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Nov 20

Blender Gamekit almost done!

icon1 ton | icon2 Blender Institute, Production | icon4 11 20th, 2008

The Blender Gamekit book update project is now in its last stage. We’re reviewing the designed pages, finishing the cd for the book, and hopefully within one or two weeks it goes to print! (But you know, planning doesn’t match human limitations always!)

You now can start pre-ordering copies even. Up to december 15 with a nice 20% discount!
Click here to visit the Blender e-shop.

Needless to say: revenues will help Blender Foundation projects (and me & Brecht coding 2.5! πŸ™‚


61 Responses

  1. Lasphere on

    Nice! xD It really looks great! Good job !

  2. Carsten on

    Quote Ton: Needless to say: revenues will help Blender Foundation projects (and me & Brecht coding 2.5! πŸ™‚

    And help me feed my bunnies! πŸ˜‰


  3. Comix on

    Mine! Checkout completed! Hope it delivers before xmas! πŸ˜€

  4. Olav on

    Oh, great! I’ll buy one right away! Keep up the good work. Looking forward to seeing Blender 2.5 when it’s released.

  5. Bigbob on

    I think that I will buy this on christmas. IΒ΄m currently working on a medieval MMORPG( no clone of WoW ) so think that I will need this book and Im sure that I could learn a lot from it :). Oh.. and dorry for my english

  6. Kirado on

    Will buying it help the game engine get better too? πŸ˜‰ Just bought the Apricot DVD.. need to save up for this one too.

  7. Deloince JP on

    Splendid cover of the book, Ton can you tell us a little about the content of this book, what we find the summary?

    PS. Go include some recipe for rabbit Carsten (post 2)?

  8. AD-Edge on

    Very exciting! Cant wait for this one.

    Definitely going to pre-order.

  9. ak21 on

    Hi, I was wondering as a promotional idea that if you could sell you books at library’s and schools. I don’t know how it works but its just an idea. I don’t go to the library often so I don’t know if they have blender books to begun with but who knows. Looking forward to this book also i was wondering does this book discuss only Blender engine(I don’t use Blender engine that much but I use Irrlight mostly).

  10. Fighterlegend on

    It looks awesome! Wish I had the money to buy it. *Wipes forehead* I saw a video of this on youtube, the game play.. is amazing! Nice job! But wow… $63 American. Lol. Not complaining or anything.

  11. OldJim on

    Cool was waiting for this day where I can preordr this book.
    And I just did. (Even if me last order the Apricot Game has not arived yet, but it will sure come soon πŸ™‚ )
    @Fighterlegend: $63? It was $47.38 USD inkl The shiping costs for me….

  12. Francisco Ortiz on

    That’s great! Let’s go to work!

    Dear Santa Claus,

    please give me 39 bucks it is for a good cause,

  13. Jean Montambeault on

    Yeah, great!

    I can’t wait to get my hands on it and start translating it to French. πŸ™‚


  14. blenderman345 on

    Is that Monkey in YoFrankie? or his he just playing it?

  15. Deloince JP on


    “Jean Montambeault says: November 21st, 2008 at 2:57 pm
    Yeah, great!
    I can’t wait to get my hands on it and start translating it to French. πŸ™‚

    If Jean Montambeault translated the entire book in French, you can then
    publish for France … There may be more selling in our country,
    and we’d love to have access, not us who speak English,
    the accuracy of the original text.

  16. TweakingKnobs on

    I’m buying one ! Keep up the good work !

    I would love to see a better audio/midi integration in 2.5!

    to improve and make internal the audio analisys script- the soundtracker script, and the midi import script ! and also a BPM time line !

  17. neXyon on

    Before I preorder the book, I’d like to see a table of contents first :-/

  18. Deloince jP on

    “neXyon says: November 22nd, 2008 at 10:12 am
    Before I preorder the book, I’d like to see a table of contents first :-/”

    Houa! neXyon great idea!!!
    Deloince JP.

  19. Samo on

    @neXyon: The ToC is coming soon, in the next few days – best is to just check the shop monday or wednesday, it should be there by then.

  20. Samo on

    To clarify – the ToC is finished in terms of content, I’ll just have to layout it so the shop can be updated with the PDF.

  21. Deloince jP on

    (Samo says: November 22nd, 2008 at 2:00 pm
    To clarify – the ToC is finished in terms of content, I’ll just have to layout it so the shop can be updated with the PDF.)

    Samo thank you sir!

  22. qubodup on

    hello, my copy arrived on Saturday πŸ™‚

    When will you be starting the torrents/downloads?

    best regards

  23. Doda on

    Lol! Already pre ordered my copy! xD

  24. Samo on

    The ToC is on the e-shop as a PDF now.

  25. Bigbob on

    IΒ΄ve ordered it immediately when i saw the chapter 09 πŸ˜€ . Now IΒ΄m shortering my long time by learning python programming .

  26. OldJim on

    Nice ro hear that your also Interestet in Network Programming. Hoppe you enjoy the Chaper and all the rest of the Book.
    If you then need any future Suport about network Programming just make a post at:
    and I will give my best to help

  27. neXyon on

    lol OldJim, this is not an advertising platform for your forum πŸ˜‰

    I however have seen the ToC and already ordered my copy, waiting for the christmas rabbit to deliver it πŸ˜‰

  28. OldJim on

    I not really want to make any advertising here.
    But since I have written the tutorial about Network Programming in the GameKit2 and have worked whit the subject Network programming in Blender for more then 2 Years, I think its appropriate to give a contact link where people can ask future Questions and get Support for even more complex setups.

    Sorry if this was understood as advertising. And I really hope you will enjoy the Book.

  29. rafael on

    when will there be a free download?

  30. Bigbob on

    4 OldJim: Thanks for the link too.
    4 Rafael: There is already a free download of gamekit first edition avaiable. But IΒ΄m really not sure if Blender game kit 2 will be free for download in theese two years.

  31. Samo on

    @Bigbob: Well, from how I understood it, it will be released under a Creative Commons licence, as Ton said in the initial annoucement:

    “As for all recent Blender Foundation/Institute products, we’ll publish it all under an open license too: the Creative Commons Attribute. The work Carsten realizes will also be provided to the wiki team.”

    Although I really hope that we did a good enough job for the book to actually be worth having in addition to being a BF-supporting product. πŸ˜‰

  32. neXyon on

    The book is already being printed and if nothing bad lucky happens, the date of the 15th shouldn’t be a problem!

  33. Gerard Braad on

    Received the book today…

  34. MastaEgg on

    Has it been delayed or something?

  35. neXyon on

    It has been sent out on the 15th MastaEgg… you should receive it soon…

  36. Bigbob on

    Well,.. IΒ΄ll be glad if I would recieve that book this year. Slovakian post is very slow.

    4 Gerard Braad: In which country do you live? It seems that they delivered it to you pretty quickly. πŸ™‚

  37. rennurb3000 on

    got mine today!!!!
    (my parents kept it as a secret and i finally got it as a christmas present!!!!!)
    after all the book recieved on monday—-exactly one week
    i am so happy with it

    king regards πŸ˜›

    and of course happy christmas and a merry new year!!!! πŸ˜€

  38. lc_from_canada on


    Are you planning to release the book online soon? I checked to buy an electronic version of the book and I didnt find one on the blender online store. (I have already too many books and I’m trying to be an eco-friendly reader).

    lc from Canada

  39. hoops181 on

    Also interested in buying a digital version – any date for this?

  40. Samo on

    The book’s contents are released under the Creative Commons licence, so the contents will be freely available at one point (no idea what timeline the Blender Foundation has for that, but I doubt it will be long).

  41. steve vellender on

    Ordered my copy end of Nov – Still awaiting delivery to the UK? Must be due to xmas holidays?

  42. MastaEgg on

    Must be. Anyone here in the states get theirs yet?

  43. The Frev on

    I haven’t got it, and I’m in the states. However it is reassuring that I’m not the only one.

  44. Samo on

    I’m in Austria and still haven’t gotten my copies, either – but I had mail from neighbouring Slovenia take 3+ weeks during x-mas time once, so it’s not surprising it takes as long.

  45. rennurb3000 on

    waun hostn bestΓΆt? *gg*

  46. Samo on

    HΓ€tt automagisch welche kriegen solln, weil ich’s gelayoutet hab. (also am 15.12. versangt aus .nl) πŸ™‚

  47. rennurb3000 on

    tjo eigentlich i a, nur, i hobs scho

  48. neXyon on

    Would be nice if you could write in English, so that others understand you as well:

    rennurb3000 says (December 28th, 2008 at 2:30 pm): When have you ordered it? *gg*
    Samo says (December 29th, 2008 at 11:42 am): Should have got some automatically, because I layouted it. (so sent from .nl on 15.12.)
    rennurb3000 says (December 29th, 2008 at 11:48 am): well, actually me too, but, I already got it

    I got mine too today (Also Austria).


  49. steve vellender on

    Dec 29th still waiting? Anyone else ordered and still waiting in the UK?

  50. steve vellender on

    Book arrived today!!!

    It was worth the wait!!!

  51. blenderuser on

    Anyone knows where is Tutorials/TubeCleaner folder in the CD? I cant find it. Do you have it?

  52. Samo on

    @blenderuser: Sorry, no idea about CD contents (don’t have the book yet) – if it’s really missing, I’m sure it’ll be put up onlines asap – or else maybe mail the blender foundation?

  53. Lorax on

    12/31/2008 – got mine in Texas, USA! Great book!

  54. OldJim on

    Well the final TubeCleaner in in the Games Folder…
    But in the Tutorial Folder there is no files to work whit as written in the book…
    Hope the will put up a online version soon…
    you may would like to post here…

  55. ubergrafik on

    Got mine on the 30th Dec, in Australia. I tried copying the CD to my desktop because it was reading it really slow and noticed that there are quite a few corrupt files, in the pumpkin source files, and the pumpkin .blend didn’t want to copy either. Any one had similar issues? Very happy to have it though!

  56. John Haverkamp on

    Finaly got mine Jan 2 – wasn’t exspecting it till next week since I’m in the US. I quite like the small format of the book.

  57. MastaEgg on

    Mine also came today here in the US!

    I guess the reciept still comes with the book even if you have it setup for different shipping and billing addresses. (I had it shipped to my grandma’s house next door so that if it was too big for the mailbox, the mailperson wouldn’t have to come down our driveway of death in the dead beat of winter).

  58. marko on

    Here in Italy the book as landed today!!

    Thanks guys! ^_^

  59. neXyon on

    The missing TubeCleaner files are now available under the address you can find in the 54. comment of OldJim.


  60. blenderuser on

    Thanks OldJim!

  61. flaco on

    Can we get an estimate as to when the CC version will be released?
    Otherwise, will someone start seeding a torrent? Pretty please? Think of all the new blenderheads you’ll inspire.
    Yes, I did just suggest that.

    -In a faraway place with an awful post and where a euro buys a hearty full meal.