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[Review] CRPG Book Project by Felipe Pepe

450 digital pages featuring over 250 RPGs, plus mods, dev quotes & more

  1. Taluntain
    It’s finally here -- the fifth release, the 450-page preview of the CRPG Book!

    DOWNLOAD IT HERE: CRPG Book Preview 5

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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 May 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 300 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.

    When completed, the book will offer:
    • Over 300 games being reviewed through about 480 pages.
    • Comprehensive chronological listing, from 70’s mainframe games, such as Avatar and dnd, to the latest releases (UPDATE: we’re cutting off at 2015).
    • Longer and passionately written reviews, accompanied by big screenshots, developer quotes, curiosities, tips on common issues and recommended mods.
    • In-depth articles about the genre, the changes through the decades, fan-translations and related genres, such as MMORPG’s and MUDs.
    • 100% free, downloadable as a cute .pdf, with bookmarks, hyper-links and all that.
    • Planned to also be later crowdfunded into a physical release, sold at cost price.
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