New guest post by Edwin McRae, author of Warlock: Reign of Blood. Even though I’ve designed narratives for several video game RPGs like Path of Exile and Ashen, I’ll be the first to admit that I tend to get lost in a deep, dark Forest of Numeracy. I’m more of a word guy than a numbers guy, which probably shows in my LitRPG work. It’s not a LitRPG story if it doesn’t feature stats, but those stats need to be designed and managed very carefully. I’m Edwin McRae, LitRPG author and game writer, and here’s the thought process that went into designing the mechanics for Warlock: Reign of Blood. Simplicity = –> Read More
We have another LitRPG author interview with Frank Albelo who wrote The Hall and is working on some other great projects. He writes in his bio, “I am a Civil Engineering student (almost done thankfully) with a wife, 2-yr old troublemaker and a passion for stories. I was born in Cuba, but lived in Costa Rica for a long time before coming to the United States. While living in central america I visited many of those countries at least briefly and met a ton of different people and cultures. I have been writing stories since I was young and reading them way before that. I would like to write stories that –> Read More
The rogue is one of the building blocks of a good D&D party. They can sneak, disarm traps, pick locks, and take care of many of those pesky social checks that crop up when you’re out of combat. While most forms of media have great examples of rogues, some of the best exemplars of the class you’ll find are in Dungeons and Dragons novels. The best of the best not only reinforce the knowledge players get from handbooks, but they also show off new ways to play the class. If you’re looking for a solid guide to playing a rogue, you’ll want to check these books out. Saga of Old City –> Read More
We have another interview with an audiobook narrator. Scott Bennett does more than LitRPG, but we still wanted to pick his brain for our readers. Husband, father, middle school teacher, scooter enthusiast (Vespa), Air Force veteran, book nerd, and…Audible Approved Audiobook narrator, we’re thankful he took the time to interview with us. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I grew up in Nashville, TN back when kids my age played with Evel Knievel toys, rode banana seat bikes over rickety ramps, watched Monty Python and Goodie’s on TV, played lots of board games (Risk, Axis and Allies, and B-17 Queen of the Skies among my favorites), listened to a lot –> Read More
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Stuart Thaman graduated from Hillsdale College with degrees in politics and German, and has since sworn off life in the cold north. Now comfortably settled in Kentucky, he lives with his lovely wife, a rambunctious Boston terrier named Yoda, and four cats who probably hate him. When not writing, he enjoys smoking cigars, acquiring bruises in mosh pits, and preparing for the end of the world. When did you first start writing fiction? I began writing in 2012 when I couldn’t find a job after college. Writing gave me something to fill all the down time between interviews and job applications. What kind of books –> Read More
Today we have a special treat, a guest post by Edwin McRae. You can find out more about this new LitRPG author with a game development background on his author blog. As Edwin puts it, “I’ve been a screenwriter and story designer for over 12 years now. After four years of writing for television, I started with Grinding Gear Games in 2010 and became lead writer on the creative team that took their online RPG, Path of Exile, from 80,000 players to 20 million players. I’ve also worked with numerous Indie game developers, helping them to conceptualize their game worlds, their characters, their player experience, and to write the storylines, dialogue –> Read More
Jakob Tanner is the author of the LitRPG series Arcane Kingdom Online. He likes playing video games, binging anime, and eating yummy food. To keep up to date with his shenanigans (as well as the status of his next book) consider signing up to his mailing list to keep up to date on all his latest releases and more. Let’s dive right in and see what we can learn about Tanner’s take on our beloved genre – LitRPG. When did you first start writing fiction? I can’t remember exactly but definitely since elementary school. It was very bizarre stuff: Roald Dahl meets Pokemon plus whatever other crazy things I was into back –> Read More
We have something a bit different today. We’ve done a lot of LitRPG author interviews over the last year, but I wanted to expand our focus a bit. Today, we have a chat with Andrea Emmes, an audiobook narrator that is getting into LitRPG. An award Winning Audiobook Narrator (ABR Award – Young Adult), Andrea Emmes was born in Hollywood, FL and grew up in both Tennessee and Rhode Island, started her career in musical theater. Cutting her teeth at The Trinity Arts Center in Rhode Island, Andrea eventually made her way to Orlando and began her eclectic career singing/dancing in various shows at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Pirates’ –> Read More
What are LitRPG Books?
LitRPG is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy which describes a hero’s adventures in an online computer game (or tabletop RPG). LitRPG novels combine typical fiction narrative along with elements you find in role-playing games – ie leveling, experience points, damage, etc.
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