Many of you have seen me mention I have been reading a lot of books in the LITRPG genre over the last few years (do not worry, though, I do not ignore other genre’s!).
One that has passed across my screen as I have ben looking for something to read, many times is “Dungeon Born” by Dakota Krout.
I passed it up many times, not because I did not feel it would be good but after reading the description, it was not a taste I was in the mood for.
Finally felt like this would “hit the spot” recently, grabbed it, read it, and am now talking about it because it was fantastic!
It has the feel of a Pen and Paper RPG but unlike some LITRPG, does not present the story as a game, or use game mechanics to describe things.
The concept is that Dungeons are born as a gem and that the dungeons are an extension of themselves. Or to give it a vibe I liked, you could picture you being the GM in a game, playing the dungeon.
What was fun about this story is it did give a lot of plausible thoughts to the things your party always cry about. You know things like, why is the gold mine always by the entrance? Why is the entrance not hidden? Why does it continually respawn!!!!
All in all, it was an enjoyable read combined with the willingness to let my disbelief go for a bit.
What I would very much like to see, if it’s not already done (I haven’t checked yet so there may be!), is a RPG pen and paper version of this. I think it could make for some great gameplay and ma fun mechanics system for the GM!