I first heard the name Chuck Tingle in this famous Twitter conversation in which authors John Scalzi, Neil Gaiman and Chuck Tingle chipped in to help Patrick Rothfuss name a book.
The resulting title? The Wise Man’s Butt.
Only researching for this article did I discover that Dr. Chuck Tingle is a man (probably) of mystery.
He says he’s from Home of Truth in Utah, and that’s a small and isolated religious commune. The author also says he’s a taekwondo grandmaster from Billings in Montana.
That’s not all, Tingle says he has a PhD in holistic massage from DeVry University. The University offers no such degree.
What we do know is that Chuck Tingle writes gay niche erotica, self publishes it via Amazon and that list now includes The Tingleverse: The Official Chuck Tingle Role-Playing Game. You can buy it now.
Tingle’s first books appeared in 2014. They are;
The RPG looks to be in the same style, with a bare-chested and cowboy hat dinosaur-man front and centre. On the left is a stretching bigfoot and, surprisingly, a barebacked elf woman on the right. Black tentacles with hooks and suckers are rising up from the bottom of the page.
At the time of writing, The Tingleverse has entered Amazon.com’s top 10 selling fantasy gaming books; ahead of pre-orders for Descent into Avernus and the D&D Core Rulebook gift set.
There’s no mention of system or mechanics, but the book is nearly 300-pages long.
A perfect Christmas gift. Right?
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