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.

DOWNLOAD THE LATEST VERSION HERE (v3.4b, DECEMBER 2022)

Our goal is to gather all the knowledge currently spread across countless websites, books, videos, podcasts, forums and minds in a single, accessible and visually pleasing tome. 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.

For any enquiries, feel free to contact our editor, Felipe Pepe, via Twitter or email.

History

The project began in 2014 after the RPG Codex published a 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 (£20.992 as of January 2022) were donated to Vocação, a Brazilian NGO that helps kids and teenagers from poor areas to get a 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 that were never released in English.

Features

  • 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 157 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.

Selected media articles

Preview images

24 thoughts on “About the Project

  1. “– Recruiting extraordinary gentlemen”
    Bad phrasing. Include women too.

    Btw, noticed the 200-page sample misspelled “John Romero” as “Jon Romero” at one point.

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  2. Even though I like the “Non-Profit” sentiment I’d love to have a hardback copy of this. I’ll probably going to print it through one of the online retailers who specialise on that.

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    • You should wait for the project to be finished, we’ll crowdfund a hardcover edition. 😉
      Also, the preview is in low resolution, printing it would be weird. :/

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      • I intended to wait for the final version before printing but I’ll gladly support a Kickstarter instead!

        CRPG’s are an important part of my life and I cherish the many, many memories your book evokes.

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  3. “Hello,

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    With Regards

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    • also Knightmare for the AMIGA, there two games with that name, one of them is a hardcode dungeoncrawler with a 4 player party that can have goblins and ghouls in the party.

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