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
Even the Dead Trees are Coming to Life! Eric and company search for Sarah on level 1-3 while also dealing with overwhelming hordes of undead. With tougher mobs comes better loot, but the group needs to be on their toes as they fight to survive. Every battle brings them closer to uncovering an unsettling truth about the Tower of Gates. Will escape ever be possible? Find out today! Editorial Reviews “Paul Bellow creates virtual fantasy online worlds that are immersive and fascinating. I haven’t had so much pleasure following the journey of characters trying to understand what is happening to them and how they can challenge the setup since I read –> 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
Stephen Roark, author of Call of Carrethen, is an avid gamer and lover of fantasy novels. He’s always been writing, ever since he was little and dictating his stories to his mom. He started writing Call of Carrethen and the Wellspring series as a way of immortalizing his experiences in those early days of the MMORPGs and all the friends he made and experiences he had. When did you first start writing fiction? I’ve always been writing! Ever since I was a kid and I’d scribble in my notebooks, writing stories about my friends and me, my stuffed animals going on adventures with me, or just creating other worlds that I’d –> Read More
Here’s our look at some of the best D&D books with mages, wizards, sorcerers, and more. Wizards are perhaps the most iconic of the character classes of Dungeons and Dragons. For good or ill, they’re what most non-players think of when they describe role-playing games. While wizards are certainly quite powerful, they don’t always get as much actual attention as they deserve. It might be because the concept of a wizard is so deeply ingrained into fantasy works or because they’re difficult to do right, but many D&D books keep wizards in the background. The books below, though, all bring wizards to the forefront. Through a variety of means, they help –> Read More
Most of his friends from High School still don’t even know his first name. Known only as either “Mulder” or “Agent”, there was an unforgettable moment when a girl he was dating expressed her confusion when a friend approached him and called him “Richard”. The ongoing joke was “Hey Mulder, where’s Scully?” Ironically he later married a redhead. Here’s our quick Q&A with Mulder. Enjoy. When did you first start publishing fiction? I published first novel, “The Secret Journal” in November 2003. Yes, that’s 15 years ago. I was 18 years old, and had been writing and rewriting the story since I was 12. It’s no longer in print due to –> 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.
If you want to know more, check out our definition of LitRPG.
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Types of LitRPG Novels
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