The Crafter’s Defense by Jonathan Brooks

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Another LitRPG author has created a video game! Jonathan Brooks has put together a game called The Crafter’s Defense on Steam. I had a chance to ask him some questions about the game. Enjoy the interview!

1) What prompted you to make a game?

I had actually never thought about making a game before this – mainly because I had no skills in that department!  I love to play games, but as far as game development goes, well, I wouldn’t even know where to start.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to worry about developing it myself.  I was actually approached by a game developer who really enjoyed my Dungeon Crafting series and thought it would make an awesome game.  After some lengthy discussions, we decided to work together to produce it!

2) What was the process of creating the game like?

I can’t speak to behind-the-scenes development, because I didn’t much to do with it, but for my part it involved decisions on what type of game might work best, choosing the general feel of the artwork, approving story dialogue, playtesting, and offering suggestions on how it could be improved or added upon.  A lot of the nitty-gritty details were all handled by the developer, which I greatly appreciate.

3) Anything you wish you would’ve done differently?

Only that I had thought about doing it sooner!  It is really awesome having a game created from one of my books!

4) How did the game launch go?

Not too bad, actually!  We had some excellent response from those that played it, along with suggestions in how to improve upon it; a patch is in the works to add some new features (mainly for improving the player experience), and there are a few ideas that might eventually come about as time goes on. 

5) Any plans for future games?

Nothing right now; we’ll see how this one continues to do in the Steam store, and it might get ported to the Switch or mobile in the future.  After that… who knows?

6) How is your writing going?

Great!  I’m finishing up Dungeon of Chance Book 3 right now, and I have a lot planned for 2022, including a new series that will come out in the early part of the year. 

7) Anything else you’d like to add?

Just… Long live LitRPG and Dungeon Core!

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.