The community project on the history of Computer Role-Playing Games, a long time coming project has been finally released on the project blog by editor Felipe Pepe.
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. Across its 528 pages one can find information about over 400 RPGs, from the early days to modern AAA releases, as well as hidden gems, curiosities and even fan-translations.
The project began in 2014, after the reputed rpg website RPG Codex published its Top 70 PC RPGs list, featuring small fan reviews on each game. The reception was so overwhelming that the community decided to create a full-blown book, covering the entire history of the CRPG genre.
They have reviewed 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 of this is written by fans, AAA developers, indies, journalists, modders and industry veterans such as Chris Avellone, Ian Frazier, Scorpia, Ferhegón, Richard Cobbett, Brian ‘Psychochild’ Green, Durante, George Weidman and Tim Cain, among others.
The creators will be updating the e-book by adding several more games in the coming days and is hoping to push out a physical edition sometime in the future.