What's a good definition of LitRPG?

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  1. Viergacht

    Viergacht Thunderdragon Roleplaying LitRPG Author Citizen Beta Reader Aspiring Writer

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    As much as I enjoy high fantasy, I really want to see some wackier stuff like Toon or Teenagers from Outer Space. And that's why I'm setting my current thing in a world like Saurian or some of the Jurassic Park games.
     
  2. Paul Bellow

    Paul Bellow Game Master Staff Member Shop Owner LitRPG Author Citizen

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    I feel maybe boxing in all of these definitions will make it confusing to readers? Readers who just want to read something in the broad category of LitRPG without all of the fine tuning? It may just be me. And I guess as a potential author I don't want to be ostracized from one group or another because I use the wrong tag of definition when I want a broad audience, whether or not they care more about LitRPG or GameLit.
     
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    I recommend if you havent already trying the please dont tell my parents im a supervillain I know it sounds like a kids book but its done really well and it definitly scratched that itch for wierd and wacky books for me
     
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    I have read those, and you're right, they're really good! I feel no shame at reading a kids book if they're quality.
     
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  6. Wyvern

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    I'm sure this has probably been answered or talked about somewhere, but does a LitRPG setting have to involve an MMO? Can it involve the MC stepping into a single player game, such as Fallout or Dragon Age?

    I ask because I realized I've never yet read a LitRPG that didn't involve a 'group game' of some kind, be it online, VR, or even tabletop.
     
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    Funnily enough, that's sort of what my story for NaNo is supposed to be. Kinda sorta, really.
     
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    Nice! I honestly wouldn't see any problem with LitRPG being a "singe player" game? I mean, they have mechanics that aren't really that different from MMOs so the same features could apply in book form, right?
     
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    Paul Bellow Game Master Staff Member Shop Owner LitRPG Author Citizen

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    Yeah, my roguelike is (kinda-sorta) like this...
     
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