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The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One (Out Now)
« on: March 31, 2015, 14:14:00 PM »
I'm delighted to announce that I have been commissioned to produce massive 400+ page book based on the Atari VCS games library which comes and I mean completely packed with VCS artifacts and cover over 105 games in its first volume, this is be the definitive guide go to for your Atari VCS fix. Includes lots of information about the games, the rarity of them etc. plus lots more. Thanks to RVG!!!!

Everything has been remastered to the highest standard, including box art, cartridge images, manuals, so they will look superb in the book and better than anything on the internet. The book is been written by author Derek Slaton whom also wrote the Encyclopedia for the Sega Master system and is also a member here on RVG :)

[align=center:3upyf6jh]The Book Cover[/align:3upyf6jh]
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[align=center:3upyf6jh]Preview of some of the content[/align:3upyf6jh]
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More coming soon <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smiley.gif" alt=":)" title="Smiley" />
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Re: The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One is coming!!
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2015, 14:47:38 PM »
Looks great! Looking forward to seeing more :)

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Re: The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One is coming!!
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2015, 15:17:42 PM »
Wow looks amazing! As usual the quality of design is superb coming from Greyfox! This may well spur my interest in the VCS a bit more, will keep an eye out for this when its closer to coming out!
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Re: The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One is coming!!
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2015, 16:51:14 PM »
May thanks AmigaJay and Shadowrunner  :113: , its been an incredible journey so far for me as well as I didn't know a lot of the games in here myself and has been a real eye opener if I'm been honest, taken the time in producing something visual like this doesn't come without its hiccups, the amount of restoration I've had to do during production has been crazy, but had to have it right, I want this book to be exceptional for its author when it goes to the printers, I was hired and hopefully have done this exceptional machine justice for both client and purchaser.

Now if I could only finish what seems like an eternity, the closer I get to finishing stuff on it the further it moves away? Anybody else experience this? My Video Game Artistry compendium book, but all I can say it, is wait till you see this..lol..

I also think that this book with be classed as the go to book for VCS info, sure you won't even need to plug a game to play it, the book with give you that fix, look at it as a mobile Atari VCS in book form lol.

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Re: The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One is coming!!
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2015, 17:04:26 PM »
Hey everyone, I'm Derek Slaton and I'm the author of the Atari VCS Encyclopedia.  Greyfox, you have done an amazing job with the design and have really energized me through this entire process.  Hope you aren't too burned out from this as there are still three more volumes to go until the project is complete!

I did want to mention that in addition to the print version there will also be digital versions.  A PDF edition, a Kindle version, and an Apple iBooks edition.  The iBooks edition is going to stand out from the rest as it is going to include gameplay footage to go along with every game. 

I'm really looking forward to having this released and to hearing what everyone thinks about the project!

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Re: The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One is coming!!
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2015, 17:40:24 PM »
I'll be taking a long vacation after this I can tell you that lol. But its been great to work on something of this caliber and sincerely hope that this book you've written makes big waves to all the Atari VCS fans all over the world :)

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Re: The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One is coming!!
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2015, 22:50:24 PM »
Oh, that's amazing!  I am definitely getting this! 

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Re: The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One is coming!!
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2015, 09:04:50 AM »
does it only cover games or is there more?
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Re: The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One is coming!!
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2015, 09:54:33 AM »
Thanks for all the support so far and to answer some questions regarding the VCS Encyclopedia Volume one

this Book will be based on a volume set, the first volume of four will cover 105 games starting with the letter "A" to "D" and continue thereafter, so in total there should be over 400-500 Atari VCS titles covered when it arrives at the end of it's series and will be in negotiations with Derek to hopefully produce the next three volumes with him.

Regarding Pricing of the book, the Author Derek Slaton ( [member=5506]VgaTV[/member] ) has posted over on Atari Age what to expect and have quoted him here for you all

"I won't have specific pricing until I get everything squared away with the publisher, but it's going to be in the same ballpark as my Sega Master System Encyclopedia which retails for $50 on Amazon but usually hovers around $45 (hardback, full color, 435 pages).  Could end up being a little less, just depends on final page count and how much the publisher charges me (the 2600 Encyclopedia is going to be over 400 pages) The digital versions are going to be cheaper, right now I'm looking around the $10-$15 price point for the various digital versions (going to depend on version).  While I would like to make money on this (which would afford me the opportunity to do a lot more books like this) I also want to make sure it is accessible to as many people as possible.  Also, for those not in the USA, the publisher I'm using has printers in the USA, UK, and Australia, so you can purchase and it ships locally.  No outrageous international shipping charges!

Also regards to an Atari VCS Homebrew Series may be covered as this would be down to Derek to decide, I'm only designing it for him, but due to the amount of material that will be presence in the VCS Volumes and the way it's been designed could potentially hinder the Homebrew side of the VCS because there may not be enough material to present in book form and I would guess that a fair amount of them would lack box art, manuals and misc content, so it will need to be discussed in detail what route to take regarding it.

so far hours and hours of research, formatting and remastering has taken place during the design process of the book, so everything is on schedule from my side of the pond to have it finished very soon and hopefully in the hands of Atari VCS fans.

I will update with more as it arrives.

cheers guys :)

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Re: The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One is coming!!
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2015, 16:35:10 PM »
Looks bloody amazing and i can not wait to read it. :113:
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Re: The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One is coming!!
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2015, 21:20:20 PM »
So, there will be multiple volumes of this to get.  Awesome! 

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Re: The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One is coming!!
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2015, 12:45:32 PM »
Just wanted to give a little up date and status on the book, so I've now arrived at 380+ page mark which means I'm hoping to have it Finished for Derek this weekend!!!, with the massive amount of content I received from Derek was simply overwhelming and pushed me outside the normal barriers I would go for on such a project, but I think what Derek has done here is nothing short of a miracle here regarding the information and content I'm sure can't wait to get into the hands of the Atari 2600 fans new and old.

So with that Derek has decided to not to complicate things or confuse people regarding the title of the book, as it's mainly known as the Atari 2600 rather than the Atari VCS like here in europe and he has changed the title of the book to "The Atari 2600 Encyclopedia : Volume One", so here is a small poster preview of what it will finally look like enjoy! :)

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Re: The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One is coming!!
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2015, 12:58:51 PM »
Very cool! 

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Re: The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One is coming!!
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2015, 13:45:28 PM »
Thanks Trek, just trying to create the most professional book of its nature for all you guys and Derek, so I can't wait to here the reviews on it, when it comes out, I can't say this enough, it's a pure Atari 2600 mind blowing visual assault on the senses lol. :)

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Re: The Atari VCS Encyclopedia Volume One is coming!!
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2015, 14:05:58 PM »
Quote from: &quot;Greyfox&quot;
...I can't say this enough, it's a pure Atari 2600 mind blowing visual assault on the senses lol. :10:

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