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Adept Press

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Adept Press is an American game company that produces role-playing games and game supplements. It played a seminal role in the development of the indie role-playing game industry.


Ron Edwards had designed Sorcerer, his own role-playing game (RPG) in the 1990s, and it had been accepted for publication by a large publisher. But when he saw the proposed contract, and unwilling to lose control of his creation, Edwards turned down the off to publish and instead made Sorcerer available on a "shareware" basis, mailing a copy to anyone who asked for it and asking for $5 in return if they liked the game. Soon afterward he produced an ashcan of the game to sell at conventions.[1]:406 He continued to playtest Sorcerer and produced a fully rewritten version of the game that he began selling in PDF form after acquiring the domain.[1]:403

After seeing Obsidian: The Age of Justice, an RPG independently published by Micah Skaritka, Dav Harnish, and Frank Nolan, for sale at Gencon 33 in 2000, Edwards decided he could publish his own RPG books while retaining ownership.[1]:404 He created Adept Press, through which he published his second RPG, Elfs (2001) as a PDF.[1]:406 He also re-published Sorcerer as a 128-page hardcover volume in 2001.[1]:407 RPG historians Steven Torres-Roman and Cason Snow point out that when Edwards released the hardcover version, he "showed independent game designers the way to publish their own games."[2] Ron Edwards and Sorcerer subsequently won the second annual Diana Jones Award for "excellence in gaming" in 2002.[1]:407

Jared Sorensen's supplement Schism for Sorcerer was published as a PDF by Adept Press in 2001.[1]:407 Edwards purchased a booth at Gen Con 34 in 2001 for Adept Press, and at the next Gen Con Jason L Blair's Key 20 Publishing and Adept Press sponsored a booth for The Forge to appeal to indie game enthusiasts at Gen Con in 2002.[1]:407


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. Search this book on
  2. Torres-Roman, Steven A.; Snow, Cason E. (2014). Dragons in the Stacks: A Teen Librarian's Guide to Tabletop Role-Playing. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9781610692625. Search this book on

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