Did I write a gaming novel?
by, January 8th, 2011 at 12:02 PM (765 Views)
About six weeks ago I released my first novel, Aure the Topaz, book 1 of the Aglaril Cycle.
Since then I've gotten feedback from readers (friends of mine) who say this is a gaming novel. And while I understand that fantasy RPG players will probably pick up a few ideas on how to play and react to situations (GMs too, btw), I don't know that I would call it a gaming novel.
The argument for it being a gaming novel is that the characters have classes like in D&D. But if that is true then are all stories will priests, wizards, bards, elves, and necronamcers gaming novels?
I'm thinking no, but others might disagree. On the other hand, if the answer is yes, then are Conan novels gaming novels? What about the Wheel of Time, or Lord of the Rings, or Pern, or Earthsea, or countless others in the swords and sorcery/epic/heroic category?
Where do you draw the line? I ask mostly out of curiosity. Personally, I don't believe my book is a gaming novel but others do and they are entitled to their opinion.