LitRPG is a relatively new genre in fiction-land but one I’m seriously in love with. Take almost any other genre–especially high fantasy, cyberpunk, and harem romance–and mix it with gaming mechanics like stats and leveling up and you’ve got yourself LitRPG. If you want some examples of some LitRPG books, check out this Goodreads “Best LitRPG Books” list.
I couldn’t think of a more perfect genre to use ChatGPT for. In fact, I recently tried it for my own litRPG story with great success! I want to share some of the prompts I used that really worked for me. Hopefully it’ll help inspire you and give you more ideas about how to apply ChatGPT to writing LitRPG (or any fantasy/sci-fi genre).
Below are seven prompts with examples to get you started. I was so impressed with the results I got doing this that I wanted to share them, so each example will be an entire exchange between ChatGPT and myself. I hope they demonstrate the amazing possibilities available for LitRPG writers.
So grab whatever grog quenches your thirst and get ready to do some writing!
Can you help me brainstorm what kind of weapons and equipment might be suitable for a/an [TYPE] class/guild in this game?
ME: Can you help me brainstorm what kind of weapons and equipment might be suitable for an adventurer class in this 1930s dieselpunk style game?
ChatGPT: Sure, here are some ideas for weapons and equipment that might be suitable for an adventurer class in the game:
- Compass – helps with navigation and finding directions
- Binoculars – allows for long-distance scouting and observation
- Machete – useful for cutting through foliage and underbrush
- Grappling hook – can be used to climb or descend steep cliffs or structures
- Flare gun – useful for signaling for help or marking a location
- Rope – can be used for climbing, rappelling, or creating a makeshift bridge
- Handheld lantern – provides light in dark environments
- Canteen – carries water or other liquids
- Hunting knife – useful for hunting or self-defense
- Climbing gear – includes carabiners, harness, and ropes for scaling rock faces or cliffs
- Crossbow – a ranged weapon for taking down prey or enemies from a distance
- Smoke bombs – can create cover or diversion
- Shovel – for digging or clearing obstacles
- First aid kit – contains supplies for treating injuries or illnesses
- Pocket watch – can be used to track time and plan accordingly
Can you describe in a couple of short sentences what the [TYPE] outfit and equipment might look like?
ME: Can you describe in a couple of short sentences what the healer outfit and equipment might look like? Be as specific as possible and include a lot of sensory details.
ChatGPT: The healer outfit might consist of flowing robes and a headpiece adorned with various symbols of healing and protection. Their equipment could include a variety of potions, bandages, and tools for mending wounds and curing ailments. They might also carry a staff or wand imbued with healing magic.
I want to create a description for the [GUILD] outfit and class for this [TYPE] game. I want it to include the name of the class/guild, a very brief description, and stats boosts. I want it to follow the following structure/format: Class/gulild – Description of strengths. Description of weaknesses. Description of weapons used. Stat bonuses: +/- Agi, +/- End, +/- Str, +/- Vit
ME: I want to create a description for the Sky Captain outfit and class for this dieselpunk game. I want it to include the name of the class/guild, a very brief description, and stats boosts. I want it to follow the following structure/format: Class/gulild – Description of strengths. Description of weaknesses. Description of weapons used. Stat bonuses: +/- Agi, +/- End, +/- Str, +/- Vit
ChatGPT: Sky Captain – Agile and Daring Aerial Fighter
Sky Captains are fearless pilots who excel in dogfights and air-to-ground combat. They can perform incredible maneuvers and outmaneuver enemies with ease. However, their weakness lies in close-quarter combat and ground-based engagements. Sky Captains wield a variety of aerial weapons such as machine guns, rocket launchers, and bombs.
Stat Bonuses: +3 Agi, -1 End, -1 Str, +1 Vit.
I want to create a table of [AMOUNT] guilds or classes such as [GUILD/CLASS] that includes possible stats for each class. Is that something you can help me with?
ME: I want to create a table of seven guilds or classes that Hadley might be in like occultist, adventurer, sky captain, and such that includes possible stats for each class. Is that something you can help me with?
ChatGPT: Sure, here’s a table with some possible guilds/classes for Hadley to choose from and their corresponding stats:
|Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma
|Dexterity, Stamina, Perception
|Leadership, Piloting, Navigation
|Intelligence, Mechanical Aptitude, Technical Skill
|Strength, Dexterity, Combat Skill
|Intelligence, Perception, History
|Charisma, Negotiation, Diplomacy
Note that these are just suggestions, and you can modify the stats or guilds/classes to fit your story and game world.
I need a master list of stats that will apply to the entire game, no matter what guild or class. Stamina, health, money, intelligence, navigation, and more. Can you create this list for me?
ME: I need a master list of stats that will apply to the entire “Diesel Dynasty” game, no matter what guild or class. Stamina, health, money, intelligence, navigation, and more. Can you create this list for me?
ChatGPT: Sure, here’s a list of stats that could apply to the entire game:
- Stamina: Determines how long a player can engage in physical activities without getting tired or exhausted.
- Health: Determines the amount of damage a player can sustain before they die or need medical attention.
- Money: Determines the amount of currency a player has to spend on items, weapons, and equipment.
- Intelligence: Determines a player’s problem-solving ability, critical thinking, and mental acuity.
- Navigation: Determines a player’s ability to read maps, find locations, and navigate through terrain.
- Strength: Determines a player’s physical power, allowing them to carry heavy items, break through barriers, and defeat enemies in close combat.
- Agility: Determines a player’s dexterity, reflexes, and coordination, allowing them to move quickly, dodge attacks, and perform acrobatic feats.
- Perception: Determines a player’s ability to detect hidden objects, traps, and enemies.
- Charisma: Determines a player’s social skills, persuasion, and ability to influence other characters.
- Luck: Determines a player’s chance of success in random events, critical hits, and rare item drops.
Can you create a piece of dialog where a disembodied voice tells [CHARACTER] about [GAME MECHANICS].
ME: Can you create a piece of dialog where the voice tells Hadley the rules of the game? As if, suddenly, a voice breaks through her thoughts, welcoming her to Diesel Dynasty.
ChatGPT: “Welcome to Diesel Dynasty, adventurer!” the voice booms through the room, echoing off the walls. “We are thrilled to have you join us on this exciting journey through time and space.”
Hadley blinks, momentarily taken aback by the voice’s volume, but quickly regains her composure. “Uh, thank you,” she says, unsure if anyone can hear her.
“Before we begin, we must first go over the rules of the game,” the voice continues. “First and foremost, there is no respawning. If your character dies, you will be permanently logged out of the game.”
Hadley gulps, the gravity of the situation sinking in. She had heard rumors of games like this, where death was final, but had never played one herself.
“But don’t worry,” the voice adds, seeming to read her thoughts. “We have designed the game to be challenging but fair. You will have plenty of opportunities to level up your character and acquire new gear.”
“Speaking of gear,” the voice says, “it’s time for you to choose your outfit. As an adventurer, you have several options to choose from.”
Acting as if you are a fantasy writer, can you expand the following with detail and description: [BRIEF SCENE BITS]
ME: Acting as if you are a fantasy writer, can you expand the following with detail and description: Hadley wakes up in the game, in a plain equipment room, and looks around. It’s an octagon with glowing display cases that hold outfits.
ChatGPT: Hadley blinks her eyes open, and for a moment, she’s disoriented. She’s not in her cramped little apartment anymore. Instead, she’s in a room that looks like something out of a science fiction movie. The walls are metallic and gleaming, and the only door is sealed shut. Hadley sits up and takes a deep breath, trying to calm the sudden wave of panic that threatens to engulf her.
As she looks around, she notices that the room is octagonal, with eight glowing display cases set into the walls. Each case holds an outfit, and as Hadley approaches, she sees that they’re all carefully arranged to showcase their unique features. There’s one for a sky captain, with a long coat and goggles, another for a fighter, with leather armor and a sword. She spots an outfit for a scientist, with a white lab coat and a pair of thick-rimmed glasses.
Hadley can’t help but marvel at the intricate details of each outfit. They all seem to fit the diesel punk aesthetic, with gears and cogs worked into the fabric, and shiny metallic accents. She realizes that this game is going to be more immersive than anything she’s ever experienced before.
I hope these prompts get your creativity sparking and the words flying! If you’d like to learn more about writing fiction with ChatGPT, check out my book – ChatGPT for Fiction Writing. It’s filled with hundreds of prompts, examples, and explanations for every aspect of the fiction writer’s process.
You can also check out my resources page for more on ChatGPT and prompts.