Not In Time For Christmas

I intended to post a note on here when the paperback version of my book about gaming, This Gaming Life, was available in the UK, and I completely forgot. So you can now buy it directly from distributor Eurospan and have it arrive too late for Christmas. Or from Amazon UK, where it is now out of stock. Go. Me. You can read a bit more about the book here. The last of my hardback copies are being competitioned away for the subscribers today.


  1. John Walker says:

    Yeah, but the survival manual book had illustrations by ME. And was therefore better.

  2. Glove says:

    I finished reading it last night! Was great throughout, aside from being a tad generalistic at the start (which is to be expected anyway, given its intended approachability), and the last third or so was just brilliant.

  3. DMJ says:

    So… It’s like… words? Stained cleverly on pressed and bound wood-pulp?

  4. Martin Coxall says:

    I enjoyed the singleplayer campaign but found the multiplayer lacking.

    ALSO: no achievements.


    • Jim Rossignol says:

      Achievements and co-op are being held back for the sequel.

    • Psychopomp says:

      Ha, figures. What a sellout. How long until you join Bobby on his stack of money and tears?

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      Hush, or I’ll deploy the DLC option.

    • Martin Coxall says:

      If I read all the chapters on EXPERT, I deserve an unlockable bonus chapter.

      Seriously, though, this was a great little book. A perfect Christmas gift for the interactive electronic entertainment liker in your midst, had you thought of buying it a week ago.

    • Flimgoblin says:

      There’s split-screen co-op. It’s more of a time trial game though, see who can get through each page fastest.

    • Optimaximal says:

      But does it support Dedicated Servers?

    • westyfield says:

      It’s full of those awful quick-time events where you must keep performing simple tasks to progress the narrative.
      More of a tech demo, really.

  5. Schadenfreude says:

    The hardcover still appears to be in stock at Amazon. Tempted to buy but not a hope in Hell it’d make it to Dublin by Christmas (Or in fact New Years knowing our postal service).

    • Flimgoblin says:

      It’s for This Gaming Life, not just for christmas.

      (ooh that was bad)

  6. jon_hill987 says:

    Well spotted Schadenfreude, All glory to the Hypnotoad.

    Hopefully mine should arive tomorow (or I will ask Amazon for my delivery charge back).

  7. goob says:

    Any chance it might be available on Kindle any time soon?

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      Yes, the electronic versions should appear soon.

    • Ian says:

      @ goob: Beware, I heard the electronic version is going to have awful DRM and you won’t be able to customise the controls.

    • jon_hill987 says:

      @ Ian: I know you were just jokeing about the controls but if it is on Kindle then you are right about the DRM. You don’t own the book and they can delete if from your device at their discression.

    • Ian says:

      @ jon_hill: Really? And there was me being facetious. That sounds somewhat…. bastardish.

  8. invisiblejesus says:

    This book is NOTHING compared to Starcraft 2! NOTHING!

    In all seriousness, hopefully I’ve have a copy waiting for me under the tree this year.

  9. Weylund says:

    I attempted to purchase your book of games here in my country, but it appears as though you have not yet made enough of them with your exhausted, bear-poo-streaked hands. I will wait over here for more, in this corner, with the horse.

  10. fishyjoes says:

    Just ordered a “copy” at eurobooks. Strangly it made me pay “shipping cost”.
    I asked my grandpa about this and he said, back in his days, stuff was packed in big boxes with pictures on them. They would be flown through the sky into the hands of a strange person called delivery man. Which eventually knocked at your door and finally gave it to you. The whole process took days he said.
    I hopes its not going to take THAT long. COME ON we dont live in the 64kb days anymore, do we?

  11. OutofStock says:

    You asked your grandpa? Heck, why not just ask DAD? The 64kb days were but just a few years ago. A decade tops! Keep in mind the “delivery man” is still alive to this day! Be careful of talking about him like he was already dead and in the history books. ;)