So... I'm relatively new to LitRPG, and have spent the last couple weeks reading through a few of the books available on Kindle Unlimited. So far, it's been The Land: Founding, Ascend Online, and Steam Whistle Alley, with Ritualist, Regicide, Hack, Hate, and Hero queued up to follow. In my reading of Steam Whistle Alley, I've found the lack of dependency on character stats to be refreshing. I know from everything I've read here (and from The Land and Ascend Online) that stats seem to be an important aspect of LitRPG in general. But is there a place in the genre for a book that doesn't dig into the character's stats regularly? Not that the stats wouldn't show up at all, and certainly not that there wouldn't be character progression, mind you. I guess I'm just wondering how dependent the readers are upon seeing regular stat updates in order to make it feel like a game.