Since I’ve heralded the news that I will be ceasing the repetitive drudgery that has denoted so much of my occupational life, I thought I’d let those of you out-of-the-loop know that once upon a time I did in fact write a book.
WarBirds: The Story so far… was published in 1999 by Burbank Books. It focused on a popular flight- simulator that represented the Internet’s first Massively Multi-player Online Game (mmog).
It was a remarkable achievement insomuch that my editor was located in South Africa. My co-writer and publisher were based in Australia, and I was living in Canada. The book is well over 500 pages and represented a couple of years labor during which I interviewed members of the “WarBirds” community, the game’s developers, real WWII pilots and gathered information on the many squadrons that made up the game. I also wrote about the game’s development history and the gaming conventions that constituted a major source of fun and barely fit-to-print shenanigans.
The book and its inspiration were hardcore testimonials to the male sex and represents one of the most testosterone laden chapters of my life. There exist pictures of a very grizzled and vastly over-weight me surrounded by pints of beer, “stogie” in hand and ubiquitous “WarBirds” ball-cap yelling up a storm amidst my aviation loving peers in various locations of the good ol’ US of A. I refer to this period as “The longest cocktail party” because it sure seemed it.
At any rate, I was pleased to see that a copy of the book is located with the National Library of Australia and that numerous citations regarding the book exist including one at wired.com. The British gaming magazine “Edge” also reviewed the book quite favorably stating that it represented: “crucial reading for anyone attempting to understand the dynamics of building an online gaming community.”
Not bad for a first effort if I do say so myself.