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It’s locked down and online. No more edits. No more tweaking. Time to step back and let go.

Yesterday, I uploaded the final version of Ganked: Geeked Out Mysteries #1 to Smashwords, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Kobo (it will be on Amazon on Oct 18th).

The ebook version of my latest Young Adult gamer geek murder mystery is available for pre-order at those fine sites and goes live Friday, October 18th.

The paperback will be released mid-November. More details on that soon.

I’m kind of excited by all of this whole self-publishing thing (can you tell?)

So excited, that I uploaded the first couple of chapters to Wattpad, where you can read, share and comment on the chapters and request more if you like. Learn more about Ganked here.

If you or a teen you know is looking for a mystery filled with dodgy gold farmers, slimy account hackers and geeky intrigue, then dive into Ganked on Wattpad and let me know what you think!

Cube World: the next video game your students will be talking about

Cube World This coming school year, teachers and parents could be hearing talk of a brand new game inspired by Minecraft, but adding role-playing game (RPG) elements that so many kids (and adults!) love.

That game is Cube World.

It’s currently in Alpha mode and not officially released yet but, like Minecraft before it, it’s available for curious gamers to explore.

I did just that. After running around, fighting monsters and generally having a blast, I’m confident the name “Cube World” will make its way through school playgrounds and become a household name very soon.

So what is Cube World?

Watch the video below and join me (as my alter ego Praxismaxis) as I explore the world, meet a sheep and get totally ganked by an ogre. Good times.


Curious to learn more?

Buy Cube World at picroma.com

Play on the GamingEdus Cube World server by visiting gamingedus.org.

What do you think of Cube World? Is it something you’d bring into your classroom? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Seeing E-books from three sides: why writers, readers and teachers win

If you haven’t already noticed, e-books have kinda knocked the whole publishing industry on its head. I haven’t written much about  those changes around here, but I think about it a lot.

That’s because I’m in the lucky position to see these changes from three different perspectives: as a reader, as an author and as an educator.

This is my take (or takes) on where teachers, writers and readers can win with e-books.

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Interview: GamingEdus and Autism at Squag.com

Last week, I chatted with Sara Winters from Squag.com about the GamingEdus Minecraft server and some of our amazing players who are on the spectrum.

In case you don’t know (and I didn’t until Sara contacted me), Squag.com is a curated online experience site for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It’s  pretty special place for anyone who has Autism and their families.

Through the great people at EDGE Lab, Sara heard about our Minecraft server and how we make it a point to welcome, celebrate and empower players with developmental differences, like Autism.

Read the interview over at Squag to find out how that happens. And if you’re interesting in learning more, check us out at gamingedus.org.

Alternative Texts in Schools: Future of Videogames = History of Comics

I spent much of June talking to teachers and other folks about video games in schools. I spoke about play and alternative texts with amazing educators at the recent 2013 COCA Retreat. And I had a blast at the Academy of the Impossible talking digital learning and games with some very cool people.

At both discussions, the topic of “educators resisting video games” came up. And at both talks, I looked back to when I had met the same resistance from educators around another new “alternative text” the kids were all crazy for: comics.

While the alternative texts have changed, the struggle remains the same. And that’s good because it means I know how it will end.

But first, let’s step into the Wayback Machine and set it for the distant past. All the way back to 1999 . . .

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More Multi-School Minecraft Mayhem (& Learning) coming to the Academy of the Impossible

I’m very excited to announce that myself and my GamingEdus pals will be returning to the amazing Academy of the Impossible for another night of Minecraft Mayhem & Learning.

It all happens at 7pm on June 20th and if you’re reading this, then you’re invited!

We’ll be talking about what worked and what didn’t during our second year running the Multi-School Minecraft server with 40 kids from 4 schools sharing 1 server. We’re hoping it turns into more of a discussion than just us talking, so if you’re Minecraft curious or a veteran come on out and join the fun.

Aaannnd, we’ll have our GamingEdus Professional Play server open for people to explore, play and build. So, now you have to come!

All the details are over at Academy of the Impossible.