Crafting a LitRPG Roguelike with ChatGPT and DALL-E2

LitRPG and roguelike games have always held a special place in my heart. The thrilling complexity of roguelike mechanics merged with the narrative depth and character progression of LitRPG forms an enchanting blend. So, when I embarked on creating a game dev project that combined these elements using GPT-4, the outcome was nothing short of magical.

Inspiration and Motivation

I’ve been swimming in the vast ocean of LitRPG since 2016, crafting novels that allowed my imagination to run wild. I’ve also been designing RPG games, which provided a canvas to bring those imaginative sparks to life. Merging these two passions was a dream, and this project is a manifestation of that dream. My love for LitRPG and roguelike games runs deep, and this venture allowed me to express that love in a truly unique way.

From GPT-2 to GPT-4 + DALL-E 2

My journey with AI started in 2019 when I used GPT-2 to create dynamic and intricate backstories for D&D characters. However, the technological limitations and associated costs back then pushed me to design the LitRPG Adventures Workshop instead of a full-fledged game. It was not until 2023 that I finally started conceptualizing this game, and now, a mere eight weeks later, it has come to life.

The Magic of DALL-E 2

DALL-E 2 has been a game-changer, quite literally. It has given my game a visual pulse, adding an aesthetic dimension that was earlier unthinkable. DALL-E 2 has brought the gaming environment alive, creating an immersive experience that complements the intricate narratives and complex mechanics of the game.

Building the Game

Building this game has been a wild ride. I leveraged GPT-4’s capabilities to assist with coding, despite wrestling with its limitations, like the context window. The challenge lay not just in building the game, but in seamlessly integrating GPT-4, ChatGPT, and DALL-E 2. The costs associated with these technologies, alongside ensuring effective moderation, were substantial hurdles I had to overcome.

Gameplay Mechanics

The game operates like a traditional turn-based roguelike, adorned with a LitRPG theme. It engulfs players in a unique scenario where they find themselves trapped inside the game while retaining knowledge of the real world. This blend of familiar roguelike mechanics with the narrative depth of LitRPG makes for an immersive and engaging gameplay experience.

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Looking to the Future

While I am thrilled with the game in its current form, I am eager to continue refining and enhancing it. The future of game development is teeming with possibilities, especially with rapidly evolving AI technologies. This project is just the beginning of what I believe could be a new frontier in gaming.


Reflecting on this journey, I am filled with a sense of accomplishment and excitement. The past eight weeks have been a whirlwind of creativity, challenges, and breakthroughs. Now, I extend an open invitation to all of you to dive into this world I’ve crafted and share your feedback. This game is as much yours as it is mine.

Join me in this LitRPG dreamscape, and together, let’s shape the future of AI-powered gaming!

Paul Bellow

LitRPG Author Paul Bellow

Paul Bellow is a LitRPG author, gamer, RPG game developer, and publisher of several online communities. In other words, an old school webmaster. He also developed and runs LitRPG Adventures, a set of advanced RPG generators powered by GPT-3 AI. Here at LitRPG Reads, he publishes articles about LitRPG books, tabletop RPG books, and all sorts of DND content that's free to use in your personal tabletop campaign - i.e. non-commercial use. Enjoy your stay and reach out on Twitter or Discord if you want to make contact.

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