Are chatbots useful for LitRPG authors? I say yes! I played with creating a LitRPG chatbot last year, but I never followed through with the project, primarily set-up for the LitRPG Reads Facebook page. Recently, I've picked up a new way to build and deploy them with the Snatchbot service. There's a free version available (that has their branding), or you can pay for removal of their branding and better live … [Read more...] about Birth of a LitRPG Chatbot
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What a year it's been, eh? Actually, the last three years have been amazing for me. While I discovered proto-litrpg back in the 80s with Guardians of the Flame, it was in late 2016 that I first heard about LITRPG. I knew I'd finally found my literary home. Over the last three years I've published many books under this name and others. Earlier this year, I had a chance to work on the narrative design for … [Read more...] about LitRPG Video Game: Early Access
Guest Post by Jon Sprunk Author Jon Sprunk I will never forget the first time I encountered Dungeons and Dragons. It was 1978 and I was eight years old. My family was visiting a hobby shop. While the others browsed the trains and model airplanes, I spotted a cardboard box on a shelf. The box’s top face had an illustration of a dragon battling a warrior and a wizard. I did not know it at the time, but this … [Read more...] about How RPGs Have Shaped My Writing (and Vice Versa)
New guest post by Brokk Martin. He has played D&D for over 30 years. Every game master has had that moment where they look at the pages of prep for game night go out the window in the first five minutes of an adventure. Although it is recommended to prepare for the session, there are times when you have to go off the cuff. Sometimes, the party goes into the dungeon and instead of going left or right, … [Read more...] about D&D Tips: Winging it Like a Dragon
Johnathan Brooks has worked in retail for most of his life, but he has been an avid reader of fantasy books since around age twelve. He's also been playing video games since he got an Atari 2600 when he was five years old. Like many other like-minded people, he fell in love with the LitRPG, GameLit, and Dungeon Core genres when he first learned about them. He currently has 16 books published with more on the way! … [Read more...] about Author Interview with Jonathan Brooks
Next up, we have an interview with narrators Ralph Scott and Kendra Murray from Squeaky Cheese Productions. An award-winning producer with a get-it-done (with a smile) attitude, Ralph Scott produces audiobooks, audio theatre, scripted entertainment commercial spots, or pretty much anything within the live or recorded audio arena. Kendra Murray, the voiceover actor who is never without an audience. Even if she … [Read more...] about Narrator Interview with Ralph Scott, Kendra Murray
New guest post by Kit Falbo on why we like to write and read game-related fiction and how it breaks. Call it LitRPG, Call it GameLit, call it D&D or video-game fan-fiction if you are so inclined, but game mechanic based fiction is on the rise. The stories and novels created that represent the sub-genre have many passionate fans and authors who find it a joy to read and write about aspects of gaming. But why? … [Read more...] about Reading, Writing, and Breaking Game-Related Fiction
Author C. A. A. Allen lives in San Diego with his wife and six children. He is a freelance writer, local hip-hop mogul, and fantasy e-book author. He writes for many online entities, and has been published in the San Diego Reader, and CityBeat magazines. He has provided back up vocals, and performed as a "Humpty Dancer" for the multi-platinum hip-hop group Digital Underground. When he isn't writing or spending time … [Read more...] about Author Interview with C. A. A. Allen
Our next author interview is with M.C. Planck, the author of The Kassa Gambit. After a nearly-transient childhood, he hitchhiked across the country and ran out of money in Arizona. So he stayed there for thirty years, raising dogs, getting a degree in philosophy, and founding a scientific instrument company. Having read virtually everything by the old masters of SF&F, he decided he was ready to write. A decade … [Read more...] about Author Interview with M.C. Planck
New guest post by Edwin McRae! I am going to put this to you. What if it’s about the gods? Yes, Aphrodite and Zeus, Thor and Odin. I’m speaking from a strictly western perspective and those are the two pantheons that arise in games time and again. Greek and Norse. These are the examples I’m going to draw on but there are many other divine influences besides them. They’re just the ones that tend to pop up in video … [Read more...] about Why do we love RPGs?
Author Timothy Ellis lives on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; where he constantly battles with his cat for possession of his desk chair, Daleks do guard duty, and he keeps his sonic screwdriver next to his lightsaber and wand. His first novel, 'Hero at Large', spawning the long running 'The Hunter Legacy' universe, brings together his love of the space genre, spirituality, and cats. When did you first … [Read more...] about Author Interview with Timothy Ellis
Looking for something new to play on the PC? We've got you covered with a list of the very best computer games for 2019 so far. Everyone has their favorite older title, but there's something about a fresh, new game that makes the heart go pitter-patter. Am I right? With that in mind, we've put together a list of the top PC games so far this year with a little something for all types of gamers. Whether you're into … [Read more...] about Best New PC games for 2019 So Far