50 Bestselling #GameLit eBooks ending 28 Nov 2017

Rank Book Title Author Page Numbers
1 Dungeon Calamity (The Divine Dungeon Book 3) Dakota Krout 405
2 Dungeon Lord (The Wraith’s Haunt – A litRPG series Book 1) Hugo Huesca 332
3 Black Hat (Afterlife Online Book 2) Domino Finn 365
4 The Greystone Chronicles Book Two:  The Dire Lands Dave Willmarth 647
5 Dungeon Player: A LitRPG Dungeon Core Adventure (Glendaria Awakens Trilogy Book 1) Jonathan Brooks 141
6 First Login (Chronicle Book 1) Kevin Murphy 270
7 Viridian Gate Online: Cataclysm: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 1) James Hunter 307
8 Reboot (Afterlife Online Book 1) Domino Finn 470
9 War Aeternus: The Beginning Charles Dean 463
10 Delvers LLC: Adventure Capital Blaise Corvin 607
11 The Greystone Chronicles: Book One:  Io Online Dave Willmarth 441
12 The Pantheon Moves (Emerilia Book 10) Michael Chatfield 355
13 Steele Alchemist: A LitRPG Series Deck Davis 452
14 Halcyon Rising: Breaking Ground Stone Thomas 233
15 Delvers LLC: Obligations Incurred Blaise Corvin 468
16 Eden’s Gate: The Reborn: A LitRPG Adventure Edward Brody 460
17 Wounded Legion: a mech LitRPG novel (Armored Souls Book 2) Xavier P. Hunter 325
18 The Trapped Mind Project (Emerilia Book 1) Michael Chatfield 534
19 The Conduit: Book One: Epic Online Erik Anderson 166
20 Liar King (Tower of Babel Book 2) Adam Elliott 291
21 Alpha Test Subject #3435: A Roguelike LitRPG Adventure (Chronicles of Alamor Book 1) Adam Myhr 201
22 The Vampire Gift 1: Wards of Night E.M. Knight 408
23 Lewd Shadowmancer: The Concubine Contract: A Dark Fantasy Digital Adventure Eden Redd 200
24 Delvers LLC: Welcome to Ludus Blaise Corvin 598
25 Avarice Online: The Seven Realms Series: A Litrpg Novel Matt Ryan 370
26 Quest for Camlan: A LitRPG Adventure (Camlan Realm Book 1) A.T. Gilbert 266
27 Codename: Freedom: Survive Week One Apollos Thorne 379
29 You’re Not Allowed to Die (The Twenty-Sided Eye Series Book 1) Kip Terrington 352
29 Dead Mech Walking: a mech LitRPG novel (Armored Souls Book 1) Xavier P. Hunter 417
30 Fantasy Online Polynya: A LitRPG Saga Harmon Cooper 424
31 Pangea Online Book One: Death and Axes S.L. Rowland 298
32 Luck Stat Strategy (Secret of the Old Ones Book 1) Blaise Corvin 236
33 The Curse of Rion Castle (The Neuro Book #2) LitRPG Series Andrei Livadny 505
34 The Luckless: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 1) A. M. Sohma 268
35 The Feedback Loop (Books 1-3): (Scifi LitRPG Series) (The Feedback Loop Box Set) Harmon Cooper 710
36 Quest into Hidden Realms (Hidden Realms LitRPG Series Book 1) Tom Gallier 434
37 The Thousand Years War – A LitFPS/GameLit Sci-Fi Novel: Life’s a Beach Expansion Pack/Story Angel Ramon 280
38 The Desperate Quest: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 2) A. M. Sohma 307
39 The Feedback Loop (Books 4-6): Sci-fi LitRPG Series (The Feedback Loop Box Set Book 2) Harmon Cooper 945
40 The Harem Girl: A LitRPG Fantasy: New Complete Edition Quinn Dallas 160
41 Fjorgyn: A Rebel Rises RJ Castiglione 235
42 Desert Runner (Puatera Online Book 1) Dawn Chapman 107
43 Persephone Rising: A Cyberpunk LitRPG (The Persephone Saga Book 2) Skyler Grant 217
44 Kingdom Level 1-3 (A LitRPG Series) Adam Drake 827
45 Shepherd Moon: Omegaverse 1 G.R. Cooper 171
46 Travail Online: Resurrection: LitRPG Series (Book 2) Brian Simons 338
47 Continue Online Part 2: Made Stephan Morse 370
48 Continue Online Part 1: Memories Stephan Morse 314
49 Fjorgyn: The Deep Below RJ Castiglione 319
50 Continue Online Part 5: Together Stephan Morse 353

Minecraft is adding tridents, shipwrecks, dolphins and coral reefs in Spring 2018

Minecraft‘s waters are currently a bit lifeless: if you’re not building an underwater base or raiding an ocean monument then there’s little reason to dive below the surface. That will all change next Spring with the arrival of the Update Aquatic, which adds shipwrecks, dolphins, and coral reefs.

The update will split the oceans into biomes, the team said at the Minecon Earth conference, with different type of fish, coral and kelp depending on the temperature of the water. You’ll be able to catch fish in a bucket and move them around, so you can build giant aquariums in your base.

The new structures, including shipwrecks and icebergs, will hide treasure, and dolphins will leap from the sea and guide you to that treasure, which is nice of them.

Tridents are the thing I’m most excited about: they’re weapons that you can use for both melee and ranged attacks. Throwing them will spear your target but it means you’ll lose the weapon forever, unless you enchant the trident so that it comes back to you like a boomerang. Once you’ve got that enchantment you’ll have a weapon that you can use in virtually any situation. You’ll also be able to enchant the weapon to let you dash short distances in water or in the rain.

Bubble columns will liven up underwater locales, while new physics rules will ensure water interacts properly with slabs and fence posts. It’s all in the video above: skip to 9:00 to see the new items, mobs and structures in action.

US legislator calls out EA’s ‘predatory practices’ in Star Wars Battlefront 2

The video specifically addresses Star Wars Battlefront 2, the game that pushed the loot box controversy off a cliff. The title, for one thing, is “Highlights of the EA predatory behavior announcement,” and in case there was any doubt how he feels about it, Lee describes the game as “a Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money.

“It’s a trap,” he says, showing off his Star Wars bona fides. “And this is something that we need to address to ensure that, particularly kids who are underage, who are not psychologically and emotionally mature enough to be able to gamble—which is why gambling is prohibited under 21—are protected from being trapped into these cycles which have compelled many folks to spend thousands of dollars in gaming fees online.

“We’re looking at legislation this coming year which could prohibit access, or prohibit the sale of these games, to folks who are underage, in order to protect families, as well as prohibiting different kinds of mechanisms in those games.”

From PC Mag

Top 25 Bestselling #LitRPG ebooks ending 25 Nov 2017

 

Rank Book Title Author Reviews Page Numbers
1 Head Down (The Valens Legacy Book 4) Jan Stryvant 63 213
2 Dungeon Calamity (The Divine Dungeon Book 3) Dakota Krout 177 405
3 Dungeon Lord (The Wraith’s Haunt – A litRPG series Book 1) Hugo Huesca 98 323
4 Underworld – Level Up or Die: A LitRPG Series Apollos Thorne 84 374
5 First Login (Chronicle Book 1) Kevin Murphy 71 270
6 Over Our Heads (The Valens Legacy Book 3) Jan Stryvant 132 191
7 Beginner’s Luck (Character Development Book 1) Aaron Jay 124 308
8 Gamer for Life (Alpha World Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen 267 397
9 Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1) Neven Iliev 173 252
10 Black Friday (The Valens Legacy Book 1) Jan Stryvant 264 164
11 The Dark Messiah (The Second Dark Ages Book 1) Michael Anderle 331 301
12 Space Knight Book 2 Samuel E. Green Michael-Scott Earle 80 579
13 War Aeternus: The Beginning Charles Dean 61 463
14 The Greystone Chronicles: Book One:  Io Online Dave Willmarth 64 441
15 Space Knight Samuel E. Green Michael-Scott Earle 210 775
16 The Wizard (Dungeon Core Book 1) MJ Kaltenbrunner 29 251
17 The Airship: A Futuristic Dungeon Core (The Laboratory Book 2) Skyler Grant 20 235
18 The Builder’s Sword (The Legendary Builder Book 1) J.A. Cipriano 125 534
19 Dungeon Player: A LitRPG Dungeon Core Adventure (Glendaria Awakens Trilogy Book 1) Jonathan Brooks 8 141
20 The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 1) Aleron Kong 1,040 346
21 Black Hat (Afterlife Online Book 2) Domino Finn 31 365
22 Reboot (Afterlife Online Book 1) Domino Finn 109 470
23 Under the Black Flag (Epic LitRPG Adventure – Book 6) (Fayroll) Andrey Vasilyev 5 376
24 The Builder’s Wrath (The Legendary Builder Book 4) J.A. Cipriano 35 462
25 Delvers LLC: Adventure Capital Blaise Corvin 102 607

My fascination with author Daniel Schinhofen

Daniel Schinhofen – international man of mystery.

I had you at free, right?  Aside from the free book, I’ve followed Daniel Schinhofen for some time.  Not just because he writes #LitRPG and #GameLit, but because I enjoy good writing with a twist.

I’m not about putting down other authors, each one has a unique style.   But, I get tired of predictable stereotypic tropes: you know what I’m talking about:  as a reader, you can sense with some writers what is going to happen two or three chapters ahead based on the HUD, the loot, the magic (or lack of ability thereof).

Schinhofen knows when to take a turn in character development.  He has a sense of imagination – often lacking in other works I’ve read by arguably more successful writers.

Reviews of Alpha World: Book 1

If you enjoy reading – if you’re a serial reader as I am – you should be following the journies  Daniel Schinhofen takes and the books he writes.

So, if you can, pick up a free copy of Alpha World.  It’s a great read and, like me, you’ll be looking forward to his other projects: especially if you like a little demon once in a while. And, a little sexy time.

You’ll get hooked.

Check out outstanding author Matt Doyle

#SciFi, #Crime and #GameLit author Matt Doyle lives in South  East, England.  Rumor has it he has an extensive tea collection.   From his Amazon author page:

Matt Doyle lives in the South East of England and shares his home with a wide variety of people and animals, as well as a fine selection of teas. He has spent his life chasing dreams, a habit which has seen him gain success in a great number of fields. To date, this has included spending ten years as a professional wrestler, completing a range of cosplay projects, and publishing multiple works of fiction.

These days, Matt can be found working on far too many novels at once, blogging about anime, comics, and games, and plotting and planning what other things he’ll be doing to take up what little free time he has.

A  Sci-Fi murder mystery that has been described by reviewers as Sam Spade meets Blade Runner.

Check out Addict available on Amazon.

New Hopeland was built to be the centre of the technological age, but like everywhere else, it has its dark side. Assassins, drug dealers and crooked businessmen form a vital part of the city’s make-up, and sometimes, the police are in too deep themselves to be effective. But hey, there are always other options …

For P.I. Cassie Tam, business has been slow. So, when she’s hired to investigate the death of a local VR addict named Eddie Redwood, she thinks it’ll be easy money. All she has to do is prove to the deceased’s sister Lori that the local P.D. were right to call it an accidental overdose. The more she digs though, the more things don’t seem to sit right, and soon, Cassie finds herself knee deep in a murder investigation. But that’s just the start of her problems.

When the case forces Cassie to make contact with her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Charlie Goldman, she’s left with a whole lot of long buried personal issues to deal with. Then there’s her client. Lori Redwood is a Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal. Cassie isn’t one to judge, but the Tech Shifting community has always left her a bit nervous. That wouldn’t be a problem if Lori wasn’t fast becoming the first person that she’s been genuinely attracted to since splitting with Charlie. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the police wanting her to back off the case.

Matt’s other books include::

A sci-fi/GameLit series, ‘The Spark Form Chronicles’. The universal links for these are as follows (in order):
WICK: books2read.com/u/4ED7wz
CARNIVAL: books2read.com/u/bpW1e9
GIFTS: books2read.com/u/bwW9Z0
This series follows five professional card players as they take part in a future-based tournament where the battles are enacted for live audiences by holograms.

An ‘over the top’ performer guarding his companion’s right to life.
A genius programmer striving to retrieve her property.
An ex-mercenary sick of the abuse that she and her girlfriend receive.
A teenage girl desperately seeking to understand her past.
An old man intent on living on his own terms.

Five professional card players. Five reasons to fight. One thing in common: Their lives will be touched by the existence of the AI known as Carnival.

The Spark Form Chronicles combines card gaming with the excitement of professional wrestling, and tells a complex story that asks a simple question: Can an AI every truly be alive? Dive into Matt Doyle’s epic science fiction series to find out the answer.

You can also check Matt out on his website www.mattdoylemedia.com

Twitter: @mattdoylemedia
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MattDoyleMedia/

 

2017 Golden Joystick Award winners

The full list of winners is below.

  • Best Storytelling – Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Best Visual Design – Cuphead
  • Best Audio – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Best Gaming Performance sponsored by The Sun – Ashly Burch (Horizon Zero Dawn)
  • Best Indie Game in collaboration with Square Enix Collective – Friday the 13th: The Game
  • Best Multiplayer Game sponsored by GT Omega – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Studio of the Year – Nintendo EPD
  • Best VR Game – Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • Esports Play of the Year sponsored by Intel – Agilities
  • Esports Team of the Year – Lunatic-Hai
  • Esports Game of the Year sponsored by Omen by HP – Overwatch
  • Best Streamer / Broadcaster – Markiplier
  • Handheld / Mobile Game of the Year sponsored by Bespoke Arcades – Pokémon Sun and Moon
  • Nintendo Game of the Year – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • PlayStation Game of the Year – Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Xbox Game of the Year – Cuphead
  • PC Game of the Year – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Critics’ Choice Award – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Breakthrough Award sponsored by Badfly – Ashly Burch
  • Hall of Fame – Final Fantasy
  • Most Wanted Award – The Last of Us Part 2
  • Still Playing Award – World of Tanks
  • Outstanding Contribution to the UK Games Industry sponsored by The Telegraph – Debbie Bestwick MBE
  • Lifetime Achievement – Sid Meier
  • Ultimate Game of the Year – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Hitman is getting a TV series on Hulu streaming service

Despite being dropped by Square Enix earlier this year, going indie was a “genuine watershed moment” for Hitman studio IO Interactive. With new games planned, Agent 47’s episodic series is in rude health—and is now in-line for a television series.

As reported by Deadline (via gamesindustry.biz), Fox 21 has partnered with streaming service Hulu to launch a Hitman series—with a pilot script written by Derek Kolstad, the creator and writer of the John Wick action films. Kolstad will be an executive producer, alongside film producers Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh—the latter of which worked on both Hitman movies.

Deadline reports that “the hope is for Hitman to become a flagship series” for Hulu, which, given how poorly received both the 2007 and 2015 films were, is perhaps something Agent 47 deserves.

Speaking to the game, Phil’s review of the first season in its entirety can be read here. Also from Phil, I really enjoyed this piece on the making of Sapienza, Hitman’s best level.

Is self publishing really for you? AKA: don’t give up your day job just yet

Writing a book is not easy. If you think it is, then you probably haven’t written one yet. f you have written one, though, you know the effort that goes into creating that masterpiece.

But what’s a masterpiece worth if no one knows about it? I’ve spent a lot of time scouring different websites, reading blogs, author guidance, and bestseller anecdotes about publishing a book. I’m now convinced that finishing a book is a daunting task and finding the right publisher for your work is in itself another, much bigger task.

If you are a new writer with no previously published work or any author footprint online, this post will help you with the different ways to self-publish your work. I’ll also share a new publishing platform for authors who want to reach new audiences in India.

But before I get to that part, let’s find out if self-publishing really is the right option for you.

Is self-publishing for you?  Read more