Tony Mullen announced his upcoming book on iPhone game development with Blender and the SIO2 game engine.
Tony Mullen wrote:
I'm very pleased to announce that my latest book is available for pre-order at Amazon! The book is titled "3D for iPhone Apps with Blender and SIO2: Your Guide to Creating 3D Games and More with Open-Source Software" and you can pre-order it here.
As you can see from the title, the book deals with using Blender and the powerful SIO2 Game Engine to create 3D games and apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. I can tell you first hand that it's a blast! The book does not assume any specific background knowledge, so in that sense it's intended for "beginners". There's even an appendix giving a quick and dirty basic introduction to Blender itself. However, you should be aware that the material is challenging and the pace is pretty brisk, so any background you do have in Blender or graphics programming will be very helpful for you. It does assume some basic understanding of programming, so if you're new to programming in general, then you should be prepared to turn to supplemental resources to get you through any difficult patches.
I've had a great time writing this book. Big thanks to everyone at the SIO2 forums who helped me (knowingly or unknowingly) and also of course very big thanks to the Peach and Apricot teams for providing some of the assets that I used in demos and tutorials (and cover art, as you can see!)
I'm very excited about this book and I think people are really going to have fun with it. I'm looking forward to a lot of awesome new Blender/SIO2 3D games to show up on the iTunes Store!
The only downside of this book is that it is pretty much only for Mac users. Unfortunately, at present Linux and Windows users are a bit shut out of the iPhone development world. However, I'm working on another project right now that I think will be of great interest to all Blender users, so readers of my other books who use Linux and Windows will also have something coming in just a few months. I'll keep you posted on that as more information about that becomes available!