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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

Writing a book is similar in many ways to slipping into an alternate reality, as you must rearrange your otherwise happy, carefree life and focus on getting the book written. This can be stressful enough under the best circumstances, but can be doubly so when you are working on a tight deadline, and other little things like your family, your job, and life in general need to be addressed.

So when things get crazy, you need a great editing team to pull you through and I was fortunate enough to have just that with this book. All of these individuals are absolute professionals, and even though I’m acknowledging their efforts directly, I really can’t thank them enough. But, in an attempt to express my sincere and heartfelt gratitude, I will give it my best shot.

First, I’d like to thank Emi Smith, acquisitions editor, for believing in the crazy idea of a book on alternate reality gaming in the first place, and for supporting it (and by default, supporting me), as it was written during a sometimes very stressful period. I have worked with Emi before, and her professionalism and “cool nature” can make all the difference in helping to ensure a project turns out right. Thanks, Emi, for being so great to work with.

Next, I’d like to express my thanks to my technical editor, Dakin Burdick. Like myself, Dakin works and has an active interest in emerging higher education concepts, and his ideas and suggestions for improving this book’s content have been innumerable. And like everyone else I am thanking here, Dakin agreed to work under some very tight deadlines but came through with flying colors. Thank you, Dakin!

Next on the list is my project and copy editor, Marta Justak. What can I say about Marta, other than she is simply terrific. Marta’s ideas and suggestions for content were also innumerable, and her skill in editing has made this book far, far better than it otherwise would have been without her involvement. Marta also gave me a tremendous amount of encouragement as the book moved to its completion, and her sense of humor and dedication to the project helped to make even the more stressful points in the writing process easier to deal with.

I’d also like to give special thanks to Cathleen Snyder who, while she didn’t get to work with me directly on this project, nevertheless encouraged me to go forward and “stay the course” to its completion. Cathleen, good luck in that Ph.D. program, and I hope we can work together again sometime soon.

Finally, I’d like to give some very special thanks to my family—Melissa, Genna, Jackson, and George—for giving me the support, encouragement, and love to finish this and other projects.

John Gosney

May 2005

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