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;book settings to use for dnd

bookworm things

If you follow me on Twitter or my personal Instagram accounts, you might have noticed that I’ve started playing Dungeons & Dragons. I’m loving it, playing a character and building a rapport with other players. It’s as fun as watching Critical Role – and honestly, I’m already planning to use dice rolls as a way out of plot holes I may write myself into, at least for the first draft of my stories.

book settings to use for dnd

The thing about the game is that the worlds you put your story in can be from the official books, or homebrews. That is to say, stories that the Dungeon Master build themselves. In those cases, one can take existing stories – or book settings, in this case – and create something around it.

I got to thinking, which book settings would I love to create a game in? And this is the result. There have been so many diverse stories with awesome worldbuilding recently, and these are a few I think would be so fun to play a game in.

  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.
    Magic and mythology make for a great start to building a story for a game, and this book has both in wonderful parts. Whether one sets their game during the events of the novel or before or after, it will exist in an already rich world and can only be made better with the players’ creativity.
  • Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao.
    Another already rich setting, and a familiar tale. Honestly, would be fun to try and set another fairytale-type story within the frames of this world, but a Dungeon Master could use their own imagination however they wish.
  • Descendant Of The Crane by Joan He.
    No list would be complete for me without this these days. The world is so lush, and, no spoilers, there are so many ways to create a game within the frames of this world.

There are many more, but at the moment, these are the ones I would love to either use to build a game or to play a game in. And if you are interested in getting into Dungeons & Dragons, there are some great introductions on YouTube. And if you just want to watch a game? The Critical Role crew have some really fun one-shots! The Honey Heist trilogy are hilarious, and there is a one-shot that was inspired by Harry Potter called Club Of Misfits.

Does anyone else play Dungeons & Dragons? Any books you think could be used as a starting point for building a game?


I’m Ara, a Southeast Asian writer who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. I love books and food and television and blogging and I get distracted and sidetracked easily.

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