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Designers & Dragons: The '70s

A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry
Written by: Shannon Appelcline
Narrated by: Colby Elliott
Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Designers & Dragons: The ’70s is a comprehensive picture of the beginnings of the RPG industry. This second edition expands the original single book into a series of four, and we’ve added over 50,000 new words to this volume alone. 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 war gaming trivia. Regardless of your gaming background, Shannon Appelcline’s meticulously researched history won’t disappoint.

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Critic Reviews

2015 Gold ENnie Award Winner - Best RPG Related Product

"I could have easily finished everything in one go…and is, by definition, a must-buy for every role-player out there." (

"The book is impeccably researched and highly detailed, and author Shannon Appelcline has a knack for turning the history of each company and its people into a compelling narrative." (

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