November is, as you may or may not know, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). As the name suggests, the goal is to write a novel in one month. Well, writing’s not really what we do here, so instead we’ll be having a tribute to literature with a Novel-Based Games Month, or NoBaGaMo for short.
We’ll be playing games based on works of literature or characters from it, as well as interactive fiction. You can find the list of this month’s games here. Visual Novels don’t count unless they’re also based on existing literature, and we’re also excluding games based on comic books or graphic novels (that would lead to a strong overlap with our super heroes theme from a few months ago).
This month we’ll even count points again based on your achievements and playtime, but we have a new sort of kind of almost maybe finished feature, so you don’t have to post in a submission thread anymore, just set the games to completed or beaten and we’ll see your progress.
Do I have to participate in this month’s theme?
No, as with every theme, these are merely suggestions for anyone who is unsure about what to play next. If you already have a battle plan for your backlog and/or don’t like this month’s theme, you’re free to ignore it.
What happens if I don’t participate in the monthly theme?
What happens if I play all the games from the theme list this month?
I don’t own any of the games from the game list, how can I still participate?
The game list is most likely incomplete. If you own or know of any other games that might fit this month’s theme, feel free to suggest it under the corresponding post.
I already played all the games I own from the theme list, should I play something again to participate?
If it was an awesome game and you’d like to replay it, sure, go ahead. Only replaying it for the theme won’t help you with your backlog though, so if that would be your only reason you should probably think about trying something else instead. (Although, if you have absolutely nothing else to play, you can still do that, I guess …)
Can I just write a novel instead?
Sure, go ahead. Please don’t forget to share it with us :)