Game of Books Hits Funding Goal in 47 Days – Try the Demo

game of books character cardIt's been some time since I last covered this reading list / game / new way to catalog your reading habits and today I have some good news to report. I've just come from Kickstarter, where I just learned that The Game of Books achieved its goal of $102k in funding. The money is going to be used to finish the game and develop the game kits, mobile app, and other components.

TGoB is the work of BookLamp, and it draws from their earlier Book Genome Project. If you follow ebook news then you may have heard of BookLamp. This startup got a lot of attention last fall with their unique way to analyze a book and make scene-by-scene measurements of elements such as pacing, density, action, dialog, description, perspective, and genre, and more.

The Game of Books takes all this data and uses it to build a game which consists of a system of badges, XP, skills, and  not unlike Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. You play the game by entering the books you've read to get points based on each book's major themes.

Here's more from the Kickstarter project page:

The Main Points of The Game of Books:

  • Readers earn points and badges for the books you read.
  • Play The Game by yourself, or with friends locally or on social media.
  • Each book in The Game has its own unique digital game card.  There are more than 100,000 game cards in the Game of Books today.
  • Open Access: The Game of Books is intended to be easily connected to existing reading communities, such as  Play The Game in the places you already read.

TGoB won't be ready until late Spring or early summer at the earliest, so it's going to be some time before you can play the complete game. But if you like you can go try out a demo version of the game over on TGoB website.

The demo will let you build a character card. All you need to do is enter the books you've read, and the game will calculate your skill level based on the scores of each book. Here's mine:

game of books character card

I just spent a few minutes at it, so my scores are far from complete. But it was enough of a hint that I'm really looking forward to the finished game.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

3 Comments on Game of Books Hits Funding Goal in 47 Days – Try the Demo

  1. I’m just curious as to the purpose of this game. Kobo does something similar with their reading life and I found it to be so intrusive that I turn off my wifi when reading. It just felt like an invasion of my privacy. Is it just a way for game makers to collect our reading data and then offer us direct marketing?

  2. That is something I might really enjoy. I already heavily use the Goodreads app on my phone, makes it a cinch to keep up with my reading lists. Adding some gameplay in looks fun.

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