Designers and Dragons

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

designers-dragons-sideart-fanV3If there’s one thing that the “old school” revolution has taught us, it’s that history is important to us as gamers. Our roots matter. But how much do we actually know — or remember — of the origins of this hobby of ours?

Enter Designers & Dragons. In this four-volume, decade-by-decade series from Evil Hat, author and game historian Shannon Appelcline will dig deep into the lore of our forty-year-old hobby, uncovering the forgotten facts and hidden stories behind the biggest and most influential names in roleplaying games.

Whether you’re new to RPGs and wonder where they came from, a “grognard” of the most ancient order looking to dust off some treasured nostalgia, or a tried-and-true gamer looking to explore the field of what is and what was, you’ll find something in Designers & Dragons for you!

If you’re already familiar with the single-volume first edition of Designers & Dragons from Mongoose, in this new edition you’ll find updated and expanded material, an improved page and book design oriented on attractive readability, and new information to fill some of the gaps in what came before.


Want to get a taste of what Designers & Dragons is like? We’re releasing our entire TSR chapter — over 100 pages of material, about 25% of the 1970s book — for your perusal. Download it here!