Designers and Dragons

The Series | The Story | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | BONUS MATERIAL

Designers & Dragons CoverEverything you’ve wanted to know about the origins of roleplaying games…

Designers & Dragons: The ’70s is a comprehensive picture of the beginnings of the RPG industry. The first in a four volume series, we’ve added over 50,000 new words and insider info to the previous single-volume edition. Learn about the colorful history of TSR and the wave of D&D inspired games (and gaming companies) to follow, and dip your toes into wargaming trivia. Regardless of your gaming background, Shannon Appelcline’s meticulously researched history won’t disappoint.

In this volume, you’ll find:

  • A foreword by Greg Stafford
  • Profiles for thirteen 1970s gaming companies including TSR, GDW, and Chaosium
  • The inside scoop behind games like D&D, Traveller, and The Fantasy Trip
  • Ten things you might not know about roleplaying in the ‘70s
  • An extensive bibliography and index

Meet the characters behind the characters and the gamers behind the games in Designers & Dragons: The ’70s!