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, so came the idea of expanding the list into a full-blown book, covering the entire CRPG history.

For this we are reviewing over 400 games from 1975 to 2015, while also providing articles on the genre, mod suggestions and hints on how to run games on modern hardware. All written by fans, AAA developers, indies, journalists, modders and industry personalities such as Chris Avellone, Ian Frazier, Scorpia, Ferhegón, Richard Cobbett, Brian ‘Psychochild’ Green, Durante, George Weidman and Tim Cain, among others.

Any doubts or suggestion, feel free to contact our editor, Felipe Pepe, via twitter or email.

21 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.


  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.


    • 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. :/


      • 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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