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CRPG BOOK RELEASED!

Discussion in 'The cRPG Player's Handbook' started by felipepepe, Feb 5, 2018.

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  1. felipepepe Prestigious Gentleman Codex's Heretic Patron

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    My friends, it is time! I waited four years for this moment - the CRPG BOOK PROJECT IS COMPLETE!

    You can download all its glorious 528 pages here: https://crpgbook.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/crpg_book_1-0.pdf

    Thanks a lot to everyone who helped. This project would've been impossible without the Codex. You guys wrote most of the reviews, with Crooked Bee and Deuce Traveler in particular helping multiple times over the years. Kudos to you all :salute:

    Not to mention that this is where I learned about RPGs. This book is a tribute to passion this place overflows, it was inspired by reading walls of text on forums - DraQ describing Morrowind's lore, Vault Dweller's analysis of RPG mechanics, Darth Roxor's reviews, the Neutral-Positive Battle Over PoE, interviewing devs with Bee, and so on...

    :love:

    Here's the official release rambling:

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    Four years ago I began a journey.

    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 a 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!

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    Across its 528 pages you’ll find information about over 400 RPGs, from the early PLATO games to modern AAA releases, as well as hidden gems, curiosities and even fan-translations. The reviews were written by a team of 112 volunteers from all around the globe – fans, modders, journalists, critics, indies and AAA developers.

    Above all, this book is a passion project. Free, non-commercial, created by people who wanted to share their hobby and help others have fun. I’m very proud of what we achieved, and I would like to thank everyone who helped me on this journey.

    I’ll also take this chance to address some criticism & future plans:

    1) Physical Edition – This is the question I’m asked the most: “Will there be a physical edition?”. I would love to have one, but it’s something very complicated to produce – especially for a 528-page color book! Most on-demand printing services won’t do something this big, and even if I cut the book down to CreateSpace’s 480-page limit, it would be a VERY expensive book, costing over $60!​

    Crowdfunding is another alternative, but I’m a Brazilian immigrant living in Japan on a temporary visa – the legal procedures & taxes involved are kinda uncharted territory. There are book-oriented crowdfunding services like Unbound, but you’ll notice that even veterans like Hardcore Gaming 101 and Guru Larry are having difficulty reaching their goals. I’m looking for alternatives, so if you have any ideas please message me.

    2) Proofreading – The book hasn’t been proofread. It’s something I want to do (and get a lot of messages about it), especially since many reviewers (myself included) aren’t native english speakers, but it’s not easy – the book has over 310,000 words, which is about 2/3 of the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy! Since we have no money and it’s something I can’t do myself, we depend on the work of volunteers.

    3) Extra content – There’s still about 10 minor RPGs I want to add to the book in the future, but couldn’t do it yet for one reason or another. E.g., I wanted a SpellForce series review, but couldn’t find any volunteers and my computer can’t run SpellForce 3.

    There’s also a few extra articles I would like to include, such as a timeline on MMORPGs & MUDs and short introductions to old home computers, such as the C64, Amiga, ZX Spectrum, TRS-80, etc, which I’m guessing many readers never saw and know little about. I had a draftfor the latter, but unfortunately couldn’t find enough teach-savvy volunteers to write them.

    I hope to add the extra content, proof-read everything and make a “Editor’s Cut” re-release & physical edition sometime in the future, but I can’t make any promises, as I now need to focus on important personal things – like getting a work visa.

    Still, I truly believe that the book is a worthwhile read as it stands. It has its shortcomings and issues, but hopefully it’s a flawed gem – like all the best RPGs are.


    Also:

    The book covers 434 games.

    :kfc::kfc::kfc:

    (laclongquan is a bro and helped with the book, but I had to do this).
     
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  2. Heretic Savant

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    Congrats, man! A very nice achievement. I'm looking forward to reading it from cover to cover.
     
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  3. Heretic Savant

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    Nice foreword, I laughed at this anecdote :)
     
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  4. Zdzisiu Arcane

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    Lazy HueHue, took 4 years to have other people write a book for him!

    Just joking, that is one hell of an achievement and you should be immensely proud of it.

    The collaborative effort must have been one hell of a job to manage.

    I hope your hard work will get the recognition it really deserves and you will swim in Japanese waifus from one sunset to another!

    Now I need to find the time to read this beast and maybe find a game or two to play.
     
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  5. grimace Savant

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    Brilliant work!

    The first game I looked for was ...

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  6. SCO Arcane In My Safe Space

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    Why had the sections of MMORPGs to be cut, not enough informed reviews? I went looking for a The Secret World review. Not that'd play a filthy MMORPG, just curiosity about 'best of breed' MMORPG storyfaggotry.
     
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  7. laclongquan Arcane

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    Oops~

    Also congratulation, felipepepe . That was one hell of an achivement. As an ex-pro in the book field, I know how much works go into that project!

    Now print it into paper form, bring it to the altar of God of Learning and burn it! BOOK TO THE BOOK GOD!
     
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    Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire
    Will give it a pirate and might buy, who am I kidding I wont buy it. I will shill for you though.

    O wait its free! um excuse me.
     
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  10. AdolfSatan Learned

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    D1P. Simply amazing, you truly are a god amongst autists, felipepepe.
     
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  11. conan_edw Learned

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    thanks for the amazing work!
     
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    man this is very impressive

    well done to all those involved
     
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    Kickstart a printed collector's edition, please! +M
     
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    Holy shit! Congrats dude!! :salute:
     
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    tl;dr
     
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  20. Monty Arcane

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    Congrats, excellent, yuge, impressive job

    :salute::salute::salute:
     
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  21. felipepepe Prestigious Gentleman Codex's Heretic Patron

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    I know almost nothing about MUD, so I tried to find an expert like Raph Koster... but never found anyone willing to help.

    Same for the hardware bits... sure, I could research and write about them, but I never even touched an Apple II or C64. It would feel fake. :/
     
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  22. Monty Arcane

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    I had a C64, even used the tape drive for a while before the glorious upgrade to a 5.25 inch floppy. Although I did some programming on it I didn't quite manage 228 games, but if that guy isn't interested and you still want to include this in future I could have a go.
     
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  23. AMG Arbiter

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    Kinda like reviewing Grimoire while being clueless about blobbers huh?
     
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  24. felipepepe Prestigious Gentleman Codex's Heretic Patron

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    Imagine being this butthurt.
     
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    Congrats

    :kwafuckyeah:
     
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