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I'm excited to announce that Amie and I have launched a Kickstarter for Stay Awhile and Listen: Book II – Heaven, Hell, and Secret Cow Levels. The campaign went live on June 29, the 18-year anniversary of Diablo 2. Appropriate, given that Stay Awhile 2 chronicles the making of Diablo 2 as well as StarCraft and the Brood War and Lord of Destruction expansion sets, as well as six years of the culture and history of Blizzard Entertainment and Blizzard North.
You'll find the Kickstarter here, and can pre-order the Kindle version for $10 or a signed paperback for $30. There's also an option to receive a personalized signature in a paperback for $45.
Stay Awhile 2 won't be out until next summer, but you can start reading now. There are 3 full chapters available to read online, as well as one partial chapter. Polygon, PCGamesN, and Shacknews have full chapters, while US Gamer hosts a generous portion of another chapter. Over all four excerpts, you'll learn about the creative turmoil over Diablo's Hellfire expansion, the making of Diablo 2's Amazon hero and desert-themed Act, StarCraft's 14-month crunch, and more.
I also wrote an editorial about Diablo 2's impact on action-RPGs (the franchise's native genre) and action games in general over on Retronauts.
More coverage will follow over the next 33 days as the Kickstarter campaign marches on. Stay awhile and read, won't you?