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[Review] The CRPG Book Project by Felipe Pepe

680+ digital pages featuring over 450 RPGs, plus mods, dev quotes & more

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    DOWNLOAD IT HERE: https://crpgbook.wordpress.com/

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    Notes from the authors:

    About the Project


    The CRPG Book Project is a collaborative, non-profit effort to create a free, easily available ebook on the history of Computer Role-Playing Games.

    Our goal is to gather all the knowledge currently spread across countless websites, books, forums and minds in a single, accessible and visually pleasing tome – for free. We share the Internet Archive’s belief that “access drives preservation”, so we want to demystify gaming history, offering a reliable and attractive resource for people seeking information – or just a fun game to play.

    The project began in 2014, after the RPG Codex published its Top 70 PC RPGs list, featuring small fan reviews on each game. The reception was overwhelming, leading to the idea of expanding the list into a book, covering the entire CRPG history.

    The completed ebook was first released as a PDF in 2018, getting over 100,000 downloads. A deal was then made with Bitmap Books, which published a limited hardcover version of the book in 2019. All the author’s profits (£31.599 as of October 2023) were donated to Vocação, a Brazilian NGO that helps kids and teenagers from poor areas get better education and find employment.

    In 2022, a new Expanded Edition was released, now with 164 extra pages, addressing issues with the previous release and expanding it to include games never released in English. This Expanded Edition was then published by Bitmap Books in August 2023.

    • The expanded edition contains 684 pages, covering over 400 games from 1975 to 2019.
    • Several articles on the history of the genre and some particular scenes, such as French, Korean and Chinese RPGs, MMORPGs, BBS games, browser games, RPG Maker games and fan-translations.
    • Developer quotes, mod suggestions, trivia and tips on how to run games on modern hardware.
    • Over 2,000 game screenshots, plus a cover art gallery.
    • Written by 167 volunteers – fans, AAA developers, indies, journalists, modders and industry personalities such as Ian Frazier, Scorpia, Ferhegón, Richard Cobbett, Mandalore, Brian ‘Psychochild’ Green, Durante, George Weidman (SuperBunnyHop), Chris Avellone and Tim Cain, among others.
    • Entirely non-profit, with another volunteer group currently making a Chinese translation.
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