Tuesday, August 12, 2014

RPGaDay Challenge - Day 10

Day 10 - Favorite tie-in Novel / Game Fiction

This one is easy. None.

With the possible exception of the original Dragonlance novels (the Chronicles trilogy, which I read some 30 years ago), I have, at best, found the dozen or so game fiction books I have read to bepassable at best. There is not a single one I would count as a favorite of any kind.

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  1. I have suspected for a long time that, aside from Salvatore and the original Dragonlance novels, that most licensed novels are, in fact, some writer's own concept with a veneer slapped over it (I've felt that way about a few Star Trek novels too). So it doesn't feel like a "D&D novel" or whatever, but rather a "fantasy novel we threw some orcs into."

  2. My thing is, I am not using your universe when I run my game, why do I want to read about it?

    My D&D doesn't take place in Greyhawk or The Forgotten Realms, it takes place in my world. My Traveller takes place in My Traveller Universe. Why do I want to read about your universe?

    Now, if you want to tell me about something cool that ACTUALLY HAPPENED in the course of a campaign, cool. But fan fiction about fan fiction by professionals just doesn't interest me.

    I see novels set in the Star Trek, Star Wars, DC, or Marvel Universes a bit differently. Those didn't start out generic. Those are set places, and I would play a game based on those IPs because I like those IPs. Sadly, the vast majority of those novels suck.

    Star Trek has had some gems over the years though. Loved Star Trek: Vanguard.