The World of Warcraft Diary

Created by John Staats

If you missed Kickstarter's most-funded nonfiction book in history, you can order it here! The WoW Diary was written by the game's first level designer and covers the story behind making Vanilla WoW. With over 130 behind-the-scenes images and 336 full-color pages, it is the must-have book about game development.

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No PDFs today :(
3 months ago – Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 02:16:55 AM

I found the issue with the PDFs but the resolution involves going through the entire book and suppressing the spot-varnish on every "object" that uses it. The fact that InDesign doesn't allow users to globally suppress plate output by color is a shame because it would be so much safer on complicated files. 

Changing every instance of the spot-varnish is problematic because I'm reviewing proofs form the printer today...and I can't risk making mistakes, so I'm not moving forward with changes on the PDF until the printed file is locked down. That probably means you won't get the PDF until I return from the printer late next week. Sorry, folks, but I need to keep my eye on the ball. 

eBook/PDFs have been sent
3 months ago – Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 12:06:45 AM

Backerkit has sent electronic rewards to backers, including a PDF and 2 eBook files (one for Kindle, one for non-Kindle readers). I discovered a few bugs associated with the "hidden" Table of Contents menu and spent a day correcting them all. I recommend the PDF form, but everyone has their own preference. 

There's something strange going on with the electronic rewards. Some people are posting missing images in their files. I sent a message to Backerkit about this, possibly a file got corrupted--but that's a stretch. What's odd is the same files on my system (which I emailed  to friends to test) all seemed fine. But something is wrong. We'll get it figured. 

PDF issue is getting fixed
3 months ago – Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 09:11:02 PM

I figured out source of the PDF problem. 

Everything with the UV spot color is "printing" solid white instead of invisible, effectively blocking out the images. I have NO idea why this isn't the case on the PDF when it's viewed on my computer. But that's not important, other than it slows down my testing process.  

I'll make a new PDF, send it to another machine to verify that I've fixed the issue. I'll let you know when it's fixed.


Email Issues
3 months ago – Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 02:20:54 AM

The mystery behind backers not receiving emails might have something to do with people logging into Kickstarter through Facebook accounts using old emails. I wish Kickstarter wouldn't allow this, because it could be the source of many headaches. 

Some backers just aren't getting mails from Backerkit for some reason. I know this because Friday night I sent a Mailchimp message to everyone who hasn't completed a survey (again, check your spam/junk folders), and many of the non-respondents have already replied. If you've filled out your survey, you wouldn't have gotten this email. 

I cannot help if you haven't received a survey. The customer support staff who can are reachable at -- but first check your junk/spam folders for a message I sent Friday night called "The WoW Diary Survey Link."

I'm putting together a file for electronic delivery, which I'll issue to my backers through Backerkit's delivery system. I've never used it before, so it might take a day or two of monkeying around with Backerkit tools/support staff. eBooks and PDFs should be in your hands later this week! 

Next week, I fly out west to be on press for The WoW Diary

All surveys have been sent!
3 months ago – Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 02:58:45 AM

My surveys asked only for addresses and whether you wanted extra copies.

The surveys look like this.
The surveys look like this.

If you haven't received an email asking these things, please tell the Backerkit customer reps. They're very good at fixing things. It's what they live for:

I sent the mechanical layouts for the book, cover, slip case, bookmarks to the printers today. I'll send the end sheets and supplemental booklet later this week. Their tech staff will chew over my templates and let me know if anything wasn't correctly set up. Next week I'll get a round of proofs and then we'll be printing on Halloween.