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17th Feb '18 2:46:37 PM jlt314
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The success of the new genre sparked the creation of a new subgenre named [=RealRPG=] which is essentially this trope. A RealRPG work is defined by the protagonists finding themselves in a reality governed by RPG rules (with other genres possible). This is most often either the work of some higher entity moving people into such a world, or this entity just changing reality as the protagonists knew it, turning Earth into essentially a game server.



* ''[[https://ficbook.net/readfic/5403359 Misadventures]]'' (''Злоключения'') is a Russian web original inspired by ''God and Devil World'' by Zi Chan Bao Zeng, with a few twists. Here, the zombie apocalypse happened and most of the survivors got game interfaces. The main protagonist, however, has been caught by the game interface during an '''involuntary''' BrainUploading. Said upload was set to go into a character of some VR game. Thus the protagonist left his body and finds himself magically grafted into the now real body of a chainsaw-wielding magical girl. The new gamified reality is also connected to a few well-known game realities. [[spoiler: Note that the work is strictly NSFW due to strong inspirations from art by supersatanson.]]



* ''Playing to Live'' by D. Rus. VR technology in this setting comes with the "take-off" phenomenon, which causes irreversible BrainUploading to players who stay in too immersive VR games for too long. Some people use it benevolently, e.g. giving terminal patients a chance to live a healthy life. Some "take off" to flee from the law. And the game stops being just a game when for the first time a person dies during the "take off", the [=NPCs=] go off their scripts, and governments' black-ops troops start duking it out with fantasy demons. [[spoiler: The "take-off" carries more than mere data, moving the immortal souls into the games. Thus, the games become independent worlds of this trope, and the Spark of Creation of the human souls means that the demons looking to march across the boundary and to Earth are now very real.]]
*''God and Devil World'' (occasionally translated as ''System of Gods and Demons'') is a Chinese original (also occasionally declared a ranobe) series of 8 books written by Zi Chan Bao Zeng. The premise of the series is that a zombie apocalypse happens, but with a twist - all those not turned into a zombie receive game interfaces, turning the world into a massively multiplayer RPG reality.
* ''Small Group Tactics'' by A. Zaytzev. A pretty large group of random people find themselves transported into another reality, given game interfaces, divided into factions and pitted against each other in more or less a blood sport. This is one of the earliest and of the most recommended works of the genre.
* ''Buffer'' by M. Dulepa. Something happened and now some people have powers straight from RPG games. The protagonist finds himself wielding the abilities of a support class from a game in a rapidly changing world.
* ''To the Flip Side'' by S. Davydov. The world didn't end, it just began to behave like a MMORPG. The protagonist refers to his chaotic life as a "trip down the rabbit's hole".
* ''World of Karika. The First Player'' by A. Yemel'yanov. The gods began a game by grabbing some of the not so decent people from our world and dropping them into another, where reality obeys RPG laws. With a major difference - this "server" has permadeath.
* ''Gears of the Apocalypse (More Timber Required!)'' by Y. Georgievich. Several groups of humans find themselves - and several other species - in a likely artificial world. The world behaves close to the WarCraft series of games (i.e. RTS with RPG components).
* ''Dark Paladin. Beginning'' by V. Makhanenko. Commonly to the RealRPG genre, our world has just suddenly switched gears and is now running like a MMORPG. The protagonist finds himself with a mortal enemy, a class which ignores you and a conga of "from the frying pan into the fire" situations.
* ''The Very First'' by M. Svetlyy. "Congratulations, you have joined the game!" was the message every living human received, and this is about to completely change the world. Notable as the protagonists' declared objective is to find out who is responsible for the gamification of reality.
* ''Dirty Games'' by M. Bulyukh. While "Dirt" started out as just a next-generation VR MMORPG, it has apparently become something more. As Hell and Heaven suddenly find out, when players die while connected to "Dirt", their immortal souls can not leave the game, essentially creating a new dimension. While both Powers-that-Be are inherently interested in claiming those souls, the AI running the game has decided that it would be much better off by going insurgent and taking it's own shot at divinity.



* ''Webcomic/TheGamer'' has an interesting example in that the setting as a whole apparently isn't RPGMechanicsVerse; it's more that the main character's superpower is to interact with the world as if it were one.

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* ''Webcomic/TheGamer'' has an interesting example in that the setting as a whole apparently isn't RPGMechanicsVerse; it's more that the main character's superpower is to interact with the world as if it were one. Interestingly enough, the protagonist's ability is contagious.
16th Jan '18 12:06:58 PM Aquillion
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* ''Webcomic/FourCutHero'': As part of the setting's general parody of fantasy RPG settings. Damage numbers will appear for some attacks, and occasionally characters will have levels and stats shown to give a sense of the situation.
1st Oct '17 9:51:11 AM nombretomado
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* TheIntercontinentalUnionOfDisgustingCharacters (IUDC) is an entire novel (with two sequels) set in this type of world. The RPG in question is 1st and (later) 2nd Edition AD&D.

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* TheIntercontinentalUnionOfDisgustingCharacters ''Literature/TheIntercontinentalUnionOfDisgustingCharacters'' (IUDC) is an entire novel (with two sequels) set in this type of world. The RPG in question is 1st and (later) 2nd Edition AD&D.
20th Sep '17 6:26:43 AM crashkey
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/Persona4''. Occasionally characters will explicitly state that they've leveled up after gaining enough experience.

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* Played with Brief example in ''VideoGame/Persona4''. Occasionally characters will explicitly state that they've leveled up after gaining enough experience.
19th Sep '17 12:23:36 AM Doug86
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has occasional jokes along these lines, most specifically in "Ignition Point", where Finn and Flame King explicitly refer to the ''Franchise/DungeonsAndDragons'' alignment system and experience mechanic when discussing the possibility of Finn bringing Flame Princess over to Good.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has occasional jokes along these lines, most specifically in "Ignition Point", where Finn and Flame King explicitly refer to the ''Franchise/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' alignment system and experience mechanic when discussing the possibility of Finn bringing Flame Princess over to Good.
17th Sep '17 1:32:39 PM legendaryweredragon
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* The YouTube channel [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHsRtomD4twRf5WVHHk-cMw TierZoo]] humorously applies this trope to RealLife animals by describing animals as if they were character classes in a game and giving viewers advice on how to [[MinMaxing optimize their builds.]]
9th Sep '17 9:03:24 PM sgamer82
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* The even older ''Anime/MahoujinGuruGuru'' features characters who [[KleptomaniacHero steal objects from random places in homes]] and badges on their chests which indicate their experience level.

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* The even older ''Anime/MahoujinGuruGuru'' ''Manga/MagicalCircleGuruGuru'' features characters who [[KleptomaniacHero steal objects from random places in homes]] and badges on their chests which indicate their experience level.
27th Aug '17 4:48:40 AM jormis29
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* ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' uses the rules and setting for {{Exalted}} Second Edition, with some house rules thrown in, in a similar manner to Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick.

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* ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' uses the rules and setting for {{Exalted}} ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' Second Edition, with some house rules thrown in, in a similar manner to Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick.
3rd Aug '17 8:17:23 AM Kekkama
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* The webfiction ''Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests'' universe features stat-windows, levels, jobs, classes, and other game-like features in propper LitRPG fashion.
2nd Aug '17 7:53:33 AM CosmicFerret
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** In classic ''DragonQuest'' tradition, keeping track of experience requires regularly visiting someone (an old crone in this case) who keeps track of your kills. Beet got tired of this, and so appeared horribly underleveled when he first reappeared after the prologue.

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** In classic ''DragonQuest'' ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' tradition, keeping track of experience requires regularly visiting someone (an old crone in this case) who keeps track of your kills. Beet got tired of this, and so appeared horribly underleveled when he first reappeared after the prologue.
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