Timeline Tree of Tabletop Role-Playing Games, celebrating more than 40 years of game design innovations
Over 1000 ttrpg and 800 game designs, webbed through 1500 links. From 1974 to 2019.
- Download the PDF poster (4 Mo)
Long term goal
This timeline is a part of the « On the Shoulders of Dwarves » (en français) set of projects. I would kike to work on the taxonomy of relations between cultural published games and this project is a first draft and essay. My ambition is to design a whole phylomemetic system to track evolution of ideas. I will use the TTRPG published products as subject because it is offering a clear, defined and accessible set of items.
... Do it myself
- Download the latest source code. It should be easy to understand, but you can read more explanations of the structure of the source code.
- Download the zip package of icon pictures. Unpack the pictures in a folder C:/gv/ on your computer.
- Install and set up Graphviz and Textpad++.
- Compile the code. The details are in the header of the source code ("Parameters"). It will produce a ps file.
- With Adobe Distiller, turn the ps file into a PDF file. If you successfully used a free and open-source software to do that job, please let me know.
Send me corrections or suggestions at pascal.umontreal [at] gmail.com
- It can take time before I answer you.
- If you don't want to be cited as contributor, add "no citation" in your email.
Help me to compile the
dotsource code graph to produce a more dense graph.
Improve Wikidata items related to tabletop RPG.
- I documented some guidelines here https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Board_Games (contact me at Pmartinolli if you need help). I already made 7000 edits on TTRPGs so I have a little understanding of what is what there.
- Why Wikidata ? I try to mirror as much of the informations as I can on Wikidata to benefit from the database tools and from the community of contributors. Click here to produce a graph of the citation practices in TTRPG.
Export the data into GEPHY. Why ? 1) I want to try it ; 2) I think the database structure of GEPHY can help managing all the informations ; 3) It's open source.
... Start my own project
- Have a look on this simple template of the graph, and on the rendering.
- Gather your friends (or your students) and decide some teamwork methods. Each of you create an account on GitHub.
- Deposit your files on GitHub.
- Don't forget to be a gentleman/gentlelady of the open access : cite me and Todd Lehman.
... Thank me
- Tweet it @pascaliensis.
- Comment it on your social media.
- Cite me it your academic work :
Martinolli, Pascal. 2019. « TTTTRPG: Timeline Tree of Tabletop Role-Playing Games, celebrating more than 40 years of game design innovations. » Zenodo. Dataset and dot language code. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3492119
- Print it and display it in your school, library, exhibition, etc.
- Send me an email : pascal.umontreal [at] gmail.com
Short term improvements
- Produce a more dense graph.
- Insert a key legend to explicit the colors and links displayed.
- Draw different kind of lines for better understanding of links.
- Use sans-serif font for better readability.
- Change the font/color/background of the name of items with a cover picture for better readability.
The data sources of this work are numerous. You can have a look of the references used to select, check and analyze the TTRPGs.
This content is CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0
Informations in the source code are pure facts, therefore they cannot be copyrighted. The curation of these informations, the links between them and the structure of their display are a work of edition. For this reason, I will be glad you aknowledge my name if you want to reuse them.
Metadata / Métadonnées
Author / Auteur : Pascal Martinolli
Created / Créé le : 2016
Most recent version / Dernière version : 2019-10-23
Original format / format de fichier : DOT language for Graphviz (Open source)
License / Licence : CC-BY-NC-SA
Presented at, promoted through / Présenté à, diffusé via : Donjons & Données probantes 2018, Blogue Jeu de rôle sur table, ZoTrpg blog, ResearchGate, Academia, Twitter, Facebook: groupe Initiatives, Facebook: Role-play Theory Study Group, reddit/RPGdesign, Casus NO, Zenodo, reddit/rpg.
Contributors (so far) : People and works cited in the references, Éric Nieudan, Druuples, Steve Dempsey, James Wallis, Batronoban, Veso_M, catnipandfish, PhasmaFelis, VonAether, DMMJaco, elijahbear8.
Commments and collaborations are welcomed at / Commentaires et collaborations bienvenus : pascal.umontreal [at] gmail.com