Game Design Advice on the Cheap

Just a quick note that “How to be a lead designer” is available for $0.99 (today only, I think though it will be at a lower price for about a week before climbing back to its normal price point).

http://www.amazon.com/Lead-Designer-Lazy-Game-Design-ebook/dp/B00JUYRB18/

Also a story reprint of mine, ‘The Monastery’, is now free to read over at Amazon. It was originally published in ‘Not One of Us’.

http://www.amazon.com/Monastery-Sabriel-Book-1-ebook/dp/B0052OJAZ0/

I have a bit longer of a post in the works describing what I’m up to and such but for now a quick summary will suffice:
- I have a couple weeks left on the current novel (rough draft)
- I’d like to start a middle-grade children’s book next month
- My newsletter is serializing the first book of the lazy designer (http://blog.brentknowles.com/brents-mailing-list/)
- I’m continuing work on both http://fiction.brentknowles.com/ and my Hauler Unity game prototype.

Hope you are all having a good week. Got questions? Ask ‘em!

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My Fiction Site

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Minecraft? Microsoft? (The Builder Generation?)

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New Feature: Couch Games

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Question and Answer over on Goodreads

Today some fine folks over at Goodreads have invited me to a question and answer. Users have been adding questions for about a week and I’m trying to finish off replying to them all today. If you’d like to see what people are asking about and my responses, check it out: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1946103-featured-author-discussion—brent-knowles—august-20? And if you […]