Top 5 Novels That Should Be Games

It’s no secret that, traditionally, video games have crappy plots. It seems that more and more video games are full of Cliche protagonists, mixed with forgettable backdrops, and campy villains. There have been exceptions to the rule, and with the upcoming release of plot heavy games like Mass Effect and Bioshock, it seems that the gaming industry is making strides in the right direction. So what else can developers do to improve the entire game experience? Without hiring vast teams of writers, how can they portray a quality story? To find that answer, all they have to do is look towards the movie industry.

The movie industry is also known for cheap, unbelievable plots. So, how do they deal with it? They use critically acclaimed novels as the basis for their movies. It makes perfect sense. This method works well for the most part, but sometimes the true spirit of the novel gets lost in translation. Yet, those same movies that fail to grasp the spirit of the written literature are used as the foundation for video games. Titles like Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many others are guilty of failing to inspire the same passion as the original written works. So what you are left with is a game that was based off of a movie, based off of a novel. Why does the gaming industry need the middle-man?

So without further ado, here are my top 5 novels that should be made into games. Check the list after the jump.


#5: The Eye of the World – by Robert Jordan

Basic Premise: The return of the Dragon means both liberation and destruction. The forces of good and evil are preparing for the final battle, and three friends from a small town are caught up in the conflict. This is the first in the acclaimed Wheel of Time series.

Why it would be awesome: Robert Jordan’s richly-crafted world stands arguably at the top of modern fantasy work. Jordan’s use of magic in his world is incredibly compelling, and the execution of those ideas would make for a really incredible RPG experience. Too many games have you learn a spell by reading a book, (Basically just double clicking on an item; hey! I know how to throw fireballs out of my hands!) Jordan’s method of weaving would greatly improve the way we learn spells.

Why this novel over others? The Wheel of Time series has already been realized into a video game. There may be arguments against the series being on this list, as George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series is considered superior by some. I chose Wheel of Time over the others because the previous game made for the series merely hinted at the greatness that a true rendition of the novel would produce.


#4: Starship Troopers â$” by Robert A. Heinlein

Basic Premise:
In one of Heinlein’s most controversial bestsellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry.

Why it would be awesome:
The suits worn in the novel are basically powered-suits. These suits enable the soldier to hover for short periods of time, fire flame-throwers out of their arms, and shoot nuclear-powered rocket launchers. You are basically the basic Terran Marines from Starcraft, only much cooler.

Why this novel over others?
This choice might be harder to understand. Yes, they made a movie. Yes, they made a game based on the movie. Do me a favor, go read this book, and tell me if the movie does it even an iota of justice. It’s hard to really put into words how much better the book is than the movie. Let’s put it this way, if you took the novel by Heinlein, and then had your dog eat it, the remaining parts you would find in the yard represent the movie.


#3: The Gunslinger – by Stephen King

Basic Premise:
The Gunslinger is the first volume in the Dark Tower Series, which King considers to be his Lord of the Rings. The story centers upon the gunslinger, who has been chasing after his adversary, “the man in black”, for many years.

Why it would be awesome:
Roland, the gunslinger is an interesting and unique character that would translate well into the gaming world. Imagine a western shooter, with fantasy elements. The draw here is that you could basically have the visual quality of Frogger, and the story itself would still bring an amazing experience.

Why this novel over others?
The western genre in gaming has never really hit its stride. While a few developers have tried to catch the Clint Eastwood quality in their characters, nobody embodies those traits better than “the gunslinger”. Even for those of you that are not fans of Stephen King’s horror work, the Dark Tower series is an amazing joy to read.


#2: I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson

Basic Premise:
The book opens with the monotony and horror of the daily life of the protagonist, Robert Neville. Neville is apparently the only survivor of an apocalypse caused by a pandemic of a bacterium the symptoms of which are very similar to vampirism. He lives in a house fortified against nocturnal attacks by the roaming infected, and sallies forth by daylight to kill the sleeping vampires.

Why it would be awesome:
Racing against the clock to fortify your house and supplies during the daytime, along with Neville’s solitary-induced psychosis would promise a thrilling experience. The real beauty here is that you would really feel like your home in the game is your only true place, and would immerse the gamer into the world like never before.

Why this novel over others?
It’s been stated that I am Legend is the basis for all current zombie material. Countless books, movies, and games have been based off of themes portrayed in this classic novel, but none have really done it justice.


#1: “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card

Basic Premise:
In a future where mankind has barely survived two invasions by the “buggers”, an insectoid alien race, the world’s most talented children, including the extraordinary Ender Wiggin, are taken into “Battle School” at a very young age to supply commanders for the expected Third Invasion.

Why it would be awesome: The true experience of Battle School centers around a game played in zero gravity. In the simplest terms, this game is a zero-g version of laser-tag. While that might not sound like much, the execution of that idea in the book makes for one of the most interesting ideas for a video-game that has yet to be realized.

Why this novel over others?
While not only being a classic of modern science-fiction, Ender’s Game itself is suited perfectly for the world of video games. Video games show up all over the book, from the game the cadets play, to all aspects of battle school life. The world crafted in Ender’s game is the most obvious choice for a game adaptation, thus making it #1 on my list.

So there you have it. I’m sure this will spark much debate over what other novels should be considered. But if you take nothing else away from this article, I urge you to read all of these books. The fiction market is saturated with crappy literature, and these books really stand hands-above so many others.

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81 Comments on Top 5 Novels That Should Be Games


On June 12, 2007 at 2:41 am

Great choices.. I knew Ender’s Game had to be on this


On June 12, 2007 at 6:42 am

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On June 12, 2007 at 7:22 am

I am so happy to see Starship Troopers here, the movie almost disgraces the book. Especially the 2nd one.


On June 12, 2007 at 10:07 am

Yeah, it would be nice to have more game base off of books. I great Star Wars game would be “Therefore I am” the Tale of IG 88. Who doesn’t want to play as an assasin droid and violently slay organics?


On June 12, 2007 at 10:23 am

Asimov’s Foundation universe would be sweet for a action/rpg. ah well mass effect will do.


On June 12, 2007 at 10:24 am



On June 12, 2007 at 12:13 pm

I agree with a few of your choices.
Ender’s Game would be a great choice personally I loved the books. Also I
agree with Sam the Starship Troopers movie’s did suck and definitely the second one. I would have to say I would be a little skeptical toward Starship Troopers on the 360 though.

Kevin Murphy

On June 12, 2007 at 2:20 pm

“It’s hard to really put into words how much better the book is than the movie.”

And yet, Heinlein presumably managed to do precisely that.


On June 12, 2007 at 8:54 pm

What about Snowcrash, now that would be cool!

Steve Klein

On June 12, 2007 at 8:56 pm

I think Robert Jordan should be taken off the list. He’s a complete rip-off of Tolkien in more ways than one.

Otherwise, I like the choices. Ender’s Game 0g has some great strategy pieces that is different in 3d space, could be a great game.


On June 12, 2007 at 8:58 pm

You forgot neromancer..they did make a old dos game outta that book but a more recent game would be nice.


On June 12, 2007 at 8:58 pm

I am Legend by Richard Matheson FTW!

John Jones

On June 12, 2007 at 8:59 pm

Actually, Starship Troopers was more a book about politics than it was a book about war. Still, a great read, don’t know how the politics aspect would translate into a game though.


On June 12, 2007 at 9:01 pm

Actually I don’t think Enders Game would be that good of a video game.

The Hyperion series would be a awesome adventure game though.


On June 12, 2007 at 9:03 pm

I don’t know if this one is a top novel but i think rogue clone would make quite the game.

Some Guy

On June 12, 2007 at 9:03 pm

Uh, Wheel of Time was already made into a game. Also, A Song of Ice and Fire is superiour on all levels to that soap opera of a series. Robert Jordan is a horrible author.


On June 12, 2007 at 9:04 pm

I Am Legend is already a movie (even if it isn’t a game yet). The main character is played by Will Smith.

I saw the trailer for it in Ocean’s 13.


On June 12, 2007 at 9:05 pm

I Am Legend has already been made into a movie, and they’re doing it again, starring Will Smith, and it comes out this December.


On June 12, 2007 at 9:06 pm

Old Man’s War. Better than Starship Troopers, same style.


On June 12, 2007 at 9:06 pm

Old Man’s War by Scalzi. Better than Starship Troopers, same style.


On June 12, 2007 at 9:15 pm

The Dark Tower series is amazing. The best books I’ve ever read. Same goes for Ender’s Game.


On June 12, 2007 at 9:17 pm

Though I have enjoyed reading The Gunslinger and the other 6 Dark Tower books, there is clearly not enough action to base a game off it. More interestingly I think would be to take the characters and place them in a GTA style free roam enviroment. Create a massive world and allow Roland to wander the Earth in a way fitting of the whole series. Certainly I would LOVE to ride Blaine the mono in any game! My 2 cents.


On June 12, 2007 at 9:17 pm

A few books that seriously need a game treatment:

George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice” series would make a great one-player Oblivion-type game, especially with the huge world and interesting characters that he has crafted in his novels.

Even though his books have received some sort of game treatment, Raymond Feist’s books are good contenders for video games. I am a huge fan of his “Rise of the Merchant Prince” series which chronicles two sides of warfare, the physical and the mental. Imagine the trading and building up of stores similar to “Sid Meier’s Pirates” mixed with covert-style warfare.



On June 12, 2007 at 9:19 pm

Wait lemme get this straight… the reasons Enders Game should be made into a video game is because it has a bunch of video games in it? Im not knocking this persons choice of books, especially because I’ve only read 1.34 of them, but their reasons WHY these books should be made into games are terrible. And the Wheel of Time already got its game, and Starship Troopers the book and Starship Troops the movie should never be compared to each other and respected in their own rights (but yes, the book is arguably better than the movie, all things considered). Im not saying youre wrong, its just that youre reasons for thinking youre right… suck. Hard.


On June 12, 2007 at 9:21 pm

If your looking for Science Fiction type I would Love to see an Honor Harrington Space Combat style game. As for Fantasy, how about the Wi’tch series by James Clemens?


On June 12, 2007 at 9:21 pm

A Clockwork Orange, possibly. Going straight through the storyline wouldn’t work, but basing it roughly on the story could


On June 12, 2007 at 9:22 pm

If your looking for Science Fiction type I would Love to see an Honor Harrington(David Weber) Space Combat style game. As for Fantasy, how about the Wi’tch series by James Clemens?


On June 12, 2007 at 9:26 pm

Uh so do you not realise that a game was developed about the Wheel of Time?

Obviously it was not that popular – but was very well reviewed for its very good story

P Chen

On June 12, 2007 at 9:29 pm

You forgot The Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.. ridiculous good story and perfect for a game like setting

Teh Bagder

On June 12, 2007 at 9:31 pm

The first two have already been made into games, both of which are FPS. The “Wheel of Time” game was a departure from the norm of FPS because of the inclusion of greal objects that you could pick up and use throughout. The Starship Troopers game isn’t too bad either, but it’s requirements stopped it selling well at the time. Both are well worth picking up, and I don’t play a lot of FPS games.


On June 12, 2007 at 9:34 pm

Hey all…

I would love a I Am Legend game. Actually, I thought same thing as you when I saw the movie The Omega Man starring Charelton Heston. The Omega Man is apparently based on a Mary Shelly novel The Last Man.

It’s all a pretty standard theme, but it would make for a great game. I love the fortification idea…Kinda like a nightmare Pikman…


On June 12, 2007 at 9:34 pm

2 words… Chtorr Wars!


On June 12, 2007 at 9:35 pm

I completly agree with you on I am Legend, that would be a terrifing and sad game, but the gameplay would be great.


On June 12, 2007 at 9:37 pm

Atlas Shrugged, quick before it becomes a movie


On June 12, 2007 at 9:39 pm

Private Cosmos
Lavalite World
Gates of Creation
Maker of Universe
(all by Philip Jose Farmer)

(John Steakley)

World of Tiers series by Farmer would make a GREAT video game. Armor would make a good movie (if done right)


On June 12, 2007 at 9:40 pm

i am so glad to see the gunslinger here! i have become so sick of waiting for a good film/game adaptation of this that i am considering just making it myself!!!


On June 12, 2007 at 9:44 pm

“There may be arguments against the series being on this list, as George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series is considered superior by some. I chose Wheel of Time over the others because the previous game made for the series merely hinted at the greatness that a true rendition of the novel would produce.”

I am a fan of both series but feel Martin’s SoFaI would make the
better game. The variety that could come from an RPG with Martin’s
emphasis on the political system of his world crossed with the
hack slash of the Wall would go over well with a large audience.

Do love the idea of an Ender Battle room game though. With the current
gen console’s using controller positioning as a method of
controlling could make for an amazing simulation.


On June 12, 2007 at 10:00 pm

Actually, Starship Troopers was already made into a video game. Before everyone yells, “No that was based on the movie that was nothing like the book”, I’m not talking about that version. I’m talking about a game written for the TRS-80 Color Computer back in 1982:

When I saw the movie Starship Troopers, it took me about half the movie to figure out where I had heard the story before… it was the from the video game made two decades previous. Kind of weird.

But to be fair to the author of this article the Color Computer game is very old and, as far as I know, was the only video game based on the book.


On June 12, 2007 at 10:07 pm

No…no no no. All of these are good books, and I can’t see one of them being a good game. Gunslinger…waaaay too convoluted, not to mention abstract. What would it be, a point-and-click adventure game? I definitely can’t imagine in it being an FPS. As much as I am a huge Ender’s Game fan, the only aspect of that book I can see being it’s own game would be the battle school arena matches. The rest of it, just not very game friendly. Robert Jordan? I played that FPS…awful. Maybe if a stronger developer could pick it up again, but that series started to suck around book 5 if I may say so. Ok. Starship Troopers, based on the books, minus the political ironic dissertation-esque sections on the benefits and weaknesses of a military state, might be a fun game…with sweet power-suits.


On June 12, 2007 at 10:22 pm

I just finished reading Lesser Minds: The Michael Enslow Project by Matthew Clairmont. It’s his first crime fiction novel, about a gifted-but-troubled university student, a sadistic professor, and a suious double-murder. The neat thing about the book is you aren’t convinced about who is the antagonist and protagonist until the end, and even then it is a surprise. It’s not just another mystery novel, it truly is a psychological thriller.

The perspective in the book changes and translates into video game format well. We could see the crimes from the POV of the student, the mentor, or the detectives as they try to solve the case. The book also makes a social statement about knowledge and evil, and therefore would make a great game, someday.


On June 12, 2007 at 10:59 pm

How about instead of ender’s game being made into game, they make it into an anime? I like anime better than way hollywood makes movies, but i dont really think it would work as a game. so i say anime.


On June 12, 2007 at 11:06 pm

I saw the title for this on digg and Ender’s game immediately came to my mind, I know that OSC(author) has been wanting to get a movie of it going for quite a while but he has been running into problems because he wants to have final say and wants it to be like the book and not turned into a hollywood action movie – as that isn’t what the book is. I would love to see a battle room game but that is the only part of the book that would make a good game. Perhaps one of the Bean-line sequals would make for a good game because it involves more action. Man Ender’s Game rocks.

fat free milk

On June 12, 2007 at 11:20 pm

Great, great choices there, Bubba.


On June 12, 2007 at 11:24 pm

dosn’t enders game sound alot like halo?


On June 13, 2007 at 12:06 am

How about some free roaming open ended massively destructive Ringworld goodness? I’d like to use the solar laser meteor defense on unsuspecting floating cities…

Darth Weder

On June 13, 2007 at 12:09 am

It may sound weird but I would almost kill for a game based on the first halo novel. Space battles with those ships….it seems so right! But i guess i’m going to have to settle for halo wars :sad:


On June 13, 2007 at 12:28 am

I don’t know if you guys realize this or not, but Starship Troopers has already had at least two games made about it. There’s the recent FPS which I heard sucked–Then you have a nearly ten year old squad based strategy game by microprose. (I think) Even though the game got kinda’ repetitive in the later levels and lacked multiplayer; it was seriously fun. Flesh it out a bit and update the graphics and I have yet to find a squad based game that comes close.


On June 13, 2007 at 12:34 am

Although I haven’t read any since middle school or junior high, but Brian Jacque’s Redwall series would make a great RPG or even a puzzle game like Myst. There would not be as much action as most games, even for an RPG. I do have to agree that Ender’s Game would be a good game. When I first saw this link, the book immediately popped into my head.

Esther N.

On June 13, 2007 at 1:59 am

Sorry, but except for “I am Legend” those were horrible choices. “Ender’s Game” was a manipulative, small-minded book, and a game would only prolong the books forgetting. Gawd, horrible, horrible book. The Extremes by Christopher Priest could be the basis of a great game. And it’s a far better book than E.G., but just about everything is.


On June 13, 2007 at 2:33 am

The Wheel of Time would indeed make a great game. I’ve worked with one for 15 years at – the world is diverse, large and full of sides and factions that would lend itself to an outstanding MMORPG.

In terms of what’s been done with it already, there are some games listed at

Jared TV

On June 13, 2007 at 7:07 am

Starship troopers has already been made in to a game – 2 times! 1st was a kickass albeit hard to find RTS game where you travel across the various planets (it’s an incredibly fun game, it’s based on the movies a bit more) and the 2nd is an FPS (that was supposedly rated as buggy).


On June 13, 2007 at 7:20 am

Hell yes the gunslinger would be awsome in a game and in a movie as well has anyone read the comics yet? great post


On June 13, 2007 at 9:09 am

Wheel of Time IS a game already, sorry. It was released a while ago, but definitely already exists. Sorry, do more research before definig a list like this


On June 13, 2007 at 9:30 am

I would definately play the “Eye Of The World” no matter what.


On June 13, 2007 at 11:53 am

the “Altered carbon” series- by richard k morgan. Maybe the plot form the books themselves wouldn’t work (well maybe the last book) but certianly the universe has a lot of potential. Cheating death by uploading into new bodies. Having your consciousness hypercast across the galaxy and uploaded to a new hightech custom vat grown combat body when you get there. the potential for a massive MMO is awesome.

and making snowcrash by neal stephenson into a game would rock as well


On June 13, 2007 at 11:55 am

also tom clancy’s red storm rising would make a great RTS


On June 13, 2007 at 12:19 pm

What? Dark Tower lands in at only #3? It would make such a great game, especially with all the events that were not in the books, but mentioned.

But that “I am Legend” book looks very intriguing….Thanks for some book recommendations in addition to this nice list =)


On June 13, 2007 at 1:22 pm

frist off thanks for including starship troopers, sometimes i feel like im the only one whos read it. i been hoping for a game based on THE BOOK, not the movie for quite some time. and personally i think it would be very difficult to do a game based on ender considering how the final battles were portrayed. when i read it i imagined something like asteroids.

Chaos Motor

On June 13, 2007 at 2:09 pm

Nobody ever mentions Robert E. Howard’s Conan novels.

Speaking as one who has read all of them, the Conan series would make a fantastic RPG. There’s such a vast landscape there that you could make the first game the first or first and second books, and just continue on in that fashion, roughly following Conan’s treks from Hybernia to his wars on the followers of Set to his kingship to reclaiming his kidnapped queen to adbicating his throne for more adventure. It’s such an incredible world that Mr. Howard developed, and perfect for a game series.

It would, however, be VERY easy to screw up, by disregarding the source material and established character history and making up some kind of BS crap non-Conan story with Conan’s name on it like usually happens.

How hard is it to REQUIRE your developers to read the source material before they start designing their games? It wouldn’t take them more than a few weeks to get through ALL Mr. Howard’s material, and that would ensure accuracy. Even just reading the first book or two would be enough to get the first game accurate.


On June 13, 2007 at 2:30 pm

The first novel I thought of is ENDER’S GAME, and sure enough it’s there :mrgreen:


On June 13, 2007 at 3:13 pm

One word: Dune


On June 14, 2007 at 12:14 am

2 words JRod >> been done


On June 14, 2007 at 9:08 am

hey jackass, starship troopers is already a game. :lol:


On June 14, 2007 at 9:15 am

what about splinter cell?


On June 15, 2007 at 12:30 pm

“Wheel of Time IS a game already, sorry. It was released a while ago, but definitely already exists. Sorry, do more research before definig a list like this”

The article clearly states that the Wheel of Time is already a game.

Next time read the article before you accuse people of not doing enough research.


On June 16, 2007 at 12:24 am

Actually, with books like enders game and such, i wouldnt want them as a game, as it probably wouldnt be very good, and thus, ruining the experience for many.. Also: WTF EOTW is a game? lol… wonder how theyre gonna handle the completely branching storyline with how many characters? 500 or so?


On June 16, 2007 at 3:52 pm

They should make a video game out of Harry Turtledoves Southern Victory series or Worldwar. That would be good games to play


On June 17, 2007 at 7:17 pm

Wow. I need to read more books. I will read that cowboy book though.


On June 17, 2007 at 9:56 pm

Man the entire Wheel of time series should be made into an Oblivion type game with touches of WoW to make it an MMO. I would literally crap my pants if someone made WoT into a game. It is a game…but you play as a Aes Sedai apparently without the ability to channel because you run through the game only using ter’angreal. I mean what kind of Aes Sedai cant channel? But seriously. 5 parts of the one power and all five have to be used in different weaves. Some people are different strengths in different parts of the one power. THIS IS BEGGING TO BE MADE INTO A GAME AND IM BEGGING TO PLAY IT! Seriously. If anyone works with a game company and you know wants to make it I would so help test it/make ideas/lick your boots. PLZ MADE IT INTO A GAME PLZ PLZ PLZ PLZ PLZ!!!!!!


On June 18, 2007 at 9:58 am

Personally, I would rather the game manufacturers hired established fiction writers to create the game plots. Raymond Feist did this for the Betrayal in Krondor game series, which went over so well that he later wrote the novels to cover the game stories. There was nothing groundbreaking in any of those games in terms of game play, but the story made all the difference, and they were very good games because of it.


On June 28, 2007 at 6:09 pm

wht bout ’300′
tht wod be ggrrreeeeaaatttt :cool:


On June 29, 2007 at 5:16 am

Starship troopers IS a game just google it…


On June 29, 2007 at 9:14 am

How about Heir Apparent? That whole book is about a kid who gets trapped in a video game and has to play her way out. It was pretty awesome.


On June 30, 2007 at 9:22 pm

The Gunslinger would be an awesome game! I never heard of “I am legend” before, but it sounds like it’d be a great game. Heck, they’re all great choices.

A very good idea over all.


On July 3, 2007 at 10:58 am

I think you’re forgetting this great series I started reading. It’s about this guy named Master Chief and he tried to destroy this thing called a Halo. It’s a great book and would be an even better video game.


On July 3, 2007 at 5:38 pm

I never would have thought about The Dark Tower series being a game…. and yes it would make a fantastic game. Stephen King should stop letting Hollywerid make crap movies of his novels and let Ubisoft, Bethesda, or Blizzard do a great game for him.

Also, I saw that somewhere up there someone mentioned that the George R.R. Martin books would make a great game. They sure would, and I thought that I heard something about this being a possibility in the future – of course I heard this four years ago – same with the Drizzt books by R.A. Salvatore. That was supposed to become a game as well – I hate it when they get my hopes up and then murder them with a rusty bacteria infested ax.



On July 26, 2007 at 1:28 pm

both #5 and #4 are games. #4 was a mod I worked on for quake back in comp-sci in 96-97ish which was never released, which ended up becoming a game recently. (we had really cool weapons in it, like a lazer that would bounce off walls, and a carpet bomb which would lay a minefield behind you as you ran)

I loved WOT and when the game came out, I bought it, but i remember it sucking so badly i never played it again.


On January 29, 2008 at 2:18 pm

One of the best sci-fi book series ever would make an amazing video game:
Peter F Hamilton’s Nights Dawn Trilogy. If you’ve not read it, go get it, it’s fantastic.


On January 29, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Ender’s Game is getting a game:


El Pollo

On February 6, 2008 at 1:47 am

Starship Trooper was a very good book, although it did have more to do with ideas on sociaty, politics, and the military. A better Book-Turned-Game would be Armor which has the same idea with power suits and bugs but its the opposite of Starship Trooper in that it has much more action and less talk. GO ENDER!


On April 1, 2008 at 6:21 am

Just wanted to mention this Conan game especially in view of Chaos Motor’s comments above. In beta, but it has a lot of the MMORPG crowd excited.

I’ll still maintain that The Wheel of Time is the one that’s absolutely dying to be done. Perfect for a MMORPG, I could build the business case for one quite easily. If us developers from wotmud can do it whilst having zero budget, a proper, commercially backed venture could make a killing with it.