Preface to HERO ONLINE: Why LitRPG?

controller-161580_1280YO BEN! Why’d you write a LitRPG novel?

The short answer might be: why not?

Alright. So if you haven’t been playing fanboy to the denizens of indie authordom the same way I have been for the past few years, let me explain what the genre is, to begin with. Imagine your favorite role-playing game (RPG), with all the interesting characters, skilltrees, quests, world-building, and game mechanics. With me so far? Now imagine a massive multi-player online RPG (MMORPG). You all know the big one that comes to mind for most of us. Features orcs, trolls, elves, humans. You’re still with me, right? Now add a dose of virtual reality (VR), preferably full-immersion VR (FIVR), and you have what we call a VRMMORPG. Or, if you’re a purist, maybe it’s a FIVRMMORPG, but that’s really a mouthful, isn’t it? Continue reading “Preface to HERO ONLINE: Why LitRPG?”