Since his game review video series Zero Punctuation took off, Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw has jumped into a variety of ventures to capitalize on his internet fame: first with still unlaunched program Game Damage, then Australian pub Mana Bar, and now a new novel titled Mogworld, set to be published this August by Dark Horse.

Mogworld is a comic fantasy novel written in "the tradition of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett with a video game twist", as it follows a minor character in a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game:

"In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about sixty years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all.

On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds: angry mobs of adventurers, a body falling apart at the seams and a team of programmers racing a deadline to hammer out the last few bugs in their AI."

In fact, Amazon now has Mogworld available to preorder for about $8 - not bad.

[Via Laughing Squid]