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Machine of Death Game Is Done & Available!

Here is a video I made with Kris Straub! Kris, of course, has been my collaborator in the Machine of Death card game.

In this video, Kris and I are working on one of the promised stretch goals in the MOD Kickstarter: creating an audiobook version of the game.

I’m pleased to say we succeeded! Here’s an excerpt…

DEATH CARDS (19 min)

If you are so inclined, you can download the entire album (54 minutes of Kris’ sonorous voice) for two bucks right here. Or, stream it for free on the Machine of Death site!

I don’t know of another card game that has an audiobook. I’m quite pleased with this! But not only that

The Machine of Death Game is Out Now

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m pleased to say the full game is available for purchase to the public! If you missed out on the Kickstarter, YOUR TIME HAS COME.

Machine of Death game

I wrote a huge post about it here!

You have proven to be the right people for a guy like me to trust with a year and a half of his life. I don’t have another job! This dumb stuff is all I do. And it’s been so great to be on the receiving end of the confidence, faith, and kindness of you all. WE ARE DOING GOOD THINGS, HERE.

I’m only able to do these kinds of things because of your support. We’ve come really far, and I hope you are enjoying your game, and everything I’ve shared with you along the way (with more things to come still)!


Now is when I ask you to TELL EVERYONE TO BUY THIS GAME.

You can download the manuals or the entire game at our site — it’s licensed under Creative Commons. Check out a few files to get a look at it, or print out your own full copy of the game.

If you want a factory-made copy, you can buy it from Amazon, ThinkGeek, or TopatoCo.

In Canada, get it from Snakes & Lattes.

More distribution options are coming later in the year.

It’s been a very long journey but I’m pleased to say it’s done!! If you’ve been waiting, fervent with anticipation, well, WAIT NO LONGER.

Meanwhile our puzzles are doing pretty dang great! It is a good day for nonsense products by this guy, that is for sure.

I fought a WIZARD

Sort of! In a battle of WITS, at least. HERE’S THE PROOF:

Machine of Death vs. THE WIZARD from David Malki ! on Vimeo.

Machine of Death games are in the warehouse and shipping now! A bunch of people have already gotten theirs! This is incredibly satisfying to me!!

We will make them available to the general public after all the pre-orders go out. Hooray!!

Machine of Death games are here!

I’m very excited! The Machine of Death card game that I’ve been working on all year long (and most of last year, too) has finally arrived!!

They have already begun shipping to Kickstarter backers, and once that process is finished, they’ll be made available to the general public.

So it’s, uh, NINETY PALLETS of merchandise

It’s going to take us a little while to manage everything. But it’s all VERY EXCITING!!!

TWO DAYS LEFT for TIHYD! + Signing at Comic-Con!

CONFIDENTIAL TO THE PEOPLE AT THE SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON CHECKING THIS BEFORE 11AM ON FRIDAY MORNING: Come to booth #1116 (pictured above) at 11 for our This Is How You Die signing! We’ll have several of the book’s authors and illustrators on hand to SCRIBBLE AWAY in a copy that you can take home and cherish.

And/or come on by my own booth (#1229) for a Roll-a-Sketch! Like THESE LOVELY PEOPLE DID (I’ll post bigger pictures of the drawings themselves later):

CONFIDENTIAL TO EVERYBODY ELSE: We have just TWO DAYS LEFT to tally copies of This Is How You Die to count toward our attempt to make the New York Times bestseller list!

If you like, here’s another free preview story from TIHYD — Ryan Estrada’s tale of a MOD call center operative, featured on Wired:

“While overall the percentage of ironic readings is forty-nine percent,” Manisha answered, “with your reading in particular it’s been pretty straightforward. One hundred percent of those we’ve gathered data on have in fact been killed by locomotives.”

“Well, the reason I’m asking is because I just started a new job, and I begin training tomorrow,” the customer interjected nervously.

“No need to be concerned, sir.” Manisha knew what he was getting at. “If training were your cause of death, the card would certainly say ‘training’ or ‘trainer.’ Not simply ‘train.’ While unexpected synonyms are often the cause of ironic readings, the machine always gets the grammar right.”

Training might be the death of me, though,
Manisha thought, remembering she had to be in three hours early for her next shift. For the third time in a month she was going to have to trade sleep for a mandatory training session…

We’re also very grateful for kind mentions about TIHYD this week from Vimeo (our video was named a Vimeo Staff Pick); Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing, and bestselling author Brandon Sanderson:

I think the concept is a great one, and the first book is quite entertaining. If you’ve read the first volume and are wondering if you should read the second, you may have noticed that one issue with the first is that a number of the stories tread the same ground, making a few of them a bit repetitive. The second book breaks that mold — the editors specifically put out a call for stories that took the concept in new and interesting directions.

I’ve read the second volume, and it certainly does that! A few of the stories do start out seeming like they’re going to be retreads and then you realize that something is wildly different…

What if you haven’t read the first volume? Don’t worry. These are both concept anthologies, not a coherent narrative. Each story stands on its own. All you need to know is the initial concept of a machine that predicts how you die, and you’re good to go. The stories can be read in any order or no order. If you haven’t read the first volume, don’t hesitate to read the second one now and decide later whether you want to read the first one. These are the cream of the crop (though the first volume also has some very good stories.)

Thanks, Brandon! If you haven’t gotten the book yet, I have only one request: DON’T WAIT. And if you have, thank you so much!!

Free stories from THIS IS HOW YOU DIE!

Today’s the day! Our book This Is How You Die is officially released. Some people on Twitter are reporting having received their pre-ordered copies already!

(The above tweet is in reference to my guest appearance on the podcast Jordan, Jesse, GO this week!)

We’re also super excited that The A.V. Club gave the book a solid A grade:

…But what is consistently surprising about This Is How You Die: Stories Of The Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine Of Death is the range and quality of the stories. Machine Of Death was smart and sophisticated. The stories often had twist endings, but they tended to be O. Henry-style twists, based in well-realized characters and the inevitability of fate, rather than cheap reversals or shock-driven rug-pulls. The sequel keeps the insight and the commitment to solid storytelling, but broadens the scope considerably. The editors challenged contributors to take the central concept in bold new directions, and the result is a much wilder collection that stretches around the globe, spans a range of genres, and experiments with the short-story form.

The review goes on to point out delightful things about several of the stories individually. It’s always funny…you work on something like this for a long time, with nothing but your own taste and judgment to guide you, and it’s so gratifying when people like it! Maybe this whole thing makes sense after all.

OKAY so you ALREADY KNOW you can buy the book on Amazon or your favorite bookstore. BUT WHAT CAN YOU READ FOR FREE? Here’s all the chunks of the book you can read without paying a single dime:

Here are EIGHT OF THE STORIES as a free PDF. Ninety pages! That’s a pretty healthy chunk.

The publisher’s website also has a preview featuring FOUR FREE STORIES. Two of these are also in the PDF above; two aren’t.

Lightspeed Magazine has Ryan North’s story “Cancer” on their site, in both text and audio. It’s a lovely, heartfelt story, and really funny too. There’s an interview with Ryan as well!

• The publisher also has a short preview of the audiobook here — not an entire story, but still a fun excerpt to listen to. I’m trying to get them to send me one of the full stories, so I can post it on our MOD podcast.

And I assume at some point Amazon will enable the “Look Inside the Book” feature as well.

Hopefully this gives you a pretty good sense of whether the whole book is something you might like! OR, just read these, and enjoy them!

IF YOU’VE ALREADY ORDERED THE BOOK: thank you so much! Send me a picture on Twitter when you get your copy!!

BONUS LINK: Contributing author ’Nathan Burgoine has been reading and reviewing the stories in the book one by one, if you’d like to read even more about the different pieces that make up the collection!

BONUS LINK 2: here are a bunch of puppies looking adorable and confused