Fiction and roleplaying go hand in hand. It’s hard to imagine having one without the other. Various stories inspire the roleplaying in many games that we play, and good fiction usually requires authors to put themselves into the minds of their characters. Both are slices of escapism, where we — as writer, player, reader — attempt to switch personas for a little while.
It’s not surprising, then, that many tabletop RPG franchises spin off into fiction. But when you think of novels inspired by games, it’s always the big publishers that come to mind: Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Games Workshop. Evil Hat Productions , the independent publisher behind a number of hit games (
The Dresden Files RPG
, is a riot of jetpacks and time travel and psychic dinosaurs. Written by the always-entertaining Chuck Wendig , it’s about a group of heroes called the Century Club, who are on call to prevent the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt. When a group of psychic dinosaurs take over New York, the Centurions — including Professor Khan , an erudite ape who talks — must save the human race from extinction.
Sure, it sounds a little far-fetched, but it’s also a hell of a lot of fun. I have to admit that I’ve never played a game set in the
Spirit of the Century
universe, but Wendig shoves you forcibly into the action and holds your head down until you happily drown in a raging flood of heroic pulp action. After I read the first chapter of
, available as a free preview , I wanted to start playing the game right away so I could be in the center of the action.
At this point, the entire trilogy has been funded. This means that Wendig is on board to write the second and third installments,
. In addition, due to the success of the Kickstarter campaign, four other novels set in the
Spirit of the Century
world will be included. This means that for $10, you can get seven novels in e-book format. That’s less than $1.50 for each book.
Head on over to the
Kickstarter page and join the over 1,200 backers in making independent RPG-inspired fiction a roaring success.
Michael Harrison is a writer and web analyst. He enjoys board games, RPGs, video games, fantasy and sf literature, cooking, camping, and comics. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC.
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