Happy Birthday, Robot!

Man alive, I and 87 other people got a hell of a gift this morning. Daniel Solis released a preview PDF of his upcoming childrens’ game, Happy Birthday, Robot!

If you haven’t checked out this game, you owe it to yourself to watch this short movie (2m 6s):

(Holy damn, that Solis kid has himself some amazing design wizardry. I’ve seen this video a few times, and it never ceases to impress me.)

The PDF is gorgeous. I’m looking forward to sending this book to my sister in Colorado. She’s got three kids and another on the way, and I think they would just absolutely love HBR.

Good news for you is that you can still get the PDF now if you join the Kickstarter. Daniel’s doing a good job of building up buzz and getting people interested while its available. If this sort of thing is your bag, help him out! You can find out more at danielsolis.com/happybirthdayrobot.

(As an aside: I’m totally envious that Adam Dray landed this project.)

– Ryan

P.S. I’m not exactly unbiased here. I think the world of Daniel and his awesome talents. And he decided one of the stories we made playing HBR was good for the book, so my name’s on it (even if it a very minor capacity). You can see the story Justin Smith and I made over a lunch break by going go Daniel’s HBR site and looking at the third story.


2 Responses to Happy Birthday, Robot!

  1. Daniel Solis says:

    Holy cow, so you are why I suddenly have a spike in backers! Thanks for the plug, Ryan!

  2. Scott says:


    Wanted to let you know, I picked up Happy Birthday Robot over the weekend at my local game store (they sold out while I was there) and brought it home. My 3 year old is a bit too young to play the game yet, but he immediately wanted to look the book through, asked me several times during the day to re-read the sample stories, and kept saying “happy birthday robot!” all day.

    I’m sure it’s a great game too, but it simply works as a kids book. I’d love to see a follow up book published with just a bunch of stories people made with it and some more of those charming illustrations.

    Thought you’d like to know!