A Guide to Japanese Role-Playing Games

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Welcome to the world of Japanese Role-Playing Games!

Video role-playing games, adapted for computers from their pen-and-paper forebears, have been around since the earliest days of digital gaming. Despite initial similarities to Western games, Japan’s output began diverging in dramatic ways, inspired by its own culture and art, producing a style of game that’s often wildly different from its Western counterpart. From Dragon Quest to Final Fantasy, from Megami Tensei to Pokémon, A Guide to Japanese Role-Playing Games explores the expansive history of Japanese role-playing games, beginning on 8-bit microcomputers, and following them all the way up to the heavy hitters of the modern era.

Created in collaboration with author Kurt Kalata, A Guide to Japanese Role-Playing Games is an ambitious project that aims to cover the entire history of Japanese role-playing games from 1982 to 2020. As well as reviews of over 600 games, covering a wide range of sub-genres, including strategy RPGs like Fire Emblem, Rogue-likes such as Mystery Dungeon, and first-person dungeon crawlers like Etrian Odyssey, it includes articles on the genre, its music and art. Overall, the book weighs in at over 370,000 words and contains contributions from a wide selection of fans and journalists, combining to create the ultimate coffee table book on Japanese role-playing games.

A Guide to Japanese Role-Playing Games is 652 pages in length (our largest book to date) and comes in hardback as standard. The cover features a specially created piece of artwork by Stephanie Sybydlo, which is finished with special pantone inks and metallic silver foil details. Each divider within the book also features a specially created ‘overworld map’ by the guys at Army of Trolls. As with all our books, we use thread-sewn binding for extra durability and print lithographically on high-quality paper to showcase the gorgeous visuals as they deserve.

Let the adventure commence!

Book specifications
652 pages. 254mm × 203mm. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Hardback. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Silver foil blocked cover and spine. Bookmark ribbon. Shrink wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

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Eric O.
United States
I recommend this product

Most comprehensive book!

If Japanese role-playing games are your next curiosity, then here is your number one source for discovering each one.

Jonathan M.
France France
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Une référence pour les profs de game design

Ayant eu à travailler sur un projet d'étudiant concernant les mécanismes de jeux de rôle, ce livre a été un support particulièrement intéressant. Très riche en informations et contenant une énorme quantité de référence, il nous a été utile pour identifier des projets pour nos recherches. C'est un indispensable pour tout fan de J-RPG d'ailleurs. Le livre figure en bonne place dans la bibliothèque de notre école et ainsi que dans la mienne \o/ Un grand bravo à tous les auteurs et l'éditeur pour ce magnifique travail.

david s.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
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love japanese game books

this one was really special in my eyes, as soon as i heard about it i had to grab a copy. its content is just wow.....

Russell T.
United States United States
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Fantastic Book, Great Company!

No one produces books like Bitmap. Every page is extremely well thought out and has the highest quality and craftsmanship I've ever seen in books. Their shipping/packing method is also great as everything arrived in perfect condition across the pond!

Vincent C.
United States United States
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Top Class

Quality and detail surpass similar books I've bought in the past. Recommended for any fan of JRPGs or general video game books.