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MMORPG based novels - what do you think of them?

Discussion in 'Novels & Stories' started by Burst, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. Burst

    Burst Scribe

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    Hello,


    I haven't been here for awhile... It's nice to be back... okay, so what do you guys think of novels based on MMORPGs (Massively Multi-player Online Role-playing Game for those who don't know)? I think they're quite interesting... atm I am reading a light novel called Sword Art Online and it just got me thinking what do people think of them? I'm thinking of writing one cuz I'm a big fan of MMORPGs...
     
  2. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    I tried one Warcraft novel years ago, and it was terrible. There was a decent Warhammer one based on that MMO, but it wasn't anything special. Whether or not I'd read another depends on the MMO. If I don't like the underlying game (e.g. WoW), I probably wouldn't like the novel.
     
  3. ScipioSmith

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    I'm confused; do you mean tie-ins to existing MMORPGs, like World of Warcraft or Star Wars: the Old Republic, or a novel set in a MMORPG of your own creation?
     
  4. TWErvin2

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    I know a writer (sort of, we edit for the same ezine and have communicated off and on online) who has authored two novels for Wizards of the Coast and is working on a third. The last two are based on an online game, and she really enjoys what she's doing/writing.

    You may run into problems if you write a novel directly based on one of the online games and went to publish it, or find a publisher. Some of the game companies hire writers, work for hire, to write novels in their game worlds. I used to follow a blog years a go of an author, member of the SFWA, who primarily wrote works for hire. What I remember in general is that it's a bit different trying to break in and contract/payment wise.
     
  5. Burst

    Burst Scribe

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    I mean both really.
     
  6. Black Dragon

    Black Dragon Staff Administrator

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    I'm moving this to the Novels & Stories forum.
     
  7. Queshire

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    I like 'em! There's plenty of potential in book based off rpgs, regardless of if they're MMOs or not. Currently I'm considering writing a story based off a video game affecting real life.
     
  8. Svrtnsse

    Svrtnsse Staff Article Team

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    I'm divided.
    On the one hand I like the idea of stories set in a world that I know and that I'm familiar with and also have access to (through playing the game). On the other hand, I can't help but feel that these stories are just another way of milking more money out of the game's community.
    I wouldn't really have any issues with fan-fiction set in a game world, it's more when the company behind the game hires someone to write a novel for them that I turn up my nose at it. Then again, it could be it's just me being snobbish - it's not like I really have all the much experience with reading said novells.
     
  9. I think that, in general, tie-in novels to existing non-novel-based entertainment media rarely excel. Usually at best they're a decent little chunk of entertainment, but tie-in novels are rarely going to attract top-tier writing talent, nor are the IP holders usually going to allow anything spectacularly interesting.
     
  10. Burst

    Burst Scribe

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    Oh that's cool. Good luck.
     
  11. robertbevan

    robertbevan Troubadour

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    it's even worse the other way around... games based on popular works of fiction. anyone remember this little gem?

    [​IMG]
     
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  12. Ankari

    Ankari Hero Breaker Moderator

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    That's why an author starts with the goal of transplanting his universe to various incarnations.
     
  13. ALB2012

    ALB2012 Maester

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    I liked the first 2 Dragon Age Novels. I havent read any WoW ones and I suspect won't be doing so. Warhammer maybe, so far I havent but my partner has. I know some of the adventures were pretty good. They were from the RPG though not the online game.

    I don't think I would read Skyrim, but if the novel looked decent enough I might. I have no problem with fan fic- I write it as short stories but I suppose it depends what you want. Most of the few I have seen are fun but I know people who have read such books and been horrified that lore has been changed.
     
  14. ALB2012

    ALB2012 Maester

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    In the slight reverse of this I am contemplating turning my word into an RPG
     
  15. Reaver

    Reaver Kwisatz Haderach Moderator

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    Umm...Ernie versus E.T.?
     
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