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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Duncan B.
United Kingdom
I recommend this product

Better bought here than Amazon

This is the 2nd copy i have bought - one for me (from Amazon) and one as a gift (direct from Bitmap) . The latter is far superior - the outstanding packaging ensures the product arrives in pristine condition and the downloadable pdf is the icing on the cake. Keep up the great work guys!

Cristian M.
Chile Chile

Another fantastic book

This book is absolutely fantastic and essential for fans of JRPGs, or for people that want to learn more about them.

Matthew R.
United States United States
I recommend this product

RPG Goodness

Amazing. The articles are well researched, some may be just a half a page but they are fun and give more than you realize in this trek through RPG history.

Daniel F.
Australia Australia
I recommend this product


Such a great reference, I've spent a lot of time reading this and finding games I've never heard of. Very high quality, fast international shipping.

Christian L.
United States United States
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Beautiful Book

I love this book, highly recommend