Literary role-playing games have two main categories.
Crunchy LitRPG = A story that digs deep intro character statistics, interface prompts, damage dealt indicators and their relationship to the storyline.
Light LitRPG = A story that includes all of the necessary LitRPG elements without the burden of frequently explaining or notifying the reader of numbers.
There are many readers that hold preferences to either crunchy or light LitRPG. However, the majority tend to attach themselves to one of the below sub-categories. For examples of books that fit into the below categories use the LitRPG Book Finder Tool.
Adult Themes – Stories that contain traumatizing content, sexual scenes, harems, erotica, etc.
Anti Hero – Stories where the main character doesn’t fit the mold of a conventional hero.
Discovery – Stories where the scenery and locations are always changing. Essentially the opposite of Town Building.
Dungeon Core – Stories that take place from the perspective of a dungeon.
Crafting – Focused on crafting relating skills like, Blacksmithing, Jewcrafting, Tailoring, etc.
CyberPunk – Neon lights. Wet streets in the city at night. Technological advances. You get the idea.
Female MC – Stories with a female main character.
Horror – Think Stephen King.
Moba – Stories with elements of Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games. See Dota2 or League of Legends as an example of MOBA games.
No Logout / Portal Fantasy – Stories where the connection between the game world and the real world has been severed either permanently or until a major plot point is reached.
Post Apocalyptic – The settings of these stories are mainly post apocalyptic wastelands.
Short Story – A story that is shorter than a conventional novel and can an usually be read in one sitting.
Space / Sci-FI – A LitRPG with conventional Sci-Fi elements.
Table Top – A story that is heavily influenced by classic table top role playing games.
Town Building – A story where the main character builds and improved a dwelling of any size.
Young Adult – Stories appropriate for younger readers.
LitFPS – Literary first person shooter.
These categories cover the majority of the LitRPG and as you can imagine, some sub-categories lend themselves better to crunchy or light LitRPG. More categories are being thought of everyday by the wonderful crowd of LitRPG authors.
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