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New Retro Arcade Book: Missile Commander - available now


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Hi all.

 

I've just self-published my first book, Missile Commander. I've been rolling it out gradually to ensure that I can fulfil orders in good time without being swamped (which turns out to be the right decision as orders have exceeded my expectations so far).

 

It's been suggested that I make it available here, as I figure it will be of interest to you all.

 

Missile Commander has been a 7-year project. If you've not figured it out by the title, the book takes a deep dive into the creation of the arcade game Missile Command, from initial concept through to its release in the arcades during the summer of 1980. It also tells the tale of how I got the Guinness World Record on the game – from playing as a kid in local arcades in Bristol, through to encountering all sorts of drama in more recent years, with stories and anecdotes along the way. 

 

So why should you buy it? Well, there’s no waiting around for a Kickstarter – the book is done and printed. Second, it’s not the usual glossy coffee-table type collectable with pretty pictures and stuff that gamers already know – it’s a full-length, detailed hardback book printed on quality 104 gsm paper – 77,000 words spanning 267 pages. There are 60 colour images to support the dialogue, many previously unpublished, including a few surprises for the collectors and gaming historians out there. In short, if you enjoy my blog and classic arcade gaming, and "old" Atari, then this will be right up your street. Lots of previously unknown detail and info is revealed.

 

What I think I've produced is a properly researched, well-written, quality product that people with an interest in video game history are going to enjoy. I've always felt that the story of the development of Missile Command has never been properly told and I wanted to address that. The icing on the cake (well, for me at least), is that Dave Theurer, the creator of Missile Command was good enough to write the foreword; and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the original arcade game. There’s more detail about the contents on the ordering page below if you want to check it out:

 

www.missilecommander.com

 

Feedback from initial recipients of the book has been very positive in terms of shipping, the physical quality of the book and its detailed content.

 

Risks: Payment is by Paypal, so buyers get the usual protections there should I get run over by a bus, or disappear to Rio with your cash. I'm an active part of the arcade collecting/restoring community, and have no plans to sully my name by failing to deliver on expectations. To reiterate, this isn't a "6 month Kickstarter wait" situation - the book is done and ready to go!

 

Current shipping status: The first batch has sold out, but I expect another batch to arrive next week, which is when I will ship your book to you. In short I don't anticipate a long lead time here. I will update shipping status in this thread to keep you all up to speed. (The post office at the moment appears to be rather sporadic with delivery times depending on where you are, so please bear with me).

 

I'm not a publisher. This has been a personal indie project. As a one man band, I've self-published, which means I don't have the leverage of volume production and marketing from a publisher or distributor behind me and of course I'm not in a position to order and store 1,000 copies of the book up front. But I’ve kept the price as low as I can - the UK price of £24.99 includes shipping in a protective Amazon-style cardboard bookwrap and some freebies too for the first bunch of orders. I can also ship outside the UK if required (at an additional cost obviously) - more detail on the landing page.

 

Happy to answer any further questions anyone might have.

 

If you choose to order a copy, I am very grateful for your support. I am confident you will enjoy this celebration of one of Atari's best-loved arcade titles.

 

Thank you!

 

Click here to place your order: www.missilecommander.com



Tony

 

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2 hours ago, CrashedAlex said:

Really want to read your book. Is there a digital version coming? Or can I pay you £24.99 to get it digitally?

 

E-Book is in the works, but will be a few months away. 

 

If you order a physical copy, more than happy to get a complimentary digital version to you when it's ready if that helps.

 

The book itself is a quality thing, you won't be disappointed with it on your shelf when you're done.

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52 minutes ago, luth714 said:

Ha, was just reading this and thought "Oooo should tell my mate Rich about this"...then I see it's written by you Tony :) So I'm sure he already knows plenty about it :) Good luck with it, looks great!

 

Thanks! Response has been great so far!

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On 11/11/2020 at 11:12, Anne Summers said:

Are you still the Guinness World Record holder?

I was always terrible at this game, just panic and lose it once missiles get too fast. I've been playing the very decent Reloaded version on Android though and getting ok at it - touch screen makes it much simpler!

 

I am yes. The key to Missile Command is not to panic. The game is actually very rhythmic - once you get into that frame of mind you get to an autopilot stage ("in the zone" its commonly called) where you're seeing everything and dealing with it well ahead of trouble.

 

Thanks again for the orders everyone - everything has shipped. I hope you enjoy the read!

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  • 4 weeks later...

Just finished reading through the book. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Just the right mix of technical content, personal history, achievement of the world record and your subsequent adventures. 

 

This would be a great place to offer up some bonus Roy Schildt content... 

 

 

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On 14/12/2020 at 12:29, CrashedAlex said:

Thanks for this! Have just bought it from Amazon! 

 

Thank you sir!

 

On 07/01/2021 at 10:22, MagicalDrop said:

Just finished reading through the book. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Just the right mix of technical content, personal history, achievement of the world record and your subsequent adventures. 

 

This would be a great place to offer up some bonus Roy Schildt content... 

 

 

Thanks! I'm really glad you enjoyed the read. If you get 2 minutes, could I ask you to leave a review on Amazon? - would be a huge help!

 

As for bonus content, there's a few things out there that are worth checking out:

 

1. Try Roy's return to bodybuilding (potentially unpleasant/NSFW). Don't say I didn't warn you.

2. His original interview with the TV show Disinformation is always worth a watch.

 

YouTube is a bit of a rabbit hole full of more stuff related to him if you search around.

 

Slightly more on topic, I recently uploaded the footage of my 4.4 million point World Record game on Missile Command which you can check out here.

 

If anyone would like a signed hardback copy of Missile Commander, you can still grab one from from my site here. I'm shipping daily.

 

Thanks again gents.

 


Tony

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  • 10 months later...

If anyone missed out earlier this year on grabbing a copy of my book, I have another batch of the hardback version of Missile Commander available now ready to ship out. The price is discounted for all orders made this month - the book is now just £19.99 including shipping to the UK. (Global shipping also available).

 

With Xmas coming up, get your other half to order you one, or it makes a great gift!

 

More detail about the book and what you are getting can be found here.

 

Or go straight to the UK ordering page here.

 

Thanks!

 

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