Stay Awhile and Listen tells how passion, maxed-out credit cards and sleepless nights spawned a gaming phenomenon and unearths the game design secrets that made Diablo an enduring classic. -Tristan Donovan, author of Replay: The History of Video Games
Second Book in Stay Awhile and Listen Series Now Funding on Kickstarter
"A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the storied history and development of Diablo and the early days of Blizzard Entertainment." -Dr. Ray Muzyka, founder of BioWare, on Stay Awhile and Listen: Book I
June 29, 2018 - Stay Awhile and Listen: Book II – Heaven, Hell, and Secret Cow Levels by David L. Craddock is now funding on Kickstarter. Readers can pre-order Stay Awhile and Listen: Book II in Kindle and paperback formats ahead of the book's projected June 2019 publication. Pledging to the paperback tier of the campaign ($30) includes a DRM-free edition of the first Stay Awhile and Listen readable on any device.
Stay Awhile and Listen: Book II's Kickstarter launched today with a funding goal of $12,000. The crowdfunding campaign coincided with the 18th anniversary of Blizzard North's and Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo II. The campaign can be found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davidlcraddock/stay-awhile-and-listen-book-ii
"I can't think of a better way to celebrate 18 years of one of the industry's most impactful games than announcing the second volume in my comprehensive history of the making of the franchises and the cultures of Blizzard North and Blizzard Entertainment," said David L. Craddock, author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series.
In addition to a thorough history of Diablo II's development, Stay Awhile and Listen: Book II – Heaven, Hell, and Secret Cow Levels will explore the making of StarCraft and its Brood War expansion pack, the creatively competitive culture that defined the two Blizzards, and divulge details on cancelled projects such as Blizzard North's "Project X" and early designs for a massively multiplayer rendition of Diablo III.
A bestseller upon its release in 2013, Stay Awhile and Listen: Book I has garnered praise from critics and veteran game developers. X-COM creator Julian Gollop praised Stay Awhile and Listen for revealing the "potent mixture of talent, opportunity, and personality that drove the meteoric rise of Blizzard Entertainment from its earliest days."
Randy Pitchford, co-founder of Gearbox Software, described the book as "a rare and intriguing look into the people and experiences behind some of my favorite video games of all time."
Written from hundreds of interviews, the Stay Awhile and Listen trilogy documents the rise of the two Blizzards and their influence on the game industry. Stay Awhile and Listen: Book II – Heaven, Hell, and Secret Cow Levels is funding now on Kickstarter and will be available in paperback and Kindle formats in June 2019.
About Digital Monument Press, LLC
Digital Monument Press publishes books that chronicle the making of video games, the personal accounts of the developers that make them, and the practices, culture, and trends that drive the game industry. Learn more about Digital Monument Press at dmpressbooks.com, and follow Digital Monument Press at facebook.com/dmpressbooks and @DM_Press on Twitter.
About David L. Craddock
David L. Craddock lives with his wife and business partner, Amie Kline-Craddock, in Canton, Ohio. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen trilogy, Break Out: How the Apple II Launched the PC Gaming Revolution, and Heritage, the first book in an epic fantasy series for young adults. Follow him at davidlcraddock.com, facebook.com/davidlcraddock, and @davidlcraddock on Twitter.