Master of Magic - The Official Rob Hubbard Softography (backer/customer page)

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Rob Hubbard - Master of Magic (1st Edition)

Official Rob Hubbard illustrated softography
~350 pages, full colour.

Welcome, previous customer/backer. Some important information:

0) There will only be one print run of the book, and the quantity needs to be finalised by end-April 2024. Hardback is therefore a pre-order.

It's really expensive to print, and there is no way it would ever get reprinted "just in case" a load of people got Hubbard-fever. Also, it's a 1.3kg book, so keeping large amounts of stock is not really an option. So, without any miracles, the first run is the only run: and we have to submit the numbers by mid-April 2024.

1) All Project Hubbard Kickstarter VIPs (pledges > £100) get a signed hardback book. You don't need to do anything (unless you want to order another copy, or multiple copies).

2) Some sub-£100 pledges included a non-signed hardback book, but not all. You could upgrade to "signed", or order another copy/multiple copies, or both.

3) Previous book customers through also don't need to do anything unless they need an upgrade.

If your Kickstarter pledge included the book hardback, you don't need to do anything - you will receive an address request when the book is nearly ready to send out.

4) If you ordered a digital book in your pledge, you can upgrade here to a physical one, either signed (£30) or not signed. (£20) - plus postage of course. You can also order multiple copies.

5) If you didn't order a physical book you can get one here, signed (£49) or unsigned (£39) plus postage.

About postage

Hardback books ordered here will be sent out by Royal Mail (tracked) as "Gift" with a declared value of £10, handwritten and with a "gift face" and the word "gift" in your local language. This mostly works to get round customs fees, but it sometimes fails(Finland and Germany are particularly tough on ignoring "gifts").

If you are in the EU and want to guarantee this doesn't happen, you would have to order a copy/copies from Fusion Retro books. You will have to pay extra VAT on top of the book purchase price, but this will enable them to sent it to you without customs fees being due. Note that your Post Office might still be incompetent and try to charge you, but there's not much I can do about that.

If you do get charged money for receiving the book, then upon request I will send you a credit note on for what you got charged.

Now onto the rest of the page...

Rob Hubbard changed videogame history forever. He was the Western master of game soundtracks, inspiring the industry and fans alike.

Now Chris Abbott of brings you the definitive, official, and authorised full-colour illustrated softography that tells his amazing story from 8-bit to 16-bit and beyond.

Entertaining and accessible yet exhaustively researched this book features all of Rob’s games in order. Dip in to your favourite memory or follow Rob’s musical and technical journey!

Rob himself contributed generously to this book to do history justice! Find out how his driver started, how Weetabix’s legal department change his life, what date he wrote Commando, which game had the craziest SFX, how Rob narrowly missed being a pop star and more.

It’s like you’re looking over Rob’s shoulder as he struggles with early rejection, creates masterpieces such as “Thing on a Spring”, “Monty on the Run” and “Sanxion”, struggles with burnout with “Star Paws” and jets off to a life in the sun with Electronic Arts.

Designed to feel like a classic video game magazine, “Master of Magic” is a feast for the eyes, and gives access to a 120Gb media gallery of videos, recordings, source code, orchestrations and more! Rob’s cupboard is packed with hidden gems!

It’s not just Rob’s story. It’s a compelling and historically important look behind the scenes of ‘80s and ’90s Western gaming.