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The HG101 Holiday Special 2014 was originally created as a gift for Patreons, released at the end of that year, but the physical edition is now publicly available for purchase. This is a collection of random articles, most currently posted on the site, some currently in the posting queue, totaling about 114 pages. A few of these are scheduled for the next books, including Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2.

Given how long it generally takes to assemble the books we've put out so far, I've been wanting to move to create smaller digests that cover a variety of content, rather than focus on one single, broad topic. These are generally much easier and quicker to put together, so there's not as much down time between books. The first of these such digests is currently planned for early Summer, which includes articles on the Bionic Commando and Strider series, plus games inspired by these, as well as assorted other topics. After this is completed, though, I'd like to get an idea of what you, the readership, are interested in seeing in book form. Many of the articles selected for the Holiday Special book are sort of a "trial run" for different topics: arcade games by Taito (we've been posting a lot of these on the site recently), Irem, Namco or Data East; "holy grails:", or high priced collector items like Shinrei Jusatsushi Taromaru; 16-bit console shooters like Steel Empire and Elemental Master; Super Famicom RPGs like Dark Half; other classic Konami stuff like Contra; retro inspired indie games like Volgarr the Viking and Freedom Planet; PC games like Ecstatica; or Falcom titles like Ys. I also stuck in some previews of some other Sega console games - after the Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2 book, we will devote at least one (probably two) full size volumes to the SMS and Genesis. I also added in a few articles for a long work-in-progress Shin Megami Tensei book.

A few words of warning though. This is considered a "preview" book, and most of this was cobbled together over the course of a month, so I was didn't have the time or budget for a proper cover, nor the ability to full copy-editing run. Some typos have been fixed from their version on the page, but some may still be a little rough, and there still may still have some errors left them in.

To reflect the nature of the book, it's being sold relatively cheaply: $14.99, only through the Createspace eStore in order to keep costs down. (Selling on Amazon requires a higher price since they take a large chunk of the royalty.) It will only be sold for two months, until the last day of Winter so after March 19, 2015, it will be removed for sale. (Digital copies will of course still be available to all Patreon donors.)

Table of Contents

Strider/Bionic Commando Digest:
Cannon Dancer / Osman
Fausseté Amour
Data East:
The Cliffhanger: Edward Randy
Midnight Resistance
Trio the Punch
Marvel Land
Burning Force
Dragon Breed
Dead Connection
Gun Frontier
Liquid Kids
Night Striker
Thunder Fox
Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa
Almana no Kiseki
Contra III
Holy Grails:
Shinrei Jusatsushi Taromaru
16-bit Shooters:
Steel Empire
Elemental Master
Dark Half
Leisure Suit Larry
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys
Ys: The Oath in Felghana
Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2:
Bay Route
Arabian Fight
Laser Ghost
Line of Fire
Spider-Man: The Video Game
Teddy Boy
Streets of Rage
Shin Megami Tensei:
Persona 2: Innocent Sin
Shin Megami Tensei IV
Soul Hackers
Freedom Planet
Volgarr the Viking

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Burning Force

Shin Megami Tensei IV

Leisure Suit Larry


Dark Half

Thunder Fox

Liquid Kids

Elemental Master

Volgarr the Viking

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