First and foremost, I would like to thank my wife and son for all their support while I was making this book. I’d also like to thank my parents and family for all their help and support over the years. I also have a lot of respect for all the thought leaders in the development community who continue to inspire me, such as Keith Peters, John Lindquist, Jesse Warden, Chuck Freedman, Sean McCracken, Michael Labriola, Nate Beck, Troy Gilbert, Joel Hooks, Brendan Lee, Scott Penberthy, Seb Lee-Delisle, Rich Shupe, and especially Jobe Makar who taught me how to make Flash games years ago.
Thank you as well to Mary Treseler and Rich Tretola from O’Reilly Media, Inc., for providing me with this opportunity and to Dominic Szablewski for his feedback on this book and for creating such a great game framework. I also couldn’t have done this book without the help from my amazing tech editors: Riche Shupe, Gareth Parker and Richard Davey.
Finally I wanted to give a special thanks to Dan Wolfe for creating the splash screen art for Resident Raver, as well as for his artistic help on my other games. And I can’t forget my good friend Frank Pirozzi for inspiring me to create Resident Raver and shoot a video of it back in college.