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Chapter 1 of Angel Ramon’s “The Thousand Years War – A LitFPS/GameLit Sci-Fi Novel: Life’s a Beach”

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Level One: Caribbean Catastrophe

Level One:

Players: 4

Enemies: 70

Secrets: 6

Level up items: None

Weapon pickups: Pistol, shotgun, triple-dart poison shooter(Steve only), Coconutus (Angel Only), Pistol/Dum-Dums (Benjamin Only)

Begin level

The four heroes start off in the waters if the Caribbean Sea with their pistols and they see Salamander troopers on the sand, their sand. Each person has 96 bullets to start with their pistols. The pistol has a max ammo cutoff of 200, except for Maria who has a max of 300. The four of them begin shooting at the aliens, the bullets deal low damage and the aliens have health levels in the low category.

Maria shoots two of the salamanders, killing them both.

-15 Bullets. Pistol Ammo: 81

Steven and Angel team up to kill off 5 salamander troopers leaving Ben with the remaining 2 troopers.

Steven and Angel:

-20 Bullets. Pistol Ammo: 76

Benjamin fires his pistol, but his poor accuracy causes him to miss most of the time. He is unable to kill the salamander troopers and wastes 25 bullets in the process.

-25 Bullets. Pistol Ammo: 71

Benjamin grabs one of the salamander troopers and performs piledriver, killing the alien. He avoids the shadow blade attack and performs a clothesline taking the head off the salamander trooper.

The four clear out the outside of the resort, the four of them search for anything in the beach that could prove to be useful. Maria finds Suntan Lotion, which usually does nothing but protect against the sun. However the Suntan Lotion when applied decreases the damage that is taken by 30%. Steven and Ben both find large batches of bananas.

Steven and Ben pick up the bananas. Health +30. Both are back to full health.

Angel picks up a Shotgun with 10 bullets. It can do from low to high damage depending on how close the weapon is fired. He saves the weapon in his virtual weapon inventory.

“Alright guys we gotta go to the entrance of the resort and find a car to get to San Juan pronto!” Angel says.

“You make it sound so easy Angel. Why not you lead the charge?” Steven asks.

“Ok cool, follow me everybody!” Angel replies.

Everyone heads into the building and they are ambushed by salamander troopers who are wearing waiter suits as they were the workers of the resort now. The ambushing aliens are standing on top of a fountain in the lobby area.  The salamander troopers are able to shoot the four with some sneak shots and the four take some hits.

Angel, Maria, Steven and Benjamin are shot by salamander troopers. -10 Health, for Maria she only loses -7 Health due to the Suntan Lotion.

“Scratch two bogeys! Damn I’m good” Angel gets cocky after getting a lucky shot.

Angel uses his shotgun and shoots 2 salamander troopers killing the troopers using one shell. Maria takes her pistol dodging the laser blasts from the troopers and shoots one of the troopers down using 8 bullets from her gun.

The last trooper has Steven in its sights and ready’s a super blast.

“No Steven!” Ben screams as he jumps in front of Steven taking the super blast while discharging some bullets injuring but not killing the alien.

Ben shoots the salamander trooper and deals 15 damage to the trooper. He takes the super laser blast. -20 Health. His health is down to 70.

Steven who realizes what Ben just did makes sure he kills the salamander trooper and does. After killing the trooper he attends to Benjamin.

“Hey Ben, are you ok?” Steven asks.

“Yeah I’ll be fine, shit stings though.” Ben says in a bit of pain.

Angel goes to Ben and picks him up. The four hear a strange bouncing noise and Maria goes ahead of the group. A pig cop on a huge inflatable balloon shoots a coconut toward Maria.

“Coconut! Get down or you’ll be toast!” Angel screams, but Maria has no time to react.

Steven runs towards Maria and pushes her out of the way of the explosive coconut. The coconut hit the fountain blowing it up and causing the water to gush out flooding the lobby. Angel shoots the inflatable sea monster and the pig cop inside deflates as well. He assumes that the creature is simply an artificial balloon created by the gloobas and he would be correct. They are called “Inflatable Pig Cops”.

“Wow they got some new weapons, inflatable monsters now? This is gonna be fun guys.” Angel says after killing the inflatable monster.

The four of them head to the east wing of the hotel only to see a couple of pig cops that Angel makes quick work of. The cops drop some shotgun shells.

Angel uses 4 shells to kill the two cops. He picks up two small cases of shells. +10 shells giving him 14 shotgun shells.

The gang sees a batch of bananas and decides that Ben really needs them.

Ben picks up a large batch of bananas. +30 health which heals him back to full health.

There is a gate blocking the elevator leading to the pool area.

“Damn these have taken over this hotel! We need a code for the elevator.” Steven says as he sees a code panel.

“We better be careful, these gloobas might have this resort booby trapped and getting to a car could be next to impossible.” Angel warns everyone.

“Wait I see a small opening through the window and I see a maintenance area outside. I fit through, I’ll go see what’s up there you guys wait for me, ok?” Maria says as she heads through the opening heading outside.

After getting through the opening she finds herself outside and heads towards the maintenance room. Entering the room she sees a switch and she sees on the camera that it opens access to a yellow access card. She also picks up a medkit to heal lost health for herself or her teammates. There is a smaller switch that she presses that opens a secret wall on the outside. She heads in the secret hole and finds an atomic health.

Atomic Health. +50 Health. Maria’s Health: 145.

Secret 1 of 4 found.

Maria heads back towards the others and lets them know of her findings.

“Wow your health just shot up! Did you find an atomic health?” Angel asks.

“Yeah there was only one though, but I did find where an access card is located. It’s behind the reception area.” Maria says where the card is located.

The four head for the back reception area and find themselves in a room full of pig cops, but these cops are wearing tropical themed shirts and sunglasses.

One of them is armed with a shotgun and shoots Maria dead on.

-25 Health. Maria’s Health: 120.

Angel, angered by the pig cop who shot his wife uses his own shotgun to pop the head off the swine.

“Bacon… Bacon… Bacon, but nowhere to cook it!” He says cockily.

Steven uses some karate that he learned back when he was younger and is able to hold off one of the pig cops until Benjamin grapples it. Ben throws the pig cop head first into a server cracking the pig’s head open.

Maria finds a lone pineapple on a table and throws it onto one of the pigs mouths. After a few seconds she warns everybody to get away from the cop because she remembers that pineapples explode like grenades.

“Nice one babe! You cleared the room.” Angel compliments his wife.

“Don’t forget pineapples explode now, so watch it because these aliens could use it against us as well.” Maria warns everyone.

She grabs the yellow credit card and sees a card reader panel ahead. Heading to the panel she inserts the card.

Card Accepted… Elevators in East and West wings are now accessible!

“Alright I think we should split up, this is a huge resort, and I got a funny feeling this resort is now the property of those ‘aliens’!” Ben comes up with the plan of splitting up.

“I hate to split up as we never even explored this resort in the real world, but the quicker we can find an escape route the quicker we can get to San Juan.” Angel agrees with Benjamin.

“I got a funny feeling these aliens wanted us here and they don’t seem to mind us coming to foiling their fun. I don’t know, we just have to remain vigilant.” Maria says concerned that the Gloobas could be entrapping them.

“Ok Angel, how should we do this? I say we do teams of two.” Steven asks Angel.

“Cool idea Steve-O! You can go with my wife, no worries I trust you with her. I’ll hang out with big Ben here and we’ll take the West Wing and you guys got the East Wing. Let’s find something we can use to communicate with.” Angel answers.

“No worries Angel, you HUD has a communicator to the others. You can send signals as its not equipped for full conversations, the Gloobas have hacked the signals.” The Elder God says out of nowhere while Angel relaxes the nerves of Steve and Ben.

“Let’s see what the aliens have done to this place.” Ben says as he and Angel enter the West Elevator while Maria and Steven go to the East Elevator by the secret that Maria found.

***

Angel and Benjamin take the west elevator heading up to the gift store while hearing the annoying elevator music. After the slow moving elevator finishes going up the two go through the highway and spot the gift store.

In the gift store they spot a pig cop and a couple of inflatable pig cops shooting coconuts towards the two. The impact takes out the glass doors and some glass fall on the two, but causes no damage to their health.

Ben dives and shoots the pig cop while dodging the coconuts. The coconuts miss him and he’s able to kill the pig cop.

“Oh, does it hurt?” Ben says cockily.

Benjamin shoots 25 pistol bullets. Pistol ammo: 51

Angel pumps a shotgun shell taking out one of the inflatable pig cops, the other cops shoots a coconut at him. Using his great dexterity and jump ability he jumps over the coconut. Then he shoots the inflatable cop deflating it.

“Man that was cheap, I expected more!” Angel says unimpressed by the resistance.

As the two go inside to explore the gift shop, pig cops begin to grumble. Ben decides to disarm one of the pig cops and uses the shotgun to shoot the other pig. Angel comes running and jumps on the other pigs head, then does a neck scissors whip on the cop throwing it onto the wall.

After the pigs are defeated the two finally get to explore the shop and Ben finds a couple of pistol clips. One is blue and one is red.

Pistol clip: +15 pistol ammo. Pistol Ammo: 66

Dum Dums: +15 enhanced pistol ammo

Ben uses the HUD to look up the help file for Dum Dums

Help: Dum Dums is an enhanced pistol ammo type. It can deal 2X damage. Equivalent to the shotgun only faster shooting time.

“Hmm… I should save this clip for a rainy day.” Ben says while putting the Dum Dums in his inventory. After a few seconds it shows up in his HUD and he can grab it anytime he needs to use the clip.

Angel spots a hidden button under the cash register, upon hitting the button the poster of a cha-cha dancer moves to the right revealing a hidden area. The hole is too big for Angel to fit inside so Ben heads in to explore the hole. Entering the hidden area, he is only happy to see an atom hidden within the boxes. It’s an atomic health pickup.

Atomic Health, Health +50. Ben’s Health: 150

Secret 2 of 4 found

“Found anything good in there?” Angel asks.

“Oh yeah, an atom! I feel so new now, let’s go kick some butt!” Ben replies confidently.

“That figures, some people have all the luck! Anyway let’s let moving.” Angel sounding distasteful, but knows that this is a game of teamwork.

Angel and Ben head out of the gift shop and enter a casino. Inside are a bunch of enemies waiting for them, actually about 5 salamander troopers, 3 pig cops, and a couple of new enemies.  Benjamin decides to reload his pistol with the dum-dums and unloads on the salamander troopers. He kills about three pigs and takes some damage from the laser blasts along with the pig cop shotgun blasts.

-23 health. Ben’s Health: 137

“Die human! Suck it down!” One of the aliens says towards the two.

It turns out this new enemy is known as the “Assault Commander”, it’s a fat blob of alien goo bioengineered to lead enemy armies. This blob of disgusting spoiled oatmeal is able to shoot explosive coconuts out of its rectum and has a spike strip surrounding it that it use to slash its victims when it spins.

He dodges a coconut shot by the assault commander and shoots four shells to kill the Assault Commander. Another commander is nearby and begins to spin onto Angel slashing him.

-13 health. Angel’s Health: 83

Shotgun ammo: 10

Meanwhile Ben uses up his remain Dum-Dums to kill off the rest of the pigs and the ammo on his pistol reverts back to the standard ammo type.

He blows his gun while saying humorously, “Looks like we hit the jackpot on the disgusting, spoiled swine.”

Angel screams, “Hey Ben! How about getting this piece of shit off me?”

Ben heads towards the assault commander on top of a casino machine while it’s spinning and is able to grab it. The creature is in shock and tries to shoot a coconut, but he punches the rectum causing the assault commander to bleed. He does a piledriver cracking the head open, breaking the machine, and causing all the money to pop out.

After that he kills off the rest of the salamander troopers with Angel.

“Ch-cing, ch-cing! Look at the the spoiled oatmeal left for us!” He says humorously.

Angel happily replies, “Yeah! Too bad this isn’t the real world. Well at least the coast is clear.”

The two of them head to the hallway outside the casino and Angel sees a shaft above him that is big enough to fit him.

“Hmm… a shaft leading to the karaoke lounge, I think I can get a jump on them using this shaft. You go ahead into the bar and I’ll cover you from above.” Angel says after he comes up with a plan.

“Alright mate, time for you to return the favor anyway.” Ben replies.

***

Angel uses his Super Jump ability and jumps up to a shaft. Upon entering the shaft he sees a system of ventilation shafts leading to different directions. Heading straight until hitting a dead end, he sees that to the left it’s blocked off by a grate. His foot strength isn’t high enough (Requires level 60 offense level) he heads to the right that is open. After he continues he ends up on the roof of the west side of the resort.

Secret 3 of 4 found

He looks around the roof and sees some shotgun shells for the taking along with his favorite weapon, the Devastator. Only in the form of twin conches, however with the same idea it can shoot explosive rounds, in the form of mini-coconuts filled with hydrogen and nitrogen.

+10 shells. Shotgun ammo: 20

Picked up Coconutus Weapon. Ammo: 15

“Oh yeah, now we’re talking!” He says, excited finding his favorite weapon again.

He heads into another shaft and this one leads to the karaoke bar.

***

Ben heads into the karaoke bar and now knows exactly why he always hated going to karaoke bars.

“Staying alive, staying alive… ugghhh. I always hated disco, never understood why Americans like this crap.”

Before he could criticize anymore, salamander troopers arrive in the main bar area. He uses his pistol and despite missing the troopers, he manages to kill them all without taking damage.

-12 bullets. Pistol Ammo: 54

As he gets deeper into the karaoke bar the music becomes louder to his dismay. Some women in bikinis and high heels are found dancing to the music still. When he tries to get one of the women to dance with him, five pig cops arrive to ruin the fun.

“Eww… who the hell invite your asses!” He responds to the cops.

He runs to the bar area and hides behind the serving table. The cops shoot at him and most of the bullets miss Ben, hitting the many beer and liquor bottles. A few of the shells do hit him though. Some of the booze falls on him, but he doesn’t mind. He finds a couple of clips of pistol ammo.

2 pistol clips. +30 pistol ammo.

-11 health. Ben’s Health: 126

He manages to kill three of the pig cops as he gets used to using the pistol. However to his surprise more pigs arrive, wearing helmets as well.

“Oh God, is this the bar or the slaughter house? Man, come on Angel! Where the hell can you be?”

The cops continue to shoot at Ben, another shell hits Ben.

-12 Health. Ben’s Health: 116

Out of nowhere though comes Angel. Using the 15 mini coconuts in the coconutus, he clears out the bar of the pigs. He heads to Benjamin to make sure, he’s ok. However the groans of more pigs arriving are heard.

“Thanks mate for saving my butt!” Ben gives his thanks.

“Don’t get too comfortable, more of those bastards are arriving. Let’s make mincemeat out of them.” Angel gets Ben to get up quickly.

Two more pig cops arrive, this time in order to conserve ammo the two decide to use melee attacks. Angel ambushes the pig cop coming from the back entrance while Ben takes on the other pig cop entering the front entrance head on.

Angel performs “Sleeper Hold”, killing the cop in submission.

Ben dodges a few punches from his pig cop and does a leg sweep taking the pig cop down. The cop gets right back up and throws a haymaker at him. However, he’s able to counter the attack and throw the cop towards the bar area. With the pig down, he uses his exceptional strength to suplex the cop onto the counter, breaking its spine in half.

Ben performs “Vertical Suplex” on pig cop. 2x bonus for attack on environmental item. The pig cop is dead. Damn you’re good!

After killing the cops the two continue to explore the karaoke bar and find some more ammo for their respective weapons in the security room. They also find a couple of inventory items.

Ben: +30 pistol ammo. Pistol amm0: 98

Picked up Suntan Lotion (Take more damage)

Angel: +20 Shotgun shells. Shotgun ammo: 40

Picked up Hot sauce (Gives a temporary increase in offense and defense)

After finding nothing more, they proceed to exit the bar and head to the VIP pool area. A group of good looking women await the two in the pool. However, the women are nothing but holograms designed to fool the two. When they head towards the pool, a couple of huge gates trap the two in the hallway. Then a group of pig cops come and grab the two, putting them in a LARD police van.

“Ben I think we’re screwed!” Angel says

“Nah mate, gotta think positive.” Ben keeps his head held high.

Level Complete!

Upgrades and level ups:

Ben:

Accuracy: +2. Level: 38

Angel:

+1 Offense. Level: 57

+2 Defense. Level: 54

Enemies Killed: 40

Secrets found: 2

Press SPACEBAR to enter: Market Melee

***

Caribbean Catastrophe, Maria and Steven’s playthrough.

Maria and Steven enter the East elevator, in the elevator there is a weapon for Steven. It’s called the Triple Dart Poison Shooter (We’ll call it Dart Shooter for short). It can shoot three darts at a rapid pace like a machine gun while poisoning the targets.

Picked up Dart Shooter. Ammo: 50

“Looks cool enough for me, let’s kick some alien butt!” Steven says.

The two head towards the hotel rooms and explore each one looking to see if they can find anything that will lead them to the exit of the resort. To speed up the process the two enter the rooms separately.

“Look I don’t like you much Steve-O, let’s just explore and get out of here. Got it?” Maria angrily says at Steven.

“Hey mate, relax will you. That attitude won’t get us far, alright?” Steven replies.

“Whatever…” She cockily responds while he shakes his head.

Steven explores a nice looking room with a view of the beach. Inside he sees a few salamander troopers with waiter suits. He uses his Dart Shooter to kill the four salamander troopers inside.

-29 Darts. Dart Shooter Ammo: 21

When he heads to the back of the room he finds a blue keycard that is used to open the front entrance that the gloobas put a blast door to block access to the exit. A salamander trooper jumps down from the ceiling and grabs him trying to choke him. He’s able to counter by grabbing the arms of the trooper and throwing it to the bed. Once he does that, he takes the shadow blade stabbing the troopers.

“Hmm… I know Indiana Jones would keep a blade with him all the time.” Steven says to himself while taking the blade.

Picked up Shadow Blade. Cool weapon mate, better keep it safe.

Maria enters a VIP bedroom filled with the works and to her surprise the room is filled with salamander troopers, around 10 of them. She’s able to shoot five of them with her pistol and great accuracy.

Pistol Ammo: 61

The amount of troopers however begins to catch up with her.

“Oh shit my gun jammed up, better think of something and fast!” She says looking for some environmental item.

She grabs a coat hanger and hit the troopers with it, but it’s not enough to kill them off. With her great speed she’s able to outrun the troopers and she finds a broom. The broom does even less damage to the aliens. The troopers surround her and one of them grabs her from behind. The other four troopers begin to beat up on her.

“Help! Steven help!” She screams on top of her lungs unable to defend herself.

-80 Health. Maria’s Health: 40 and continuing to go down. Come on Steven!

He hears the screams and enters the room. He shoots three of the four troopers hitting Maria. After that he heads towards her in order to rescue her. Maria is able to kick the trooper holding her in the groin area with the little energy she has.

After breaking out she kicks the trooper who was holding her and falls to the floor weakly.

Maria performs “Superkick” and kicks the trooper down not killing it.

Steven performs “Fisherman’s Suplex” doing Critical Damage to the trooper. He kills both troopers using his Shadow Blade.

Steven picks Maria after rescuing her.

“Well so much for not liking me, I just saved your hide. Wanna be friends now?” He asks her calmly.

“Aghh… Yeah, I guess you saved my butt. Sorry if I was an asshole to you. I’m in bad shape hope we find some bananas along the way. I can use the potassium now.” She says in response.

“It’s alright, now how about we get out of here. I found the keycard to get the heck out of here.” He replies happily.

The two head towards the exit and use the keycard to open the blast door. As they approach the door, Maria finds a bunch of bananas to heal herself and a crate of bananas that works just like a medkit. As for Steven he finds more ammo for his poison shooter.

Bunch of Bananas +30. Maria’s Health: 70

Picked up a medkit. Health: 100

+50 Darts. Dart Gun Ammo: 70

When they head out of the resort they are ambushed by pig cops.

Once of the cops says, “Hahaha! We got you now! The party’s over maggots, we’re taking over now.”

“Damn Maria, nothing we can do here.” Steven says in a defeated tone.

“No worries, just like in any video game there’s always a way out!” Maria whispers confidently.

The two are taken in a LARD (The police force of the gloobas) vehicle and are transported to an unknown location.

Level Complete!

Upgrades and Level Ups:

Maria:

Endurance: +3. Level: 52

Offense: +2. Level: 37

Defense: +2. Level: 33

Steven:

Offense +2. Level: 50

Defense +1. Level: 46

Dexterity +1. Level: 65

Enemies Killed – 11

Enemies Left – 19 (Mostly Pig Cops)

Secrets Found – 2

Press SPACEBAR to enter: Ponce Plaza Fiasco

Area 2: The Gloobas Invade Puerto Rico

 

Level Two: Market Melee

Level Two:

Players: 2

Enemies: 60

Secrets: 3

Level up items: Super Mango, Piece of Lechon(Roast Pig)

Weapon pickups: Coconut Launcher, Ice Crusher (Benjamin Only)

Begin level

Angel and Ben are let out of the police van by the pig cops and are escorted into a prison cell in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The cell gate is closed behind them with only a small view of the farmers market in front.

“Talk about being in the dog house.” Ben says.

“I got a gut feeling we won’t be here for too long.” Angel replies with a smile.

A pig cop is stationed by the window just in case the duo gets any ideas of breaking out. About five minutes later an out of control LARD police van comes towards the prison cell.

“Ben get back! That bus is about to make a bee-line for us!” Angel screams as the two get away from the wall and brace for impact.

The bus crashes right into the pig cop and wall of the cell, the crash makes a big enough hole on the wall to allow the two to escape. The two find their weapons in a heavy metal chest being stored away.

Angel:

Picked up Shotgun. Ammo: 50

Picked up Coconutus. Ammo: 0

Ben:

Picked up Pistol. Ammo: 98

The two are being shot at by a couple of pig cops above them on the building next to them. Angel and Benjamin team up to take out the two pig cops above them. After that, Ben finds a crate of pineapples lying around that he picks up.

Picked up crate of Pineapples. +5 Pineapples

Angel spots a crack on the wall on the building where the two were being shot from. Ben uses a pineapple to blow the crack open revealing a passage to a way up to where the cops were.

Secret 1 of 3 found

When the two head up to the roof they find some ammo for their weapons and Ben finds a new weapon.

Angel:

+15 coconuts. Coconutus Ammo: 15

Ben:

Picked up Coconut Launcher. It’s a rocket launcher that shoots exploding coconuts. Awesome weapon mate!

+5 coconuts. Launcher Ammo: 10

Some pig cops arrive on the street below along with a couple of inflatable pig cops. Ben tries out his new weapon and blows up all of the pig cops into pieces to his amusement. Out of nowhere though a coconut is shot by one of the inflatable cops, the coconut hits the wall. However, the impact is strong enough to knock both of them back and lose some health points.

-11 Health. Angel’s Health: 89

-7 Health. Ben’s Health: 109

Angel peeks out and shoots a couple of shotgun shells deflating the fake cops.

Shotgun Ammo: 41

When the two return to street level they see the damage they have caused, lots of fruits blown up and pig parts. They head for a produce store to their right to check it out. They are met with salamander troopers and Angel grabs some cauliflower throwing it in the face of a trooper distracting it from shooting its laser beam. He approaches it and does a melee attack on the trooper.

Angel performs “Neckbreaker” on trooper.

It doesn’t kill the trooper but it keeps it down for a moment. Another trooper shoots a laser beam at Ben who dives to the right avoiding the beam. The beam ends up burning a counter full of peppers and cucumbers. He uses his pistol to take out the two troopers that were shooting him while taking minimal damage.

Pistol Ammo: 78

-4 Health. Ben’s Health: 105

More troopers enter the store through the entrance, but the two come up with the idea of pushing in the shelves full of cans towards the front entrance. They quickly push the shelves blocking the entrance of the troopers, the troopers shoot through the window. The two of them hide under the window to avoid the bullets.

“Shit good idea Ben, but now we can’t get out of here.” Angel says.

“There should be a back way out of here.” Ben replies.

The two of them search for a way out, but are unable to find a way out of the store. Ben decides to head towards the back of the store to keep searching while Angel looks for any possible holes in the wall. Along the way he finds a crate of pineapples for himself. Upon further investigation he finds a long crack and he gets Ben. The only thing is that he’s nowhere to be found.

+5 Pineapples. Pineapples: 5

Ben accidentally hits a small square switch that opened a wall that has a poster of the cha-cha girl on it. When the wall opens, a tentacle grabs him and pulls him into a back area…

Secret 2 of 3 found

***

“Hey Ben! Come over here!” Angel calls Ben only to get no response.

“Ben where are you? Ben! Crap, he must have been grabbed or disappeared. Well I gotta blow this wall up myself.”

He throws a pineapple of the crack and the wall explodes. He gets out and meets the salamander troopers ready to kick some alien butt. However he does it the smart way, he uses a pineapple to blow up all of the troopers.

“Oh, does it hurt? Suckers!” He says cockily.

He picks up a couple pistol clips left behind by the troopers.

+30 Pistol Ammo. Pistol Ammo: 90. Pineapples: 3

He heads towards inside the farmers market, preparing for just about anything.

***

Ben is grabbed by a poisonpus, a strange looking octopus looking alien. It’s able to shoot physic blasts and when the victim is close it’s able to bite. He punches the poisonpus in the face forcing it to loosen his grip on him. He gets some distance and launches a rocket blowing the creature into pieces.

“Come get some you octo freak!” He screams a one liner.

Heading deeper into the secret area he sees the back area for the produce store. He also sees some fish and pig hanging on wire along with a sign that says “Catch of the day!” He sees a gang of pig cops, salamander troopers, and an assault commander.

“Boy if I go in there, I’ll be the next catch of the day. Quite literally as well.” He says assessing the situation.

He does diving like a madman with his coconut launcher and aims for the spoiled oatmeal creature first (Assault Commander). He’s able to blow the commander up and avoids any coconuts hitting him. He lands behind a pillar while the other creatures take aim at him. Refusing to get off the pillar, Ben catches his breath. However instead of using his pineapples, he takes another risk by diving into the crowd of aliens while he takes his pistol discharging a clip of ammo. While he dives and shoots, he’s able to kill off all the salamander troopers and a couple of pig cops. However his risky approach causes him to lose plenty of health.

-22 Health: Ben’s health: 84

Launcher ammo: 8

Pistol ammo: 83

Not to mention that two pig cops are still on top of him.

“Ah… hi there mates. Care to be friends?” The pigs don’t take well to him trying to sweet talk them. One of them grabs and picks him up.

“Ok take it easy… will you! I guess these animals don’t want to be friends… Whoa!” The pigs throw him to a counter full of mangos.

-8 Health. Ben’s Health: 76

He finds himself buried in mangos, but one mango catches his eye more than the others. Unlike the yellow/green mangoes, this mango is reddish in color.

He hears a voice in his head saying, “Eat the red mango, it will improve your abilities. Trust me on this one!”

“Elder God is that you?” He asks.

“Yes fool! It’s me, now come on eat the mango there isn’t much time.”

Ben eats the mango and gets back up.

Ben eats the Super Mango. Stats increase!

+4 Accuracy. Level: 42

+2 Endurance. Level: 77

+3 Speed. Level: 55

+1 Dexterity. Level: 73

He pulls out his pistol and begins to shoot like a maniac.

“You wanna mess with Benny-Two Shoes, huh mates? I’m gonna stick these two shoes up your asses!” He screams with a renewed sense of strength.

Ben runs towards the pigs and does a clothesline on one of the pigs beheading it.

Ben performs “Clothesline” killing the pig cop.

The other cop grabs him and attempts to perform a suplex on Benjamin.

Benjamin counters the suplex and does one of his own. He performs “Brainbuster” 2x damage as the boars head hits the concrete.

“I feel new, never knew mangos were so good. Better start eating them more often.” He says humorously to himself.

He sees straight ahead a small dock area indicating that they are by the waters of Ponce. Upon going straight he sees a butcher’s shop where the aliens have cut human remains on the table. Some poisonpus’s are around along with some pig cops. He shoots the poisonpus in front of him easily with his pistol. After killing the poisonpus he finds bananas.

Small Banana +10 Health: 94

Pistol Ammo: 62

He finds some pig cops and one of them is armed with a shotgun. Ben disarms the shotgun toting cop and uses it to shoot the other two cops. Then he grabs it and whips the cop with the shotgun.

“Get up punk!” He taunts the cops.

Ben performs “Powerbomb” on the pig cop and the cop lands on the butcher table.

He starts the cutting blade on the meat table and the blade cuts the pig completely in half to Ben’s sick pleasure.

Seeing the docks, Ben heads toward that area to find himself surrounded by poisonpus’s and salamander troopers. Still upbeat he empties his pistol until he takes out all the aliens.

“Boy this is fun!” He says excited.

He notices that blood comes out of the enemies now and they begin to take passive damage. At first he doesn’t understand what just happened…

Pistol has been leveled up to level 2. Now pistol bullets wound the enemy.

The Elder God responds, “It appears that your pistol has been upgraded with the ability to wound your enemies. This is a video game you can say and your weapons will be upgraded if you use them enough. Try to specialize in certain weapons and you might be surprised of what new abilities you might unlock. It might just be a game changer and lookout for items like that mango you ate as they can power you up in unique ways.”

“Sounds cool as heck!” Ben replies.

“Be on the lookout for other weapons though, that pistol will only be useful for so long.” Elder God responds.

Elder God leaves and Ben finds a fridge in the docks. Upon opening the fridge he finds a new weapons and a banana.

Small Banana +10 Health. Ben’s Health: 100

Picked up Ice Crusher. Another cool weapon, you can freeze those alien bastards now. Ammo: 25

He walks along the docks, but he falls through a hole that he didn’t see. After falling into the water he finds himself in the sewers of Ponce and now he has to travel along the sewers to see where he will end up next. Surprisingly the path is straight and he finds a radioactive sign. Not sure what to do, he hits the sign and it opens up saying, “AUTO DESTRUCT”. Then the wall opens up…

SECRET LEVEL FOUND!

Level Complete!

Upgrades and Level Ups:

Ben:

+4 Accuracy. Level: 42

+2 Endurance. Level: 77

+3 Speed. Level: 55

+1 Dexterity. Level: 73

Enemies Killed – 25 (Awesome job!)

Enemies Left – 0

Secrets Found – 2

Press SPACEBAR to enter: A Full House

***

Angel’s Playthrough.

Angel heads inside the farmers market and is met with a couple of boar cops that he takes care easily.

“Hail to the king piggies!” He taunts the dead pig cops.

He finds a crate of mini coconuts for the coconutus.

+15 Mini Coconuts. Coconutus Ammo: 15

As he explores the farmers market he notices lots of exotic goods on sale, including those with questionable nutritional content such as seaweed imported from China. The market is rather small in size as Angel is already in the manager’s room. The manager’s room has been infested with slimer eggs and a slimer protector with sunglasses. He uses a pineapple to blow up the eggs before they hatch and the impact injures the slimer protectors as well.

Slimer protectors are hybrid glooba aliens who have taken humans and injected them with the devil juice. As a result these “humans” have develop alien like bodies, but still retain human like abilities such as jumping high and good agility.

The weakened creatures attempt to shrink Angel, but his high dexterity enables him to dodge the shrink blast easily. He uses two shotgun blasts to take out the slimer protectors. He finds more mini-coconuts and shotgun shells in the manager’s office.

+10 Shells. Shotgun Ammo: 50

+15 Mini Coconuts. Coconutus Ammo: 30

As he heads outside he angrily says as he pumps his shotgun, “These aliens are not going to get away with messing with my food! They will have hell to pay now!”

Despite the sky being nice and blue and the weather being perfect the action on the ground is anything but tranquil.

He sees several pig cops by the Ponce docks along with Assault Commanders and Inflatable Pig Cops. The commanders and inflatable cops immediately shoot coconuts towards him. Angel jumps down the stairs as the coconuts destroy the stairs behind him.

More coconuts head his way. Doing a combination of backflips and somersaults, he’s able to avoid being directly hit by the coconuts. Although a blast by him does cause him to take a hard fall to the fall.

-11 Health. Angel’s Health: 78

He gets right back up and sees some more mini-coconuts to grab.

+30 Mini Coconuts. Coconutus Ammo: 60

After getting more ammo for his weapon, he turns his attention toward the attacking aliens. Shooting the majority of his coconuts he kills most of the enemy composition, with the exception of one assault commander. The creature shoots another coconut from its rectum. The coconut comes head on towards Angel. However he makes a last minute reflex move by jumping over the coconut. The coconut barely misses him and it destroys the door leading to a storage area of the farmers market.

“Ha! Missed me you piece of shit! Who taught you to aim, the Quaker on the Quaker Oats box.” He mocks the assault commander.

He uses the remaining coconuts to blow up the assault commander. His coconutus is empty, so he puts it away in his virtual storage on his HUD (Heads-Up Display). Heading to a boat he sees the gate leading to the boat is lock as it requires a red keycard. Then he looks at the hole that was created by the explosion and wonders if the keycard is in there. Heading to the storage room he finds himself surrounded by a group of 8 salamander troopers.

“I’m in some shit now. Well you want me come get some! I bet you losers can’t take me down!” He says confidently and nervously at the same time.

Then he remembers the hot sauce, it increases his fighting ability for a short time.

“It might sting, but it’s time to pump up the heat! As for you freaks, prepare for the whooping of your life!” He says as he pops the bottle of hot sauce down his throat.

Angel drinks “Hot Sauce”. Offense and defense increased by 30% for one minute.

After drinking the hot sauce, his body becomes loose and he runs towards the aliens. A couple of them try to double team him, but he does a split kick that knocks both of them out. A couple more troopers run towards him with their blades drawn, but he jumps over them as they hit the wall. He does a superkick that goes straight through their bodies.

“Angel wins. Fatality!” He says cockily.

Angel performs “Double Underhook Suplex” on a salamander trooper knocking it out.

Two more salamander troopers come towards him and he bashes their heads together. The last trooper just stands there like its begging for mercy. Angel has no part of it and tackles it. Once he tackles the trooper he begins to punch it in the face non-stop until it become unconscious.

“Oh hell yeah!” Angel says while pretending to be Stone Cold Steve Austin, his favorite wrestler.

The two troopers who had their heads bashed together get back up and go after Angel. They begin to attack him punching him, but he simply puts his arm up blocking every attack with little effort. The troopers are in shock when they find Angel still standing strong.

After toying with the salamander troopers, he takes care of the troopers.

Angel performs “Neck Scissors Whip” using his legs and whips the one trooper onto the other. The troopers are down, but not dead.

After seeing all the troopers down, he uses a pineapple to blow up all the bodies of the troopers just to prevent any of them from recovering. All the body parts become shells of their former selves.

“Hail to the king baby!” He says arrogantly.

All of the wooden boxes are destroyed as well. Behind the boxes is a red button, upon pressing it a small compartment door opens. Inside the compartment is the red keycard.

After grabbing the keycard, he heads back outside. However he hears the sound of a out of control food truck. At first he thinks nothing of it and heads to the docks. The sound gets uncomfortably close though and he spots the truck coming at full speed heading right towards him.

“Oh crap, you gotta be kidding me! The gloobas even managed to steal a truck full of Lechon, these bastards really want me out!” What he doesn’t know is that there is another truck full of fruit coming behind him.

He only realizes the other truck when he turns around and realizes that he has less time to dodge to safety than he thought. When the fruit truck gets close to him he dodges to the right as the truck barely misses him.

“Why are these people trying to kill me? Don’t they realize I’m on their side?” He asks himself in panic.

The food truck heads straight for him and he dodges to the right again. While the truck misses him, it collides with the fruit truck with such force that they both explode. The blast is big enough to force Angel to take a hard landing on a fruit stand. The fall is hard enough that he has a hard time getting up and his back begins to act up on him.

“Damn! Son of a bitch that was a hard fall and now my back decides to go out, what a bad time for that to happen. At least I survived, hmm… something smells good.” He says as he recovers and he smells something good coming from the crashed truck.

As he walks to the truck the smell gets stronger and more appetizing. Upon getting to the source of the smell he finds that it leads him to the crashed trucks. The drivers weren’t human, they were pig cops and the smell is coming from a roast pig that was supposed to be delivered cooking on the fire.

“Hmm… I’m pretty hungry, should I eat this pig?” He asks himself.

“Yes you should.” A voice replies.

“Wait… who’s that?” Angel asks.

“It’s me the Elder God. If you eat that, it will give you a boost in your abilities.” Elder God answers.

“Oh just like a video game? Well that’s cool, let me guess after eating this pig I’m going to be all better, right?” He asks as he eats the piece of Lechon(Roast Pig).

After eating the pig, his back begins to feel better and he begins to feel more powerful as well.

Angel eats the “Piece of Lechon”. Stats Increased!

Accuracy +3. Level: 66

Speed +1. Level: 80

Offense +2. Level: 59

Defense +3. Level: 57

“I wish you luck Angel and remember there might be more of these special items that can help bolster you up further. Keep your eyes open.” Elder God says before he disappears.

After the message, Angel uses the keycard to open the gate leading to the docks. He sees a radioactive sign on one of the boats that is undocked. Not knowing the meaning he punches it in anger. After punching it, the sign opens up and says auto-destruct, then the boat begins to move by itself to an unknown location.

Level Complete!

Upgrade and Level-Ups

Accuracy +3. Level: 66

Speed +1. Level: 80

Offense +2. Level: 59

Defense +3. Level: 57

Enemies Killed – 22

Enemies Left – 0

Secrets Found – 1

Press SPACEBAR to enter: SS Ponce

 

 

Bestselling #LitRPG Books Ending 11/11/17

Check out the top selling LitRPG (Top 25) for the week ending 11 November 2017.

Rank  Book Title Author Pages
1 Dungeon Lord (The Wraith’s Haunt – A litRPG series Book 1) Hugo Huesca 323
2 Space Knight Book 2 Samuel E. Green Michael-Scott Earle 579
3 War Aeternus: The Beginning Charles Dean 463
4 Black Hat (Afterlife Online Book 2) Domino Finn 365
5 Delvers LLC: Adventure Capital Blaise Corvin 606
6 Beginner’s Luck (Character Development Book 1) Aaron Jay 308
7 Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1) Neven Iliev 252
8 The Builder’s Pride (The Legendary Builder Book 3) J.A. Cipriano 309
9 The Builder’s Sword (The Legendary Builder Book 1) J.A. Cipriano 534
10 The Pantheon Moves (Emerilia Book 10) Michael Chatfield 355
11 Black Friday (The Valens Legacy Book 1) Jan Stryvant 164
12 Liar King (Tower of Babel Book 2) Adam Elliott 314
13 Gamer for Life (Alpha World Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen 397
14 Alpha Company (Alpha World Book 3) Daniel Schinhofen 409
15 On My Brother’s Grave: Reconnaissance: A LitRPG Adventure (Vatenkeist Online Book 1) LitRPG Freaks 219
16 A Slave in the Locked Lands (LitRPG The Weirdest Noob Book 2) Arthur Stone 405
17 The Land: Raiders: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 6) Aleron Kong 638
18 Eden’s Gate: The Sparrow: A LitRPG Adventure Edward Brody 424
19 Accidental Thief: Book One in the LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure Jamie Davis 314
20 The Trapped Mind Project (Emerilia Book 1) Michael Chatfield 534
21 The Greystone Chronicles: Book One:  Io Online Dave Willmarth 441
22 Life Reset: A LitRPG Novel (New Era Online Book 1) Shemer Kuznits 420
23 More Than a Game: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 1) Andrey Vasilyev 329
24 Bushido Online: the Battle Begins: A LitRPG Saga Nikita ThornLitRPG Freaks 371
25 Sicilian Defense: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 5) Andrey Vasilyev 359

 

A Disaster Has Caused Me to Stop Publishing for a few weeks

Less than a  week ago, our family has gone through the most devastating event imaginable.  We had a house fire.    And, although it was confined to just one room, the smoke and water damage was massive and affected the whole house.

Luckily, Providence was smiling on us: we all got out alive and with minimum smoke inhalation.   Sabel, our cocker, has taken this better than anyone.  She’s enjoying her extended stay motel and the dog park adjacent to the facilities.

People around the world hear the negative side of America.  But, I can attest to the fact there are some wonderful people here.  Our neighbors were great.  They fed us and wrapped us in blankets in the cold drizzle as we watched the firefighters work.

I can’t give enough thanks to the men and women who put their life on the line to save our house.  We called 911 and the first responders were en route in less than one minute.     They arrived on the scene in less than 4 minutes.

In the end, I’ve lost my server and my computers;  mostly from water and smoke damage.  But, rest assured, I’ll be up and running with this website as soon as I possibly can.

Daniel Schinhofen (as well as others) thank you so much for your outpouring of support and concern. It means everything in the world to us as we put back the pieces of our lives.

It may actually take close to a month to get by up and running.  In the meantime, I’ll try to get some guest bloggers to chime in with content to keep things moving.

If you’re interested in writing for this site, send me an email.  I still have a phone and can communicate via email.

There are many more people I need to thank.  From the restoration company that saved my mom’s ashes to the Red Cross who assisted us with temp accommodations to my doctor’s office who assisted with heart meds that were consumed in the fire.    I’ll try to give a more detailed ‘thank you’ as times goes on.

But, for now, I felt I owed my readers an explanation for my absence.  And, a thank you to all who have inquired.

 

Top 25 Bestselling LitRPG ending October 7 2017

Rank  Book Title Author Price Reviews Page No(s)
1 Space Knight Michael-Scott Earle $4.99 151 775
2 Alpha Company (Alpha World Book 3) Daniel Schinhofen $3.99 78 409
3 Perfect Strangers (The Valens Legacy Book 2) Jan Stryvant $3.99 110 176
4 Black Friday (The Valens Legacy Book 1) Jan Stryvant $3.99 152 164
5 The Builder’s Pride (The Legendary Builder Book 3) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 8 309
6 Gamer for Life (Alpha World Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen $3.99 230 397
7 Pangea Online Book One: Death and Axes: A LitRPG Novel S.L. Rowland $3.99 20 255
8 Sicilian Defense: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 5) Andrey Vasilyev $6.95 9 359
9 The Builder’s Sword (The Legendary Builder Book 1) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 111 534
10 The Laboratory: A Futuristic Dungeon Core Skyler Grant $3.99 28 226
11 The Builder’s Greed (The Legendary Builder Book 2) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 44 418
12 SHARDS OF REALITY: A LitRPG novel (Enter the Realm Book 1) Timothy W. Long $4.99 16 426
13 Wild Wastes: Eastern Expansion Randi Darren $4.99 147 368
14 Awaken Online: Catharsis Travis Bagwell $5.99 1,138 526
15 Awaken Online: Precipice Travis Bagwell $6.99 571 596
16 CHRONICLES of a PC Gamer Stuck Inside an RPG: Book One: Duelist Antony W. F. Chow $4.99 5 727
17 Bushido Online: the Battle Begins: A LitRPG Saga Nikita ThornLitRPG Freaks $3.99 93 371
18 Forming the Company (Alpha World Book 2) Daniel Schinhofen $3.99 169 396
19 Provoked (Space Mage Book 1) Izzy Shows $2.99 32 260
20 More Than a Game: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 1) Andrey Vasilyev $6.95 99 320
21 Wild Wastes Randi Darren $3.99 400 321
22 You’re Not Allowed to Die (The Twenty-Sided Eye Series Book 1) Kip Terrington $2.99 96 352
23 Shaman’s Revenge (The Way of the Shaman: Book #6) LitRPG Series Vasily Mahanenko $5.99 91 561
24 The Land: Swarm: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 5) Aleron Kong $5.99 387 743
25 Beyond All Expectations (Emerilia Book 8) Michael Chatfield $4.99 65 374

Author Interview – 20 Questions with Amazon Indie Author Eden Redd

Twenty questions with Eden Redd

If you could go back in time and tell your younger writing self one thing, what would it be?

Stop doubting yourself and your writing. Make the time and have faith in in yourself, you will get better.

How did you spend the first bit of money you earned as a published author?

Bought a thirty-dollar bottle of wine and drank it down the same evening.

How many unfinished or unpublished books do you have?

I have several half-finished stories and one half finished romance novel. The novel was too…ugh…normal for my tastes.

What is your writing process? Or, how many hours a day do you write?

Big cup of coffee and typing at the kitchen table. I write three to four days a week and my minimum word count is 5K. When I finish a novel, I celebrate with wine…and sometimes whiskey. (Not together. Celebration may be a two-night event.)

What was your favorite childhood book(s)? Why? Genie and the Witch’s Spells. I didn’t fit in much and identified too much with the main character.

On average, how long does it take you to write a book? (First draft, rewrites, edits to finally publishing)

Three weeks to a month.

We all get bad reviews sometimes when we publish.  How do you deal with bad reviews?

Ignore them and when I can’t, I make a character I hate in my books and do terrible things to them.

How would you describe your average reader?  Or, do you even have a particular kind of person in mind when you write?

I would say my readers like action, adventure, fantasy and sexy romantic fun (Insert perverted fun somewhere in there.)

What are your hardest scenes to write?

Drawn out build up scenes. I yell in my head “Get to the damn point!” all the time.

What is the best way you’ve found to market your books?

I haven’t. The search continues.

What do you think are the challenges facing new writers?

Dedication to writing more books. Often, many authors believe they will become successful after a book or three. Sometimes it takes more so keep writing.

What are some things you’ve had to sacrifice in order to write and publish?

My sanity but we weren’t on the best terms anyway.

How often do you read for pleasure? How many books a year do you read?

Rarely. Writing takes up most of my time.  How fast do you read (words per minute)? Pretty fast but remembering what I read is the hard part.

Many indie authors live and die by KU (Kindle Unlimited) and the “normalized page read).  What are your views on KU, Amazon and where do you think KU will head in the future?

It’s great for exposure but will turn into crutch as you grow your career. You have to carve out your own fanbase and when you do, you will have greater influence on your future. I see authors tear themselves apart depending on what the KU payout will be. No one needs that stress in their lives.

Many writers find editing drafts as frustrating.  How do you edit and what is your process?

I find writing the book is the hardest part. Editing is fun because it’s like sculpting your work into a masterpiece. I send my work to an editor and then I reread it two, maybe three times before publishing.

What software do you use to write?

Word.

Fans often have a preconceived notion of you.  What is one thing your fans would be surprised to learn if they really knew you or spent the whole day by your side?

I’m pretty boring. My everday life is very normal with small swells of gatherings over drinks and other times being home and watching a good movie.

What did it feel like to publish your first book?

Exhilarating!

What are some of the difficulties of writing characters of the opposite sex?

I sometimes don’t understand the thought process of a male character. Thankfully I have many guys friends that help me with advice.

If they turned your life into a movie, who would you want to play you? Why?

Cassandra Peterson with her Elvira character. We have the same sense of humor and taste in clothes. Or if closer to how people see me, Julianne Moore.

 

Author website- https://edenredd.com/

FB Page- https://www.facebook.com/edenredd/

Twitter- https://twitter.com/EdenRedd

Amazon catalog- https://www.amazon.com/Eden-Redd/e/B00I8X8BCK

 

Top 25 LitRPG Ebooks ending 30 Sept 2017

Rank Book Title Author Price Reviews Page No(s)
1 Alpha Company (Alpha World Book 3) Daniel Schinhofen $3.99 35 409
2 Perfect Strangers (The Valens Legacy Book 2) Jan Stryvant $3.99 69 176
3 The Trapped Mind Project (Emerilia Book 1) Michael Chatfield $3.99 228 534
4 Space Knight Samuel E. Green Michael-Scott Earle $4.99 135 775
5 Black Friday (The Valens Legacy Book 1) Jan Stryvant $3.99 125 164
6 Dungeon at War: Dark Dungeon 03 D. R. Rosier $3.99 21 162
7 The Laboratory: A Futuristic Dungeon Core Skyler Grant $3.99 13 226
8 The Builder’s Sword (The Legendary Builder Book 1) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 107 534
9 The Builder’s Greed (The Legendary Builder Book 2) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 39 270
10 SHARDS OF REALITY: A LitRPG novel (Enter the Realm Book 1) Timothy W. Long $4.99 13 426
11 Awaken Online: Precipice Travis Bagwell $6.99 563 596
12 Bushido Online: the Battle Begins: A LitRPG Saga Nikita ThornLitRPG Freaks $3.99 86 371
13 CHRONICLES of a PC Gamer Stuck Inside an RPG: Book One: Duelist Antony W. F. Chow $4.99 4 727
14 Of Myths and Legends (Emerilia Book 9) Michael Chatfield $4.99 54 404
15 More Than a Game: Epic LitRPG Adventure (Fayroll – Book 1) Andrey Vasilyev $6.95 98 320
16 Dungeon Imperiled: Dark Dungeon 02 D. R. Rosier $3.99 65 179
17 Super Sales on Super Heroes William D. Arand $4.99 697 374
18 The Alchemy Worlds: Enter T(he)rap(y): A LitRPG Adventure LitRPG Freaks $3.99 8 237
19 Shaman’s Revenge (The Way of the Shaman: Book #6) LitRPG Series Vasily Mahanenko $5.99 89 561
22 Blackflame (Cradle Book 3) Will Wight $4.99 398 370
21 The Desperate Quest: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 2) A. M. Sohma $3.99 29 307
22 The Pirate Guild Steven J Shelley $4.99 5 455
23 Apocalypse 2020: A Wasteland LitRPG James T. Witherspoon $4.99 5 397
24 Viridian Gate Online: The Jade Lord: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 3) James Hunter $4.99 86 274
25 The Luckless: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 1) A. M. Sohma $3.99 49 258

Amazon Buy Buttons equal big problems for indie publishers

Indie writers, if you’re not reading Publisher’s Weekly you should.  Why? Because you’re publishers.  Even if you’re small and only have one pen name under your belt, you’re important to the supply chain.

Check out this article about ‘buy buttons’ and how channel conflicts are really a thing, and what it means to the small one-man-shops.

 

Excerpt: 

The example of channel conflict that drew the most attention, though, was the new phenomenon of third party resellers being able to win buy buttons at Amazon, thereby being the first option consumers see. Because new books are supposed to be the first option for consumers on Amazon, publishers suspect the third party sellers winning buy buttons have somehow gotten their hands on new titles.

Brooke Warrner, publisher of SheWrites Press, sees this as a big problem for indie authors and publishers that is likely to get worse. Peter Berkery, executive director of the AAUP, said the issue is also a big concern for his members as it can cut into sales.

Selleck noted that S&S is monitoring the situation and trying to determine the source of supply for third party sellers winning buy buttons. He noted that Amazon “is not the culprit” in the situation; the problem is with companies (or individuals) abusing the system.

Source: Amazon Buy Buttons Among Big Topics at BISG Meeting

How a Critic Opens a Book: A Q&A With Parul Sehgal – The New York Times

Check out this NYT article: a Q&A with (what I gather) is the Time’s newest book critic.  Although, I’m more concerned with how readers on Amazon and Goodreads rate books, this is still an interesting read.  Of course, I still think reviews are like brushing your teeth with barbed wire.  Ouch!

Parul Sehgal joined The New York Times’s team of daily book critics in late July. She was previously a senior editor for The New York Times Book Review; she also wrote a column, “Roving Eye,” focused on international literature.

You recently transitioned from editor and columnist to critic. What has changed about your approach to covering books?

My relationship with the reader — the reader I have in my mind when I write — is a bit different. There’s more of a responsibility to convey what’s happening in the world of literature, and to do it in a timely manner, and to explain why it matters. I can’t direct myself purely by my own idiosyncrasies, or my own temptations.

The challenge for me is remembering that, in spite of the weekly pressures, my reviews can never be formulaic, that they always have to be full of pleasure, that they have to be full of delight — and that I have to stay fresh, and stay excited.

Source: How a Critic Opens a Book: A Q&A With Parul Sehgal – The New York Times

Writers—There’s Plenty of Room for LitRPG, LitFPS & GameLit

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Dear Indie Writers:

There’s plenty of room for you regardless of what you write: LitRPG, LitFPS, GameLit or anything in between.  Write what’s in your heart because more often than not, you will write better and fans will follow your creative efforts in time. Although, I am a fan of writing to market, don’t let that consume you or your talent.

If you enjoy writing sexy virtual reality stories that, by chance, have a game element—go for it.  I wish you all the luck and success indie publishing can offer.

For over a year, I have seen the LitRPG genre and tropes change: sometimes for the better sometimes not.  But in the end, it is all opinion.  And opinions are like assholes—everybody’s got one, and sometimes they enjoy showing off.

Don’t be bullied by successful writers jockeying for position to corner the market. I’ve seeing it happen for years.  In fact, writers are seemingly some of the more catty people I’ve ever met.  This is just my opinion.  I’ve also met writers who were more than willing to help out newcomers.  They enjoy the camaraderie in an effort to give something back to the community.  In fact, the good writers outnumber the bullies by a large margin.  I know it doesn’t always look that way.  The bullies seem to get more attention because they are louder and often more ostentatious.

Ignore it—and ignore them.  Find, or create your own tribe that is not only appreciative of your work but is supportive of your career.  They’re out there—you just have to look.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, forums, and websites are simply vehicles to get your projects noticed and get your name in front of readers.  Never be afraid to block someone on any social media venue when they are doing you more harm than good.  It’s the nature of the beast.

If social media is giving you heartburn, it probably means that you’re spending too much time there anyway.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed.  And, is easy to take the opinions of others to heart.  It is human nature.

It’s true that authors need to have a tough skin for criticism.  I’ve often heard it said you won’t last long without it.  But it’s also true that writers have to draw a line in the sand when it comes to bullying.  There is a difference.

A few years ago, Goodreads (owned by Amazon) got so bad with bullying tactics that some authors simply gave up and left the business. Sad.  Amazon reviewers are sometimes no better.  There I said it.  An author does not necessarily live and die by the reviews posted on Amazon.  Always take it with a grain of salt.  And my suggestion would be to stop reading them completely.

Although marketing is a tremendous part of the publishing business, successful writers spend at least 40% of their time actually writing.  If you’re spending time on social media—you’re not writing.

The way for indie authors to succeed is to help and support each other.  To some writers, that may sound counterintuitive, but consider that a rising tide raises all ships.

 

LitRPG Top 25 Bestselling Books Ending 23 Sept 2017

#Rank Kindle Title Author Price Reviews Pages
1 Space Knight Michael-Scott Earle $4.99 89 395
2 Black Friday (The Valens Legacy Book 1) Jan Stryvant $3.99 82 163
3 SHARDS OF REALITY: A LitRPG novel (Enter the Realm Book 1) Timothy W. Long $4.99 3 342
4 The Builder’s Greed (The Legendary Builder Book 2) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 28 270
5 For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book 2) Dennis E. Taylor $4.99 630 321
6 All These Worlds (Bobiverse Book 3) Dennis E. Taylor $4.99 466 282
7 Bushido Online: the Battle Begins: A LitRPG Saga Nikita ThornLitRPG Freaks $3.99 66 371
8 Awaken Online: Precipice Travis Bagwell $6.99 544 596
9 The Builder’s Sword (The Legendary Builder Book 1) J.A. Cipriano $4.99 98 534
10 Of Myths and Legends (Emerilia Book 9) Michael Chatfield $4.99 46 404
11 You’re Not Allowed to Die (The Twenty-Sided Eye Series Book 1) Kip Terrington $2.99 77 241
12 The Alchemy Worlds: Enter T(he)rap(y): A LitRPG Adventure LitRPG Freaks $3.99 2 237
13 The Artificer: A Viridian Gate Online Novel (The Imperial Initiative DLC 1) S R WittJames Hunter $4.99 9 354
14 Life in the North: An Apocalyptic LitRPG (The System Apocalypse Book 1) Tao Wong $4.99 180 336
15 Shaman’s Revenge (The Way of the Shaman: Book #6) LitRPG Series Vasily Mahanenko $5.99 86 561
16 The Desperate Quest: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 2) A. M. Sohma $3.99 22 307
17 Camelot Overthrown: An Arthurian LitRPG (Camelot LitRPG) Galen Wolf $3.99 16 254
18 Dungeon Imperiled: Dark Dungeon 02 D. R. Rosier $3.99 63 179
18 Gamer for Life (Alpha World Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen $3.99 224 397
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20 The Land: Raiders: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 6) Aleron Kong $5.99 528 638
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22 Shattered Lands: A LitRPG Series Darren Pillsbury $4.99 41 527
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