I’ll be adding new stores as they add the book. If you’d like to contact me for any reason, don’t hesitate to do so.
ESFI has posted an exclusive excerpt from The Starcraft Bible. It is a 10,000 word chronicling of an infamous episode in the Flash/Jaedong rivalry. Appropriately, it is called “Rivalry” and the writer’s name is Tom Hackleman. It is going to be on the front page of ESFI tomorrow but you, lucky you, can read it right now. Everyone buy Tom a drink!
Edit: Maybe we can’t read it yet! It’ll be up tomorrow, I’ll update the link ASAP.
- The original thread, September 22, 2010
- The book announcement, October 29, 2010
- Purchase the book: Coming January 3, 2010
Finally, here we are. The StarCraft Bible (225 pgs) will be available as a paperback and an e-book on January 3rd.
The Bible began as an idea six months ago as a posting on a message board. After a twisting journey propelled by the StarCraft community’s encouragement, a journey which included stints above and below my consciousness, the Bible has become a book. Finally.
I didn’t know what to expect when I began the project. There was excitement and hope from hundreds of people but the actual finished product was just a vague idea in my mind. Now it has materialized in the form of a 225 page book complete with pretty pictures and the sort of writing that won readers over in the beginning.
The final copy of the book is resting in my lap and yet this does not feel finished. It feels more like a first step toward something bigger and better. It was a step taken quickly, excitedly and without much knowledge about what lay ahead. I guess we’ll find out if it’s anything worth talking about.
I spoke with a number of fascinating people including very recent conversations with two of the most well-loved figures in StarCraft. Grrrr…., someone I watched and revered as a kid, talked with me about his struggles and triumphs in South Korea. He was out until 4am the night before he won his Starleague. DjWheat, an e-sports apostle, told stories that will fill you with envy and hope. In Seoul, he had to duck out the back of a restaurant after lunch with Lim Yo Hwan to avoid a mob of Boxer fans.
Everyone involved put a lot of work into this. The submissions and interviews were top notch and well thought out. I spent more hours than I can count on this book and I know that I am not the only one. It’s not perfect but it’s a first attempt at raising the bar in e-sports, at creating something that may begin to be called e-sports journalism if we continue to work hard.
This was published with my money, with the hard work of every contributor and on the high shoulders of the greatest e-sport ever: StarCraft. This is not backed by any major publisher or even website and will not be raking in millions with the next Twilight. But that was never the point.
Allow me to quote an inspiration of mine:
This isn’t some vanity-press sour-grapes effort. The simple truth is that we probably can’t compete on the shelves at Barnes & Noble alongside every other book in the world. The agents and the publishers are right; it might not work for a mass market. That’s okay. We don’t need to sell it to everyone. We don’t need to sell 100,000 copies; we don’t have the rent on a New York office to pay for.
We only need to sell it to you.
The goal is to spread the gospel, truths about e-sports. The goal is to create something worth reading, to win new converts, to be passionate about what we love. The goal is to look into the past and to build for the future.
To quote my inspirations once more:
Did you know that on any given day, an Amazon.com bestseller only sells a few hundred copies? Sure, they sell a few hundred copies a day for weeks and months on end, but what we’ve learned is that it only takes a few hundred sales on a single day to become an Amazon.com bestseller.
Becoming a success, being noticed, capturing the attention of a big audience is within our reach. It takes hard work, a quality product and a passionate audience. If we have nothing else, we have that.
Instructions on purchasing the book will be listed here, on Team Liquid, on the book’s blog and everywhere I can be found (eg Twitter and other forums). It will be for sale on Amazon as a paper back and from the Kindle and the Nook as an e-book.
Tell people about it. Post links on Facebook, discuss it in forums, talk to everyone you know with an interest in e-sports or RTS games. Tweet it. Call me a nerd as you stay up past midnight to read it. Show your kid the pretty pictures. Capture people’s attention.
When you’ve read it, review it. Do so on Amazon, on Facebook, on forums and at the dinner table. Tell me how you feel about it, tell everyone. Most of all, be honest and be loud if you think the book calls for it.
I don’t have a marketing budget and I have no backing but what I have in my own pocket. This project will succeed or fail on word of mouth.
The weapons in our arsenal are passion and excitement. I’m feeling ambitious. Let’s see how far they can take us.
Thank you to:
Team Liquid for being the backbone of StarCraft for much of the world.
The TL writers for raising the bar of e-sports writing.
ilnp aka dudey of old-school fame, an awesome help.
Pillars, an ex-professional who shed light on the old days.
Artosis, one of the best commentators around and always willing to drop knowledge on my head.
Sean Plott for being a phenomenal ambassador.
Marcus “djWheat” Graham for being the sharpest Swiss Army Knife of e-sports.
JP McDaniel for being excellent.
Ret for being unyieldingly impressive and a good psych patient as well.
Guillaume “Grrrr…” Patry, the one and only, for being frankly honest.
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier for being excited about this and teaching me what geek chills were.
tec27 because he’s consistently awesome. Hi tec.
IdrA for being a super-villain.
~NoHunters for being abrasive assholes and just my sort of people for more than a decade.
WaxAngel, the old torch bearer.
blid, the torch carrier for the Warcraft 2 community, always willing to illuminate the old game.
The surviving Warcraft 2 community for being so willing to talk about your game.
Liquipedia for beginning what will likely be years of difficult but excellent work. A completely underappreciated tool.
TLPD for giving me all the statistics in the entire universe.
Spencer Wightman, Xxio, for doing what he does best.
Nathan Smolin for taking the road less traveled by, making all the difference in his piece.
Arrian for thinking big picture and writing even bigger.
Xxio for being a great talent and unsung hero and helping continue a great tradition.
Cedstick for giving us beautiful pictures, a window into the e-sport world.
Stefan “MorroW” Andersson, the Swedish Terran with an eye on Seoul.
KDraconis, the StarCraft: Legacy writer with unique insight into Korea.
Captain Peabody, the TL poster and fiction writer.
Alex “Aeres” Dellinger, the TL poster and pro-gamer biographer.
Leandro Gobbo, who has kindly offered to help in translation duties for this mammoth project.
Wayne “d22-soso” Chiang, the old school gamer with great insight into the beginnings of the scene.
Jay “gadianton” Severson, soso’s right hand man and another great source of insight into StarCraft antiquity.
prodiG, the ICCup map-maker.
emythrel, a man with talent for teaching.
Dakine, a wealth of WarCraft 2 information.
Josh “AskJosh” Suth, the quiet YouTube dreamer.
“Fenix” Jian Carlo Morayra Alejo, the workman Terran out of Peru.
I forgot people, I’m sure. It’s been a long process and I am sincerely sorry to those momentarily forgotten. Let me know who I forgot, I’ll be glad to give you the thanks you deserve. If you contributed to and are featured in the book, you deserve a free copy. Contact me and I will get it to you ASAP.
The book is in my hands. i’m going to set a date (very soon) and we’re going to get this baby rolling. news incoming.
Here’s the current info, not yet finalized but looking pretty close to it.
List Price: $16.99
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
The size of things may change but probably not.
The book is currently deep in the belly of Amazon. Their process of review will take several days. As soon as it is done, the book will go on sale.
The StarCraft Bible will be available for purchase as an e-book on Amazon within a short time. Amazon is currently in the final review process. This version clocks in at 216 pages and is priced $9.99.
When it is finally on sale (in this format and in others, including the print version), I will be making a big post announcing exactly that.
Thank you to everyone who has been on board from beginning to end. Here comes the climactic finish.