Friday, February 13, 2015

The History of Role Playing in 4 Volumes


We received a pretty interesting book series this week:  Designers and Dragons  A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry, written by Shannon Appelcline and published by Evil Hat Games.  A four volume set, it covers the role playing industry from 1970 to 2009. Each volume runs about 450 pages and covers one decade with Applelcline discussing the history of the industry through looking at the RPG companies that got their start during that decade. For example, both major companies such as Wizards of the Coast and White Wolf and smaller companies such as Grey Ghost Press and Hogshead Publishing get covered in the volume looking at the industry in the 1990s. The series is very well written, surprisingly comprehensive and one I look forward to reading.