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Spread over more than 500 pages, The CRPG Book: A Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games reviews over 400 seminal games from 1975 to 2015, covering the role-playing classics we all know and love, such as Ultima, Wizardry, Fallout and Mass Effect – all brought to life with vibrant and engaging in-game images.

The CRPG Book: A Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games includes articles on the genre, and each game entry also shares mod suggestions and hints on how to run the games on modern hardware. The book was written entirely 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, to name but a few.

The CRPG Book: A Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games comes as a hardback as standard, produced using thread sewn binding for extra durability, then shrink wrapped. The cover features a specially created artwork by fantasy artist Jan Pospíšil.

The project also aims to help in the wider world: all of author Felipe Pepe’s profit will be donated to the Vocação charity in Brazil, his homeland. Vocação helps kids and teenagers from poor areas to get education and employment, enabling them in turn to help others around them to do the same, changing the community for the better.

Book specifications
528 pages. 254mm × 203mm. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Hardback. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Gold foil blocked cover and spine. Bookmark ribbon. Shrink wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

Games featured include:
7.62 High Calibre / Aaklash: Legacy / Academagia: The Making of Mages / ADOM - Ancient Domains of Mystery / Agarest: Generations of War / Age of Decadence / Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales / Akalabeth: World of Doom / Al-Qadim: The Genie’s Curse / Albion / Alien Fires 2199 A.D. / Alpha Protocol: The Espionage RPG / Alter Ego / Alternate Reality: The City / Ambermoon / Amberstar / Anachronox / Anvil of Dawn / Arcania: Gothic 4 / Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura / Arx Fatalis / Autoduel / Baldur’s Gate / Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn / The Banner Saga / The Bard’s Tale / The Bard’s Tale Construction Set / Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden / The Battle for Wesnoth / Beneath Apple Manor / Betrayal at Krondor / Betrayal in Antara / Birthright: The Gorgon’s Alliance / Blackguards / BloodNet / Bloodwych / Borderlands / Bound by Flame / Breath of Fire IV / Captive / Card Hunter / Castle of the Winds / Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead / Champions of Krynn / Chinese Paladin / Circuit’s Edge / Cobra Mission: Panic in Cobra City / Cthulhu Saves the World / CyberMage: Darklight Awakening / The Dark Heart of Uukrul / Dark Messiah: Might and Magic / Dark Souls / Dark Sun: Shattered Lands / Darklands / Deathlord / Defender’s Quest: Valley of the Forgotten / Descent to Undermountain / Deus Ex / Deus Ex: Human Revolution / Deus Ex: Invisible War / Diablo / Diablo II / Diablo III / Dink Smallwood / Din’s Curse / Disciples of Steel / Divine Divinity / Divinity II: Ego Draconis / Divinity: Original Sin / Dragon Age II / Dragon Age: Inquisition / Dragon Age: Origins / Dragon’s Dogma / Dragon’s Eye / Drakensang: The Dark Eye / Drakkhen / Dungeon Campaign / Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup / Dungeon Hack / Dungeon Master / Dungeon Siege / Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows over Mystara / Dungeons of Daggorath / Dungeons of Dredmor / Dunjonquest: Temple of Apshai / Dwarf Fortress / E.V.O.: The Theory of Evolution / E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy / Eamon / The Elder Scrolls I: Arena / The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall / The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind / The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion / The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim / An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire / Elona / Entomorph: Plague of the Darkfall / Escape from Hell / Eschalon / Evil Islands: Curse of the Lost Soul / Exile: Escape from the Pit / Eye of the Beholder / FTL: Faster Than Light / Fable / Faery: Legends of Avalon / The Faery Tale Adventure / Fallout 2 / Fallout 3 / Fallout 4 / Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game / Fallout: New Vegas / Fate / Fate: Gates of Dawn / Final Fantasy VII / Forgotten Realms: Unlimited Adventures / Fortune Summoners: Secret of the Elemental Stone / Freedom Force / Gates of Skeldal / Gateway to the Savage Frontier / Geneforge / Gorky 17 / Gothic / Gothic 3 / Gothic II / Grandia II / Hand of Fate / Hellgate: London / Heroine’s Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok / Hexplore / Hillsfar / Hired Guns / Hyperdimension Neptunia - Re;Birth1 / Icewind Dale / Icewind Dale II / The Immortal / Ishar: Legend of the Fortress / J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Vol. I / Jade Empire / Jagged Alliance 2 / Kamidori Alchemy Meister / King’s Quest: Mask of Eternity / Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning / Knights of Legend / Knights of Xentar / Knights of the Chalice / Kult: Heretic Kingdoms / Labyrinth of Touhou / Lands of Lore II: Guardians of Destiny / Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos / The Last Remnant / The Legacy: Realm of Terror / Legend / The Legend of Cao Cao / Legend of Grimrock / The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky / Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusaders / Lords of the Fallen / Lords of Xulima / The Magic Candle / Magical Diary / Marauder / Mass Effect / Mass Effect 2 / Mass Effect 3 / MegaTraveller: The Zhodani Conspiracy / Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra / Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven / Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor / Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer / Might and Magic IX / Might and Magic X / Might and Magic: Book I - Secret of the Inner Sanctum / Might and Magic: Worlds of Xeen / Moraff’s World / Mordor: Depths of Dejenol / Moria / Mount & Blade / Mystery Chronicles: One Way Heroics / NEO Scavenger / NetHack / Neuromancer / Neverwinter Nights / Neverwinter Nights 2 / Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer / Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir / Neverwinter Nights: Aurora Toolset & Modules / Of Orcs and Men / Omikron: The Nomad Soul / Paper Sorcerer / Path of Exile / Perihelion: The Prophecy / Phantasie / Pillars of Eternity / Planescape: Torment / Pool of Radiance / Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor / Prince of Qin / Princess Maker 2 / Prophecy I: The Fall of Trinadon / Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords / Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness / Quest for Glory: So You Want to Be a Hero / Questron / Rage of Mages / Ravenloft: Stone Prophet / Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny / Realmz / Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale / The Return of Heracles / Return to Krondor / Rings of Zilfin / Risen 398 / Rogue / SD Snatcher / S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl / Sacred / Sengoku Rance / Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator / Seventh Sense / Severance: Blade of Darkness / ShadowCaster / Shadowlands / Shadowrun Returns / Siege of Avalon / Soulbringer / South Park: The Stick of Truth / Space Rangers 2: Dominators / Spirit of Excalibur / Star Control 2 / Star Saga: One - Beyond The Boundary / Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic / Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords / Starflight / Stonekeep / Strife: Quest for the Sigil / Sudeki / Summoner / The Summoning / Sunless Sea / Super Columbine Massacre RPG! / Superhero League of Hoboken / Sword of Moonlight: King’s Field Making Tool / System Shock / System Shock 2 / Tale of Wuxia / Tales of Maj’Eyal / Telengard / Temple of Elemental Evil / Titan Quest / Torchlight / Transistor / TRON 2.0 / Tunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan / Two Worlds II / Ultima / Ultima II: Revenge of the Enchantress / Ultima III: Exodus / Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar / Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny / Ultima VI: The False Prophet / Ultima VII: The Black Gate / Ultima VIII: Pagan / Ultima IX: Ascension / Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss / UnderRail / Undertale / Valkyria Chronicles / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines / Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption / Veil of Darkness / Venetica / Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II / Wasteland / Wasteland 2 / Way of the Samurai 4 / Windwalker / Witchaven / The Witcher / The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings / The Witcher III: Wild Hunt / Wizardry 8 / Wizardry IV: The Return of Werdna / Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom / Wizardry VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge / Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant / Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord / Wizards & Warriors / Wizard’s Crown / World of Aden: Thunderscape / Worlds of Ultima: Martian Dreams / Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire / Ys: The Vanished Omens / Yumina the Ethereal / ZanZarah: The Hidden Portal / Zeliard

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12/08/2021
Tyson
Australia Australia
I recommend this product

Amazing book

This book is amazing, it is a collection of historical titles that show us where PC games and role playing games come from. I really like a lot of DOS games and I find it very inspirational. There is a huge amount of content in this book, many color photos, interesting anecdotes, etc. This is one of the best books I ever bought, will be checking out the rest of their catalog.

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12/07/2021
Rui M.
Portugal Portugal
I recommend this product

must have book for the RPG fans

This is another incredible work and will teach you a lot about this genre kinda niche

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12/07/2021
Tyson
I recommend this product

Amazing book

This book is amazing. I was initially drawn in by the awesome cover artwork and high page count so I thought this could have some decent content for the money, and boy is it good. The quality of the hardback, to the high number of photos and just the amount of games that it covers across the decades, it really is an excellent book. It allows me to look back into the past and view the hard work and dedication of developers that put so much into creating these games that really do change and influence people's life. I'm really happy with this book and now I'm actually keen to see if they have anything I might be interested in. Really gained a fan in me.

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12/06/2021
CartoonGamerMatt
United States United States
I recommend this product

One of the most interesting books I own.

I am a massive RPG fan, but I lean more heavily on JRPGs (I also picked up their Guide JRPGs book and highly recommend it). I own over 400 JRPGs so I knew most of the content of their JRPG book. There was still a lot I didn't recognize and the authors really did their research, so I commend them for that. CRPGs though, I only own about 50 or so. I have always been interested in them, but I never went out of my way to collect them, for the most part. A lot of it is because there are a ton of CRPGs exclusive to old computers and trying to track them down/run them would be a bit of a pain. Regardless, this book makes me want to collect more CRPGs. I love that it goes in order by release date, so you can track the evolution of CRPGs from the very beginning all the way to 2015, when this book was published. There are so many obscure titles in this book and reading about them is absolutely fascinating. I don't even think Google searches for obscure RPGs would bring up results for many of these games. That is why this book is so handy. I often look up games on Wikipedia and Google, but having a comprehensive list of nearly every noteworthy CRPG with details, reviews, and nice overviews, is just incredible. I have the information I need from this book to decide if I want to look further into these obscure games. So in a way it leads to more research and more purchases I otherwise wouldn't have made. I love discovering new games and this book absolutely delivers on that front. The reviews are also nice and concise and the overviews tell you want you need to know without boring you. Finally, the quality of the book is fantastic. It's a hardcover and it's beautifully made. The pages are nice and crisp, the print quality is top-notch, and the book overall is remarkable. I also commend BitMapBooks for their excellent shipping costs. I bought this book along with A Guide to JRPGs and the shipping was £11. If I bought these on eBay, the shipping would easily be $30+ because of weight. So overall I'm very happy with my purchase and I highly recommend this book and the JRPG book to all RPGs fans. You will learn about so many interesting games and if you're a collector and gamer like me, you'll find a bunch of new games to add to your backlog!

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12/03/2021
Ben
United States United States
I recommend this product

Magnificent Composition of CRPG History and Art

The packaging was done with utmost care, I've bought many books from various sources and the book was not only sealed in plastic but foam was used for added protection. Immediately I noticed the amount of effort put into crafting this work. The art and writing categorizing CRPGs was like entering a library of nostalgia as it brought back fond memories and even gave insight into the history of games in the genre, highlighting their development and art choices. When you will open the book I guarantee it will put a smile on your face.

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