300 games, 528 pages, 112 volunteers, and 4 years. This is a brief history of CRPGs. Filipe Pepe has just completed the CRPG project and you can read it now, for free.
After RPG Codex published a poll of the top 70 RPGs in 2014, Filipe was inspired to create a more in-depth analysis of that list. It covers everything from Ultima to Witcher, and Mass Effect, and delivers a thorough analysis of what made these games so great.
That idea has morphed into the CRPG Book. This incarnation is a run down of all the greatest titles of the genre. Over 400 RPGs are represented, with insights from fans, modders, journalists, critics, indies and AAA developers. Even better, it is free and available to download from the official website, now.