Daniel Hardcastle has been working on a book about “gaming across the ages”.
Dan has been enigmatic in discussing the book, publishing a number of tweets and Patreon posts over the past few months hinting at its progress:
It's April fools day.
I'm writing a book.
It's April fools day.
— Daniel Hardcastle (@DanNerdCubed) April 1, 2017
Speaking with TenEighty about the project, he cites Stuart Ashen as the reason why he decided to start writing a book: “Ah, the inevitable YouTuber book. This is all Ashen’s fault. He asked me to write a guest spot in his latest book, Attack of the Flickering Skeletons, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been writing scripts that never see the light of day for years, so it’s not like I’m new to the whole writing thing. I’m just new to this punctuation game. There’s so much of it and it goes everywhere. Horrid stuff.”
Also Book plan. Write it. If I like it, find a publisher. If I don't like it, Bin.
— Daniel Hardcastle (@DanNerdCubed) June 22, 2017
Speaking about the process of writing the book, Dan acknowledges that there have been several changes throughout its development: “Currently, the book is around 30,000 words that I’m happy with and another 20,000 that I’m not. Actually, recently, after months and months of writing, I finally came up with the proper theme for it and so [I] had to chuck lots of it into a skip.”
Dan’s aim with the book is to write something that’s “really positive and funny” and that looks at “gaming throughout the ages to help people get through these tough, loot box-laden times”. He also sees it as a more adult-oriented work, saying, “When I can’t think of a joke, I put a swear word in”.
While this isn’t his first experience writing long-form content, it’s still a departure from his previous work. As a result, Dan admits he’s nervous about its release: “I am terrified of releasing it. Writing has always been a totally private affair for me and sharing words is going to be difficult. Then again, I don’t have a publisher yet and might not get one, so it’ll just end up in the locked, booby-trapped drawer with everything else I’ve ever written. I guess we will see.”
The book isn’t the only new project Dan is working on. Recently, he’s been changing up the content on his channel, something he states he’s been enjoying: “Oh, yes, my plan is to get as many fingers in as many pies as possible, especially while I’ve got a huge audience to bring along with me on this unhygienic, pastry fondling journey. I love tackling new things. Books, games, TV shows, love hotels, bank heists – you name it, I’ll have a crack at it.”
Dan recently spoke to us about his decision to upload 21 episodes of his Planet Coaster series in one day. Alternatively, you could read about Fullscreen shutting down its subscription VOD service.