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Microsoft Flight Simulator 98: Inside Moves
- Microsoft Press
This is my best-selling book. Although it wasn't my first title for MS Press, it was the first book they released. I got a lot of K-wrap (say it to yourself fast a couple of times and you'll get what I'm talking about) for it when it first came out from some of the "experts" in the newsgroups (which hadn't even SEEN the book!)--at first I didn't understand why. I quickly discovered that there a many "Microsoft haters" out there (people who hate anything or anyone connnected to MS). Regardless, people have come to appreciate what I was trying to do with with this book.
After being out on the market for more than two years, it continues to outsell itself every quarter. I suppose the fact that it's printed in 11 languages explains the delay/rise in sales numbers, but in the end I'm just happy that I had the opportunity to share my love of flying (real and simulated) with everyone.
Here are some examples of some of the other languages this book's been printed in.
Spanish, and Chinese!
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Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator: Inside Moves
- Microsoft Press
This book is another best-seller and it was my last for Microsoft. I think it's perhaps my best book, so I suppose I should be happy that I left the industry with my best work as my legacy.
Many of the reviews I've seen for it have said that this book would apply to any WWII sim. I am deeply honored and humbled that some people feel this way. One of the things I hope to do before I die is to write the definitive Air Combat book. Now to only find a publisher who thinks it would sell as well as I do...
German, and Japanese
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Instrument Flight Techniques with Microsoft Flight Simulator 98
- Microsoft Press
I co-authored this book with Michele Chambre--who was living in England at the time. It was also the first time that I was given the official duty of content editing the Flight Simulator series of books. The concept I had behind the series was FS98:Inside Moves would cover the basics, IFTw/FS98 would cover the advanced topics, and a third book would cover everything in between.
What a lot of people don't seem to understand is due to the realism of FS98, one can't possibly learn everything there is to know about aviation in one book. This is why I planned to write a series of at least three books just to get all of the major stuff covered. Unfortunately, we never got the go ahead for the third book.
The Dutch version--I've received some really nice email from some Dutch FS98 pilots over the years--FS really is a worldwide phenomenon
Anyway, I think IFTw/FS98 is a great book (although I may be a bit biased, I really do refer to it quite often), but sales haven't been as strong as everyone thought they might be. I think the fact that many of the retail chains never picked it up has a lot to do with it. If people had the chance to thumb through it in the stores, I think they'd buy them. As it is now, a great many people don't even know the book exists--which is really a shame.
Japanese, and Spanish
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Microsoft Internet Gaming Zone: Fighter Ace: Inside Moves
- Microsoft Press
This book was the first book I wrote for Microsoft Press. Production of the book dragged on and on for months because the game kept changing as I was writing it. This is pretty typical of online game development, but it was what was offered to me--so I took it.
I believe this one was only printed in English
One of the best parts of writing this book was I met a lot of really good people playing Fighter Ace. Unlike some of the other online air combat sims I've played, there seems to be a real community with this game that's based on civility and mutual respect for the most part. As far as I know this book was only printed in English.
This is the cover they were going to use. I actually like it better. What do you think?
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iF-16: Flight Tutorial
- Interactive Magic
This book was my second for Interactive Magic. What makes it memorable for me is the fact that this was my first book that actually shipped with the game. For the first time I was working on the development side of a product.
When you're a journalist and/or writing hint books for third party publishers, regardless of what they tell you, you're on the outside looking in. This book was my initiation and I felt it was a really big step as far as my career was concerned.
iF-16 was my first book that shipped in the game box
The Official Air Warrior II Strategies and Secrets
I was really honored to be asked to write this book. At the time, I was working as a journalist and never realized that someone in the industry would be reading my stuff--let alone noting my abilities! As some of you might know, Air Warrior is the granddaddy of online air combat sims. Just to be associated with, well, a legend was really a big thrill for me.
Air Warrior II--the granddaddy of online air combat sims
There are two things I remember about writing this book. The first is it was the first time I actually felt like I was getting the hang of the writing business. Second, I was finishing it up when my wife went into labor with our daughter! So it was really like having two really great things happening at the same time.
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The Best Simulation Games Strategies and Secrets
This was my first book. Now that I look back at it, it's pretty funny to think about how excited I got to see my name on a book for the first time. They're a heck of a lot of work to write (like writing a year's worth of magazine articles in few weeks time), but you really feel like you accomplish something when you're through. I suppose that sounds a bit odd (kind of like that old story about that guy that liked to bang his head against the wall because it "feels good when I stop!"), but until you write one yourself I'd imagine that it'd be difficult to understand. So what are you waiting for? Start writing! Who knows what it could lead to? I'm living proof of that!
The Best Simulation Games--my first book
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