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18th Mar '18 1:19:12 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/WildArms''
** Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}'' with the Adventure Book quest: you have to find eleven books detailing a children's story and then read the assembled story to a certain little girl. The entire story is told with text and still frame pictures, and while not long enough to be a proper book- let alone span eleven books- it's still quite a substantial text compared to the RPG standard.
** There's another one like this in ''[[VideoGame/WildArms1 Wild ARMs: Alter Code F]]'', though it's quite a bit more random than the ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}'' version.

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* ''Franchise/WildArms''
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''VideoGame/WildArms'': Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}'' ''VideoGame/WildArms3'' with the Adventure Book quest: you have to find eleven books detailing a children's story and then read the assembled story to a certain little girl. The entire story is told with text and still frame pictures, and while not long enough to be a proper book- let alone span eleven books- it's still quite a substantial text compared to the RPG standard.
** There's another one like this %%** Happens in ''[[VideoGame/WildArms1 Wild ARMs: Alter Code F]]'', though it's quite a bit more random than the ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}'' ''VideoGame/WildArms3'' version.
13th Feb '18 1:22:37 AM PaulA
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* In ''Pitfall Planet'', the characters will occasionally come across books containing diary entries by an earlier explorer -- which is to say that each book contains exactly one diary entry. Lampshaded in one entry:
-->...Oh, and also I found a huge stack of notebooks to use as a back-up in case I lose my diary. I have a bad habit of writing one entry and then losing the diary.


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* Queen Mary's Dolls' House, constructed in the 1920s, was designed as an authentic miniature version of the stately homes of the period, with everything being as real as possible for the size, including working plumbing and light fittings. The library of the Dolls' House contains books that can be opened and read, each containing a single poem or short story.
31st Jan '18 7:26:49 AM BeerBaron
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* Averted in most of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games, in which every book shown is readable, and books often just contain backstory and lore sometimes not even related to the particular games' storyline. Other times, they contain [[InGameNovel full-fledged short stories]]. They do cheat a bit by padding the shelves with multiple copies of the same book.
** The exception to this is ''The Lusty Argonian Maid''. Yes, because it is exactly what it sounds like.
*** That, and ''Boethiah's Pillow Book'', which is entirely represented by:
-->No words can describe what you see. Or [[HeadTiltinglyKinky what you think you see]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', various books throughout the game hinted what days to summon Daedric Princes and what to expect from it. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' does not have complicated summoning that requires specific storm-less days, and the only remnant in Vvardenfell's selection of literature is referenced in ''Invocation of Azura''.
** Skill books even contain these stories, instead of just adding to the skill.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
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Averted in most of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games, throughout the series in which every book shown is readable, and books often just contain backstory and lore sometimes not even related to the particular games' storyline. Other times, can be read, though they contain [[InGameNovel full-fledged short stories]]. They do cheat a bit in some cases by padding the shelves with multiple copies of the same book.
book. These [[FictionalDocument documents]] range from full blown [[InGameNovel In-Game Novels]] like the ''2920: The Last Year of the First Era'' series, ''The Real Barenziah'', ''King Edward'', ''A Dance in the Fire'', and ''The Wolf Queen'' to religious texts such as ''For My Gods and Emperor'' and ''36 Lessons of Vivec'', to numerous historical works which help fill in the thousands of years of backstory, to simple notes handwritten by the world's inhabitants to make the world feel more alive (you can literally find the grocery lists of [=NPCs=]). Many of the histories presented within the game [[UnreliableCanon are contradictory and at odds with each other]], leaving it up to the reader to piece together the history of Tamriel for him/herself. For tropes relating to these works, see ''Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks'' page.
** The exception series' Skill Books, which [[RareCandy instantly raise one of your skills by one when read]], also contain short stories related to this the skill. For example, ''The Armorer's Challenge'' is about a competition between two armorers and, naturally, it raises your Armorer/Smithing skill. ''The Marksmanship Lesson'' is about an unconventional archery instructor and, naturally, raises your Marksman/Archery skill.
** Some books are also simply there for fun:
*** One notable example
is ''The Lusty Argonian Maid''. Yes, because it is exactly what it sounds like.
Maid'', written by the CampGay (though technically bisexual) Crassius Curio. It centers around a character named [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue Crantus Colto]] and his...interest...in his, well, [[LizardFolk Argonian]] maid. A quest in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has you attempting to find actors willing to be in it. (''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' adds a sequel, as well as a GenderFlipped version for the ladies, ''The Sultry Argonian Bard''.)
*** That, and Another is ''Boethiah's Pillow Book'', which is entirely represented by:
-->No --->''"No words can describe what you see. Or [[HeadTiltinglyKinky what you think you see]].
see]]."''
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', various books throughout the game hinted what days to summon [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes Princes]] and what to expect from it. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' does not have complicated summoning that requires Later games drop the requirement of specific storm-less days, days and circumstances to summon the only remnant Daedric Princes, though mentions of them exist as [[TheArtifact Artifacts]] in Vvardenfell's selection of literature is referenced in certain in-game books (such as the ''Invocation of Azura''.
** Skill books even contain these stories, instead of just adding to the skill.
Azura'').
6th Oct '17 2:05:24 PM MisterApple
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In extremely rare cases, the in-game information is in fact as realistically long as you'd expect it to be. In those cases, it's known as the InGameNovel; even an in-game novel, however, can overlap with this trope, since they're often unrealistically short two-or-three page affairs. A PamphletShelf might be FlavorText, when the information isn't necessary to understand the plot.

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In extremely rare cases, the in-game information is in fact as realistically long as you'd expect it to be. In those cases, it's known as the InGameNovel; even an in-game novel, however, can overlap with this trope, since they're often unrealistically short two-or-three page affairs. A PamphletShelf Pamphlet Shelf might be FlavorText, when the information isn't necessary to understand the plot.
20th Aug '17 6:52:56 PM DRCEQ
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* Books in ''VideoGame/EverQuest2'' are usually extremely detailed. If the book is written by any race who values record keeping, scientific study, or has lofty imaginations for story telling, then you can expect a book to be many paragraphs long. If the race is more primitive, like orcs, then you can expect the contents to be brief.

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* Books in ''VideoGame/EverQuest2'' ''VideoGame/EverQuestII'' are usually extremely detailed. If the book is written by any race who values record keeping, scientific study, or has lofty imaginations for story telling, then you can expect a book to be many paragraphs long. If the race is more primitive, like orcs, then you can expect the contents to be brief.
20th Aug '17 6:51:28 PM DRCEQ
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* Books in ''VideoGame/EverQuest2'' are usually extremely detailed. If the book is written by any race who values record keeping, scientific study, or has lofty imaginations for story telling, then you can expect a book to be many paragraphs long. If the race is more primitive, like orcs, then you can expect the contents to be brief.



* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' and its sequels.

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* %%* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' and its sequels.
17th Aug '17 9:18:23 PM Abodos
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** Of all the various in-game books in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the most notable example of this is King Rhoam's diary. He wrote in it from the day his daughter Zelda was born up to the day she turned 17, yet it only contains fairly accounts of a handful of notable events. Zelda herself has a set of research notes and a diary that are similarly sparse, but it's a bit more justifiable in her case, as she spent much of her time out in the field and thus would have been away from her desk more often.

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** Of all the various in-game books in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the most notable example of this is King Rhoam's diary. He wrote in it from the day his daughter Zelda was born up to the day she turned 17, yet it only contains fairly brief accounts of a handful of notable events. Zelda herself has a set of research notes and a diary that are similarly sparse, but it's a bit more justifiable in her case, as she spent much of her time out in the field and thus would have been away from her desk more often.
25th Jun '17 6:12:13 PM Abodos
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'', the starting town has a library where eight books are laid out for reading. One is them is a world map, but all the others barely contain a paragraph of text each. In particular, when you combine the fact that the "secrets" book only contains two lines of text with the fact that you need a magnifying glass to read it, it might as well have fit inside a fortune cookie.
* Taken to its irrational conclusion in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. The grandmother in the inn offers to read you one of two bedtime stories. The longer tale of the two could easily fit on one or two pages of a real book. The process of listening to the story takes ''twelve ingame hours'' and requires you to equip a magical mask if you don't want to fall asleep in the process.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'', the starting town has a library where eight books are laid out for reading. One is them is a world map, but all the others barely contain a paragraph of text each. In particular, when you combine the fact that the "secrets" book only contains two lines of text with the fact that you need a magnifying glass to read it, it might as well have fit inside a fortune cookie.
* ** Taken to its irrational conclusion in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. The grandmother in the inn offers to read you one of two bedtime stories. The longer tale of the two could easily fit on one or two pages of a real book. The process of listening to the story takes ''twelve ingame hours'' and requires you to equip a magical mask if you don't want to fall asleep in the process.process.
** Of all the various in-game books in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the most notable example of this is King Rhoam's diary. He wrote in it from the day his daughter Zelda was born up to the day she turned 17, yet it only contains fairly accounts of a handful of notable events. Zelda herself has a set of research notes and a diary that are similarly sparse, but it's a bit more justifiable in her case, as she spent much of her time out in the field and thus would have been away from her desk more often.
12th Apr '17 6:01:19 PM eroock
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-->--'''''Webcomic/CaptainSNES''''', [[http://www.captainsnes.com/2002/06/25/152-wish-i-could-get-that-much-sleep/ #152: Wish I Could Get That Much Sleep]]

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-->--'''''Webcomic/CaptainSNES''''', -->-- '''''Webcomic/CaptainSNES''''', [[http://www.captainsnes.com/2002/06/25/152-wish-i-could-get-that-much-sleep/ #152: Wish I Could Get That Much Sleep]]
22nd Mar '17 3:50:06 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Spyro}}: Shadow Legacy'', various books have the plots of previous games, or other in-game information, boiled down to about three sentences.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Spyro}}: Shadow Legacy'', ''VideoGame/SpyroShadowLegacy'', various books have the plots of previous games, or other in-game information, boiled down to about three sentences.
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