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Felipepepe's Encyclopedic CRPG Book Released
Information - posted by Crooked Bee on Mon 5 February 2018, 22:58:12Tags: CRPG Book Project; Felipe Pepe
Ever since the release of Cleve Blakemore's Grimoire, here at the RPG Codex we know that miracles are real. Sometimes, something momentous happens that shatters the mundane course of life and changes the way you look at things. Something you were not sure you ever expected to happen. Something to which you can then refer as a brief moment of incline in the generally declining trajectory of the world.
One such occasion is today, with another, no less vaporware epic project finally seeing the light of day. Today, esteemed community member felipepepe has released his CRPG Book Project -- a veritable encyclopedia of computer RPG knowledge. You can download it for free here.
600 hours of gameplay! 528 pages of content! 244+ Maps in the game to explore! 400+ RPGs in the book to explore! 64 intelligent NPCs with 8000 Words in Vocabulary! 112 intelligent contributors from all around the globe! It's all there, as described by felipepepe himself in a special blog post about the release:
On Feb 5 2014 I posted the results of the RPG Codex’s Top 70 poll, in which we elected the best CRPGs of all time. But I felt that a simple list was too dry… more than the ranking, I was interested in WHY these games were good. From there came the idea of asking people to write a short paragraph talking about each title.
This became an updated version of the Codex’s Top 70, now with screenshots and brief descriptions of each game. That’s my favorite piece of content I ever made, but I still wanted more – more games, more screenshots, longer reviews, tips on mods, fan-made patches, etc. So I made a list of all the RPGs I wanted to cover and began recruiting volunteers for the “CRPG Book Project”.
Having done the Top 70 list in 3 months, I thought I could do 300 games in about 10 months or so. Ha, it took me four years… but it is done!
Dear reader, I present you the full release of the CRPG BOOK PROJECT!
The book is first and foremost a collection of RPG reviews, but it also includes a number of articles on topics ranging from CRPG cartography to the origins of the genre. Quite a few Codexers have contributed to it, too, alongside the likes of Scorpia and Chris Avellone.
In the blog post, felipepepe also addresses the inevitable questions about the possibility of a hardback copy of the book, future proofreading plans, etc. He's looking for a good way to crowdfund the book or print it on demand without making it too expensive or too complicated in terms of taxes - so if you have an idea how he could go about doing that, do get in touch with him.
Anyway - congrats, felipe, for seeing this project through to the end with, dare I say, a truly neanderthal dedication. Everyone else, go check out the book right now!