Former Origin veteranRaph Koster
recently published a new book titledPostmortems: Selected Essays Volume One
. Available first in digital formats, you can now also get the hefty, 702 page paperback edition. Mr. Koster was lead designer for Ultima Online and went on to develop the ill-fatedPrivateer Online
before moving on to Star Wars Galaxies, Everquest and many others. The postmortems book contains critical analyses and after-action reports on many of the games that he worked on throughout his long career. We'vepreviously highlighted
a few snippets on the proposed commerce system in Privateer Online meant to tease the various sections of the book. It promises to provide some fascinating insight behind the scenes of game development. TheB&N Nook
digital download is priced considerably cheaper than the Kindle version, whileAmazon
seems to have better pricing on the paperback version.