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Sega Master System: a visual compendium (Kickstarter Book)
Post Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:37 pm
Bitmap Books and Sam Dyer are working on a beautiful licensed Sega Master System book "Sega Master System: a visual compendium".

The project is currently being funded through Kickstarter, with only 10 days to go!. Additional pre-orders will allow the book to grow and add extra contents (it is currently aimed to be about 364 pages, maybe more add additional stretch goals are reached!). The final product should be available in February 2019 but remember it is will be more difficult to order it past the end of the crowdfunding round.

If you are interested, see the Kickstarter page for lots more details and pictures!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2146199819/sega-master-system-a-visual-compendium









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Post Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:23 am
I went the for the hardcover version. Bring of Feb 2019!
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:16 am
Small trivia: I wrote some short reviews for 3 games so I'll be the book :) it was really fun writing them. Looking forward to read the others.
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Post Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:44 pm
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Small trivia: I wrote some short reviews for 3 games so I'll be the book :) it was really fun writing them. Looking forward to read the others.


I sent a msg to Sam over Twitter a few months ago and asked if he'd contacted anyone from SMS Power
He said he was in contact with you so that is awesome! :)
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:26 am
So excited about this book. I've backed it too and also ordered in his previous NES, SNES and Point & Click adventure books which just arrived and have blown me away!

Sadly due to licensing issues his MS book is not going to be covering any of the Wonderboy Games though. :(
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:35 am
The Wonder Boy situation is really frustrating for every one.. Many of us pushed to help Sam with the licensing and even people at Sega Europe tried hard but for various reasons I cannot detail it isn't currently possible.
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:12 pm
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The Wonder Boy situation is really frustrating for every one.. Many of us pushed to help Sam with the licensing and even people at Sega Europe tried hard but for various reasons I cannot detail it isn't currently possible.


What does this mean precisely? Will there be no screenshot of any Wonder Boy game or will these games not even be mentioned?
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:55 pm
Wait, is Wonder Boy forbidden to appear in books now or what the heck.
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:32 pm
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What does this mean precisely? Will there be no screenshot of any Wonder Boy game or will these games not even be mentioned?

As far as I understand the book can't use screenshots/visual material of any of the WB games.

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Wait, is Wonder Boy forbidden to appear in books now or what the heck.

Yes unfortunately. As pointed out we all tried really hard to help fix that situation, but there was a tangible risk that SOJ would suddenly decide to retract themselves for the entirety of the book.
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Post Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:04 am
I noticed in recent pictures that Sam has put the Monica Brazllian SMS Wonder boy conversions in the book instead. Nice way around the problem haha.. exact same game but with a different name and main character sprite lol. Good on him!
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:20 pm
You will find my name on the list of supporters as well. It´s a real beautiful book and I am excited to read through it.
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:08 am
Uh oh.. there's been a fire at the printers in China! Our books 'may' be destroyed. Thankfully they're insured though but this will mean a longer wait.

Not sure if my account can post links yet but I'll give this a shot!

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Post Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 3:04 am
Mine arrived Saturday 18-May. I made a forum post with a photo but I guess it's still being approved for the forum.

It's a very nicely finished product. There's lots of insight in the written content. The book itself is full of colour which to me is significant because being a kid I was dead set on buying a C64 until I saw my friend's new SMS II and I thought 'wow, the C64 has nothing on the colours and graphics of this thing!'.

I read all 3 of Omar's (aka Bock) reviews in the book which I have to say are quite well written. Based on Omar's review I'm now chasing down Gangster Town.
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Post Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 7:34 am
Mine also arrived this week, very happy about it :)
Glad you enjoyed my weird reviews!

(Your forum post didn't go through, do you have a copy of the text? There's no approval mechanism here, just the forum code ignores some posting attempts when they look suspicious (too fast, too new) and puts you back to the posting page. Sorry if you lost your review :()
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Probably too new? XD

Here's the photo:
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Post Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 6:51 pm
I also got mine, with cute 3D-glasses and everything :) It looks super well designed and executed, and I look forward to read the different sections in the evenings to come. This is surely the visual compendium the Master System deserves!
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Post Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 9:30 pm
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I also got mine, with cute 3D-glasses and everything :) It looks super well designed and executed, and I look forward to read the different sections in the evenings to come. This is surely the visual compendium the Master System deserves!


I agree, it´s a beautiful masterpiece. I got it today and I´m super excited to read through it!
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Post Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 10:49 pm
Mine arrived today. Really looking forward to reading through it. It looks and feels top quality.

Hope you guys like my little Putt & Putter review :D
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Post Posted: Thu May 23, 2019 8:05 am
Mine arrived this week too.. looks so good!!!! :)

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Post Posted: Sun May 26, 2019 8:54 am
Got mine, too. Really a quality product. It was a pleasant surprise when it "suddenly" arrived, seemingly out of the blue, as I had, in fact, completely forgotten that I had supported that particular kickstarter quite a while ago.

I was delighted when I found out that the book doesn't only feature contributions by Bock, but also a few by Heinrich Lenhardt, who used to be one of my favourite reviewers back then, which makes it all the more awesome. You know, this guy.

I liked the SMS book enough that I ordered the C64 and Amiga versions, too.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:00 am
I really enjoyed this book, and I return frequently to It. However, with subsequent readings my take on the games' selection has changed a bit.

At First It seemed like 99% of the truly great stuff had managed to be into the book. On a closer scrutiny however, it's weird for example that Arc's Daimakaimura was omitted in favor of Tiertex' Strider.

I know that handling the rights must have been a torture while making the book. And definitely there's a huge stake of Sega's first party output... As a consequence of this, some of the european flavor of the SMS gets inevitably diluted. Gauntlet, Impossible Mission, Desert Strike, Alien 3 and Mortal Kombat certainly would have deserved a spotlight. Robocod too.

On the Japanese front, Rastan is absent and Streets of Rage left out for the less accomplished SoR2...

There are also some obvious duds which get more praise than they deserve: one gets the impression that the authors liked Rainbow Island as much as Final Bubble Bobble, which would be all kinds of wrong...

Nitpicks aside, I still think it's awesome and the best Master System book around :)
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