BOOKS NOW ON GENERAL SALE
MAY 7 2021
All Kickstarter rewards have been shipped so Paperback books are now available for purchase in our Store
There is a very limited stock of Hardback books remaining from the current print run so be sure to grab yours quickly!
There will be more Hardbacks available in the future once the gaming Expo circuit gets back up to speed.
FINAL BOOK SHIPMENTS
APRIL 18 2021
Good news for those still awaiting receipt of their paperback books.
As the following image shows, the final batch of books are ready for shipping.
I am told by my overseas shipping department that they will hopefully go out by mid week, but Friday at the latest.
Hopefully you will receive them by very early next week if not before.
Apologies for the delay in getting the last batches out but I promise you it will be worth the wait.
Thank you for your continued support and patience.
HARDBACK BOOKS FOR SALE
MARCH 25 2021
There is a limited number of Hardback Books for sale on the Store
which are left over from the first print run.
There will be print runs in the future, so if you miss out, use the
button and you will get first refusal on the next batch.
MARCH 20 2021
Matt Brown proudly shows his copy of the book during his Fuzzy Nonsense 2000 performance on the weekly British IBM Live Stream.
Thanks to Matt for this surprise and to Aidy for his weekly Live Streams
Click for image
PAPERBACKS ARE TURNING UP IN THE WILD
MARCH 1 2021
The Paperback books for the UK and Europe have been shipped and are arriving in backers' hands.
Books for the USA and the rest of the world are going out this week.
PAPERBACKS HAVE ARRIVED IN THE USA
FEBRUARY 6 2021
The books for the US and Canada have arrived and will be shipped out over the coming days.
Here is the proof!
MUSIC VIDEO: SIMPLE AS THAT
FEBRUARY 5 2021
Check out the song written and performed by Mike James - "Simple As That"
The song was played on a Nintendo DS using the game Jam Sessions and the video premiered on Twitch during The British IBM's Acoustic Antics live stream on February 5th 2021.
Watch the video here
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 15: PHYSICAL BOOKS
JANUARY 26 2021
I need your postal address!!
I know that lots of you have downloaded and enjoyed your digital books, if you have still not downloaded them yet, log into Kickstarter and check your messages which will contain the information you need.
The proofs for the physical books have been approved and the printers are currently working on the paperback versions.
The hardback versions have been delayed due to COVID at the printers and I apologise for that but it is beyond my control. Rest assured, they will be worth the wait.
In order for me to send out your physical books when they arrive, I need you to provide me with a postal address if you have not already done so.
If your address is likely to change in the next few weeks, I would suggest that you send me your new address only when it is applicable so that your book does not get lost.
Finally, don't forget to send me your book reviews so I can publish them on our reviews page
LIVE BOOK DISCUSSION ON TWITCH
JANUARY 24 2021
Join me as a guest on The British IBM
Live Stream on Friday January 29th at 14:00 EST.
There will be a live acoustic set from Aidy first and then around 15:00 EST Aidy will be grilling me about Smoke And Mirrors.
The Twitch link is here
See you there.
JANUARY 20 2021
My webhost has received a complaint about various parts of the website and the complainant has asked that certain parts of it be removed.
JANUARY 16 2021
You may have noticed already, but I have added some more images
clips and videos
to the blog page.
Make sure you check them out.
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 14: BOOK DOWNLOADS
JANUARY 5 2021
I know that lots of people have downloaded their digital books and some have even read it all and given great feedback.
I've also noticed that a lot of you have not yet used your discount codes and downloaded it.
If you missed the e-mail earlier, log into Kickstarter and check your messages, the download information will be there for you to get your copy of the book.
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 13: FINAL MANUSCRIPT
JANUARY 1 2021
Happy New Year to all
We can start the year off with some good news!
It's been a busy week at James Towers but I have finally completed the manuscript and it is now ready for the digital versions to go out.
That will likely happen tomorrow so keep checking your e-mails for the download link.
You should have access to a PDF, EPUB and MOBI version so you can read it on the device of your choosing.
Print versions are expected to take a few weeks and I will update you when I have further news of those.
The competition that I held for a bonus hardback version has been won by Ben Jones with his guess of 173,000 words, the final count being 185,708.
Ben wasn't the closest, but he was the closest without going over, as the rules stipulated, so well done to Ben Jones.
The competition results are posted on the Kickstarter page
of our website.
If you would like to send a review of the book I will create a review page on our website and include them there.
Thank you again for your support with this project, it has been a long time in the making but I believe it was worth it, and I think you will too.
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 12: LEGAL REVIEW COMPLETED
DECEMBER 23 2020
It's been a longer wait than anticipated but the legal process is now complete and I can get to finalising the manuscript for publishing.
As soon as this is done the digital books will be processed and you will receive instructions on where to get them.
I was hoping to have this done before Christmas but that will now obviously not be the case.
After the break I will get to work on it and I hope to have this done before 2020 is out so that we can at least have a good end to a bad year.
I can't guarantee that at this stage but I really want you to have the book as soon as possible and I will try to make that happen.
Enjoy the festivities and keep checking your emails.
DECEMBER 10 2020
Our website came under attack and the exploit used to compromise it was via Wordpress.
As this was not the first time, I decided to uninstall Wordpress and remodel the site.
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 11: LEGAL REVIEWAL
DECEMBER 13 2020
I was hoping to have more news for this update but felt that you all deserved an update anyway.
The legal process is not yet complete. I don't know if it is because it is more complicated than anticipated or if the lawyer is being typically slow.
I have a catch up call tomorrow and I hope to find out then.
Once the legal process is complete I can get to finalising the manuscript for publishing and I am still confident that if that happens this week I can still get the digital copies out in December.
The paperback and hardback books will be printed and sent out in due course, some time in January or February, depending on the printer's turnaround time at the point of ordering.
The motherboards, canvas prints and T-Shirts have already been despatched so they should be arriving over the coming days.
In the meantime you can check out the interview I did with Jon from GenX Grownup
It was a fun interview to do and I would like to thank Jon for taking the time to do it.
Keep an eye on your emails for your digital downloads and a request for information so that books can be posted out.
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 10: RECENT INTERVIEW
NOVEMBER 22 2020
The legal process is in motion so I am just waiting for the results of that.
In the meantime, have a listen to a recent interview that I did with The Gaming Hipster, TV's Mr Neil.
Check his show out
and tell him that I sent you.
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 9: PLEDGE REWARDS ARE ON THEIR WAY
NOVEMBER 13 2020
It's been a busy week since being funded and there is a new page on our website with a summary of the Kickstarter
campaign information. You will also see the list of backers who pledged enough to be named there as a reward.
There is also a new Store page with some upcoming products but the store function is not active yet as our products and pricing are yet to be finalised. We will also not be selliing any products until all of the Kickstarter backers have received their pledge rewards.
Speaking of pledge rewards, which I was, I have processed the legal documentation and the legal team will be getting to work at their earliest convenience so that I can then finalise the manuscript for the digital and physical books.
I have also contacted several backers who need to provide me with their postal address so that I can send out the Chameleon Motherboards, the T-Shirts and the canvas prints.
The Motherboards are ready to be sent, the canvases will be arriving at Simon Butler's house today so that he can sign them. Unfortunately as the UK is currently in lockdown I will not be able to collect them just yet but I have already despatched 3 T-Shirts and I am awaiting contact details for the other T-Shirt deliveries.
If you are due to receive any of these physical products, please see the e-mail you should have received, and as soon as you provide the information required, I can send out your pledge rewards. If you do not have an e-mail from me and you are due to receive a Motherboard, a T-Shirt or a canvas print, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will follow up.
This week we got a mention on the latest Kickscammers video from Slope's Game Room and I recorded an interview with Neil, The Gaming Hipster, and that interview will be available in around a week's time. Check out The Gaming Hipster podcast and if you subscribe, you will get the interview as soon as it is released.
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 8: WE MADE IT!!
NOVEMBER 6 2020
WE MADE IT!!
We have reached the end of the campaign and it has been easily funded, and then some. For that, you all deserve a pat on the back.
Now I can get to work on finalising the manuscript for publishing and get the book, in whichever format you chose, to you ASAP.
I want to repeat my thanks to you in making this book a reality and I will be in touch in the coming days so that we can start fulfilling the pledge rewards.
Please keep a lookout for these messages so there is a minimal delay in getting your rewards out to you.
This campaign has shown that there is a demand for this book and I would like to publicly thank everybody who has helped me to spread the word and promote it.
Retro Gaming Roundup
Old School Gamer Magazine
Hungry Trilobyte Podcast
Retro Format Magazine
Slope's Game Room
Revival Retro Events
Ten Pence Arcade Podcast
The British IBM
The Gaming Hipster
Video Masters TV
Apologies if I have missed anyone out. It is either because I am forgetful or because you didn't help.
That's it for now. I will be in touch soon.
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 7: YOU DID IT AGAIN!
NOVEMBER 3 2020
You did it!
You got us to our final Stretch Goal of £4,300 with time to spare.
Entries are coming in for the chance to win a hardback copy of the book, so if you haven't entered yet, make sure you do so.
I'm proud of all the backers and of myself too for having a 100% record on Kickstarter.
Thank you for your support with this project.
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 6: FINAL STRETCH GOAL - £4,300
OCTOBER 30 2020
FINAL STRETCH GOAL - £4,300
Thank you for your support so far, and in order to continue the excitement of watching the counter go up, I am adding a final Stretch Goal of £4,300. If we reach that goal, I will upgrade 1 lucky backer to a hardback version of the book.
We may never produce a hardback version in the future so this could be your only chance of getting one.
To decide which backer gets upgraded to a hardback version, there will be a competition!
To enter, you must guess the word count of the final manuscript, without going over, and e-mail your guess to me at email@example.com, including your name in the e-mail.
For clarity I will publish the final word count and the 3 closest guesses on the colecochameleon.org website.
Entering the competition assumes that you accept your name may be made public. Cos, GDPR.
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 5: STRETCH 2,3,4
OCTOBER 29 2020
It's Stretch Goal Thursday!
Thank you and well done to everyone who has pledged any amount and particularly to those who have increased their £10 pledge to £15 to qualify for the paperback book.
I have now added the tier of £15 for any newcomers to receive both digital and paperback books without having to change the amount of their pledge.
Is it time to roll out a stretch goal of £4,000 with still a week to go?
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 4: WE'RE ALMOST THERE
OCTOBER 27 2020
It's time for an update as we approach our Stretch Goal of £3,500 for a physical paperback book.
The response has been great so far with many £10 backers increasing their pledges to £15 or more so that they will receive both a digital and a paperback book. We just need a push to cross that £3,500 barrier.
Please share the Kickstarter campaign with your family, friends, fellow gamers, social circles and social media followers. Your influence may be the difference between failure and success in reaching the Stretch Goal.
If you haven't yet increased your £10 pledge to £15 or more and would like a paperback book to show for it, please do so ASAP and help to make it a reality for those who have already done so.
If your significant other is a fan of video games, trust me, they will get a lot from reading this book. Why not treat them? Sharing is caring.
In the meantime, as we near our goal, if you are looking for some retro themed reading material, check out Retro Format Magazine.
They ran an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign for their magazine, with over 400 backers pledging over £20,000 and they currently have another successful campaign running for their Retro Annual 2020, following on from the successes of their 2018 and 2019 Annuals and have a total of 12 successful campaigns under their belts.
You can check out their website at www.retro-format.com and please also back their current Annual
Retro Annual 2020 covers new games for old computers and consoles from the early 1970s right up to the early 2000s, such as the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Amiga, Sega, Nintendo, Atari and more. This annual will be an expansion of Eight Bit and Retro Format magazines, with more in-depth articles. It will have interviews with the people involved in retro gaming and reviews of retro hardware, games and more. The annual will be printed to a high standard, with good quality paper. It will be A4 in size with a strong hardback cover.
Many new games for old hardware reviewed and rated.
Exclusive interviews with the people behind the games plus more!
All new never seen before content covering computers such as the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-Bit range, Amiga, Atari-ST and consoles from Sega, NEC, Nintendo and Atari.
Check them out and keep sharing Smoke And Mirrors and help us to bring you a physical product to put on your book shelves.
OCTOBER 20 2020
Smoke And Mirrors Discussion on Retro Gaming Roundup
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 3: NEW PAPERBACK BOOK STRETCH GOAL
OCTOBER 20 2020
Thank you for your incredible support so far with this Kickstarter campaign.
As you are no doubt aware, we were successfully funded in under 2 days which is amazing and it's down to you!
Due to demand we are now adding an option to purchase a physical copy of the book, but to maintain the integrity and exclusivity of the top tier hardback version, we will be adding a paperback version.
The stretch goal for this will be £3,500 and if we reach it, we will unlock a tier at £15 for a physical paperback book.
This means that any new backer who pledges £15 or more, or any existing backer who increases their pledge to £15 or more at any tier, will automatically qualify and will receive their paperback book, along with any other perks that they unlock.
e.g. If you have pledged £10 for a digital book and increase your pledge to £15, you will receive a digital version and a paperback version.
Thank you for your ongoing support! Let's push to reach that goal and put a physical book in your hands.
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 2: WE / YOU DID IT!!
OCTOBER 8 2020
What a great second day, and it isn't even over yet!!
With your help the project has funded in less than two days so I would like to express my gratitude for that amazing feat and say well done to you all.
As you may be aware, I have had lots of requests for a physical copy of the book so it may be time to add some stretch goals and see if we can achieve that. It was always the longer term plan to make physical copies of the book to sign and sell at Expos but now might be a great time to do it.
Obviously I need to maintain the value and exclusivity of the top tier limited run first edition hardback version, so I could only, in good faith, and in fairness to any backers at that level, make a paperback version for the time being.
A hardback version could follow later but without the super duper gold cover and low serial number. :)
Once again, thank you, and keep telling your family and friends. I don't see them here yet.
KICKSTARTER UPDATE 1: GREAT FIRST DAY
OCTOBER 7 2020
Thank you for your great support with this project and for getting us off to a great start.
It seems I have to buy at least one dinner but that's OK, I have great table manners.
If things keep going like this, I may have to bring out the Stretch Goals!
Please help keep the momentum going by sharing the project with your friends and family.
KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN LAUNCH
OCTOBER 6 2020
I have launched our Crowd Funding Campaign on Kickstarter
OCTOBER 6 2020
Smoke And Mirrors Promotion on Retro Gaming Roundup
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