23900Re: [mythsoc] RPG fiction
- Dec 19, 2012On 12/19/2012 10:03 AM, David Bratman wrote:
> "Alana Joli Abbott" <alanajoli@... <mailto:alanajoli%40gmail.com>> wrote:Er. Do you actually not like novels inspired by RPGs? Or do you just not like
> > I think that, in itself, is the real key to your stance, and I respect
> > that. If you don't want to experience the story or take part in directing
> > how it goes, then RPGs will probably never hold appeal for you.
> Maybe, but it doesn't explain why I also don't like novels inspired by RPGs
> or with an RPG sensibility. They're not any more participatory than other
> novels, unless they're choose-your-own-adventure books.
novels that are obviously someone's writeup of a D&D campaign or that feel like
It's worth noting that as someone who likes RPGs and plays a lot of them, and
likes some novels inspired by RPGs---most novels in RPG-esque worlds -or-
inspired by RPGs are shit.
Some novels/series I respect that were inspired by RPGs:
Steven Brust's Jhereg novels.
Some of the M. A. R. Barker Tekumel novels (Man of Gold, mostly).
Sorcery and Cecelia (ok, not technically an RPG -- but really, there's no
distinction between a letter game and any other PBEM rpg; I've played letter
games and they're pretty similar from the inside).
Both of Seanan McGuire's non pseudonymous series (Discount Armageddon, October
IMO, if you can -tell- reading something that it came from/was inspired by a
game, it's usually flaw--but that's because the main differences are the
artifacts (and, of course, it's possible to tell "this probably came from a
game" because of -positive- artifacts, like the structure of Sorcery of Cecelia
or a novel with multiple strong protagonists in different styles); but there,
the game isn't the problem; the -flaw- is.
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