Thursday, September 2, 2010

Worlds of the mog variety

Can you hear my fingers drumming in anticipation against my IKEA self-assembly writing desk? We are barely days away from the official launch of my debut novel Mogworld, a comic fantasy story about undead mobs in a sophisticated near-future MMORPG gradually realizing the true nature of their world. Also with lots of juicy violence.

And to mark the occasion, the launch party is (predictably) at the Mana Bar next week on Wednesday, September 8th, the official release date of the book and the day after quiz night. Everyone's invited and we're actually going to be selling actual physical actual copies of the actual book, before any other retailer, probably. I'll also be there to sign them (and anything else you feel like bringing in), exponentially increasing their eventual resale value. Plus they're first editions! Double trouble! Come on down at any time after opening (5pm), but move fast! We only have 100 copies in stock, and these things are going to be flying off the shelves so hard they could potentially become embedded in human skulls.

But don't despair if you're one of those fools who haven't done the smart thing and moved to Australia yet: you could be in with a chance of getting a copy of Mogworld even before then! All you have to do is get down to PAX this week, where the Escapist are giving away a limited number of copies to anyone who attends the Escapist Movie Night events, where Escapist videos such as Doraleous & Associates, I Hit It With My Axe and some rubbish called Zero Punctuation are being shown. 25 advance copies are up for grabs, just show up and enter the random draw.

Also, my tireless editor at Dark Horse, Rachel Edidin, is also at PAX, and will have a number of advance copies on her person each day to give away on a first-come, first-served basis, so go up and ask her for one. I'd tell you what she looks like but I've never met her in person. Maybe this could be a fun little detective game for you guys. Here's your first clue: I think she has short hair.

Why, there are so many ways to get a copy of Mogworld, it seems like you'd have to have learning difficulties to not have one in your possession by the end of next week. If all else fails there's always Amazon, I guess.

Oh yeah, and the results of the best Zero Punctuation ever debate are in: Duke Nukem Forever. The only review I've ever done of a game that doesn't actually exist. I really don't get you people sometimes.

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  2. Not to mention your Duke Nukem Forever was overwhelmingly positive, which is the opposite reason people like you so much. Sure it was a joke, but still. I only voted on that contest to get a chance to win your book anyway.

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  3. I didn't vote, I could more easily choose a favourite between my two children than single out just one Zero Punctuation. Then again I don't think it could have been any other episode? a) The most positive review b) for a game that doesn't exist!! It has karmic balance somehow.

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  4. You've been slamming the mainstream games for the last 3 years and only now do you think the people might be odd?

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  5. Amazon UK are delaying orders because of 'stock issues' until mid September to October! Got an email letting me know my preorder won't be coming on time so not good on the western front.

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  6. It's been delayed here in the UK.

    Fuck it, I think i'll come over to Australia for a week and attend the launch party at the Mana bar. I wish I could afford the flight.... *Gunshot*

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  7. My favorite ZP is still Airstrikes 2: Explosive Boogaloo, although the Halo Wars review is likely a close 2nd.


    I'm assuming that Mogworld will available from Barnes & Noble and such on the 8th? I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

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  8. Cannot wait for it come out.. My local retailer says they'll have it so I'm looking forward to the release! It's a massive shame it didn't make it for the original 18/8 goal. I would of finished it by now!

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  9. As Rich Hall once said "Good things come to those who wait. Shit comes straight away. They'll even delivery it to your day and say 'Here's your shit".... I'm happy to wait.

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  10. I find the results of the best ZP evar pretty ironic now that Duke Nukem Forever is coming out.

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  11. Positive Zero Punctuation reviews can boost sales (Painkiller) so its not that surprising that they can get a nonexistent game released.

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  12. Also, not only is DNF coming out from Gearbox, it's playable at PAX.

    http://www.destructoid.com/i-played-duke-nukem-forever-today-what-the-f-ck--183108.phtml

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  13. When I first saw the Duke Nukem Forever I thought it was more bizarre than funny - But it would appear many more people disagree. Oh well.

    Maybe people like that review becuase the game doesn't exist and, subsequently, no one else has an opinion of it to contest Yahtzee's?

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  14. Thats a good point, if a game doesnt exist it has no fanboys to bitch about it.

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  15. I just wonder if Gearbox will be able to work in that cooking game mechanic prophesised by Yahtzee? I'm sure that's what cinched the deal.

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  16. Hi Yahtzee,

    So you know, the Amazon link in your post is now broken.

    Good luck with sales.

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  18. If you care, I quite liked "Mogworld." Here's a review I did for my own website:

    http://thelesseroftwoequals.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/book-review-mogworld/

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