As a writer and fan of the litrpg genre, there are games that got me to where I am now. As a list, these are the ones that were essential along my path to litrpg! Dragon Warrior (NES) This was the first rpg I played that introduced me to grinding to level my character, fight harder mobs, and get mad loot! Though there were other rpgs the next one captured my imagination and introduced rpg storytelling to me at a level that I didn't know possible. Final Fantasy VII No other game had such an impact on me as ffvii. I'm not sure any other ever will. I was a teenager and torn between two girls with materia socketed into my sword... Brah! Nexus -Kingdom of the Winds First mmo that was in the 2d style of Ultima Online. From the 90s and still going strong. Mandatory role playing and no out of character. Necessary grouping to kill mobs and grow. Unique gear that was limited in the world so you could be one of a few to walk around with a cool sword. From that point on, all other rpgs have just added fuel to the fire. What and put you? How did you get here?