LitRPG Podcast 165 - Illusionist Bk 2, Alpha World 7, Transformation 2, Shyft, Save Point 2, Into The Game: Dungeon Crawl Quest, and The Land of Trademark Online

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 165 of the LitRPG podcast. For the full show notes visit us at: https://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-podcast-165

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 7 new reviews just for you.

New Releases and Reviews:

Viridian Gate Online: Dead Man’s Tide: A litRPG Adventure (The Illusionist Book 2)

Another good VGO expanded universe novel

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2IHEkbq

Darkhand (Alpha World Book 7)

Resolving some big plot lines, may end soon

Score: 7.4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2HNVZxb

Dark World [Transformation. Book II]

Loses the RPG Apocalypse aspect, but adds monster wave defense

Score: 7.1 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2FZVn5w

Shyft - Book 1 - Defender of Gallowind: (A LitRPG Adventure)

Technical writing fine, but game mechanic issue and repeated information got too frustrating to enjoy

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2u8Kes0

Save Point: Reload (Book 2 - Sci-Fi litRPG Series)

Light LitRPG, but interesting sci-fi

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2CALeK4

Into The Game: Dungeon Crawl Quest: A LitRPG Adventure (Wizard Warrior Quest)

Good start, but in-game story issues galore

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2BMiUnX

The Land of Trademark Online

Parody and Satire of genre tropes, drama, and authors. Come see if your favorite/least favorite LitRPG author is lampooned.

Score: 7.3 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2K1HMOP




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LitRPG News

The Perimeter Defense series by Michael Atamanov is now on Kindle Unlimited program. If you’ve been waiting to try it out, now you can.

https://www.facebook.com/magicdomebooks/photos/a.1224844880864213/2696690713679615/

The author Warlock: Reign of Blood contacted the podcast to let us know he was doing a promotion for his novel in preparation of book 2 coming out in the future.


Edwin here, author of Warlock: Reign of Blood. I'm giving away free copies via Bookfunnel at the moment and wondered if it's something you'd like to share with your listeners/viewers on this week's vodcast?


The giveaway is limited to 100 copies and I have 50 left as of today.

https://dl.bookfunnel.com/uun12atkl2

S.L. Rowland, author of Pangea Online series and Sentenced to Troll,  was interviewed by the JVJ podcast recently.

http://jvjpodcast.com/?name=2019-04-02_s_l_rowland_224.mp3&fbclid=IwAR30dI7Y0hoURwcPIdeLLdcktAv7XnV59AZZsTFH0Xav1dMsx3JVYN59jaE

Jeffrey Falcon Logue, author of the Slime Dungeon Chronicles, has released an update on the side scroller game he’s making based on that property. It has a variety of monsters, new locations, new slime powers, and some pretty great music.

https://youtu.be/EM8ftuBjNFU

Falcon also showed off some early cover art for the 2nd book in his new Dungeon War series.

https://www.facebook.com/falconstories/photos/a.323344688002079/873341286335747/


If you haven’t heard of ebook.bike, it is a website that lets its users post pirated ebooks for anyone to download. Not only do they list files, but actively promote popular pirated titles for people to download. The piracy site has a ton of authors including including many LitRPG ebooks. Travis Robert McCrea, the site founder and manager, has also regularly been accused of ignoring Take Down and DMCA notices sent by authors.

His response to the accusations?

“If people don’t think that I am upholding my duties as a web developer or the website owner to prevent copyrighted material from entering my website ... take me to court,” he said. “I’m confident that I’m upholding the letter of the law.”

(https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2019/03/09/authors-irritated-by-smug-defence-of-vancouver-website-they-say-is-stealing-their-work.html )

Well, John Van Stry, author of the Portals of Infinity series, Valen’s Legacy series, and Days of Future Past series, has had enough and is suing the founders and managers of that site. He’s already invested over $19K of his own money in the legal battle with piracy site eBook.Bike.

Now, John Van Stry has started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover future legal costs associated with the battle and readers and authors have responded. He’s raised $20K of the $30K goal in just a few days, which reflects the sheer frustration that authors have had with the site.

On a related note,  Travis Robert McCrea tried to also do a GoFundMe to cover his side of the legal expenses but it was shut down, likely because it violated some terms of service or because of user complaints

You can read a little about many author’s issues with McCrea and his responses at the link below.

https://www.gofundme.com/bring-ebookbike-to-justice

http://eroticauthorsguild.org/1-main.pdf

https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2019/03/09/authors-irritated-by-smug-defence-of-vancouver-website-they-say-is-stealing-their-work.html

Charles Dean has issued a challenge. If his favorite fan group, Spoiled Rotten Readers gets 300 followers by the end of April, he will do some special performances that will be live broadcast for all to enjoy. In his own words:

If we reach 300 members for spoiled rotten readers by the end of April, I shall pull a Chris Johns and narrate / sing and little. I’ll try to rope Jeff Hays and Annnie into the narration, so we can do a mini play with one of the books. Don’t worry about them finding out, they ignore tags.

The group is currently at 251 of the needed 300 followers. So, if you’re like me and want to see the author of War Aeternus and the Bathrobe Knight do some fun skits and songs, please join the group. Full disclosure: Charles is a friend of mine and I really just want to see him do silly things live on the air.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/541733016223492/


Out Now!

Dungeon Bringer 2

https://amzn.to/2YIfiwS

Battle Royale Online: A LitRPG Adventure

https://amzn.to/2K6Dfeg

The Founders: Start of Time

https://amzn.to/2HXktnx

Aeon Chronicles Online: Book 2: Devil's Waltz

https://amzn.to/2K6AMAn

Hero of Naught: Re-Mastered (Everlife)

https://amzn.to/2IddFRX



New LitRPG Audiobooks

Coast on Fire: An Apocalyptic LitRPG - The System Apocalypse, Book 5

https://amzn.to/2IcfZc4


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Music Credits

"Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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