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Hey, fellow Picos.
I am currently working on a book aiming to teach kids code games with PICO-8. Target audience is aged 8-14, so it will be a quite slow, careful approach suitable for all kinds of beginners, not just kids. I am writing it in both english and german (will have to have the english proofread though) and plan to initially fund it on kickstarter.com.
I would love to showcase some of the bestlooking games in it to show what's possible with Pico, will be going to approach some of you eventually to ask for your permission.
I have been teaching game development for kids for some years in a primary school and currently teach marketing- & management-students to make games using Pico.
If this sounds interesting to you, I'll keep you posted in here.

P#38775 2017-03-27 09:59 ( Edited 2017-09-08 20:55)

Well I am really interested,
I am slowly teaching pico 8 to my 7 year old son,
and as a software developer it is sometimes hard for me to be progressive enough !

P#39041 2017-04-03 11:02 ( Edited 2017-04-03 15:02)

I'd begun work on a book like this myself, but I'm glad someone else is doing it, so I can share it with my kids.

If you need any proofreaders and code testers count me in!

BTW, Is this is the same project as this Kickstarter?

How To Make Games With Pico-8

P#39106 2017-04-05 12:41 ( Edited 2017-04-05 16:41)

It is, thanks for posting it. You can find the kickstarter campaign related to this book on
There's 20 early bird deals for the digital book left right now.


P#39142 2017-04-07 05:48 ( Edited 2017-04-07 09:48)

Have you looked up the PICO-8 fanzine series? They're a good start.


P#39143 2017-04-07 07:02 ( Edited 2017-04-07 11:02)

Backed! Glad you posted the Kickstarter link, otherwise I would have missed out. Short Kickstarter campaign, 7 days?

P#39149 2017-04-07 12:46 ( Edited 2017-04-07 16:46)

Tassilo, I missed the Kickstarter campaign :(
What to do now to purchase your book?
Thx in advance.

P#39834 2017-04-22 18:38 ( Edited 2017-04-22 22:38)

Is there anyway we can still purchase the e-book ?

P#41301 2017-06-04 22:43 ( Edited 2017-06-05 02:43)

This sounds like what I need to get started :) Grats on reaching your funding goal. I hope that the book will be easily available once released to kickstart backers (hint -> Amazon ebooks plz!)

P#41359 2017-06-07 16:21 ( Edited 2017-06-07 20:21)

This sounds like a great idea! I'd be happy to proof-read the English version.

P#41559 2017-06-12 09:56 ( Edited 2017-06-12 13:56)

I only just found out about this book in progress and campaign.. Is there any way to still jump on board? I recently got my son and daughter to start playing around with pico-8 and they're loving it.. access to a book aimed at them would be ideal.

Thanks :)


P#41941 2017-06-26 01:07 ( Edited 2017-06-26 05:07)

I just found out about this post and this kickstarter. Is there still a way to get involved? I'm working on the side right now on something to teach kids electronics and making games (programming, math, art) and a book like this could really go along with what I'm thinking about. E-mail me at wenceslaovillanueva at gmail. I'd be interested in at the very least pre-ordering a copy.

P#42225 2017-07-06 03:49 ( Edited 2017-07-06 07:49)

@Tassilo I'm also interested in pre-ordering a printed copy. I'm sure there are more people interested. It might be good to make it easy to do so before you order the prints.

P#42227 2017-07-06 04:02 ( Edited 2017-07-06 08:02)

I would be interested to.

Is it possible to get it even if kickstarter is over?

P#43255 2017-08-15 05:46 ( Edited 2017-08-15 09:46)

I would like to paypal you for a digital copy. is it available at all now?

P#43519 2017-08-21 15:48 ( Edited 2017-08-21 19:48)
P#44007 2017-09-08 16:55 ( Edited 2017-09-08 20:55)

Any update on the book?
It seems, on itch.io that it was never quite finished...

Just wondered.

P#63947 2019-04-24 20:55

As of June 2018 there was a substantial delay due to a family health problem. We should probably consider this project paused until Tassilo says otherwise.

There are several excellent zines and video tutorial series now. mboffin's zine is an effective printable tutorial suitable for a similar age group. https://mboffin.itch.io/gamedev-with-pico-8-issue1

P#63995 2019-04-27 06:22

Very sad news.

Tassilo's wife became ill and passed away last year. He'd (absolutely rightfully) directed his energy towards caring for her, which delayed his writing:
Link for his backers.

Tassilo himself died unexpectedly at the beginning of this month:

I didn't know the guy, but was looking forward to his book.
He was clearly very talented - especially as a pixel artist - and seemed very driven towards educating kids with code.

BBS Profile here: @Tassilo.
Rest peacefully.

P#70018 2019-11-18 15:14 ( Edited 2019-11-18 15:17)

I see he used some of my code with credit. Dang. If anyone can figure out my cryptic mess of spaghetti code they must be some sort of genius. His loss will definitely be felt in the community.

Arthur Schopenhauer famous philosopher was quoted as saying:

"After your death you will be what you were before your birth."

Here's hoping it's all good.

P#70019 2019-11-18 16:53 ( Edited 2019-11-18 18:06)

I must agree with @Xeonic. Books are great and all but if a video can cover everything a book can, and more - logically the video covers more territory, but certainly not the convenience to carry non-powered print under your arm.

P#111701 2022-05-11 20:20

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