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So I wrote a book...

Hi everyone! I know it has been awhile but I haven’t really done anything in game development.

Anyways, to scratch the itch that I had for games and game development, I started reading LitRPG (books about people in RPGs, typically totally immersive VR). However, as I’m into the more darker scenes (assassins, necromancers), and I enjoyed the Kurtherian Gambit (Sci-Fi series) which had a strong female lead, I wanted to read something with a “strong female MC” that played an assassin. To my surprise, there was nothing, nada, zilch.

As the saying goes, if you want something done, do it yourself! So I wrote a novel… and holy ****, LitRPG is HARD, especially since you have to not only character and world build, but also develop game mechanics, skills, stats, level system, etc… You guys should know :wink:

Another thing I had to research was PTSD and a research paper by Martine Hulsman which goes through the stages of guilt from killing other people in hand to hand combat. This is a crucial aspect in our main character’s story.

Anyways, here’s the summary:

“Sarah was one of the world’s best assassin players, but she wasn’t prepared for getting stuck as a low-level player in the game. Suddenly she has to struggle just to survive against the monsters of the world, while also keeping her secret from the authorities. What happens when the killing, and the consequences, are just too real?”

If anyone is interested, you can find the book here on both Kindle and Kindle Unlimited:

If you’d like to support the series in total, I also put up a Patreon page (which was going to be used for professional editing costs): Patreon

Hey man, this is a very serious life changing situation, and I hope you get this sorted out soon. Look up on Google for your region, or the next big city, some shelter project for young people. Also sometimes even if this is the top topic in your head, too much information can make people avoid you. So if You tell everyone that you are homeless, injured, and research PTSD, then this sends red flags. I know this is a complicated answer.

So my advice to you is to get a home, an income, and then focus on what you want to do. Focus on the goal, not on the issue. Game development requires that you have a peaceful environment, and as little issues as possible. So maybe you have to do something else until you have sorted this out. You seem young and powerful, I think you can do it!

Err, yea. I can see what you’re saying. As for living in a tent, it actually isn’t that bad (I’m an outdoors person anyways), and work was literally across the street. For the necessities, Pilot (truck stop) ftw. While I could have gotten an apartment closer to where I worked, it was my decision for the tent thing to alleviate that bill so that I could afford a vehicle. Luckily I had those savings.

The PTSD is a mechanism in Raven’s story, and there is an entire chapter on her coping with having to assassinate a few bandits. Since she is fully immersed, all of her senses are involved, and the game quite literally, becomes her world. She didn’t have an issue with wolves or goblins, but the bandits, who were human… that is where the psychological effects come in.

PS: I plan on going back into my previous employer and fighting for the job - a number of manager’s and even the ops manager was wanting me to work on their project (internet tech support), so here is to hoping!