Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Encyclopedia of Role-Playing Games

An 'encyclopedia of role-playing games' is a free personal project by Yahoo! Inc. programmer John H. Kim, and it has records for over 1000 role-playing games. These are traditional RPGs, not videogame RPGs. Games are searchable by name, by date, or by the language in which they were first produced. The website has details of the criteria for inclusion, and a useful timeline. There is also a listing of "Rumored RPGs", listing games mentioned elsewhere but not otherwise known to exist. Elsewhere on the website is a Company List. At March 2009 the website was last updated in May 2008. This will be a useful website for those examining the history of traditional RPGs and the many ways in which they influenced the emerging videogames market from 1972-2002.
Link: http://www.darkshire.net/~jhkim/rpg/encyclopedia/index.html
Access: Free