Is “Entriss Online” a video game?
No – “Entriss Online” is definitely a novel. I have marketed, or maybe even over-marketed, the gaming aspects for fun – but you don’t have to play video games to enjoy it.
How is it fantasy and sci-fi?
The story takes place in the near future. Ian Gregg is a lead developer for Entriss Online, a popular MMORPG, which stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. It’s similar to games like World of Warcraft, except this one is more immersive because you play with a virtual reality headset. Ian also plays the game, and that’s where the fantasy adventure takes place. When he logs into Entriss, it’s like visiting another world.
So it’s a portal novel?
“Entriss Online” is very similar to a portal novel because the heroes hop back and forth between two very real worlds. In “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe,” the characters went through a wardrobe to enter Narnia. In “Entriss Online,” they cross the threshold using virtual reality devices.
Then why do you call it GameLit and LitRPG?
GameLit is an umbrella term for any story that takes place in a game world, like “Ready Player One” and “Jumanji.” When the heroes enter that world, they are bound by rules based on a video game.
LitRPG, short for Literary Role Playing Game, is a subgenre of GameLit. The rules mentioned above are measured by numbers and stats. Some LitRPG books, like “Entriss Online,” are light – meaning they aren’t stat heavy. Others are crunchy, as in “number crunching,” and rely heavily on stats.
Why did you write a LitRPG novel?
LitRPG is a lot of fun! Not only do you get a fantasy or sci-fi adventure, you get the excitement of playing a game.
Do I have to play video games to enjoy “Entriss Online”?
Nope. The gaming terms I use are all explained, and the book is light on stats. It’s a great way to test the LitRPG waters. A number of my readers are not gamers and have enjoyed the book.