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The Conquest of Planet Baen

By Kruger, Bob

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Title: The Conquest of Planet Baen  
Author: Kruger, Bob
Language: English
Subject: Nonfiction, Essay, Autobiography
Collections: Science Fiction Collection, Baen Library Collection
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Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises


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Description: Bob Kruger explains the history of his creation of a social media video game called Planet Baen with Tony Daniel. Bob and Tony wanted to figure a way to integrate eBooks into the game as form of advertising as well as making it fun for everyone playing the game.

Summary: Bob Kruger started on the mission of creating games right after he finished college. He originally majored in English and had a dead end editing job which he disliked. He eventually stumbled on a video game editing job which he stayed at for three years. He soon started at a publishing company where he met Tony Daniel. Together, they came up with the idea to produce a social media style video game which itnegrated eBooks published by Baen Books into the video game. They ended up taking on more work that intended and have yet to finish the game. Although they are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to create a game to promote the reading of eBooks.

Excerpt: Planet Baen so far represents a very small step toward realizing Tony’s vision for using a game to promote books. So far, I’m encouraged. I can foresee mapping the territory of Planet Baen, placing the various freeholds in spatial relation to each other and allowing the players to compete for new territories to manage. I see possibilities for one-on-one challenges; player-contributed content; new, more responsive interfaces. The audience will determine what happens. I’m grateful they’ve given us the chance to play.

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