This post is about the secondary writing project I’ve been working on for the past while. The series will be called WorldShift and the first book is titled Virtual Revolution. As I mentioned in a previous post a while back, I’m working on this novel while I write the Iron Teeth.
WorldShift is a LitRPG story. For those of you that don’t know, that means it features a lot of mechanics and features from video games such as MMORPGs, or that it actually takes place in a video game. Of all the stories bouncing around in my head, I chose to write a LitRPG because they are popular right now and because I wanted to try my hand at the genre. I have some unique ideas about how to use the genre in a meaningful way. The story will not be released as a web serial to the public, although patrons will receive lots of preview chapters. This is because I want to try writing a complete novel, instead of a bunch of chapters in sequence.
Plot: Ethan lives in a bountiful and unchanging world. Twenty years ago, the Prohibitions were passed. Fearing disruption and revolution, international institutions came together to ban dangerous technologies such as artificial intelligence. Now, humanity idles away its days while they enjoy the easy wealth brought to them by automation. However, after leaving college and failing to find a job, Ethan’s life has become sour and stale. He spends his time immersing himself in virtual reality games. The most popular game available is Worldshift. It is a complete online world full of adventure that blends sci-fi and fantasy elements, and its creators have just launched a special event for the game called the Tower of Ascension. The first player to climb it will win enough money to set them up for life.
With nothing better to do, Ethan enters the tower. However, as his journey progresses and the event unfolds, it soon becomes apparent that not is all as it seems. Something is wrong with the game. Whispering shadows stalk Ethan, and the tower’s tests disturb him. As he meets other players, he learns that the game’s secrets have the power to shape the outside world. Worldshift might be a simulation, but very real dangers stalk Ethan. It’s going to take every ounce of his gaming skills and some inner strength he never knew he had to destroy the conspiracies around him, but if he does, the world will never be same.
Release Date: When it’s done. I have a bit less than half of the first draft written, so it is too early to say.
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