The CRPG Book — A Major Look into the world of RPG

This month, Felipe Pepe, announced the availability of his long awaited CRPG Book.  Felipe, a native of Brazil who resides in Tokyo, has been hard at work in between jobs, putting together reviews of over 400 games and RPG systems from the 1975 to 2015 time frame.  The result is an almost 600 page book which not only delves into the realm of the games but also how they affected the overall industry.

The project, Which Pepe started in 2014, was derived in idea from the RPG Codex’s Top 70 list.  The list focused on what fans decided were the top RPGs and ran several reviews from several of the users.

Felipe has taken that idea a step further with his CRPG Book by including game reviews solely written by the fans of the games, developers, journalists and a host of other industry people.   Some of the highlights come from Chris Avellone, Ian Frazier, Scorpia, Ferhegón, Richard Cobbett, Brian ‘Psychochild’ Green, Durante, George Weidman and Tim Cain, and over 100 other volunteers. This book was truly a community project with Pepe acting more as the MC and the glue that brought it all together.

If you haven’t checked out the book yet, the PDF of the book as well as the epub is available for free download.  Pepe has also announced that there will be a physical printing of the book which he intends to turn into some type of community charity fundraiser sometime here soon.

True to the spirit of the project, he has also made the RAR of the InDesign files for the project available under the Creative Commons CC BY NC 4.0 licensing.  This project is massive and if you look at downloading it, the file reaches a whopping 1.3gb.

Version 1.02 of the book is available at:

The epub version of the book is available at:

For those of you who are not native English speakers, you will be happy to know that there are now also community efforts to translate the book into four other languages: Spanish, German, Russian, and Chinese.

For more information or to keep up with the CRPG Book Project, check out the website at:

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About the Author

Bill Martens

A.P.P.L.E. Chairman of the Board and Club president -- Bill worked for the founder, Val J. Golding and A.P.P.L.E. from 1981 to 1982. In 1999, he began archiving the materials which were distributed and sold by A.P.P.L.E.. That project led to the group that remained of A.P.P.L.E. Bill was involved in the financial industry in Tokyo and has over 20 major office infrastructure projects to his name. In March 2001, he retired to write books and to spend more time pursuing personal interests. As the president of the users group, Bill is in charge of distribution of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine as well as the organization of this web site. Bill currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and Shelton, Wa splitting time between the places.