The last thing Jack Daw remembers is falling asleep at his desk. When he awakens, he is trapped in the procedurally generated open world of a computer role playing game. Befriended by the beautiful runaway slave girl Sai, Jack must use his ability scores, the luck of the dice and his knowledge of every video gaming trope and exploit he's ever encountered to beat the game. If only he hadn't rolled a bard.
My Opinion: 44 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited
Short story, published in 2017. Found it through Ray and the LitRPG Audiobook Podcast. Apparently someone published an audiobook version of this 44 page story.
It’s very over priced at $2.99 for 44 pages but makes a good kindle unlimited read. It starts out a little esoteric but quickly shifts to the introduction of a RPG game. There’s a good bit of action, gamer jokes, and banter with the tutorial AI. Most of the story is slice of life but it’s still entertaining. The RPG mechanics are somewhere between a MMO and table top RPG and you see more of them towards the end of the story.
It’s a cute story and the end was entertaining. I can't ask for more from a short story.
Score: 7.2 out of 10