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The Complete History of Role-Playing Games (RPGs)

An eighteen-part series delving into the history of role-playing games, moving through the years from the very early days to some of the top adventures available today.

The Complete History of Role-Playing Games (RPGs): Part 14 – I Don’t Want to be a Wizard

High fantasy was all the rage in the 1970s and 80s. It was a glorious period for fans of swords and sorcery. But, was there anything out there for players who didn’t want to be a wizard?

04 Nov, 2022

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The Complete History of Role-Playing Games (RPGs): Part 13 – Action RPGs & Where Nimble Fingers Matter

The humble role-playing game has risen from the tabletop imaginings of Dungeons and Dragons fans to a massive industry that dominates the computer game industry. Delightful storylines, immersive plots, sympathetic

07 Oct, 2022

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The Complete History of Role-Playing Games (RPGs): Part 12 – Choose Your Own Adventure

Choices, choices and more choices are at the heart of a great RPG. Part 12 dives into the world of choice & decision-based story.

19 Aug, 2022

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The Complete History of Role-Playing Games (RPGs): Part 11 – Living in a Multiplayer World

Part 11 explores the early days of MMORPGs with Ultima Online forging the way.

28 Jun, 2022

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The Complete History of Role-Playing Games (RPGs): Part 10 – Fighting Demons from the Top Down in Diablo

Released in 1997, Diablo was a game that completely revitalised and re-invented the entire Roguelike experience for millions.

22 Oct, 2021

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The Complete History of Role-Playing Games (RPGs):: Part 9 – Final Fantasy: From Niche to Mainstream

Few titles can be classed as genre-defining. Final Fantasy VII is one of those titles. It led the line on making the RPG genre as popular as it is today.

20 Sep, 2021

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The Complete History of Role-Playing Games (RPGs): Part 8 – Stuck in the MUD

In part 8, MUD & the advent of playing with real people and the beginning of what eventually becomes the Massively-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game.

14 Aug, 2021

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The Complete History of Role-Playing Games (RPGs): Part 7 – A Burst of RPGs

The 90s was an epic decade for game development—none more so than for the RPG genre. Some of the best RPGs ever made came in the first few years of the 1990s.

12 Jul, 2021

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The Complete History of Role-Playing Games (RPGs): Part 6 – Pointing and Clicking

Point and click adventure games are a mainstay of the RPG genre. In part 6, Crispin delves into their origins.

04 Jun, 2021

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