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Developer Sends Fan Real Copy Of Fake Firewatch Book

by Suriel Vazquez on Jul 09, 2017 at 03:30 PM

One of the frequently amusing parts of Firewatch was how dedicated it was to fleshing out the world of its late-80s tale. The game was littered with bits of worldbuilding such as fake novels, which developer Campo Santo later made into real notebooks fans could buy. In those notebooks were fake pages that contained fake order forms that had various other fake novel titles. One fan decided to actually fill out the (expired) order form and purchase of copy of Love at First Site with real money, so Camp Santo did they only thing it could: Make the book.

As Campo Santo details on its blog, the developer got the order from a fan (named Ryan) and set out to re-create the novel (save for writing the actual novel). "A few hours of illustration by Claire Hummel, a few more hours of design by Jake Rodkin and a little elbow grease in the form of creative writing by me," writes Campo Santo's Sean Vanaman, "and voilà, one copy of Love at First Site, ready for our friend Ryan."

The notebook includes the front cover for Love at First Site, a back cover with a short synopsis of the plot, and a letter telling Ryan his was the last copy in the warehouse, which means no other copies of the "book" will ever be made. "Unless you’re Stanley Tucci," writes Vanaman. "We would definitely do it for him."