Designers & Dragons

Another thing to look for this summer is a book from Mongoose publishing entitled Designers & Dragons, a history of the role-playing game industry. A quick search of the Mongoose website didn’t turn up anything, but ICv2 was on the case:

In August Mongoose Publishing will release Designers & Dragons, a history of the role-playing game industry. Written by’s Shannon Appelcline, Designers & Dragons recounts the history of almost 60 companies that have published role-playing games. Its company-by-company structure allows readers to follow the history of the publisher of their favorite RPG.

Appelcline proceeds to follow the fortunes of the various RPG publishers and the key game designers. Role-playing games grew out of the wargaming industry, which itself was only born in the 1950s. The publication of Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 kickstarted the RPG industry, which subsequently been through several boom and bust cycles.

Although precise details about the size and price of Designers & Dragons are yet available, it will be a large hardcover volume. Look for details to become available in the coming months.

This definitely sounds interesting. I shall be keeping a watchful eye out for this one.

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Wargamer and RPG'er since the 1970's, author of Adventures Dark and Deep, Castle of the Mad Archmage, and other things, and proprietor of the Greyhawk Grognard blog.

3 thoughts on “Designers & Dragons

  1. I've been reading a number of her posts about the history of the hobby on, and I'm looking forward to getting a nice paper copy.

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