Designers & Dragons by Shannon Appelcline
Compiled over several years, this book is a history of the role-playing game industry, and forms the most complete record of all the games, companies, and talented individuals that have propelled role-playing games to where they are today.
Rather than being a simple linear history, this book takes a unique perspective on the role-playing industry. Reflecting that it is the creation of thousands of talented individuals and scores of talented companies, this book instead devotes individual sections to describing the histories and products of almost 60 different companies that have published role-playing games from 1972 to the present day. The companies are laid out in a chronology based on when each began publishing in the role-playing field.