Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role Playing Games
Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role Playing Games Capsule Review by Count_Zero on 10/08/01
Style: 3 (Average)
Substance: 5 (Excellent!)
A Brief History of RPGs, and a Product Listing
Product: Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role Playing Games
Author: Lawrence Schick
Category: Non-Fiction Book
Company/Publisher: Prometheus Books
Page count: 425
Year published: 1991
Comp copy?: no
Capsule Review by Count_Zero on 10/08/01
Genre tags: Other
This is, to my knowledge, the only Refrence book for gamers, about the games, and by a gamer. The book contains a brief history of Role Playing games, from the beginning to the time of publication, including a section dedicated to some of the contraversy of the 80s, including the birth of the contraversy and the inspiration for Rona Jaffe's infamous novel "Mazes and Monsters", the case of James Dallas Egbert III.
The big thing in this book though, is the listings. It contains a list of every RPG product that had been published on the open market to the publication of the book. The book is easily organized by genre (espionage, pulp, super hero, fantasy, cyberpunk, etc.).
The each product has its author, a brief summary, a listing of the number of pages, price, isbn number, etc. The author doesn't review the products. The book, while not being the most definative source, is useful enough to be helpful for gamers who are collectors, reviewers, and people trying to find out what is out their for their favorite system that is out of print or at least, hard to find stuff for.
All in all, I reccomend this to anybody who can find a copy.