:21:51 PM
A new update has been posted!

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The book is going to happen...!

...and I'm very, very happy to tell you that it'll be published as a Bitmap Books title :-)
Many of you will already have backed one or more of the Bitmap Books Kickstarter campaigns. Sam and I have been in touch since before his first one launched and I consider him a friend. He has stepped in with an offer to publish the book, making sure that Artcade doesn't just fade away as a nice idea that disappointed a lot of people. We have agreed the details of how things will work and I received the contract today.
Sam will take responsibility for the final design and publication of the book, including making sure that every backer gets their copy/copies along with the t-shirts and CDs. I'll ship out the few outstanding artwork rewards shortly (over the next couple of weeks)
At this point, we haven't discussed a publication date, but I know Sam will want to get things moving quickly, while delivering the best possible quality. As soon as we've worked out what will happen when, I'll let everyone know.
Thanks for sticking things out - it will definitely be worth it :-)
Have a great weekend everyone!
Tim
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on August 28, 2015, 23:00:33 PM
Fantastic news.. :113:
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on August 29, 2015, 08:46:30 AM
Freaking awesome news, delighted for Tim, that this has been much deserved been rescued and its in safe hands with Bitmap Books, Sam knows what he's doing!!

Fantastic news this!!
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on September 03, 2015, 02:50:47 AM
Latest update:

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Hello Artcade backers,
Some of you may know me, but I run a publishing company called Bitmap Books where we specialise in books all about retro gaming. So far we have successfully used Kickstarter to fund and produce books on the Commodore 64 and Amiga, with a book on the ZX Spectrum due out in November. I have known Tim for a while and for the last few months we have been discussing how I can help with the Artcade book.

I am a graphic designer by trade so very experienced in book design and print/production. I also have very high standards of production so Artcade will be produced to a very high finish.
My No.1 priority at this stage is to deliver the book to you backers. I will also take responsibility for shipping the British IBM CDs and T-Shirts. Tim will be handling canvasses.

All the amazing artwork that Tim has produced is finished, so that is a huge chunk of work already done and he is in the process of transferring these large digital files to me. The reality is that I am going to have to start from scratch with the design and layout and start pulling together the book that everyone's been waiting for. Please note that I will not be altering the design style as seen in the original Kickstarter. Part of Timís wish is that the project is seen through how he imagined it right at the beginning.

As far as timings go, design will start right away. Working alongside my other book commitments (and imminent new arrival to the family) I am setting a publication date of April 2015 at the latest. The digital PDF will be distributed as soon as book shipping starts. I appreciate that this may be a long time to wait but I will make sure I share regular updates showing progress.

I believe you can still change your addresses as some of you have probably moved since first filling it out. On the main project page, under your selected pledge will be a ĎYour responseí link which will allow you to edit your address.

I cannot comment on these updates so If anyone has any questions about the book/shipping please email me directly on sam@bitmapbooks.co.uk and any updates on the books progress will be posted here as updates by Tim from me.

Thanks,
Sam Dyer
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on September 03, 2015, 12:50:06 PM
wow, the white knight has rode in officially now folks.  can't wait to see wht he does with it as he has to possible make dramatic changes to the design and possible fonts and layout and correct all those margins and bleed, as doing a digital publication is a breeze from my experience, doing a printed version that's a different story altogether :) Works continue with me too, so I'll have to keep an eye on this  :43:
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on September 03, 2015, 13:12:59 PM
I'm assuming he meant April 2016 on that update.  :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on September 05, 2015, 14:45:01 PM
I would hope so lol..
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on September 30, 2015, 03:02:21 AM
Here's another update:

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Hi Artcade backers ,
I received all of the marquee files from Tim at the weekend so now I can start on the book.
The first job to start paginating and creating a page plan and then I can start the design. As with Tim's original vision for the book design, each double page spread will feature a single marquee in all its glory. At the back of the book will then be an index which will have the details of the specific games, the artist (if known) and a small review of the artwork. I have loads of these amazing marquees to include and I am even more excited now I have seen them all as a set. They will appear in chronological order within the book so you can see the evolution of the artwork throughout time.
Also within the book, which Tim and I have recently spoken more about, will be x2 interview/features with prominent artists Larry Day and and the late Python Anghelo. Within these features will be unseen concept artwork which will look fantastic and be fascinating to read about.
I am also really pleased that Tim will be working with me in an active roll to complete the book and oversee proceedings.
Now that we are officially underway, I will commit to regular updates on progress to keep you all in the loop as Iíve done with my other books.
Any questions, please email me on sam@bitmapbooks.co.uk as I canít comment here.
Thanks,
Sam Dyer
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on October 01, 2015, 06:30:49 AM
Did not know he was redesigning it?

Surely it looked amazing as it was?
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on October 01, 2015, 11:36:09 AM
I didn't know until I read that.  I guess he must have seen things he could improve upon.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on October 01, 2015, 12:06:14 PM
For what it's worth, this is the right move, in some instances people who believe that they can do it all themselves, graphic design, layouts etc. feel what looks right to them may or may not be what the finished product will appeal to those you are potential customers. Sam is applying his Graphic design background to this now and is officiously working on a formula that caters to such an audience with the reshuffle in the design and layout of the book.

I feel this will make it better that it was originally intended to be, I'm still eager to know what the book format size will be, as for artwork of this nature Landscape or even panoramic is required because of the orientation of the Marquee artwork with possible fold out pages in doing so which would be an incredible and unique feature to have in this book, but that would probably out weight production costs, but something to keep in mind maybe as a special edition version of the book perhaps?.

I myself spend many hours formulating the layout and look of the Coin-Op book which I have to say has been a massive undertaking and an amazing experience in producing what i have produced so far, so I understand the reason and angle in which Sam direction for it is taking place. The interviews ideas is a good one along with concept or sketch drawing or artwork is a great way to break up the sections in the book. I found the subject matter though to be exclusive in the manner that it's not widely available to incorporate into an Arcade book because of all the different territories in where the games themselves were originally created.

I look forward with eager eyes to see what he produces and have a great informative and visually stunning book from Sam & Tim.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Shadowrunner on October 01, 2015, 15:12:26 PM
Nice to see this is back on track. Looking forward to it :)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on October 01, 2015, 20:38:06 PM
I digress to your superior knowledge pal, if you feel this is a good decision then I am fully behind it.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on November 07, 2015, 22:43:13 PM
A new update has been posted:

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Hey there Artcadians,
I'm posting an update for Sam (see below) but before that, I just want to say that this book is shaping up to be bigger and better than I ever imagined :-) Sam and I are working hard to get everything ready, making edits and design changes along the way to ensure that it's absolutely the best it can possibly be. Sam's commitment to the project is clear (especially taking into account that he recently became a daddy again!) and the result of that commitment will be a book that's even more spectacular than then I originally imagined.
The sample pages I'll post after Sam's message should give you guys a taste of what's to come - enjoy!
Tim
Ps. Everyone gets a bonus set of cool Artcade postcards too :-)
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Hi Artcade backers,
Just an update from me on how things are going.
The design of the book is progressing really well. Pretty much all the marquees are in the design and Iím working with Tim to get these finalised.
We are aiming for a March 2016 publication date.
There is still a lot to do to bring the final book together but all is going smoothly so far and Iím really excited to how itís shaping up.
To help finance this project Iím going to start pre-selling the book from my website (http://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk (http://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk)). BUT, you original backers will be taken care of first and foremost so please donít worry about that. The sales performance isnít important though - this WILL be printed no matter how the sales go.
More updates and and when I have news. Any questions, please get in touch at hello@bitmapbooks.co.uk
Thanks,
Sam

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Title: Re: Artcade
Post by: Greyfox on November 07, 2015, 23:15:58 PM
beautiful, I take each game now gets a introduction text of some sort before the showcased Marquee artwork, delighted for Tim and Sam that this will be finally make it into the wild and hope to show my support by purchasing a copy of the book when it's released into the wild.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on March 05, 2016, 01:22:58 AM
Here is an update I think many of us will like...

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This is no longer a project...
Posted by Tim Nicholls (Creator)
...it's a book!
Hello everyone - this is Tim.
This is a big day. A very big day.
My sample copy of the finished book arrived about 15 minutes ago and I'm still in a bit of a daze. This is going to be a short update (I'm struggling to concentrate right now!) just to let you all see the shots I took after unwrapping it - they're not staged or properly lit, they're a few pics of the book in its natural home: on a coffee table :-)
I'm stunned by the quality of the printing, the colour accuracy and the binding too - I'm so happy with it, I'm one turn of the page away from tears!
There are only a few copies finished right now, for approval and press/media review. The production run is in progress and the April shipping date remains the same. One thing I can promise you with absolute certainty now is; it will definitely be worth the wait.
Honestly: it is 324 pages of absolute awesome!
I want to thank every one of you once more for sticking with me - I appreciate it and I never take it for granted.
So, thank you all and I hope you have a great weekend,
Tim
PS. If you'd like to see more of the content (SPOILER ALERT!) the guys from GamesYouLoved.com have uploaded a short unboxing video to YouTube here:

https://youtu.be/D7M4qT3P9-Q (https://youtu.be/D7M4qT3P9-Q)
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Shadowrunner on March 05, 2016, 04:09:13 AM
Yes, it's finally done!
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on March 05, 2016, 09:53:20 AM
This is wonderful news, and so delighted for tim's vision to finally have made it!, Sam Dyer has done the book justice and is a fantastic alliance between them to have produced such an amazing looking book, and I wish it every success in the future. And thank them both for a great piece of kit, expecting mine in April.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on March 06, 2016, 23:22:04 PM
Yep Tim and to a certain extent has done an awesome job on this. Totally chuffed for the guy. Nice work.


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Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on May 03, 2016, 17:44:11 PM
https://youtu.be/7xniR5ByeWg (https://youtu.be/7xniR5ByeWg)

Tim talks about his book.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: TrekMD on May 03, 2016, 22:33:28 PM
Excellent!  The book really is a beauty.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: psj3809 on May 05, 2016, 13:18:46 PM
Love the book. Makes you really appreciate that artwork for the marquees.

Must admit i was in the original kickstarter then left it (worried with lack of updates etc) but i ordered this the second Sam got involved. Great looking book, makes me want to play those games much more which are featured.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: zapiy on May 05, 2016, 19:33:13 PM
Me too, yes there is some issues with the spreads across two pages but its not a huge issue to me personally.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Shadowrunner on May 05, 2016, 19:51:16 PM
I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive :45: Hopefully it shows up today or tomorrow so I can check it out this weekend.
Title: Re: Artcade.
Post by: Greyfox on May 05, 2016, 21:00:20 PM
I'm doing a RVG review for it at moment, better get my skates on..or the boss will be pissed :)