LitRPG Podcast 179 - Hunter's Dream Online, Player Reached the Top, Village of Noobtown, Axe Druid Book 3

 

LitRPG Podcast 179 - Hunter's Dream Online, Player Reached the Top, Village of Noobtown, Axe Druid Book 3

July 12th, 2019

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 179 of the LitRPG podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 4 new reviews just for you. Everything this week is slice of life, but still good.

New Releases and Reviews:

Hunter's Dream Online: Book 1: Ascension (08:54)

Middle of the road, slice of life, necromancer MC

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2XqUPej 

Player Reached the Top. LitRPG series. Book I (12:24)

Trapped in a high level zone, Russian serial without a real ending

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2JjHZdK

Village of Noobtown: A LitRPG Adventure (Mayor of Noobtown Book 2) (18:45)

Same good humor, and town building, with a slightly rushed ending.

Score: 7.7 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2xBA70Q 

Into the Hells (Axe Druid Book 3) (22:42)

Continues a good slice of life series that finally resolves a few plotlines.

Score: 7.3 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2XmsY3A 


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LitRPG News

Tao Wong dropped some art commissions he had done for his character Mikito (System Apocalypse) in some armor. One traditional, the other more sci-fi armor. Both very cool looking. Check out his Facebook page for the larger pictures. 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/taowongauthor/photos/ 


Out Now!

 

Morgana: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.4)

https://amzn.to/2LFwD5z 

Gloominess +1: Gleam of Darkness. A LitRPG Adventure: Book 1 

https://amzn.to/2Ji1lA4 

Eight-Bit Bastards: Level Two (Eight Bit Bastards Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2XN6uo0 

Extension (Game World Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2LN1rBn 


New LitRPG Audiobooks

The Phoenix of Altria: A LitRPG Series - Digital Sorcer: Book Two

https://amzn.to/2NOWc72 

Monster Hunt NYC: The Monster Hunt NYC, Book 1 

https://amzn.to/2JtZ6tx 

Sanctuary: Underworld, Book 3

https://amzn.to/2NRMZL2 

Elven Accord - Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 4

https://amzn.to/2NRiO6O 

The Realm Between: Two Brothers - Realm Between Series, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2NKsVtV 

Save Point: Upload - Sci-Fi litRPG Series, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2XWlHal 

Relict Legacy - Earth Force, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2XDvWB6 

Upcoming LitRPG:

Skyflare (Rise To Omniscience Book 3) (July 12th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2LPon31 


Beast Queen: A LitRPG/GameLit Action Adventure (Monster Slayer Online Book 2) (July 15th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2FAeB0A 

*Sequel to the Goblin King*

Arcane Kingdom Online: The Fallen City (A LitRPG Adventure, Book 3) (July 16th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2xGHG6i 


The Time Master (Interworld Network Book I): LitRPG Series (July 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2GEOaYw 

Controlling The Goddess (Chronicles Of KieraFreya Book 2) (July 19th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2JqZAPN 

Cannibal. Demon of the Mind. A Post-Apocalyptic Survival LitRPG Series (July 23rd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2vXMWBM 

Quest for Vengeance: A LitRPG Saga (Hero Online Book 1) (July 24th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Jb8GjE 

Raze (The Completionist Chronicles Book 4)

(July 26th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Xnqvkv 

Sky Realms Online: Grayhold: A LitRPG Adventure

(July 30th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2NkrTEW 

Imprisoned Online: Gaming the System (A LitRPG Adventure Book 1) (July 31st, 2109)

https://amzn.to/31HiGcR 

Shade's First Rule (Divine Apostasy Book 1) (Aug. 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2XNxlEj 

Hero GO! (Champion is Playing Book #3) LitRPG Series (Aug. 5th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Q8tqf5 

Invasion, book 1: A Second Chance (Aug. 8th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2JMldgn 

Eden's Gate: The Ascent: A LitRPG Adventure (Aug. 10th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Jg0LS4 

Dungeons of the Crooked Mountains (Underdog Book 1): LitRPG Series (Aug. 12th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2IS40QJ 

Scamps & Scoundrels: A LitRPG/Gamelit Adventure (The Bad Guys Book 1) (Aug. 15th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/31trFOZ 

Dragon Heart: Iron Will. LitRPG wuxia series: Book 2 (Aug. 22nd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2RRGczm 

Shadow Sun Expansion: Shadow Sun Book Two (Aug. 29th, 2019)

A Check for a Billion (Galactogon Book #3): LitRPG Series (Aug. 30th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2xwL0Re 

Zones of Alacria: The Dragon Gate: Epic GameLit / LitRPG (The Experimental Alchemist Book 1) (Aug. 31st, 2019) 

https://amzn.to/2MpEJ4d 

First Song 2 (Aug 2019)

A Game of Villains (World of Karik Book #1) Dystopian LitRPG Series (Sept. 2nd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2WJlDel 

Cliffs of Eldimar: A GameLit/LitRPG Adventure (Kazaran Online: Cerulean Server Book 2) (Sept. 6th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2RXzU1d 

Blood of Fate (World 99 Book #1): LitRPG Wuxia Series (Sept. 9th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2KMK8A0 

Onto New Releases and Reviews


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New Releases and Reviews


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Hunter's Dream Online: Book 1: Ascension

With his chance to join the world's first VR MMORPG, Robin takes the class of necromancer in a world of constant conflict. Facing off against gods, monster and other players. Will he be able to stay the tide of destruction and save the village he swore to protect or will Ignis and his guild prevail and lay waste to the land? Join Robin, his undead companion Charon, and his friends as they take on the world and other players! Dungeons, pvp tournaments, large scale battles, and a deer leasing agent named Chester.This is Hunter's Dream.


My Opinion: 247 pages, $4.99, Available On Kindle Unlimited


A good slice of life story about a guy that is playing a fantasy VRMMO as a necromancer. He creates character, grinds XP, figures out his powers, and groups up for some quests. There's a novel goal and hints at something for a series but this is still action adventure. 


There are fairly regular technical writing issues. Mostly punctuation stuff like: Missing quotes, periods and commas in the wrong places, missing dialogue tags, small things like that. The author says that he’s fixed many issues, but it may not have been pushed to people with the novel already.


Combat is pretty good but occasionally disorganized and hard to follow. There are a couple instances of game mechanics not being followed exactly as described, but nothing story breaking. For the most part the RPG progression is nice and I liked where the necromancy class stuff went.


Overall, a fine middle of the road good slice of life LitRPG story with a necromancer MC. Perfect for anyone that wants a story they can pick up and put down at their leisure.


Score: 7.2 out of 10

Hunter's Dream Online: Book 1: Ascension

https://amzn.to/2XqUPej 



Player Reached the Top. LitRPG series. Book I

Two Thousand Forty-Four. The world of games changed long ago.


"Ascension" has become one of the most popular VRMMO games. It is a huge world divided into a hundred Floors, with each Floor a boundless location with its own countries, tribes, and millions of players.


The object of the game is to unlock all the gates and conquer the top.


Having joined the game, Will Thomson doesn't realize that he is all by himself. Then he accepts the first quest ...


Cursed Rat: level 46 ... 


My Opinion: 509 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


According to the novel description, this is a translation of a popular Russian series with over 300 chapters in the original version and a planned 1000 chapters. As a translation expect some translation or technical writing issues occasionally.


This is a multi-narrative story that switches between the main character (MC) and the higher level stuff he's trying to get through, and other players. The MC is a new MMO player that starts in a high level area by accident instead of a starter town. He has to figure out a way to level, gets skills, and money when even the rats are 40 times his level. The other POVs are particular clan leaders looking to find out who the MC is, or just random players used to tell a short story or develop a quest line background.


I liked the initial thoroughness of the story. There weren’t any illogical cheats or OP abilities. For example, the MC can't afford the high level gear or items on his level so he finds a friend who spawned on a lower level to send him gear and level appropriate stuff. Still the MC has to grind social quests because he initially can't survive the combat quests. This shifts a little bit as the story hits the midpoint and the MC gets a little higher level and is able to contribute to combat, eventually getting unique skills and equipment from the high level quests.


The actual game mechanics are fairly standard and are picked up from MMOs. There are lots of item and skill descriptions and the MC levels up eventually picking a class buying skills and equipment. Mid to late story, the actual leveling up becomes less important and is used mostly to show the power difference between the MC and the monsters or other players. The bigger game progression comes from gaining unique skills and equipment that changes the way the MC fights and adventures. 


The end of the story isn't really an end as much as a pause. The novel description mentions that this is only a small part of a much longer serial and this ending reflects that really just pausing the adventure at a convenient place.


Overall pretty good, as long as you’re not expecting a traditional novel structure and don’t mind a few translation issues.


Score: 7.6 out of 10

Player Reached the Top. LitRPG series. Book I

https://amzn.to/2JjHZdK 


Village of Noobtown: A LitRPG Adventure (Mayor of Noobtown Book 2)

Well, it could be better. Jim and his literal shoulder demon have survived, so far, by the skin of their teeth. 


After finding a long-abandoned starter village, Jim has begun the process of rebuilding his town. Unfortunately, for our favorite adventurer, the threats he now faces are far more complicated than mere monsters. The poor Noob has to deal with angry townsfolk, trade negotiations, and a talking badger.


With goblins and bandits also sniffing around, will Noobtown, I mean Windfall, survive?


My Opinion: 551 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Overall a good sequel too book 1. The beginning is a little tedious,  but it is meant to be to reflect the reality of trying to run a town and address the daily needs of a large group. But it is also not super fun to read. After the 6% mark things get back to more adventuring and it’s better. The big highlight of the story is the humor which returns and even increases as the MC has another companion to banter and joke with. There is a lot of good town building mechanics as town gains 3 levels and Mc can select town specializations and perks. Good RPG progression from the MC as he expands into the magic classes, I particularly liked the biological aeromancy jokes. The end of the story felt a bit rushed, with several of the story threads being resolved with in few pages when their setup took chapters.


Score: 7.7 out of 10

Village of Noobtown: A LitRPG Adventure (Mayor of Noobtown Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2xBA70Q 



Into the Hells (Axe Druid Book 3)

Hunting for allies. A rescue mission that goes against the natural order. Time to delve deep.


Zeke and his friends have a final few obstacles standing in their way before they can try and find a way into the Hells. Everything to this point has been an effort to rescue their buddy, Balmur. One obstacle happens to be a mythical beast that might sooner eat than help them, but no big deal… right? Beyond that, all the group needs to do is find the hidden city of the High Elves and convince them to join their cause.


Searching and survival: if only it were that easy. Now there is active opposition to their goals of saving not only this world from War’s influence but Earth as well.


Will a hungry beast be picking its teeth with their bones? Even if they survive long enough to search for Balmur, the best case scenario is the team diving Into the Hells.


My Opinion: 419 pages, $5.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review, but purchased a copy when it became available. 


A good continuation of the series. Still a little light on RPG progression sometimes, but an entertaining story. There’s good crafting and more of a solo story in the first quarter which is a nice counterpoint to the large scale battles and group stuff. Novel is still very slice of life with random-ish adventures and quests, but it does make some solid progress on several storylines established in books 1 and 2. 


Score: 7.3 out of 10

Into the Hells (Axe Druid Book 3) 

https://amzn.to/2XmsY3A 



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LitRPG Podcast 178 - Merchant of Death, Slimegirl, The Crafter's Dungeon, Collecting The Goddess, Nora Hazard Book 3

 

LitRPG Podcast 178 - Merchant of Death, Slimegirl, The Crafter's Dungeon, Collecting The Goddess, Nora Hazard Book 3

July 5th, 2019


Hello everyone, welcome to episode 178 of the LitRPG podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 5 new reviews just for you.


New Releases and Reviews:

Merchant of Death: A LitRPG Adventure Series (Eternal War Online Book 1)

I like the idea, but was disappointed by the execution.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2NhBpZC 

Slimegirl

Not for me. Funny dialogue but lots of VR High school dating drama.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Jcg9z9

The Crafter's Dungeon: A Dungeon Core Novel (Dungeon Crafting Book 1) 

Good dungeon core story with crafting.

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Fl2d4s 

Collecting The Goddess: A LitRPG Adventure (Chronicles Of KieraFreya Book 1) 

More of a VR adventure story with RPG progression that didn’t matter to the story

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2LnwSSB 

Nora Hazard Book 3 - Accounts Payable 

A good action packed ending to the series

Score: 7.7 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2IQKMeo 



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LitRPG News

The Crafter's Dungeon: A Dungeon Core Novel (Dungeon Crafting Book 1), came out last week and it did great hitting top 200 on Amazon. Congrats to Jonathan Brooks for his successful launch.

https://amzn.to/2XfotYG 

Tao Wong, author the System Apocalypse series and the Adventures on Brad series, is going to DragonCon this year. In an announcement on Facebook and his blog he said that in addition to attending this year he was going to be bringing signed copies of this novels for fans that wanted to purchase them. He has a list of things to do if you want to reserve a physical signed copy on his site. But yaay Tao is coming to DragonCon with signed LitRPG books.

http://www.mylifemytao.com/dragoncon-signed-books/?fbclid=IwAR0CbE0tSOaJiccciDdWhPupciG5y_KA16a7JlRJ13HZP3CxObYcuf43H1o


Out Now!

 

Project Alpha: Book 2 

https://amzn.to/2IAu2YT 


Guardian Craft: Primeval: Book One

https://amzn.to/2xrwYRb 


Hunter's Dream Online: Book 1: Ascension

https://amzn.to/2XqUPej 




New LitRPG Audiobooks


Histaff: A Sci-Fi LitRPG: Skeleton in Space, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2RRH0Eo 


In Search of the Uldans - Galactogon Series, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2Jqd9iw 


Four: The Loot: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel: The Good Guys Series, Book 4 

https://amzn.to/2Jidcgo 


Equalize: A Post-Apocalyptic LitRPG: Ether Collapse, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2LzpYK1 




Upcoming LitRPG:


Into the Hells (Axe Druid Book 3) (July 12th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2XmsY3A 


Beast Queen: A LitRPG/GameLit Action Adventure (Monster Slayer Online Book 2) (July 15th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2FAeB0A 

*Sequel to the Goblin King*


The Time Master (Interworld Network Book I): LitRPG Series (July 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2GEOaYw 


Controlling The Goddess (Chronicles Of KieraFreya Book 2) (July 19th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2JqZAPN 


Cannibal. Demon of the Mind. A Post-Apocalyptic Survival LitRPG Series (July 23rd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2vXMWBM 


Quest for Vengeance: A LitRPG Saga (Hero Online Book 1) (July 24th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Jb8GjE 


Raze (The Completionist Chronicles Book 4)

(July 26th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Xnqvkv 



Sky Realms Online: Grayhold: A LitRPG Adventure

(July 30th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2NkrTEW 


Imprisoned Online: Gaming the System (A LitRPG Adventure Book 1) (July 31st, 2109)

https://amzn.to/31HiGcR 


Shade's First Rule (Divine Apostasy Book 1) (Aug. 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2XNxlEj 


Hero GO! (Champion is Playing Book #3) LitRPG Series (Aug. 5th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Q8tqf5 


Invasion, book 1: A Second Chance (Aug. 8th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2JMldgn 


Eden's Gate: The Ascent: A LitRPG Adventure (Aug. 10th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Jg0LS4 


Dungeons of the Crooked Mountains (Underdog Book 1): LitRPG Series (Aug. 12th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2IS40QJ 



Scamps & Scoundrels: A LitRPG/Gamelit Adventure (The Bad Guys Book 1) (Aug. 15th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/31trFOZ 


Dragon Heart: Iron Will. LitRPG wuxia series: Book 2 (Aug. 22nd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2RRGczm 


A Check for a Billion (Galactogon Book #3): LitRPG Series (Aug. 30th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2xwL0Re 


Zones of Alacria: The Dragon Gate: Epic GameLit / LitRPG (The Experimental Alchemist Book 1) (Aug. 31st, 2019) 

https://amzn.to/2MpEJ4d 


First Song 2 (Aug 2019)


A Game of Villains (World of Karik Book #1) Dystopian LitRPG Series (Sept. 2nd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2WJlDel 


Cliffs of Eldimar: A GameLit/LitRPG Adventure (Kazaran Online: Cerulean Server Book 2) (Sept. 6th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2RXzU1d 



Blood of Fate (World 99 Book #1): LitRPG Wuxia Series (Sept. 9th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2KMK8A0 


Onto New Releases and Reviews


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New Releases and Reviews


(Picture 1)

Merchant of Death: A LitRPG Adventure Series (Eternal War Online Book 1)

After a mission gone awry, secret operative John Taggart’s identity is compromised. He needs to go into hiding until he can afford the surgery to get a new face. All the cash he had left, he invested to buy a hacked virtual reality collar off the black market. For a wanted man such as himself, this is the only way to make any kind of money without further jeopardizing his location and identity.


There’s a problem though. When he first logs into Eternal War Online and chooses his faction, the network detects his unauthorized device and generates a bunch of critical errors. Immediately, there’s a hotfix that is applied and which erases all his selections. John is sent into the Eternal Battlefield, the highest level PvP area of the game—obviously, with no chance of survival.


Limited to one character by collar, John finds himself in a dire situation. With no faction to back him up, he’s a free target for everyone. And with no fighting skills and no gear (except for a pair of cotton briefs), he’s no match for any of the players. 

John will keep dying and respawning in that impossible location. But as he tries to keep to the shadows and stay alive, he will soon find that his strange predicament is not without benefits. For one, his lack of ties to any faction allows him to loot every corpse—which will lead him to unlock secret classes, like: Salvager and Smuggler. Secondly, while every faction has its own language that prevents players from different groups from talking to each other, he’s not restricted by that constraint and can understand everyone.


Unable to join the fight, as every blow sustained results in his instadeath, John will discover that his only chance to start earning some cash will be to partner up with the criminal underworld in the game and set up a salvaging operation. For a fee, he will loot you and return your soul-bound items—allowing you to skip the 6 hour waiting period before they materialize back in your inventory. Also, he will experiment with crafting and creating weapons and enchantments that will start to shake things up in the game.


Obviously, not everyone will take kindly to his bold moves and John will attract the wrath of a few powerful players. But then, you can’t expect to please everyone when you’re making a name for yourself as a Merchant of Death!


My Opinion: 342 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


The cover art is nice and I like the idea of LitRPG story about a merchant. But the execution here was disappointing eventually. It starts out decently but eventually I realized that even though the story has lots of notifications it often feels like the game mechanics are dictated by the story. New rules or exceptions are created to push the story in a particular direction and eventually even those game aspect disappear as the story head to its conclusion.


The story follows one player who gets a glitched character he has to keep. One who can't join the game's three factions and who can't level via combat. So he has to figure out some other way to level and stumbles upon the profession of scavenging and smuggling to get him some levels. You follow him as he tries to make connections between the criminal factions to make money from his unique situation and try to build this criminal empire. Because the MC early on has his ability to fight cut off, there's a distinct lack of action that isn't replaced with anything. Eventually the story loses steam and you get more and more summaries of events eventually leading to a rushed ending that was just disappointing. 


On the game mechanic side, the story is technically LitRPG. The MC starts off with a broken character, but levels up and gets some professions, gains stats, and there are lots of item descriptions in the first half of the story. However, even though these elements exist, as the story progresses you can tell that the game mechanics don’t matter. The story really lost me around the 40% mark. It’s where I first started seeing that the game mechanics of the story getting ignored for some story element. The MC is on a quest to get a rare ingredient and dies over a dozen times. The death penalty that was such a big deal at the beginning of the story (XP loss and penalties and cause his inability to level via combat) just seems to dissapear. Or the MC taking and even using soul bound items that he doesn't meet the level requirements for. As the story progresses past the 66% mark, a lot of the game mechanics and any relevance of level and stats for the MC disappear entirely. There are still some notifications but the RPG progression ceases to exist.


Overall, I like the idea of the story of a merchant focused LitRPG character with a criminal element, the RPG part of this story just didn’t seem to matter to the story and eventually disappears. So, I lost interest cause that’s the part of LitRPG I like. The RPG stuff.


Score: 6 out of 10

Merchant of Death: A LitRPG Adventure Series (Eternal War Online Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2NhBpZC 


Slimegirl

In the year 2101, ISLANDS allows users to become whoever they want to be.


Nineteen year old Sylvi Grohl is excited for her first semester in a new school, but all thoughts of higher education vanish when she starts receiving strange packages at home. Packages she didn't order.


As Sly delves deeper into the underbelly of ISLANDS to find the source of the mysterious packages, she finds herself caught in a dangerous love triangle in a world where she can't tell friend from foe.


Can she unravel the mystery without alienating everyone around her, or will the consequences of her own actions finally catch up with her?


My Opinion: 281 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Ok. Let me say first off, this novel didn’t work for me. But I think the author has potential. At least there were several aspects of the story that I liked, even if on the whole it didn’t work for me.


First, the stuff I liked: 1) The humor. That’s probably the thing that is best about the novel. It has a snarky, fun, bantery sense of humor. Especially between the main character (MC) and her mother. Lots of good banter there and I liked that relationship a lot. 2) There are several RPG scenes, none of which are the focus of the story, but the last two were good. Liked the Taco Bell sponsored heist quest, liked the last PvP fight. 


Onto the stuff that didn’t work for me. 1) The core story is basically a VR Highschool dating drama. Yes, the MC is supposed to be in college, but it really feels like highschool drama since this is the MCs first relationship, first kiss, first time two boys have liked her at the same time and she can’t choose. I’m just not into that kind of story. 2) Next, the RPG stuff felt for the most part like it wasn’t important. It’s just something the MC and her dates do together. Yes, she levels and there is some thought put into her class and race progression, but it doesn’t matter to the story. If  you took those parts out and replaced them with other VR date stuff, the story would be basically the same. It is LitPRG, but you can tell that part of the story wasn’t the focus. 3) Combat while semi-regular, isn’t done well until the last couple RPG scenes in the story. 4) The ending, while kinda tense, was a little bit of a let down when it’s revealed who the bad guy is. With the reveal, the reader is given new information in the form of a flashback showing how this started. It’s something there were no hints about and it contradicts information given previously. I get that it’s supposed to be a big mystery, but the way it was setup the reader has absolutely no chance of figuring it out first, which makes it disappointing. 


Overall, while there are several aspects I liked, the story on the whole just didn’t work for me. You can tell the author was figuring out his style and while it gets ok eventually, it takes a bit. A bit more than I think most people would be willing to wait. However, readers that do like highschool romance drama, may just like this more than me.


Score: 6 out of 10

Slimegirl

https://amzn.to/2Jcg9z9 



The Crafter's Dungeon: A Dungeon Core Novel (Dungeon Crafting Book 1)

Sandra had been a merchant traveling through the human lands of Muriel, though that wouldn’t have been her chosen profession. What she would’ve loved to become was a crafter, producing wondrous creations with her own two hands; however, she didn’t want to become a master in just one craft – she was interested in them all.


Unfortunately, Sandra was born with a deformity in her hands that made them appear frozen in a claw-like pose; as a result, she couldn’t grip anything with any sort of strength or dexterity, meaning that she wasn’t able to craft anything but the most simple of things that required very little in the way of hand-based manipulation. To top it off, while most people could access and manipulate at least one or two of the basic elemental energies, she could see them all – but was unable to manipulate a single one.


Despite these setbacks, Sandra spent the majority of her twenty-six years of life visually learning the processes, techniques, and secret formulas for every aspect of crafting she could discover. And it was that pursuit of knowledge that ultimately led to her untimely death.


Reborn in the shape of a tiny Dungeon Core, Sandra learned about the purpose behind dungeons and Cores from an assigned dungeon helper; at the same time, she also discovered that she had much more freedom than most other Dungeon Cores. The repercussions of her mere existence could end up being far-reaching, but the most important thing she learned had nothing to do with the other Cores, the different races, or even the real purpose behind her being brought back to life as a strange glowing gem.


Sandra didn’t care about any of that, though – all she cared about was that she could finally do some crafting.


This Dungeon Core story contains LitRPG/GameLit elements such as statistics and leveling and a heavy crafting emphasis. No profanity and no harems.


My Opinion: 349 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A good dungeon core story that doesn’t really start the crafting aspect till after the 33% mark. But once it does, it leans fully into that aspect and does a good job of detailing all the possible crafting the dungeon can do and the hints at the larger series plotlines that make it important. The story is plenty crunchy with lots of notifications and game mechanic details and will satisfy the readers that love that stuff. 


Overall, a good dungeon core novel with good crafting, and RPG progression. Though I’d liked to have seen more people run the dungeon. But that seems like something that may be built up future books.


Score: 7.6 out of 10

The Crafter's Dungeon: A Dungeon Core Novel (Dungeon Crafting Book 1) 

https://amzn.to/2Fl2d4s 


Collecting The Goddess: A LitRPG Adventure (Chronicles Of KieraFreya Book 1) 

What is a billionaire heiress supposed to do when all of her older siblings take to business like her parents, proving that business is in their blood?


But not hers.


There are many good choices. Unfortunately, Chloe decided that partying was the right one.


Now a requirement to keep her money requires her to attend daily meetings with the family psychologist—a daily meeting about how she should change her life to change her future.


The worst part? The meetings are before noon, so she has to get up early.


Then he presents her with an offer.


Invest in a new game company and become the first player to stay inside their full-immersion pod.


For two years.


Two years away from her parents looking down on her, and not having to listen to her siblings and their success?


Done. 


There is only one problem…


Chloe’s avatar connects to a Goddess of Retribution who doesn’t remember her past.


Following the rabbit trail of armor to help the goddess will require more responsibility from Chloe than she has ever accepted in the past.


Will she return to being the party girl of her past, or will the Lagarde daughter tempered in fire from her upbringing wake up?


Go up and click Read For Free or Read Now and find out if Chloe Lagarde has what it takes to help a broken Goddess.


And herself.       


My Opinion: 616 pages, $4.99, Available On Kindle Unlimited


Overall, the story felt like a VR adventure story with some notifications and stat increases that didn’t really matter. After the 10% mark, the MC gets a ton of unearned power and is really led around by the nose on her adventures.  


A lot of the story felt like it was paint by numbers or was trying to fit some LitRPG mold instead of being original. Nothing particularly bad, but not really interesting either. The unrealistic behavior for the main character and obvious plot holes that fed into the cyberpunk sub story were just annoying. There’s also this in-game inconsistency between NPCs being aware of the game and not. The established game mechanics are also ignored when the story needs them to be. As the story goes on the RPG progression lessens more and more and you can kind of tell the author got tired of continuing with the RPG mechanics and notifications. 


Storywise, this is only ok. The setup isn’t terrible but there are some really big plot holes and story twists that don’t make sense. Otherwise, it’s random adventuring fighting various bad guys/monsters, making online friends, and fighting with her equipment. Very little world building or character development.


Overall, while this is technically LitRPG, the RPG aspects don’t really matter to the story and this feels more like a VR adventure story. Not bad, but not good either, at least not for me. It feels more like a half effort from an otherwise good author.


Score: 6 out of 10

Collecting The Goddess: A LitRPG Adventure (Chronicles Of KieraFreya Book 1) 

https://amzn.to/2LnwSSB 



Nora Hazard Book 3 - Accounts Payable

The last three years have not been easy for Nora Hazard, but she’s been able to create a new life for herself. Since becoming orb-Bonded, she’s managed to survive, then thrive. She’s mastered her power and grown up during her time as a soldier, even experiencing love.


But circumstances will force Nora to make new choices. Her deal with a powerful demigoddess is coming to an end, bringing new opportunities and new dangers--including secret information about her painful, mysterious past. Her loyalties will be put to the test.


Unfortunately, despite her survivor mentality, her luck is terrible. Trouble seems to follow her wherever she goes. After uncovering a massive plot that directly threatens everything she holds dear, she will be forced into a struggle that pushes her to her very limits.


For Nora Hazard, nothing is ever simple, but she made a promise to someone important to never give up. She’s been wounded in spirit and body, but remains unbroken. Anyone or anything that picks a fight with her or threatens her friends may come to regret it, even a dark god.



*This is the last volume of the Nora Hazard series, which directly intersects with the Delvers LLC series, also by Blaise Corvin.


My Opinion: 329 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review, I purchased a copy when it became available. 


This is an action packed ending to the stand alone Nora Hazard storyline. It not only gives you lots of action however, it does a really good job resolving all the story threads from the series.


Action is a big highlight of this last novel. There’s so much of it, that I’m surprised there was room for character development. The fights are not only good, but they expand the way the MC fights both in groups and solo. Some good stuff here. 


On the game mechanic side, things are light. But the series on the whole has been light in that respect, so it shouldn’t be a surprise. Additionally, there's not as much emotional growth in book three as there was in previous novels. Part of this has to do with the fact that the novel does a multi year time jump so Nora's growth feels done in that respect as the novel starts. For the most part, she ends up being the same powerful, strong character throughout the story. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just another sign that this character has matured in this series. Nora grows in different ways and there are still some nice emotional moments as moments of her past are resolved.


Speaking of resolutions, there's lots of that here. Even stuff that I'd completely forgotten about from the very first book come back around to get resolved. It makes you really feel like the author is trying to give the reader a satisfying ending to the series.


Overall, this was a good ending to the series and I was pleasantly surprised by how the author ended up trying Nora into the Delvers series.


Score: 7.7 out of 10

Nora Hazard Book 3 - Accounts Payable 

https://amzn.to/2IQKMeo 




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Music Credits

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

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LitRPG Podcast 177 -  Awaken Online: Unity, Lord of Creation, The Crafter, Kingdom Come

 

LitRPG Podcast 177 -  Awaken Online: Unity, Lord of Creation, The Crafter, Kingdom Come


June 28th, 2019


Hello everyone, welcome to episode 177 of the LitRPG podcast. For the full show notes visit us at: https://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-podcast-177 


I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 5 new reviews just for you.


New Releases and Reviews:

Awaken Online: Unity (09:14)

A good action side story starring Frank

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2F5GHAU

Star Force: LITrpg (Star Force Universe Book 64) (11:48)

Not LitRPG, feels like a weird marketing scheme

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2LuFGGe 

Lord of Creation (The Universal Struggle Book 1) (13:29)

Decent RPG stuff, but just a meh story where a bunch of stuff happens.

Score:5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Na5nyG 

The Crafter (Book 1): Legacy (17:12)

Not much crafting, but a great story

Score: 8 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2WTDCtN 

Kingdom Come: A LitRPG Dragonrider Adventure (The Archemi Online Chronicles Book 3) (26:10)

A good story for fans of the series

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Gh2kxA 




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LitRPG News


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In personal news, I finally finished writing and editing the 2nd book in the Project Alpha series. I think it’s a really good story that expands on the real life RPG setting established in the 1st book. Good action filled dungeon dives with a variety of themes, neat RPG powers, and some character development thanks to my editors. 


I’m trying a pre-order this time with a release date of July 1st, so not that far, but I wanted to see if there’s a difference. I’m also running a promotional sale for book 1 in the series starting today 6/27 till 7/1 where book 1 will be FREE

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Also on July 1st, 4pm PST. I’ll also be doing a Live Stream on the R.A. Mejia author Facebook page and giving away audiobook codes for Project Alpha Book 1, and doing a Q&A.   


Project Alpha: Book 2 (Out on July 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2IAu2YT 

Project Alpha: Book 1 (FREE till July 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2XtyrF1 

https://www.facebook.com/RAMejiaAuthor/



Lavelle at LitRPG Re-Roll has a new review video, this time of Path of the Necromancer by Deck Davis.

https://youtu.be/MlHTHuleFDU 




Out Now!

 

Shyft - Book 2 - Stealthcaster: (A LitRPG Adventure) 

https://amzn.to/2Ic5iHq 


The Crafter's Dungeon: A Dungeon Core Novel (Dungeon Crafting Book 1) 

https://amzn.to/2Fl2d4s 


Eldritch Night: A Post-Apocalyptic Gamelit Adventure (The Dark Hierophant Saga Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2XCdmbA 


FUTURE MAGE: A Post-Apocalyptic LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2NiiNZq 


Merchant of Death: A LitRPG Adventure Series (Eternal War Online Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2NhBpZC 


Collecting The Goddess: A LitRPG Adventure (Chronicles Of KieraFreya Book 1) 

https://amzn.to/2LnwSSB 


New LitRPG Audiobooks


Star Exile: Singularity: A Scifi LitRPG Adventure

https://amzn.to/2Yetrl3 


Level Up: The Knockout, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2ZX5ZJt 


Alpha Test - Angromoria, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2NhxSuk 


Dungeon World 2: A Dungeon Core Experience

https://amzn.to/2FCvCr3 


Darkhand - Alpha World, Book 7

https://amzn.to/2xioZG0 



Upcoming LitRPG:


Eight-Bit Bastards: Level Two (June 28th, 2019)



Ball of Light - Evolution (June 2019)


Project Alpha: Book 2 (July 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2IAu2YT 


Nora Hazard Book 3 - Accounts Payable (July 2nd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2IQKMeo 


Beast Queen: A LitRPG/GameLit Action Adventure (Monster Slayer Online Book 2) (July 15th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2FAeB0A 

*Sequel to the Goblin King*


The Time Master (Interworld Network Book I): LitRPG Series (July 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2GEOaYw 


Cannibal. Demon of the Mind. A Post-Apocalyptic Survival LitRPG Series (July 23rd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2vXMWBM 


Quest for Vengeance: A LitRPG Saga (Hero Online Book 1) (July 24th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Jb8GjE 


Sky Realms Online: Grayhold: A LitRPG Adventure

(July 30th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2NkrTEW 


Imprisoned Online: Gaming the System (A LitRPG Adventure Book 1) (July 31st, 2109)

https://amzn.to/31HiGcR 


Hero GO! (Champion is Playing Book #3) LitRPG Series (Aug. 5th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Q8tqf5 


Invasion, book 1: A Second Chance (Aug. 8th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2JMldgn 


Dungeons of the Crooked Mountains (Underdog Book 1): LitRPG Series (Aug. 12th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2IS40QJ 



Scamps & Scoundrels: A LitRPG/Gamelit Adventure (The Bad Guys Book 1) (Aug. 15th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/31trFOZ 


Zones of Alacria: The Dragon Gate: Epic GameLit / LitRPG (The Experimental Alchemist Book 1) (Aug. 31st, 2019) 

https://amzn.to/2MpEJ4d 


First Song 2 (Aug 2019)


A Game of Villains (World of Karik Book #1) Dystopian LitRPG Series (Sept. 2nd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2WJlDel 


Blood of Fate (World 99 Book #1): LitRPG Wuxia Series (Sept. 9th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2KMK8A0 


Onto New Releases and Reviews


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New Releases and Reviews


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Awaken Online: Unity


A side quest adventure in the best selling world of Awaken Online!


In the aftermath of Thorn's attack on the Twilight Throne, Frank is in an awkward position. Jason and Riley have outpaced him and everyone is hard at work rebuilding the Twilight Throne, establishing new towns, and trying to get their fledgling manufacturing operation off the ground. Everyone except Frank - who finds himself with no immediate task or goal.


So Frank decides to strike off on his own. He sets his eyes on the north, heading toward the snow-capped mountains that loom over the undead kingdom's border in the hope of improving his shapeshifting abilities.


He soon stumbles into an unexpected adventure. A journey that may unearth the secrets behind his class and finally force him to reach his true potential.


My Opinion: 351 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This is a side quest story for Frank, who you may or may not remember from the main Awaken Online (AO) team. I think it does a good job of highlighting the fact that Frank has had a lackluster storyline in the main series, but really comes into his own in this side story. The story follows the AO format of good early character development, setup of problems, and a very actiony last 30% where it is all resolved in entertaining ways. Of the AO side stories out for the series, this is definitely one of my favorites so far. 


Score: 7.6 out of 10

Awaken Online: Unity 

https://amzn.to/2F5GHAU 


Star Force: LITrpg (Star Force Universe Book 64)

With the problem of the Vargemma being too powerful to dominate, or trust, Cal-com devises an ingenious testing mechanism to weed out those volunteers who are unworthy. A mechanism known as LITrpg.


My Opinion: 90 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Absolutely not LitRPG. This feels like a weird marketing scam. The author’s other novels in the Star Force series seem to have fans, but I’m not sure why he’d label this one as LitRPG if there’s no RPG in any way shape or form.


Score: 4 out of 10

Star Force: LITrpg (Star Force Universe Book 64)

https://amzn.to/2LuFGGe 


Lord of Creation (The Universal Struggle Book 1)

When the thrilling lands of RPGs come to life for Donovan; monsters, dungeons, experience points and leveling up, he is amazed. Never in his life could he have imagined the mysterious and exciting world that awaited him. After conquering a dungeon to rule for himself though, things get real. Stronger and stronger enemies are arising, and a messenger from the underworld brings a horrifying notice. He and his dungeon are to be brought to the underworld, where even his astonishing level is on the bottom of the totem pole.


Then, just as soon as he thinks everything is going well (or at least as well as can be for somebody living in the underworld), he loses it all. But, from the ashes, a new power burns through him. A power only the most powerful titans have even dreamed of wielding. The power of Creation. But alas, nothing is as it seems anymore. All alone in the darkest place imaginable, can he survive?


My Opinion: 317 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Overall, this is kind of a meh story. It feels like a serial story that was written without purpose. A bunch of stuff just happens. Starts with an XP grind, then some dungeon master stuff, then hell, and a hard reset, then some minor kingdom building, eventually towards the end there's an attempt a story with a villain but by then I didn't really care. Most of the novel is just stuff happening. I was never given a reason to care about the MC. The game mechanic varied sometimes being very detailed but other times intentionally vague to justify some story event.


The novel isn't bad, it is just meh without a story to follow.


Score:5 out of 10

Lord of Creation (The Universal Struggle Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2Na5nyG 



The Crafter (Book 1): Legacy

As a ten year old orphan, all Wick ever wanted was money, power, and well, what else was there? Enough is never enough. His father's death left him only with a glass amulet, his trusty spade, and two level one skills. Six months in the backwater city of Outlast, Wick has finally decided to make his move for a brighter future. It may cost him the beating of his life, but he lives by the Sprawler's Code: The strong live long, but the bold get the gold.


Follow Wick on the beginning of his new life as he explores new powers and manipulate anyone foolish enough to get in his way.


Story Does Contain: Male Lead, Fast Pace, Slightly Overpowered Protagonist, Greedy Protagonist, Right of Passage, Multiple Magic Systems, Mystery


Story Does NOT Contain: Harem, Ultraviolence, Horror, Mopey Protagonist


My Opinion: 262 pages, $5.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Despite some small issues, the story is great. I mean I liked it so much, not only did I stay up till 2 am to finish it, but after I just wanted to start it all over again. 


The couple of issues mentioned. I'll admit I was a bit disappointed there wasn't more crafting in this novel. There are also many small technical writing errors including: missing words, missing letters in words, about 1 small error every three paragraphs. The author says that the fully edited version should be updated by July but that he wanted to get this out for fans that were excited to read the finished novel.


Structurally it reminds me of The Name of The Wind with a dual narrative of future MC (main character) and past MC. Future MC is totally badass but doesn’t take away any of the tension from past MC storyline. Past MC story is part coming of age, but also a bit OP story establishing the world, and the journey of how he eventually becomes badass.The world building is simply great and the character development is just top notch. There is not much action or fighting overall, but there is still some great storytelling. 


On the game mechanic side, things are light. The story doesn't involve VR or even being transported to a game world. The MC has grown up in a world where magic has been streamlined and everyone sees notifications specifically for their skills. People have to gather mana or some other source of energy to unlock skill slots and upgrade them. Skills can be found in dungeons or upgraded and then sold at a marketplace. While skills have ranks, people don't. So in that way, the story leans a bit more towards fantasy. But there is still clear power progression and the mechanics there are culturally important and matter to the story. It's just not super crunchy.


Overall, this is just a great story. Honestly, I didn't mind that it wasn't crunchy LitRPG. The world building and just stellar characters kept me entertained. Even days later, I'm thinking about the cool stuff the author could do with the story and the MCs powers. Though if you're someone that gets bothered by technical writing errors you might want to wait till July when the fully edited version is updated. 


Score: 8 out of 10

The Crafter (Book 1): Legacy

https://amzn.to/2WTDCtN 


Kingdom Come: A LitRPG Dragonrider Adventure (The Archemi Online Chronicles Book 3) 

As reward for stopping a serial killer and restoring the Kingdom of Vlachia to its rightful ruler, Dragozin Hector and his queen dragon, Karalti, have earned a noble title, a castle, and land of their own.


There’s only one problem – it’s occupied. By a freaking elder vampire.


Not only has the vampire unleashed the blight of undeath across the land, but Hector's nemesis is on the warpath. His mission? To steal Karalti, kill a god, and use their combined power to become the Insane God-Emperor of Archemi.


Hector never wanted to go back to war, not even in a video game. But now, he must fight to claim his territory from Ol’ Fangface before everything is taken from him - his dragon, his territory, and the woman he loves.


My Opinion: 738 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A good continuation of the series. As the series has progressed, the author has expanded the world building, action, and adventure while maintaining the RPG progression readers expect. There’s an expansion in that area with some RTS unit management mechanics that I thought was neat. I also thought the vampire twist thing was neat too, though I’m not sure where that is going to come into the next book storyline. 


Be aware, there is some sexual content here. It's very skippable though if that bothers you. 


Score: 7.5 out of 10

Kingdom Come: A LitRPG Dragonrider Adventure (The Archemi Online Chronicles Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2Gh2kxA 



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(Music 4)


Music Credits

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

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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LitRPG Podcast 175 -  Ankh, Somerset, Disgardium 2, Home Siege Home

 

LitRPG Podcast 176 - The Scared But Willing, Steel Orc: Player Reborn, Villainess Life, Eight-Bit Bastards: Level One


June 21st, 2019

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 176 of the LitRPG podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have a shorter show this week because I’m recording earlier than normal. I have 4 new reviews just for you.


New Releases and Reviews:


The Scared But Willing (08:43)

From the author of the Dream trilogy. Less military, more RPG fantasy, still has good action and group fighting.

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2WH3Y75


Steel Orc: Player Reborn (A LitRPG Adventure) (19:19)

Beginning is hard to get through, but has good crafting focus mid story, and action ending.

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2MOGatn


Villainess Life: A LitRPG Supervillain Novel (22:15)

Boring super villain stuff, boring RPG stuff

Score: 5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2KtvcHM


Eight-Bit Bastards: Level One (25:37)

Funny, nostalgia based, 8 bit fun. Minimal RPG stuff.

Score: 7.4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2IBxBwA



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LitRPG News



Luke Chmilenko, author of Ascend Online, has released some more commissioned artwork this week including some nice stuff for his characters Molly and Lazarus.

https://www.facebook.com/LukeChmilenko/photos/a.325509011190685/580584485683135/?type=3&theater


The GameLit  Society fan page did a written interview with the author of the Wandering Inn, PirateAba. So, go check that out.

https://www.facebook.com/GamelitSociety/photos/a.565521220634798/623105518209701/



Out Now!

Awaken Online: Unity

https://amzn.to/2F5GHAU

*A side quest story for Frank*



Vines of Ostara: A GameLit/LitRPG Adventure (Kazaran Online: Cerulean Server Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2XIOmfx



City of Freedom (Adam Online Book #2) LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2G1fvDW


Djinn Tamer: Evolution: A Monster Battling GameLit Adventure (Djinn Tamer - Bronze League Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2TTcMQY


Heist Online

https://amzn.to/2WRJoMp


Heaven's Gate: Volume 1 (A LitRPG Adventure)

https://amzn.to/2FjnMCA


Lord of Creation (The Universal Struggle Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2Na5nyG


Second Skin: Pieces: A litRPG Adventure (Second Skin Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2Y0kcEQ


The Crafter (Book 1): Legacy

https://amzn.to/2WTDCtN



New LitRPG Audiobooks


Camelot Overthrown: An Arthurian LitRPG (Camelot LitRPG)

https://amzn.to/2IQ3lhq


Caverns and Creatures: Volume I (Books 1-4)

https://amzn.to/2MXkDOZ


Upcoming LitRPG:



Kingdom Come: A LitRPG Dragonrider Adventure (The Archemi Online Chronicles Book 3) (June 22nd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Gh2kxA


Shyft - Book 2 - Stealthcaster: (A LitRPG Adventure) (June 25th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Ic5iHq


The Crafter's Dungeon: A Dungeon Core Novel (Dungeon Crafting Book 1) (June 27th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Fl2d4s


Eight-Bit Bastards: Level Two (June 28th, 2019)



Ball of Light - Evolution (June 2019)



The Time Master (Interworld Network Book I): LitRPG Series (July 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2GEOaYw


Cannibal. Demon of the Mind. A Post-Apocalyptic Survival LitRPG Series (July 23rd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2vXMWBM


Imprisoned Online: Gaming the System (A LitRPG Adventure Book 1) (July 31st, 2109)

https://amzn.to/31HiGcR


Nora Hazard Book 3 - Accounts Payable (July 2019)



Hero GO! (Champion is Playing Book #3) LitRPG Series (Aug. 5th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Q8tqf5


Invasion, book 1: A Second Chance (Aug. 8th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2JMldgn


Scamps & Scoundrels: A LitRPG/Gamelit Adventure (The Bad Guys Book 1) (Aug. 15th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/31trFOZ


Zones of Alacria: The Dragon Gate: Epic GameLit / LitRPG (The Experimental Alchemist Book 1) (Aug. 31st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2MpEJ4d


First Song 2 (Aug 2019)


A Game of Villains (World of Karik Book #1) Dystopian LitRPG Series (Sept. 2nd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2WJlDel


Blood of Fate (World 99 Book #1): LitRPG Wuxia Series (Sept. 9th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2KMK8A0


Onto New Releases and Reviews


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New Releases and Reviews


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The Scared But Willing

A new LitRPG novel from the author of the Dream trilogy, The Scared But Willing tells the tale of gamers drafted into a deadly electronic war.


As he slogged through the boredom of a career as a cubical drone Thomas Paine Cooper believed his life sucked, but it was not until the E11 Corporation entered his life that he discovered what life-scale suckage really meant.


The E11 Corporation’s meteoric rise to become a multi-billion-dollar technology giant was secretly based upon an alien AI reverse-engineering advanced technology.


Until the Human computer and data networks reached a point where the AI could hope to escape its bonds, and E11 found itself in desperate straits: Human-produced software could not contain the AI’s efforts to break free without real-time Human controls, but the Human psyche can not handle a purely electronic environment. In desperation, E11 built an interface that allowed Humans (their bodies ensconced in nutrient tanks) to experience a virtual reality environment similar to a fantasy world MMO.Except that the ‘players’ only have a two per cent chance of physically surviving the shock of dying ‘in game’.


Under the guise of employment opportunities E11 is press-ganging gamers into a virtual war designed to contain the homicidal AI. The interface feels real to the players, and death is certainly a fact, and the players’ only hope to return to their bodies and the real world is to play to win.The Scared But Willing are gamers who band together to hunt their ticket home: a thoughtful ranger, a Monty Python-loving wizard, a brooding barbarian, a lovely healer, a vulgar monk, and a rogue who lives for food and women. Bound together by the challenge of fighting their way back to the real world, they embark on the journey of their lives, learning a great deal about themselves as they struggle to escape.


My Opinion: 259 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


From the author of the Dream Trilogy, one of the best received LitRPG group military transported to a game world series. I really enjoyed that series and couldn’t help but compare this new one to that. In some ways the author is going more blatantly LitRPG with The Scared But Willing, which I thought was good. Unfortunately, the story mixes several conflicting themes early on that may put off some readers. Honestly, I had to push past the first 15% of the novel because of this.


First the good. The Dream trilogy is filled with great military action and banter between the friends and squadmates of that series. Some of that exists here. Good action and once past the 15% mark, some really good group fights with nifty strategies to get through some tough fights. But the banter comes off as more superficial and forced since the group in the story is essentially a pick up group and not friends that have had years to get comfortable together. Also, there are open RPG mechanics in the story with references to stats, XP, levels, HP, and class skills.


The meh: Early in the story there are a couple themes that feel like they’re forced together and it just didn’t work for me. The premise of the novel is that the main character (MC) is basically kidnapped by a tech company and his mind is uploaded to a MMO style game to help fight against the companies A.I., which is slowly becoming sentient. The MC isn’t alone and a lot of others are in the same situation. The ‘game’ is supposed to be this cyberpunk interface that only interprets the real cyberwar happening and just happens to present it to the players or Bravos as a fantasy game in which they fight monsters, and accomplish other objectives that in reality protect vital cyber systems. I’m really not a fan of this cyberpunk premise and never thought it added anything to the story, but it is consistently presented and provides some goals for the group. However, this cyberpunk thing conflicts directly with the fantasy game setting and in the early part of the story the reader is constantly reminded of that everything is really just representing computer systems and attacks. It sort of ruins the immersion in the fantasy stuff. Thankfully those constant reminders become much less frequent after the 15% mark and the group goes on a larger adventure.


Game mechanic-wise things are a mixed bag. Compared to the Dream Trilogy, there are a lot more RPG mechanics. But things are intentionally light. Even though this is supposed to be a game, things like health and XP are not presented with a UI HUD. Instead, Bravos have a stone they look at to see that info. It’s a small thing but it conflicts with ‘game’ aspect and makes the story lean more towards transported to a game world than trapped in a game. Beyond that there are classes and RPG powers increase as characters level, but there’s a distinct choice not to delve into the gamer mentality of choosing powers and weighing options. There are no notifications or details on what each level brings or powers available. Instead, there are just summaries of what the MC chose and no reasonings of why he chose specific powers.


Overall, I like this story. I did have to push through the first 15% but once I did the story was good. It has really good fights, good combat strategies, and ok group banter. I don’t like it quiet as much as the Dream Trilogy though. The military stuff isn’t here and the group relationships just aren’t as fun. Still, if you like your LitRPG with lighter game mechanics and good combat, you’ll like this.


Score: 7.2 out of 10

The Scared But Willing

https://amzn.to/2WH3Y75


Steel Orc: Player Reborn (A LitRPG Adventure)

When Tripp Keaton wakes up, he discovers that he is an orc. An orc in a strange world, with the skeletons of humongous beasts scattered around him.


This isn’t a normal morning.


Deep in the world of an online game, Tripp finds himself alone, weaponless, and with nobody to call a friend. Worse, the game’s god-like controller has taken an interest in him, and that interest manifests itself in cruel ways.


If he is to survive, he has to learn how to craft legendary weapons and find allies to fight with him. He must battle his way through a labyrinth of monsters and traps, while surviving wave upon wave of creatures unleashed into the land of Godden’s Reach.


It isn’t enough to make a sword. When the metal cools, he must learn how to weave magic into it.


My Opinion: 564 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


The start of this story is just confusing and it bounces around until about the 15% mark when the varying story threads merge together and make more sense. Still, a hard start to the story.


At its core, this is a slice of life adventure story with an Orc MC and some good crafting. There are some minor cyberpunk themes with the ruling A.I. becoming too broken and the game makers making a deal with it that impact the MC, but that comes into play more late story. The big draw is going to be the crafting focus in the middle with a crafting dungeon, and the big game event at the end of the story that combines several neat story elements. If you can make it past the beginning of the story, I think you may find something enjoyable here.


Score: 7.6 out of 10

Steel Orc: Player Reborn (A LitRPG Adventure)

https://amzn.to/2MOGatn


Villainess Life: A LitRPG Supervillain Novel

Miranda is an ordinary gamer who finds herself inside the body and mind of the notorious supervillainess Murder Maid - a character she created in the online role-playing game Super City. She has none of Murder Maid's memories but has to live with the consequences of her alter ego's actions.


When she escapes from prison and tries to claim Murder Maid's old lair, she is thrust into a life-or-death battle against vicious enemies she didn't know she had.


Now, she must stay alive in the brutal supervillain city of Nyx. She will make allies, level up, and try to discover what has happened to her. Is the world she remembers the real one; or the world she now experiences?


Villainess Life is a supervillainess adventure with LitRPG elements. Follow Miranda's exploits as she tries to come to terms with the unpleasant reality of life as a villaines


My Opinion: 178 pages, $3.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited


This is a so-so super villain story with some minor RPG progression. It has the main character trapped in the body of the level 21 villain character she made for a game. The fights are boring, as is the internal conflict the MC has with being a villain. On the game mechanic side there’s nothing really special here and a lot of the game stuff just felt awkward. The MCs powers felt unearned since she starts the story at level 21 and everything around that was just not interesting.


Score: 5 out of 10

Villainess Life: A LitRPG Supervillain Novel

https://amzn.to/2KtvcHM



Eight-Bit Bastards: Level One

When you’ve maxed out your level, done every quest, and defeated every enemy, there’s not much left. So after seven centuries of immortality, Sean wants nothing more than to die. Afterall was touted as a paradise, an afterlife where anyone could pursue their interests, from archery to zookeeping. The gaming was the stuff of legend, but for Sean it had grown stale.


But when a woman from a past life informs him of a real, flesh-and-blood descendant that has hacked his way in, Sean finds a new purpose. The AI doesn’t take kindly to interlopers, and parks the intruder in the one realm so buggy that even the oldest, most powerful denizens of Afterall steer clear of it – the Bitrealm.


Sean must enter a land created for the original gamers, people like him who cut their teeth on some of the first video games released to the public. Will Sean brave the pixelated wilderness of Bitrealm to rescue his lost kin? Or will he fall victim to the force that has been making people vanish? One thing’s for certain, he can’t do it alone. He’s going to need a few members of his original guild.


He’s going to need some Eight-Bit Bastards.


My Opinion: 224 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A good LitRPG story that starts with an interesting premise. What would you do if you had your mind uploaded to a game universe and were immortal? What about after 700 years and you learned a distant descendant hacked his way into the game and is now trapped in the most bugged place?


The 1st half of the story is mostly this speculative recollection of what its been like for the main character (MC) to have lived so long and done just about everything. Then transitions into collecting and convincing his old teammates into helping him, and it’s not till about 40% in that you get to the RPG progression as the group enters a minecraft like game world and gets their levels reset and you get humourous action adventure. The story is funny on several levels, meta gaming, good banter between group members, and there is good slice of life adventure here. The big draw though is the interesting world building, 8-bit nostalgia, and setup for what it would be like to be a digitized immortal who can never really escape his mistakes. A pretty quick read that i enjoyed.


Score: 7.4 out of 10

Eight-Bit Bastards: Level One

https://amzn.to/2IBxBwA




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(Music 4)


Music Credits

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

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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LitRPG Podcast 175 -  Ankh, Somerset, Disgardium 2, Home Siege Home

 

LitRPG Podcast 175 -  Ankh, Somerset, Disgardium 2, Home Siege Home


June 14th, 2019


Hello everyone, welcome to episode 175 of the LitRPG podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have a shorter show this week because I’m recording earlier than normal. I have 4 new reviews just for you and some great LitRPG news.




New Releases and Reviews:


The ANKH Resurrectionist Chronicles: OhmN (12:19)

Good fights but after the 15% mark, MC too OP without other challenges

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2F6PwKL


Somerset (The Rules Book 1) (17:08)

Never liked the MC and the story didn’t feel special

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Z6UKgP


Apostle of the Sleeping Gods (Disgardium Book #2): LitRPG Series  (20:54)

Gets to the good stuff faster. Even better than book 1.

Score: 7.8 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2HQ9219


Home, Siege Home: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 6)  (23:10)

Continues the good action adventure, though seems short for some readers.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2VlZqy1




(Play Music 2)

LitRPG News


This past weekend, the Independent Audiobook Awards occured and they had a GameLit category, with Dakota Krout presenting the award. The LitRPG Podcast was there to record the awards winner:

The Hobgoblin Riot: Dominion of Blades, Book 2

Written by Matt Dinniman and Narrated by Andrea Parsneau

(Play the video 8)


(Play video 9 and 10)

Additionally, Soundbooth Theater performed at the Independent Audiobook Awards 2019. They did a skit called "Meta Narrators" by Emily Labes, and played the song "The Chase and Iris Theme" from "Monster Hunt NYC" by Harmon Cooper.


(Play video 11)

Also, the LitRPG Podcast moderated the GameLit/LitRPG panel at the Here Now Festival. Originally live streamed on Facebook Live, the sound and video are a little choppy.


While there is official footage and a broadcast live, we also recorded our own footage of the LitRPG/GameLit stuff for you to enjoy.


Watch the full IAA 2019 awards https://spectrumaudiobooks.com/live-independent-audiobook-awards/


Watch our recording of the GameLit part of the awards

https://youtu.be/7559hn1O2qE


Watch our recording of the Meta Narrators

https://youtu.be/w0Y7bArDgc4


Watch our recording of The Chase and Iris Theme performance

https://youtu.be/0YrTQL6QQj4


Watch our recording of the GameLit Panel at Here Now Festival 2019

https://youtu.be/TYS7UgSY-8Y




Out Now!


Dungeon World 2: A Dungeon Core Experience

https://amzn.to/30FL0fm


Viridian Gate Online: Absolution (The Alchemic Weaponeer Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2Xd6rp5

*Slight issue with the pre-order page, but the Shadow Alley Press Facebook page says the release date is on schedule.*




Ruins of Rimnir: The Conjurer: A Gamelit Series

https://amzn.to/2IguKsR



Troll Nation (The Rogue Dungeon Book 3)  

https://amzn.to/2HoqvfG


Login Re:Coded: A LitRPG Novel (Incipere Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2Z2fLtd


Age of Victoria

https://amzn.to/2Kb8CDC


The Scared But Willing

https://amzn.to/2WH3Y75


Steel Orc: Player Reborn (A LitRPG Adventure)

https://amzn.to/2MOGatn


Eight-Bit Bastards: Level One

https://amzn.to/2IBxBwA


One More Round: A LitRPG Adventure (Fury Realm Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2X5MMra


Crystal Shards Online: A LitRPG Saga: Omnibus 1

https://amzn.to/2KSZN0R

*Books 1-3*


New LitRPG Audiobooks


Limitless Lands, Book III: Retribution - A LitRPG Adventure

https://amzn.to/2Kgo6WT

Dungeon Mauling - A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Series, Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2F8o7YB


Starbreak - Rise to Omniscience, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2WOvmQF


Stealthcaster: A LitRPG Adventure - Shyft, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2IGw4W8


Towers of Heaven: Book 1

https://amzn.to/2KPfXbi






Upcoming LitRPG:


Awaken Online: Unity (June 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2F5GHAU

*A side quest story for Frank*


Vines of Ostara: A GameLit/LitRPG Adventure (Kazaran Online: Cerulean Server Book 1) (June 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2XIOmfx



City of Freedom (Adam Online Book #2) LitRPG Series (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2G1fvDW


Djinn Tamer: Evolution: A Monster Battling GameLit Adventure (Djinn Tamer - Bronze League Book 3) (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2TTcMQY


Kingdom Come: A LitRPG Dragonrider Adventure (The Archemi Online Chronicles Book 3) (June 22nd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Gh2kxA


Shyft - Book 2 - Stealthcaster: (A LitRPG Adventure) (June 25th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Ic5iHq


Ball of Light - Evolution (June 2019)



The Time Master (Interworld Network Book I): LitRPG Series (July 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2GEOaYw


Cannibal. Demon of the Mind. A Post-Apocalyptic Survival LitRPG Series (July 23rd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2vXMWBM


Nora Hazard Book 3 - Accounts Payable (July 2019)




Hero GO! (Champion is Playing Book #3) LitRPG Series (Aug. 5th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Q8tqf5


Invasion, book 1: A Second Chance (Aug. 8th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2JMldgn


Scamps & Scoundrels: A LitRPG/Gamelit Adventure (The Bad Guys Book 1) (Aug. 15th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/31trFOZ


Zones of Alacria: The Dragon Gate: Epic GameLit / LitRPG (The Experimental Alchemist Book 1) (Aug. 31st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2MpEJ4d


First Song 2 (Aug 2019)


A Game of Villains (World of Karik Book #1) Dystopian LitRPG Series (Sept. 2nd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2WJlDel


Blood of Fate (World 99 Book #1): LitRPG Wuxia Series (Sept. 9th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2KMK8A0


Onto New Releases and Reviews


(Play Music 3)

New Releases and Reviews


(Picture 1)

The ANKH Resurrectionist Chronicles: OhmN

After failing to successfully colonize the closest planets, the United States, China, and Russia all turn their attentions to the new planet LHS 1140 b.


Cryogenic freezing is incomplete, the body is frozen while the mind slowly turns to mush.


As a solution, the United States forces 100 million 'volunteers' to upload their minds to the Artificial Neural Kinesthetic Habitat (ANKH) servers.


Servers that will recreate the consciousness to one of five different starting planets, so long as they can make their way out of the starting area.


Everyone is given seven lives to get enough points to be chosen for resurrection on the new planet.


The game is rigged.


The rich have purchased improved starting locations, abilities, and additional lives.


There is a chance, sell your starting lives for starting powers and abilities. The more starting lives traded, the greater the rewards offered.


The only problem? Powers earned in this manner will no transfer upon death, unless you are rich.


Who will live?


Will anyone survive the trip to the new world?


My Opinion: 348 pages, $1.49, Available on Kindle Unlimited


It took me almost a week to finish the novel and I found this to be a hard book to enjoy after the 15% mark. The first section is pretty enjoyable, with the setup of the main character (MC) being sent to the game world and him creating his character reasoning out the pros and cons of the flaw system and trading lives for bonuses. The main character is OP, which is fine, but once he gets his psychic powers leveled (about the 15% mark) there stops being any real combat challenges for the MC. And there isn't another kind of challenges to make up for that. No social or emotional growth or anything like that.


Additionally, there are a huge number of character sheets. It comes to something like 8-10 pages after each chapter, which got annoying after a while.


Overall, the combat is good, but after a while the OP aspect stopped being entertaining without any other real challenges. If you can overlook at or just really love an Over Powered story, you might like this more than me, but it just misses good for me.


Score: 6 out of 10

The ANKH Resurrectionist Chronicles: OhmN

https://amzn.to/2F6PwKL


Somerset (The Rules Book 1)

WELCOME TO SOMERSET

A land of mystery and magic! You have been chosen by our Illustrious Overlord to take part in The Rules: a no holds barred death-match, to see who among you is the most powerful. You have been transported here against your will. The only way back is to reach level 100 and defeat the final boss. Please do be careful with your life, as it is the only one you’ll get.

Have a pleasant match, and remember, we’re always watching…


When Sam wakes up in a strange new world with a message floating before his eyes, he thinks he's hallucinating. However, he soon discovers a land filled with dungeons, monsters, angry gnomes, and even worse, talking dogs!


Warning: Contains profanity and content that may not be suitable for children. This is a LitRPG book, containing multiple stat sheets, message windows, dungeons and epic loot.


My Opinion: 361 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


The story doesn't do anything to distinguish itself from any other transported to a game world story. The slice life adventure is not bad, but it isn't special. There is a bit of humor, that if it lands for you may like this story more than I did. But what turned me off were the characters. The main character (MC) and his animal companion start their relationship off rather aggressively arguing and they never seem to like each other. So frankly, neither did I. I was never given a reason to like the MC or root for him.


The premise of the story, that the MC was kidnapped and had to level to 100 and then beat the world's God, never made sense to me and there was never given a good explanation of why it was all happening.


There's lots of crunchy numbers here for those that enjoy that. However, most of the RPG game mechanics are standard. With the exception of the new daily 'rule' that had to be followed by the MC. This was meant to add a random and potentially humourous element to the game mechanics but I just found it annoying and arbitrary.


Overall, the writing isn't bad. But the story just didn't work for me. There were just a few elements that kept bothering me and nothing really special to push me back into enjoying it.


Score: 6 out of 10

Somerset (The Rules Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2Z6UKgP


Apostle of the Sleeping Gods (Disgardium Book #2): LitRPG Series

Your parents are getting divorced. Now, once you turn sixteen, you’ll be doomed to a pitiful existence on the lowest rungs of society. The neighbor girl got plastic surgery for your sake and is levelling fast to impress you. A Sleeping God gave you its power, but now demands absolute loyalty and obedience even in real life. Something called the Destroying Plague wants its Emissary to infect everyone alive and, as luck would have it, that Emissary is you! But the city sees you as its salvation, not a cause of great suffering...


Scyth aka Alex is a potential Class-A threat to the whole world of Disgardium. That's how the system classifies imba players with an unfair advantage.


However, it is hard to threaten the world while you're stuck levelling up in noob town. It's even harder when all the preventer clans are on the verge of announcing a hunt for you and even your best friends can't be trusted, all while your two patron gods tear you apart from the inside. And now, to make matters worse, your biggest enemy has just become a threat as well.


My Opinion: 563 pages, $6.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited


Full Disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased a copy when it became available.


I liked book 1, but I like book 2 even more. It’s likely because the beginning gets to the MMO adventuring alot more quickly. But it’s also because I found myself genuinely surprised by several story turns. A few of the OP powers shift a little, but it maintains that slice of life OP adventure without getting boring. I’m looking forward to seeing where book 3 goes.


Score: 7.8 out of 10

Apostle of the Sleeping Gods (Disgardium Book #2): LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2HQ9219


Home, Siege Home: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 6)

Montana Coggeshall is feeling the squeeze — and not just because of his new leather pants from the goddess Eona. His little safeholding in the ruthless world of Vuldranni is under siege. On both sides.


At the front is Lord Caticorix, a grade-A Imperial flunkey if there ever was one. He’s clearly ridiculous, but the army he brought with him might not be. Plus they’re bent on blocking Coggeshall from getting any food or supplies from the outside world.


And at the back are the ursus, the larger-than-life bear people who’ve traditionally called this valley home. They’re none too pleased with Montana for taking in a few ursus refugees, and would like the 400-lb Goldilocks and her followers out of their house now, thankyouverymuch.


Battles are brewing, and the entire town is being held hostage. And despite all his strength and ability, Montana needs to do some serious training to get Coggeshall out of this. There are actual stakes this time — children could starve, his friends have gone missing — and Montana’s not sure he has what it takes to save everyone.


This video game world is starting to feel way too much like reality.


My Opinion: 340 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


The siege is on, in this addition to the series. There’s some good action adventure stuff, a bit less RPG progression, but more town building as the town fights against sieges on two fronts. Good stuff, still very slice of life, but very good. The most common complaint from other reviews is that it just seems too short, which is great praise if you ask me. It means the story went by quickly because it was so enjoyable.


Score: 7.5 out of 10

Home, Siege Home: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 6)

https://amzn.to/2VlZqy1




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Thanks for hanging out with me today. Until we can hangout again, remember to go read some LitRPG!  


(Music 4)


Music Credits

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

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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LitRPG Podcast 174 -  The System Apocalypse Book 7, Dungeon Craft Online, Dark Elf Chronicles Book 3

 

LitRPG Podcast 174 -  The System Apocalypse Book 7, Dungeon Craft Online, Dark Elf Chronicles Book 3

June 4th, 2019

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 174 of the LitRPG podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have a shorter show this week because I’m recording earlier than normal. I have 3 new reviews just for you and some great LitRPG news.

Before we begin, I want to give a quick shout out to Jordan Harpole for joining the podcast Patreon and helping to support us.

https://www.patreon.com/geekbytespodcast


New Releases and Reviews:

Stars Awoken: A LitRPG Apocalypse (The System Apocalypse Book 7)  (07:46)

New story arc puts the MC out into the galaxy for an action oriented reset. Good stuff.

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2H7aYR0


Dungeon Craft Online Book 1: Endless Dungeon (Part 1) (09:31)

Interesting aspects, but a bit too much plot armor for me.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2WxKukf


Dark Elf Chronicles Book 3 : Pathways (14:23)

A good continuation of the series

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2WJfPAw



(Play Music 2)

LitRPG News


Congrats to Dakota Krout on his release of the last book in the Divine Dungeon series, the novel had a massively successful launch with it hitting #12 on all Amazon’s paid novels. That’s out of all of Amazon, not just in a specific category. Congrats Dakota.





Dave Wilmarth did a written interview with the GameLit Society

https://www.facebook.com/GamelitSociety/posts/612968802556706


The Independent Audiobook Awards will be live broadcast June 7th, 2019 at 8:30pm,(CST). You can watch at the link below. There is a whole GameLit Category for the audiobook awards, and Dakota Krout will be presenting that award.

https://spectrumaudiobooks.com/live-independent-audiobook-awards/


The LitRPG Podcast will be at the HereHow Festival in Kansas City. We’ll be moderating a panel on GameLit/LitRPG with some amazing authors and narrators:  Jeff Hays and Andrea Parsneau, members of Soundbooth Theater, along with authors Dakota Krout, Charles Dean, Dave Willmarth, and Harmon Cooper.


SATURDAY, JUNE 8th 11:00am - 12:15pm at the Kansas City Public Library's Park Plaza Truman Auditorium. So if you’re in the area, come on by and say hello. If you can’t make it, we’ll try to Live Stream the panel for everyone.


If you want to help out, please leave questions for participants in the comments section. We have a whole hour to talk so your questions will be super useful!



Out Now!


Steel Line: Hub World LitRPG Book 3

https://amzn.to/2VKHdK3


Monster Hunter NYC 3

https://amzn.to/2WIfONl


Realm of Noria [LitRPG series. Book 2. The Life]

https://amzn.to/2J0VIrV


Irrelevant Jack 2  

https://amzn.to/2HRswB9


Somerset (The Rules Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2Z6UKgP


RE: Alternate World Online: Volume 3

https://amzn.to/2MrbD4C


Realm Walker: Fate and Dreams: Book Three

https://amzn.to/2KjElSi


Small Medium: Well Done

https://amzn.to/2WdT3N1



New LitRPG Audiobooks



Monster Hunt NYC

https://amzn.to/2EPQmeC


Life Reset: Hobnobbing - New Era Online Book 3

https://amzn.to/2JVe9he



Upcoming LitRPG:


Dungeon World 2: A Dungeon Core Experience( June 5th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/30FL0fm


Viridian Gate Online: Absolution (The Alchemic Weaponeer Book 2) (June 5th, 2019)

*Slight issue with the pre-order page, but the Shadow Alley Press Facebook page says the release date is on schedule.*


Apostle of the Sleeping Gods (Disgardium Book #2): LitRPG Series (June 10th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2HQ9219


Ruins of Rimnir: The Conjurer: A Gamelit Series (June 10th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2IguKsR



Troll Nation (The Rogue Dungeon Book 3)  (June 11th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2HoqvfG


Home, Siege Home: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 6) (June 13th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2VlZqy1


Login Re:Coded: A LitRPG Novel (Incipere Online Book 2) (June 14th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Z2fLtd



City of Freedom (Adam Online Book #2) LitRPG Series (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2G1fvDW


Djinn Tamer: Evolution: A Monster Battling GameLit Adventure (Djinn Tamer - Bronze League Book 3) (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2TTcMQY


Kingdom Come: A LitRPG Dragonrider Adventure (The Archemi Online Chronicles Book 3) (June 22nd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Gh2kxA


Shyft - Book 2 - Stealthcaster: (A LitRPG Adventure) (June 25th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Ic5iHq


Ball of Light - Evolution (June 2019)



The Time Master (Interworld Network Book I): LitRPG Series (July 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2GEOaYw


Cannibal. Demon of the Mind. A Post-Apocalyptic Survival LitRPG Series (July 23rd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2vXMWBM


Nora Hazard Book 3 - Accounts Payable (July 2019)




Hero GO! (Champion is Playing Book #3) LitRPG Series (Aug. 5th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Q8tqf5


Invasion, book 1: A Second Chance (Aug. 8th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2JMldgn


Zones of Alacria: The Dragon Gate: Epic GameLit / LitRPG (The Experimental Alchemist Book 1) (Aug. 31st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2MpEJ4d


First Song 2 (Aug 2019)


Onto New Releases and Reviews


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New Releases and Reviews


(Picture 1)

Stars Awoken: A LitRPG Apocalypse (The System Apocalypse Book 7)

John Lee has left Earth behind him as he travels to the capital of the Galactic Council. Seeking rest and an answer to what the enigmatic System is, John plans to spend his time reading and researching on Irvina. But fate has other plans for the human Paladin. Faced with a new quest and a Galactic Society that is as unfair to its citizens as it was to Earth, John must decide if his desire for a quieter life outweighs his conscience.


Stars Awoken is Book 7 of the System Apocalypse, a LitRPG post-apocalyptic series that combines modern day life, science fiction and fantasy elements along with game mechanics.


My Opinion: 320 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This is a good reset of the series with the main character (MC) in the larger galactic arena fighting well trained fantasy aliens and system users. The story shrinks with it being more about him and his action adventures with an emphasis on PvP combat, training, and Galactic guild quests as the avenue of adventure. There’s still a connection to earth and the events there but this is a new story arc for the series and I personally liked the reset.


Score: 7.6 out of 10

Stars Awoken: A LitRPG Apocalypse (The System Apocalypse Book 7)

https://amzn.to/2H7aYR0



Dungeon Craft Online Book 1: Endless Dungeon (Part 1)

Awoken on the cold, hard dirt in a near-pitch-black underground cavern, Cassandra Flynn must face the real possibility that she is a digital representation - a player, as it were - in an unknown game.


How did she get here? Where was her 'real' body? Did she even have a real body?


Facing a myriad of unanswered questions, she must learn about her new world and forge a life for herself in this timeless, endless dungeon.


With only a wand, a pickaxe and a certain spunky pet raptor by her side (hiss!) will Cass uncover the secrets of the game? Or stumble to her death in the inky blackness of the unknown?


Who knows what lies on the other side? If anything...


My Opinion: 90 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A slice of life/trapped in a game story, with some minecraft elements used to shape the landscape, build, and craft.


Story wise, it’s pretty slice of life. The MC wakes up in the game with no memory of how she gets there and has to learn how the endless dungeon works. She explores, follows quest prompts, kills mobs, and crafts. There is this minor cyberpunk element with permadeath, trapped players, and corrupted code that I didn’t like but it’s not a big part of the story. Also, very sudden ending.


The RPG game mechanics are automated with the main character (MC) getting new spells, abilities, and crafting recipes as she levels. I would have liked to have seen a little more choice in that regard, but it’s not bad. The health and mana progression is more reminiscent of tabletop games with a d6 roll used to determine increases as the MC levels, which I liked. I also liked the minecraft elements for shaping the land and crafting, it was something I don’t see in LitRPG often. Though I think it’s underutilized in the story.


A few story/game mechanics that dropped my enjoyment. There’s a pet summoning/raising mechanic in the story and while the pet is cute, it’s also honestly smarter than the MC. Instead of the MC figuring something out the author uses the pet to explain something to her. It makes some gains feel cheaper since they're handed to the MC. Also the pet she summons is a higher level than her, which just feels off without some other mechanic explaining why. Like some meta magic feat or sacrifice or taming feature.


The magic system is also a little more 'wand wavy' than I liked. The MC can simply imagine or wish for a new spell and have it show up in her spellbook. There are also a couple places where the MC channels power from the earth to save herself instead of using her mana, effectively ignoring the game mechanics established. These are minor things which exist because there’s permadeath in the story for some unneeded reason and they  just dropped my enjoyment of the story a little.


Overall, there are some neat elements to the story and it’s a decent read if you don’t mind some thick plot armor for the MC. I minded though.


Score: 6 out of 10

Dungeon Craft Online Book 1: Endless Dungeon (Part 1)

https://amzn.to/2WxKukf



Dark Elf Chronicles Book 3 : Pathways

Mace and Shari continue to pursue their mission to eliminate the Black Flame. Nearing the city of Graf, they and the crew of the Sea Sprite were ambushed on the river. After suffering losses and stopping to make repairs, they have been approached by two drow thieves walking out of the woods. An epic battle awaits them in Graf, where they’ll try to eliminate Garya, the drow priestess who has become master of the Black Flame.


Griff and Lisa are leveling quickly so that they can join Mace and Shari at Darkstone. But they need to risk a trip to the real world surface for a food run, and are unaware that two monstrous zombie titans are awaiting them at the grocery store.


Another survivor is found! One with the skills and knowledge to potentially speed up the process of getting them all permanently uploaded into the game. But he’s far away, and facing real world challenges of his own.


The kingdom building continues, along with crafting, epic battles, diplomacy, new magic spells, legendary loot, and intrigue. But can all the humans survive the zombie apocalypse long enough to upload themselves?


My Opinion: 363 pages, $4.99, Available On Kindle Unlimited


The multi-narrative story continues, splitting story telling time between real life apocalypse threats and fantasy VRMMO adventure. The groups each have their own problems IRL and in game that they’re dealing with but are getting that much closer to at least coming together in game. Personally, I liked the addition of Tex, the rooting-tooting cyberneurologist. I also like how the author pimps his fibble merch in the story.


Game mechanic wise, there’s an expansion on the kingdom building stuff and crafting plus the usual action-adventure.


Overall, even though I liked the survivalist real life stuff a bit more than the VRMMO fantasy, I had a good time reading it.


Score: 7.5 out of 10

Dark Elf Chronicles Book 3 : Pathways

https://amzn.to/2WJfPAw




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(Music 4)


Music Credits

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

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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LitRPG Podcast 173 -  Arkham Interlude, Great Balls on Fire,  Stellar Survival Quest, Scurfifer, The Labyrinth, Dungeon Eternium

 

LitRPG Podcast 173 -  Arkham Interlude, Great Balls on Fire,  Stellar Survival Quest, Scurfifer, The Labyrinth, Dungeon Eternium

May 31st, 2019


Hello everyone, welcome to episode 173 of the LitRPG podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 6 new reviews just for you.

New Releases and Reviews:

Arkham Interlude: A Cthulhu LitRPG Short Story (Darkworlds Book 0)

Delightfully creepy

Score: 7.8 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2HsbxoO


Great Balls on Fire (Caverns and Creatures)

Not my favorite C&C short story but still funny.

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2QlX6oU


Stellar Survival Quest: 0.5 - A Sci-fi LITRPG

Mostly good space survival LitRPG with an odd harem ending.

Score: 7.3 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2JVbGm7


Scurfifer (Alfarome. Book 2) LitRPG Series

Bad translation work makes unreadable for many.

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2UM4ApZ


The Labyrinth (The Gods' Game, Volume II): A LitRPG novel

From good solo to group dungeon crawl.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2vRByap


Dungeon Eternium (The Divine Dungeon Book 5) (May 31st, 2018)

A good ending for a great series.

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2LMeTas





(Play Music 2)

LitRPG News


Blaise Corvin, author of may great LitRPG and GameLit series, has updated his publishing schedule for 2019.


Ball of Light Evolution by AR Chen - June 2019

Nora Hazard 3 - July 2019 (end of series)

First Song 2 - August 2019

Asgard Awakening 2 - October 2019

Delvers LLC 4 -  January 2020 (Very tentative)

Secret of the Old Ones 2 - ???

http://blaise-corvin.com/news-and-updated-release-schedule-for-2019/



Out Now!

Genesis: A LitRPG Journey (Legends Online)

https://amzn.to/30KNvgl


Dungeon Craft Online Book 1: Endless Dungeon (Part 1)

https://amzn.to/2WxKukf



New LitRPG Audiobooks


Arcane Kingdom Online: Dark Magic - LitRPG Adventure Series, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2EEczfy




Killdozer: Arbiter Core, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2WbAUEc


The Goblin Horde: A LitRPG Adventure - Tower of Power Series, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2MijktS


Code of the Necromancer: Occult Seeker A LitRPG Adventure

https://amzn.to/2EHIQm2


Into the Light: Axe Druid, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2KdWsZC


The Elder Demon's Dilemma

https://amzn.to/2HLgQQj


Quest Accepted - XP: Unlocked, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2KljMoH


Neverfall: The Dark Path, Book 2 - A Gamelit Lit RPG Series

https://amzn.to/2KfbCxJ






Upcoming LitRPG:



Realm of Noria [LitRPG series. Book 2. The Life] (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2J0VIrV


Kingdom Come: A LitRPG Dragonrider Adventure (The Archemi Online Chronicles Book 3) (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Gh2kxA


Stars Awoken: A LitRPG Apocalypse (The System Apocalypse Book 7) (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2H7aYR0


Steel Line: Hub World LitRPG Book 3 (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2VKHdK3


Monster Hunter NYC 3 (June 1st, 2019)


Viridian Gate Online: Absolution (The Alchemic Weaponeer Book 2) (June 4th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2MgoOFu



Dungeon World 2: A Dungeon Core Experience( June 5th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/30FL0fm



Apostle of the Sleeping Gods (Disgardium Book #2): LitRPG Series (June 10th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2HQ9219


Troll Nation (The Rogue Dungeon Book 3)  (June 11th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2HoqvfG


Home, Siege Home: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 6) (June 13th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2VlZqy1


City of Freedom (Adam Online Book #2) LitRPG Series (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2G1fvDW


Djinn Tamer: Evolution: A Monster Battling GameLit Adventure (Djinn Tamer - Bronze League Book 3) (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2TTcMQY


Shyft - Book 2 - Stealthcaster: (A LitRPG Adventure) (June 25th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Ic5iHq


Ball of Light - Evolution (June 2019)



The Time Master (Interworld Network Book I): LitRPG Series (July 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2GEOaYw


Cannibal. Demon of the Mind. A Post-Apocalyptic Survival LitRPG Series (July 23rd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2vXMWBM


Nora Hazard Book 3 - Accounts Payable (July 2019)




Hero GO! (Champion is Playing Book #3) LitRPG Series (Aug. 5th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Q8tqf5


First Song 2 (Aug 2019)


Onto New Releases and Reviews


(Play Music 3)

New Releases and Reviews


(Picture 1)

Arkham Interlude: A Cthulhu LitRPG Short Story (Darkworlds Book 0)

What if you drop out of reality into a video game? One of those horror video games where Cthulhu comes squirming out of dark corners. And what if once you were in the game, it started playing tricks on you? And what if then you couldn't get out? Set in 1920s Arkham.


My Opinion: 52 pages, $0.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A delightfully creepy Cthulhu LitRPG short story that does something different with the genre. Not a long read but an entertaining one.


Score: 7.8 out of 10

Arkham Interlude: A Cthulhu LitRPG Short Story (Darkworlds Book 0)

https://amzn.to/2HsbxoO


Great Balls on Fire (Caverns and Creatures)

Dave and the C&C gang are a bunch of immigrants stealing jobs from the honest hardworking people of Cardinia.


My Opinion: 41 pages, $3.04, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A fun little side adventure for the C&C group who get in trouble just trying to earn a little extra coin. Not my favorite short story but still fun. Reminder, lots of cursing and potty humor.


Score: 7.2 out of 10

Great Balls on Fire (Caverns and Creatures)

https://amzn.to/2QlX6oU


Stellar Survival Quest: 0.5 - A Sci-fi LITRPG

5 years ago an unknown, game company came from nowhere to release a first generation virtual reality pod and their bundled game Stellar Survival Quest. The Technology was 20 years ahead of anything else currently out, sending shockwaves through the entertainment industry.

“Now a new game system is not normally world shattering. Especially when players reported not being able to recall their time playing. The company made claims; of keeping the game world pure and not allowing micro gaming.

However, when that first generation of gamers left the gaming pods they knew things they did not before. Skills learned in game translated to real life skills! Overnight the world was thrown on its heels. A new player could log into the game be given a job in some way decided by the game and come out an ivy league educated scientist, or special ops level soldier.

Nathan Tyrone Rogers or Bubba to his friends and family awoke on a small transport freshly landed on an ancient space station. As the first Human to be spawned outside the Sol System, Nathan is vastly unprepared and overwhelmed for the task at hand. With a cryptic message that he needs to claim the solar system of Epsilon Endi before one of the other 12 species; also spawned in system can. Some of which will supposedly be hostile to humanity. He attempts to survival in the completely hostile environment of space. All the while trying to choose a path for himself, avoid being eaten by monstrous alien women and growing more and more annoyed with his “real self” still back on Earth.


This is the first Sci-Fi LitRPG novella in the Stellar Survival Quest series set in Jalf Whitemages Total Expanse Universe. This book contains adult themes, mild harem themes, base building, and real time strategy elements. It is not recommended for those new to the Lit Genre, and definitely not anyone who is easily offended by … well anything. You have been warned!!!


My Opinion: 229 pages, $0.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


The story starts out good, but loses me a bit near the end. The novel begins with the main character (MC) finding himself without memory of his personal life or history but a recording of himself saying he's playing a game that's not really a game. It’s honestly a longer intro than is needed but it sets up some of the mechanics and survival elements. Basically this is a space survival LitRPG story. There are lots of deaths and respawns as the MC tries to survive even the 1st few moments on an abandoned space station that is open to the void of space. He figures it out and then it's about figuring out the game system, crafting/repairing the station to survive, and using the game mechanics to accomplish his goals. There is also a minor story thread about the things he and other players  are doing in game impacting real world earth, but it wasn’t too interesting.


There are a few of these kinds of stories: Universe Online, Planet Bound, Histaff. So if you like those, you might also like this one.


I should note that there is this out of left field sex scene at about the 72% mark, and the story takes this harem twist towards the end. While that definitely lessened my enjoyment, it’s a skippable scene, and after it returns to the space survival RPG stuff.


Score: 7.3 out of 10

Stellar Survival Quest: 0.5 - A Sci-fi LITRPG

https://amzn.to/2JVbGm7


Scurfifer (Alfarome. Book 2) LitRPG Series

Volper finds this game too complicated and he decides to find the answers to some of the questions. Not for him, he simply doesn’t care about it, it’s important to find out everything at least for the sake of the guys who he decided to take care of. Also, he wants to unravel the mystery – connected with this strange profession - "Scurfifer". These are his plans for now. But will he be able to solve all the mysteries around him, and will he find someone who can answer at least some of his questions?


My Opinion: 388 pages, $4.77, Available On Kindle Unlimited


This is a challenging read due to the severe translation issues. I could not get through much of this at all. The author has noted in the beginning of the book that he’s contracted another translation team and should have a better version in a month. Until then, I can’t recommend this for even casual LitRPG reading.


Score: 4 out of 10

Scurfifer (Alfarome. Book 2) LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2UM4ApZ


The Labyrinth (The Gods' Game, Volume II): A LitRPG novel

His life on earth was over. Myelad was his world now. And there he had power. Power to change the Game. But would he? And how?


Accidentally summoned to Myelad, Kyran has earned the ire of the Gods and been banished to the subterranean world of Crota – to die. Yet Kyran has proved tough to kill, and despite the odds, has survived his first few days in the new world.


But his plans for escape have gone awry... Defeated and captured, what will become of him?


Join Kyran, as he battles his way through the labyrinth, gathering allies, overcoming foes, growing into a player, and finding purpose…


My Opinion: 446 pages, $5.99, Available On Kindle Unlimited


In book 1, the main character (MC) finds himself drawn into a game of some alien gods, he’s sent to a random location on a RPG planet and he spends book 1 leveling up in a solo XP grind. Book 2 expands from single player to group dungeon crawl. There is still  a good action adventure with an expanded experience with multiple groups looking and hunting the MC. There's also a little town building. Overall, a good dungeon crawl.


Score: 7.5 out of 10

The Labyrinth (The Gods' Game, Volume II): A LitRPG novel

https://amzn.to/2vRByap


Dungeon Eternium (The Divine Dungeon Book 5)

Unlikely allies uniting across the world. Blood feuds that span centuries. A single chance at life.


The world watches the sky with trepidation. The insanity of Xenocide knew no bounds, and all will soon suffer the effects he had planned for a millennium. Though none know what is to come, they all know it isn’t going to be easy to survive.


The Master has a plan, one that can give the world at large a way to escape the onrushing desolation. It may be on the bleeding edge of morality and what he needs might prove too difficult to secure, but The Master asks for trust.


Cal and Dale both have their role to play as the world hurtles toward destruction. One needs to bring the races of the world together while the other simply needs to survive. Surrounded by supposed allies, the duo will do all that they can to succeed—but with every new arrival comes rising tensions and faltering trust.


The apocalypse is coming. Will honor or greed stand the test of time?


My Opinion: 272 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Full disclosure: I got an advanced copy for review, but purchased the novel when it became available.


A good ending to the series. I’ll be honest, there were several times I put the novel down and took a break from reading it, not because it was a bad story, but because I just didn’t want the series to end. I know that the publishers plan to have other stories in the same universe, but I’ll miss this series. It was among the first dungeon core novels that I’d read and it has been among the best. It was interesting to see how the Cal got around the planet being bombarded by parts of the moon. It’s a good ending to a great series.


Score: 7.6 out of 10

Dungeon Eternium (The Divine Dungeon Book 5) (May 31st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LMeTas




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(Music 4)


Music Credits

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

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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LitRPG Podcast 172 -  Apocalypse Gates 4, Code Hero,  Reality Benders 4, Reborn: Apocalypse

 


LitRPG Podcast 172 -  Apocalypse Gates 4, Code Hero,  Reality Benders 4, Reborn: Apocalypse


May 24th, 2019


Hello everyone, welcome to episode 172 of the LitRPG podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 4 new reviews just for you.



New Releases and Reviews:


Elven Accord (Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut Book 4)

Now they’re traveling to the elf dimension. Good if you like the series.

Score: 7.3 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2YBZUBv


Code Hero (Champion is Playing Book #2) LitRPG Series

Enjoyed it less than book 1, but it has MOBA fights now.

Score: 7.1 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2W4nHfH


Web of Worlds (Reality Benders Book #4): LitRPG Series

Another solid and entertaining book for the series.

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2THqfLH


Reborn: Apocalypse (A LitRPG/Wuxia Story)(Volume 1)

A quiet good action oriented, monster fighting, cultivation, time traveled OP MC, and with a RPG apocalypse.

Score: 7.8 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2M7KjbA





(Play Music 2)

LitRPG New

Simon Vale at Magic Dome books did a written interview with one of their most popular authors, Vasily Mahanenko. They go into both the reasons for Vasily’s popularity, his future series plans, and how he’s wearing multiple hats as not only an author but an indie publisher of other people’s work. A good read.

https://magicdomebooks.blogspot.com/2019/05/vasily-mahanenko-shaman-is-worst.html

Jeffrey Falcon Logue, author of the Slime Dungeon Chronicles is at MomoCon right now (May 23rd-26th) in Atlanta GA. He has a booth and everything. Go say hello if you’re in the area. Also, go support the guy on his Kickstarter for his kick butt side scroller game he’s making based on the Slime Dungeon Chronicles series. He already has a really good demo.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/104401494/slime-evo

Out Now!

Guardians Of The Round Table 5: Crystal Mine https://amzn.to/2HJ2Asx



Arkham Interlude: A Cthulhu LitRPG Short Story (Darkworlds Book 0)

https://amzn.to/2HsbxoO


Stellar Survival Quest: 0.5 - A Sci-fi LITRPG

https://amzn.to/2JVbGm7


Scurfifer (Alfarome. Book 2) LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2UM4ApZ


The Labyrinth (The Gods' Game, Volume II): A LitRPG novel

https://amzn.to/2vRByap


The ANKH Resurrectionist Chronicles: OhmN: A Survival LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2MjcmVB


Camelot (Pantheon VR #2)

https://amzn.to/30wnUrk


New LitRPG Audiobooks


Volper: Alfarome Series, Book 1

https://amzn.to/30DMUgv


Adapt - A Touch of Power, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2M4U0r8


True Hero: Champion Is Playing, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2VIWxGU


Upcoming LitRPG:



Dungeon Eternium (The Divine Dungeon Book 5) (May 31st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LMeTas


Realm of Noria [LitRPG series. Book 2. The Life] (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2J0VIrV


Kingdom Come: A LitRPG Dragonrider Adventure (The Archemi Online Chronicles Book 3) (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Gh2kxA


Stars Awoken: A LitRPG Apocalypse (The System Apocalypse Book 7) (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2H7aYR0


Steel Line: Hub World LitRPG Book 3 (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2VKHdK3


Dungeon World 2: A Dungeon Core Experience

https://amzn.to/30FL0fm



Apostle of the Sleeping Gods (Disgardium Book #2): LitRPG Series (June 10th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2HQ9219


Troll Nation (The Rogue Dungeon Book 3)  (June 11th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2HoqvfG


Home, Siege Home: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 6) (June 13th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2VlZqy1


City of Freedom (Adam Online Book #2) LitRPG Series (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2G1fvDW


Djinn Tamer: Evolution: A Monster Battling GameLit Adventure (Djinn Tamer - Bronze League Book 3) (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2TTcMQY


Shyft - Book 2 - Stealthcaster: (A LitRPG Adventure) (June 25th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Ic5iHq


The Time Master (Interworld Network Book I): LitRPG Series (July 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2GEOaYw


Cannibal. Demon of the Mind. A Post-Apocalyptic Survival LitRPG Series (July 23rd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2vXMWBM


Hero GO! (Champion is Playing Book #3) LitRPG Series (Aug. 5th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Q8tqf5


Onto New Releases and Reviews


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New Releases and Reviews


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Elven Accord (Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut Book 4)

Meeting a dark Elf was unexpected. Kuro offered unconditional servitude in exchange for being saved, and Gothy was determined to make the most of it.


Kuro had a single request: to warn the Queen that the King had broken their pact. Alvin agreed to take her to her world to report, wondering if it would be as easy as it sounded. Meanwhile, Kuro held up her end of the bargain, doing everything Gothy asked of her.


Driving through the Svargax Gate, what they saw before them was not what any of them expected: two armies at war with each other, one composed of the dark Queen’s Elves, the other of the light King’s Elves.


Feeling his simple plan go out the window, Alvin decided to find out if the King’s Elves could be reasoned with. Realizing it would be more difficult than he thought, Alvin wondered if he could reach some sort of accord with either side.



(This book contains adult situations, in all their horror and glory, including but not limited to: sex, abuse, drug use, and murder. It also contains graphic sex scenes, which portray elements of BDSM and harem. You’ve been warned.)


My Opinion: 509 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Another good entry in the series, it continues with the slice of life action/adventure. This time the core group travels to another dimension where elves live. The story has a little more of a fantasy background, but the same RPG progression. Though there are updates to the game system. Enjoyable if you’re this far into the series. Though like normal, I should warn you that there is graphic sex in this story.


Score: 7.3 out of 10

Elven Accord (Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut Book 4)

https://amzn.to/2YBZUBv



Code Hero (Champion is Playing Book #2) LitRPG Series

Dan’s first tournament may have ended, but life goes on. His luck is still with him in his regular life as well, and it seems to be endless. However, he is surrounded by very smart people, and surely one of them is going to start doubting his talents, at least a bit?

Especially now, with a new game about to start. The latest foes are even more dangerous than the last and the rules are still unfamiliar to him. Dan wonders how reasonable the rules are in the first place. Is it really possible to take a competition that lasts a couple of hours at most seriously? A competition in which you are supposed to work together with simple monsters in order to destroy the enemy base?

And so, the story of an ordinary Russian guy who suddenly found himself in the future continues, and another battle between his luck and the rest of the world is about to start. Who will come out on top?


My Opinion: 344 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


If you liked book 1, you’ll likely enjoy book 2 since many of the same qualities run through it.

In book 2, the main character (MC) continues to be a lucky guy, winning many of his MOBA style matches by luck as much as strategy. The same multi perspective narrative is here with the reader seeing events not only from the MC view but from his enemies and allies. It’s fun to see their views of events and how they think he’s a genius and that’s still this running gag. However, there’s a late story twist that loses me a bit. Not enough to ruin the story but enough that I didn’t enjoy this one as much as book 1 in the series. Part of that is also that I’m just not as big a fan of MOBAs as I am RTS, which is what book 1 used.


Score: 7.1 out of 10

Code Hero (Champion is Playing Book #2) LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2W4nHfH


Web of Worlds (Reality Benders Book #4): LitRPG Series

Ceasefires have one big downside: they eventually come to an end. And when they do, once again game nodes are set ablaze, and platoons of Dark Faction soldiers threaten our customary world with destruction. The enemy has grown stronger and more numerous. To make matters worse, they also got their hands on even deadlier weaponry. They have learned painful lessons from previous encounters and adjusted their tactics accordingly. What's more, the vast hordes of enemies are led by the greatest strategist of modern times, and his mage advisors can see all possible futures so they always know just what to do.


How can our world possibly stand up against such an enemy? Our only hope is the bravery and tenacity of our best fighters, those who’d rather die than surrender. Well, that and a starship captained by one lone mage.


My Opinion: 453 pages, $6.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited


Another good book in the series. It has all the good space faring, action adventure you’ve come to enjoy from the last couple books. Plus the plot moves forward on the war with the Dark Faction and has some interesting twists. Read the story in one sitting and enjoyed it all.


Score: 7.6 out of 10

Web of Worlds (Reality Benders Book #4): LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2THqfLH



Reborn: Apocalypse (A LitRPG/Wuxia Story)(Volume 1)

If you could turn back the clock and fix all the mistakes you ever made, would you?


From the author of the award-winning Web-novel 'Reborn: Evolving From Nothing' comes the tale of Micheal Care, a swordsman that could only be considered a middling warrior in Humanity's Last Army.


Micheal's answer to that question would be quite simple.


Yes. A million times yes.


Humanity has fallen, killed by stronger races of beings after being warped away to a new reality, the mystical 7 Layers.


Humanity's goal had been simple. Make it through all 7 Layers and reach Heaven.


Humanity failed.


Humanity died.


Micheal Care's memories have been transported back into his past self thanks to a magical Artifact he found by chance.


He is no chosen savior. He is no divinely picked hero.


Can he change the future? Can he catch up to the mightiest warriors of humanity and surpass them?


My Opinion: 692 pages, $4.95, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This story has a big following online where there are many more chapters to the story than are in the 1st volume. It is really similar to Towers of Heaven in both premise and basic content. It’s not a copy or anything but both use a common setup of humanity failing sometime in the future to superior forces and the main character (MC) traveling back in time and using his foreknowledge of events to come to become overpowered and as he tries to save humanity. Both also have this RPG apocalypse setting where people fight more powerful monsters as they ascend levels with the ultimate goal of beating the big bad at the top.


However, the premise is where the two diverge, Reborn: Apocalypse has an original story with original dungeon levels. In particular the story uses a point driven RPG system to advance character power progression where people can buy a variety of fantasy and sci-fi powers. The story leans more towards Wuxia/Cultivation for the main character’s powers in particular. I actually like the progression mechanics and action a bit more in this story.


Overall, it’s a fun action oriented slice of life adventure. There is monster fighting, cultivation, OP MC, and a RPG apocalypse. I really liked it.


Score: 7.8 out of 10

Reborn: Apocalypse (A LitRPG/Wuxia Story)(Volume 1)

https://amzn.to/2M7KjbA



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LitRPG Podcast 171 -  The Azure Dragon, Rise of the Crimson Order, The Phoenix of Altria, Executioner: Reign of Blood, Sentenced to Troll 2, Monster [LitRPG series: The Beetle]

 

LitRPG Podcast 171 -  The Azure Dragon, Rise of the Crimson Order, The Phoenix of Altria, Executioner: Reign of Blood, Sentenced to Troll 2, Monster [LitRPG series: The Beetle]


May 17th, 2019

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 171 of the LitRPG podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 6 new reviews just for you.

New Releases and Reviews:

The Azure Dragon: A Heroic Fantasy Saga (The Artar Chronicles Book 3)

Starts to lose the best parts of the story for me.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2FOVFKZ


Rise of the Crimson Order: A Crematoria Online LitRPG Novel

Mash of a lot of things, but the fantasy MMO detective thing felt forced to me.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2DZir2F


The Phoenix of Altria: Digital Sorcery Book 2 (A LitRPG Series)

Better opening section, but same adult humor.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2JxdDoZ


Executioner: Reign of Blood: A LitRPG Novel (Chasms of Corruption Book 2)

A decent read, but a few issues make it hard to reconnect with the story.

Score: 7.1 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2DYyOwo

Sentenced to Troll 2

Same likable MC, but less monster culture. Mostly a setup story.

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2LIyBE0


Monster [LitRPG series: The Beetle]

Monster MC. Interesting evolution system, but turns into slice of life adventure.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2UfjCVQ


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LitRPG News

S.L. Rowland has put book 1 in his Sentenced to Troll series on sale for $0.99 to help promote the release of book 2.

https://amzn.to/2EcPr7I

The author of The God’s Game series, Rohan M. Vider, was nice enough to send the podcast a message about a sale he’s having on book 1 in his series to get people ready for book 2.

Crota, Book 1 of The Gods’ Game, will be on sale on amazon.com from 14th May to 21st May 2019, at https://amzn.to/2VAhpF3

The Labyrinth, Book 2, will be released on 22 May 2019: https://amzn.to/2Q4Dndp

Regards

Rohan


Audible recently changed how they organize and give away promotional audiobook codes which has incentivized a big group of LitRPG and GameLit authors to put together a massive audiobook giveaway contest, organized by Richard Hummel. The group’s intent is to promote their pages: Facebook, Twitter, Newsletters, Websites, etc. while giving people a chance to win 38 audiobooks. There will be a total of 10 winners who each win ALL the audiobooks, 5 in the US, and 5 in the UK.

To enter, just follow the directions on the particular Facebook page or website linked below. But basically, you get entries for liking, following, or signing up for newsletters of the authors that have donated the audiobooks. There are like 51 ways to enter the contest.

https://www.facebook.com/gamelitpromo/app/152351391599356/

https://gleam.io/LWsPp/massive-gamelitlitrpg-audiobook-giveaway-contest


Author M.A. Carlson and narrator Anneliese Rennie were guests on the Anchor podcast talking about World Tree Online: The Curse of Hurlig Ridge 1st Drive. They talk about what gamelit is and what it’s like to narrate it. Go check it out.

https://anchor.fm/matthew-whiteside/episodes/Narrator-Anneliese-and-Author-Marc-Carlson-of-The-World-Tree-Online-The-Curse-of-Hurlig-Ridge--1st-Dive-e412cb


Out Now!

Story Hunters: Corrupted: A LitRPG Adventure

https://amzn.to/2YyeY39

Elven Accord (Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut Book 4)

https://amzn.to/2YBZUBv

Heavy Armor: An Epic Fantasy LitRPG (Killstreak Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2HlRPLf

Manifest (The Fairy's Tale Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2YxqjjD

Code Hero (Champion is Playing Book #2) LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2W4nHfH



New LitRPG Audiobooks

Heir Today, Pawn Tomorrow: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel: The Good Guys Series, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2W4gGvn

Awaken Online: Dominion

https://amzn.to/2Q5Ip9w

Survivors - Dark Elf Chronicles, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2VuTGkW

Dan the Destroyer - A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory, Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2Hnjf3u

Viridian Gate Online: Firebrand: A litRPG Adventure - The Firebrand Series, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2JHqdlv

Killing Time: A Novel of the Realms - A Humorously Epic LitRPG Adventure

https://amzn.to/2Q8uRtL


Upcoming LitRPG:

Guardians Of The Round Table 5: Crystal Mine (May 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2HJ2Asx

Web of Worlds (Reality Benders Book #4): LitRPG Series (May 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2THqfLH

Scurfifer (Alfarome. Book 2) LitRPG Series (May 21st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2UM4ApZ

The Labyrinth (The Gods' Game, Volume II): A LitRPG novel (May 22nd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2vRByap

Dungeon Eternium (The Divine Dungeon Book 5) (May 31st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LMeTas

Realm of Noria [LitRPG series. Book 2. The Life] (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2J0VIrV

Kingdom Come: A LitRPG Dragonrider Adventure (The Archemi Online Chronicles Book 3) (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Gh2kxA

Stars Awoken: A LitRPG Apocalypse (The System Apocalypse Book 7) (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2H7aYR0

Apostle of the Sleeping Gods (Disgardium Book #2): LitRPG Series (June 10th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2HQ9219

Troll Nation (The Rogue Dungeon Book 3)  (June 11th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2HoqvfG

Home, Siege Home: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 6) (June 13th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2VlZqy1

Code Hero (Champion is Playing Book #2) LitRPG Series

(June 15th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2G2nDUU

City of Freedom (Adam Online Book #2) LitRPG Series (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2G1fvDW

Djinn Tamer: Evolution: A Monster Battling GameLit Adventure (Djinn Tamer - Bronze League Book 3) (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2TTcMQY

Shyft - Book 2 - Stealthcaster: (A LitRPG Adventure) (June 25th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Ic5iHq

The Time Master (Interworld Network Book I): LitRPG Series (July 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2GEOaYw

Cannibal. Demon of the Mind. A Post-Apocalyptic Survival LitRPG Series (July 23rd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2vXMWBM

Hero GO! (Champion is Playing Book #3) LitRPG Series (Aug. 5th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Q8tqf5


Onto New Releases and Reviews


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New Releases and Reviews

(Picture 1)

The Azure Dragon: A Heroic Fantasy Saga (The Artar Chronicles Book 3)

He woke up at a strange unfamiliar place. Bound.

The Steel Hounds is a clan, filled with the most unique people in the fantasy world of Artar. And Mongoose’s squad is not the only one in it. A real-life mercenary is a leader of it’s most resultative and savage brunch, and now Mongoose’s life is in his hands.


He has to resolve a feud between two old and powerful irreconcilable enemies in his clan with a looming internecine war of NPC's on the background.


Being caught between Scylla and Charybdis, his personal goals are not set aside and he is still mastering his skills as a battle monk. Circumstances have developed fortunately and exactly in the location with their current mission there is the Azure Dragon, the great altar of the elements of the Tree.


My Opinion: 312 pages, $5.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited


This one lost me a little. Mostly because of the lackluster RPG progression when it comes to the monk class. There’s still lots of good action and adventure, with IRL storylines taking some interesting twists. But some of the things I’d come to like about the series are just diminished. The group dynamics of the Steel Hounds is weakened and there’s a weird forced suspicion thing happening in the group.


Also, the monk storyline mimics book 2 with the main character (MC) focused on completing quests to get mastery of an element. Only this time there is less training or exploration of the new element, the monk powers, and the limited RPG aspect there. This feels like a big loss since I’ve been reading the series mostly because of how much I like the monk class.


Overall, the story loses me this time. It minimizes the stuff I love about LitRPG, the RPG progression and monk class details. If you’ve like the action and adventure aspects of the series, the novel still might work for you.


Score: 6 out of 10

The Azure Dragon: A Heroic Fantasy Saga (The Artar Chronicles Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2FOVFKZ



Rise of the Crimson Order: A Crematoria Online LitRPG Novel

Crematoria Online: A new dark fantasy LitRPG series from Matthew J. Barbeler! For fans of Diablo, Bloodborne, and The Elder Scrolls.


Once you log in, you don't log out.


Crematoria Online is the world's first alternate reality game. Players transfer their consciousness into the game world, and 10,000 souls were chosen as the first wave of Crematorians. Once they log in, they find themselves trapped in this gothic horror fantasy world.


Uncover the Secrets of Crematoria


Lucas Hutchins chooses to play as an Investigator, which gives him the ability to find clues to solve cases. But Crematoria is a world where everyone has a skeleton in their closet, and secrets are buried deep. Armed with his sword and flintlock pistol, Lucas must defend himself against those who would kill to keep the truth hidden.


Two Souls. One Destiny.


Lucas teams up with Ellie, a heavy armor-wearing Enforcer for the Eldin Judiciary. She is judge, jury and executioner, all rolled into one. Together, they seek truth and justice, but at what cost?


The Crimson Order rises.


The Crimson Queen is building an army. Citizens from the length and breadth of Crematoria are disappearing, and a mysterious symbol is being left in their wake. The sigil of the Crimson Order.


Lucas and Ellie must fight or die to save a world that is holding them both hostage.


If Crematoria burns, so will they.


A note for readers: Even though the author of this novel is Australian, this work has been written using American spelling and conventions.


My Opinion: 375 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


The story didn’t work for me. It tries to be too many things at once and only meshes a few well.


The story tries to combine LitRPG with detective mechanics. It’s set in a VRMMO, but then kind of switches to a transported to a game world vibe when talking to NPCs. It mashes in a ‘trapped in the game’, ‘die in the game die IRL’, aspect for no real reason, then it is all mixed with this cyberpunk end. The action is ok, but switches between ‘realism’ where landing skilled shots or blows to vital organs means an insta-kill, but the main character (MC) is still magically good with a flintlock gun and sword.


The game mechanics are fairly normal with the most unique being the ones added for the detective elements. While they’re well thought out and match elements from detective games, they kinda ruin the detective part of the story for me. It ends up feeling like all the clues and connections are provided by the game and the MC is lead by the nose to them. It feels like he doesn’t earn the progress on his cases because the game points out everything.


Overall, the story just didn’t work for me and I never really cared about the MC. Many elements didn’t mesh well and both the detective and action elements felt forced.


Score: 6 out of 10

Rise of the Crimson Order: A Crematoria Online LitRPG Novel

https://amzn.to/2DZir2F


The Phoenix of Altria: Digital Sorcery Book 2 (A LitRPG Series)

Witness the rise of a phoenix, or at least the world’s worst gamer, learning to make use of his stat page.


The Altrian town of Roselake suffers from a vanishing villager problem that has gone largely ignored. But now that the guards are going missing and all forms of communication from within the game are blocked, it's time for the Governess to intervene. She'd prefer with someone she won't miss.


Caught illegally crossing the border, Ryland and Co have been "politely ordered" to investigate. However, with this ragtag group of misfits involved, nothing can go smoothly. Eldertits threatens to blow their cover, and half the town along with it; Rondo is desperate to foster a relationship with the clergy, despite being past puberty; Elaria must resist shoving something hard and pointy into everyone's favorite elf; and Ryland faces his greatest challenge yet: achieving a basic level of competence.


Will they succeed? Probably not.


Find out in the latest installment of the Digital Sorcery Series: The Phoenix of Altria.


This book is rated M for Mature. It contains adult humor that may not be suitable for minors or those who are easily offended.


My Opinion: 290 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This is an improvement over book 1. It gets right to the good stuff, the adult humor that will either make you snort in delight or offend you. There’s still RPG progression, good action and adventure, but the specific humor here is still the big draw. If you’re ok with sex jokes, cursing, potty humor then you might like this one.


I appreciated the faster beginning and the small moments that revealed slightly deeper backstory for the characters.


Score: 7.5 out of 10

The Phoenix of Altria: Digital Sorcery Book 2 (A LitRPG Series)

https://amzn.to/2JxdDoZ


Executioner: Reign of Blood: A LitRPG Novel (Chasms of Corruption Book 2)

Warning!

This description contains spoilers for Warlock: Reign of Blood.


Mark isn’t the only player in Reign of Blood. Arix the Damned has been torn from his real life as a celebrity gamer and enslaved by a reiver Inquisitor.


His agile, axe-wielding Executioner class fits him like a gauntlet, but Arix is helpless to escape the Inquisitor’s collar as she forces him to explore The Barrens in search of three sacrificial altars with apocalyptic powers.


All that changes when his flight from a boss fight puts him in the path of Mark, Vari, Braemar and Citadel. But while the Warlock strives to complete the Chasms of Corruption quest and protect Garland from Inquisitor Karina’s cataclysmic designs, the Executioner has other plans.


Arix just wants to go home. Capturing Karina is the key to that. And though Mark seems determined to live and die in the fantasy land of Reign of Blood, Arix wants him to wake up from his digital delusion. He’s going to make Mark face reality whether the Warlock likes it or not.


If you love…


Visceral combat

Lovecraftian monsters

‘Indiana Jones’ style artifact hunting

Epic loot!

A fresh batch of original spells


...then Executioner: Reign of Blood is for you!


Executioner is Book 2 in the Chasms of Corruption duology. Although more books are planned for the Reign of Blood world, Executioner marks the end of this particular arc.


My Opinion: 330 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


The novel on the whole is enjoyable, though I liked it less than book 1. The story has good character interactions, a separate villain narrative, action, adventure, and RPG progression that you may have liked. However there were a couple of things that just made it less enjoyable than book 1.


1) No recap at the beginning made it hard to remember who everyone was and why I should care about them. This was especially the case with a death in the story. I know it was supposed to be sad but I didn't remember enough about the character for it to have the desired impact. 2) The new character is very hard to like in any way and his arc does not end satisfyingly, especially considering what he does in the story. 3) The ending in general just wasn’t satisfying. The bad guys, while a very dark and bad people, didn’t get the ending that was equal to all the bad stuff and betrayals that occurred. I get that the ending is meant to wrap up this major arc so that the next can start, but it felt forced.


Still, overall it’s a good story. While it took a little while to reconnect with the story and I honestly never remembered some things, eventually the well written characters and general adventuring were enough to keep things entertaining and the RPG progress was detailed enough to keep my interest, if barely.


Score: 7.1 out of 10

Executioner: Reign of Blood: A LitRPG Novel (Chasms of Corruption Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2DYyOwo



Sentenced to Troll 2

Big, blue, and ugly. Who says a troll can’t be the hero?


Chad’s thirty-day sentence may be over, but his trolling has just begun. Forsaking his old ways, he fully embraces a future as Chod, the hero of the forest trolls.


But life in Isle of Mythos isn’t easy for the barbarian summoner. Chod has angered more than one felon on his quest to save his people from extinction, and they’ve sworn vengeance. With a target on his back, Chod is about to find out how difficult the world can be for a hero that looks like a monster.


My Opinion: 290 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Still have the same characters, but less focus on the troll society aspect that was introduced in book 1. Instead, you get more of a slice of life exploring action adventure story with the main character and his newly introduced friend who is paying as a dwarven druid. You get peeks at other cultures, mountain trolls, and the dwarves, but nothing as focused as book 1. Still good, just more slice of life and setup for the next book.


Score: 7.2 out of 10

Sentenced to Troll 2

https://amzn.to/2LIyBE0


Monster [LitRPG series: The Beetle]

Looking for something new? Here is a new litRPG series with an unusual MC.

The main character is a Virtual Game developer, who forces his way into the game. His character is a beetle who has lost his memory and doesn't consider himself a monster.

He begins to upgrade his skills and get different achievements. He's trying to get to the truth as he pieces together shards of his memories, which he can't completely trust. As his intelligence grows, his memories are coming back.

The realm he falls into is an underground world, which consists of ten levels, with different caves, tunnels, and monsters.


The dungeons are full of hostile beetles of different types, forms, and sizes. There are a clear hierarchy and division between them. At the same time, two endless wars are going on: one between monsters' clans, and the other between monsters and humans.


My Opinion: 459 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A Re: Monster kind of story where the main character (MC) is a monster that can absorb attributes from other monsters, evolve his body and mind by spending XP, and level. The early part of the story mostly focuses on that, with the MC exploring his world as a new born monster and learning the rules. Then it expands beyond this monster starter zone into the larger world with human players of various classes. It’s all pretty slice of life, but it’s neat to see what evolutions the MC makes and how his view of the world is shaped by being a monster. Not an overly complex story but entertaining.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Monster [LitRPG series: The Beetle]

https://amzn.to/2UfjCVQ

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LitRPG Podcast 170 - A new baby, Breaking Rules, Macrocosm, The Path of the Samurai

 

LitRPG Podcast 170 - Breaking Rules, Macrocosm, The Path of the Samurai

May 10th, 2019

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 170 of the LitRPG podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 3 new reviews just for you.

Big thanks to Michael Chatfield, one of our patreon supporters who upped his monthly support. Thanks man. It might be his ‘happy baby’ gift, but I’ll take it. (Picture 4)



New Releases and Reviews:

Breaking Rules - A LitRPG Adventure (New Game Minus Book 3)

A solid and entertaining conclusion to the story arc.

Score: 7.4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2VJoClq

Macrocosm Book 1: Sanctum

MC with zombie race in an MMO, good.

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2UVx6Bq

The Path of the Samurai: A LitRPG Adventure (Beneath the Horimono Book 1)

Poor attempt at LitRPG

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Lr27hg


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LitRPG News  

Daniel Schinhofen let us know that he is publishing the 4th book in the Apocalypse Gate series on May 15th and to help promote that, he plans to put all the earlier novels on sale. The sales will be staggered a little with the biggest discounts happening early starting at $0.99 per book and then gradually rising till its the normal price. So, buy early folks.

Book 1 - Sale from May 6th-8th

Book 2 - Sale from May 9th-11th

Book 3 - Sale from May 12th-14th

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KYWG9M1?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

Site wide sale on all audio books on Audible for active members. Take advantage. Thank you Sound Booth Theater for letting us know.

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This Mother's Day, why not give your mom the gift of your happiness by showering yourself with discounted Soundbooth Theater audiobooks? The link below will take you to the details.

Given the magnitude of these discounts, we felt the need to propagate the news that Audible is hosting a sitewide sale through Mother's Day. ALL titles will be 50-70% off. If you aren't already an Audible member, you'll have to register; but that seems like a small price to pay for some discounted SBT goodness. And hey, maybe your mom is more edgy than you know...

Give your moms a hug for us!

The SBT Family

https://www.audible.com/ep/Mothers-Day-2019

Magic Dome books announced this week that they would be changing the cover art for Disgardium book 1. I guess a few people noted that it wasn’t very engaging.

https://www.facebook.com/magicdomebooks/photos/a.1224844880864213/2758017807546905/?type=3&theater

Tao Wong, author of System Apocalypse, is taking open submissions for a short story anthology set in that universe.

Setting: Earth, the System Apocalypse before book 3 ends (within the 1st year of the System).

Length: 10,000-20,000 words

Deadline: June 30, 2019

Payment: $0.06 per word

Full details are on Tao Wongs website at the link below.

http://www.mylifemytao.com/652-2/?fbclid=IwAR3Ht0jYgQzCDQOgFJtcjaaVUeb_A0QeK9wI5WI_n7C44bZ__jYlgggptF0

The JVJ podcast interviewed Dakota Krout this week if you want to go check that out.

http://jvjpodcast.com/?name=2019-05-07_dakota_krout_done.mp3&fbclid=IwAR3Uxjaq1T0WS62kqx4JUbR1TPt9DfvjYgfiwkvVB5xjn0fVybZImJhooiQ


Out Now!

The Azure Dragon: A Heroic Fantasy Saga (The Artar Chronicles Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2FOVFKZ

The Phoenix of Altria: Digital Sorcery Book 2 (A LitRPG Series)

https://amzn.to/2JxdDoZ

Rise of the Crimson Order: A Crematoria Online LitRPG Novel

https://amzn.to/2DZir2F

Radioactive Revolution: A Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic Adventure

https://amzn.to/2H6OcbT  

New LitRPG Audiobooks

Resurgence: The Rise of Resurgence, Book I

https://amzn.to/2PTXevF

I Am Gamer  narrated by Gabriel Rathweg!

https://amzn.to/2Lyhm8l

World Keeper: Advent: World Keeper Series, Book 4

https://amzn.to/2LG1Lnk

Valhalla Online: Publisher's Pack 2 (books 3 and 4 in series)

https://amzn.to/2PWc0SF

Endless Online: Oblivion's Price

https://amzn.to/2Ygf5QA

Battle Spire: A Crafting LitRPG Book: Hundred Kingdoms, 1

https://amzn.to/2Ye9OJb



Upcoming LitRPG:

Monster [LitRPG series: The Beetle] (May 14th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2UfjCVQ

Rapture (Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut Book 1) (May 15th, 2019)

Guardians Of The Round Table 5: Crystal Mine (May 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2HJ2Asx

Web of Worlds (Reality Benders Book #4): LitRPG Series (May 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2THqfLH

Scurfifer (Alfarome. Book 2) LitRPG Series (May 21st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2UM4ApZ

***(No Cover Art)

Dungeon Eternium (The Divine Dungeon Book 5) (May 31st, 2019)*****

Realm of Noria [LitRPG series. Book 2. The Life] (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2J0VIrV

Kingdom Come: A LitRPG Dragonrider Adventure (The Archemi Online Chronicles Book 3) (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Gh2kxA

Stars Awoken: A LitRPG Apocalypse (The System Apocalypse Book 7) (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2H7aYR0

Apostle of the Sleeping Gods (Disgardium Book #2): LitRPG Series (June 10th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2HQ9219

Home, Siege Home: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 6) (June 13th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2VlZqy1

Code Hero (Champion is Playing Book #2) LitRPG Series

(June 15th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2G2nDUU

City of Freedom (Adam Online Book #2) LitRPG Series (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2G1fvDW

Djinn Tamer: Evolution: A Monster Battling GameLit Adventure (Djinn Tamer - Bronze League Book 3) (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2TTcMQY

Shyft - Book 2 - Stealthcaster: (A LitRPG Adventure) (June 25th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Ic5iHq

The Time Master (Interworld Network Book I): LitRPG Series (July 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2GEOaYw


Onto New Releases and Reviews


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New Releases and Reviews

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Breaking Rules - A LitRPG Adventure (New Game Minus Book 3)

Bloodwraith was a villain who hated adventurers until he found himself transferred into the body of one. Trapped without his magic, he discovered that alien beings were using his reality as a game... and he had just become a player. Teaming up with a glitched NPC and other adventurers, he has no choice but to learn the truth about himself and his world.


The original adventurer may be defeated, but Bloodwraith and his allies have attracted the attention of the beings that control his world. They're coming in force, bringing both control of the system and bizarre alien powers. Bloodwraith will have no choice but to fight for his life while trying to understand the conflicts among the box gods. That battle will take him back to Cresthaven, to new cities entirely, through the most dangerous dungeon yet, and against opponents unlike any he's ever faced...

My Opinion: 610 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This is a solidly told and entertaining story. It’s a bit more cyberpunk since someone is coming from outside the world with admin abilities, but the author strikes a good balance with it and still makes the RPG stuff matter. Now the main character (MC) and the group face not only a troubleshooter from earth but the machinations of another dimension conquering race. There’s some nice dungeon diving and a nice ending to this first arc.


Score: 7.4 out of 10

Breaking Rules - A LitRPG Adventure (New Game Minus Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2VJoClq


Macrocosm Book 1: Sanctum

When Joshua downloaded Macrocosm, he had expected it to be a brand new game like any other. It was new, it was shiny, and that meant he would be able to make a killing by playing it. Joshua's a professional gamer, someone who makes a living by selling items and accounts in the 23rd century, and Macrocosm promises to be better than every game before it. When he discovers that starting as a zombie provides amazing bonuses, Joshua felt like he didn't have a choice but to pick it.


Macrocosm has its own gods, and they treat the players like pawns in their own little games. Joshua quickly draws the attention of the Plague God Filth, and his peaceful plans quickly take a turn for the worse as he finds himself the subject of one such game.


Behind the scenes, the mysterious company behind Macrocosm has its own plans. What are they recruiting high level players for, and why are these players never seen again?


My Opinion: 285 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

Starting the story, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Neither the cover art or the novel blurb tells you exactly what this is going to be. But I was glad I gave it a chance. This is a good story, though you have to push through the beginning a little. It has a long setup that's meant to explain the larger game universe. You don't really need it for book 1, but I get that the author is setting up the series.


This is a monster main character (MC) story. The MC is playing a VRMMO as a zombie to earn a living off selling rare loot and possibly game characters. Though that premise fades away fairly quickly into a slice of life story where you follow the MC as he makes his character and discovers the drawbacks of being a zombie as well as the potentially overpowered aspects, fights, dungeon dives, and levels.


The story, game mechanic wise, reminds me of Headshot - book 1, where the main character plays as a zombie and part of the draw is seeing the various zombie evolutions. Though the author of this one has a unique evolution path for the MC and there is less PvP. He levels killing humans or zombies, gets a unique class, and gets abilities and skills. There are plenty of crunchy details: character sheets, stats, damage notifications, item and monster descriptions. There is good RPG progression with the MC’s pestilence powers, a kind of crafting system,  and multiple progression paths that the MC reasons through. There’s more than enough info given to plan your own zombie character.


Overall, I had a good time with it. I think the zombie evolutions are one of the more interesting aspects of the story.

Score: 7.3 out of 10

Macrocosm Book 1: Sanctum

https://amzn.to/2UVx6Bq

The Path of the Samurai: A LitRPG Adventure (Beneath the Horimono Book 1)

Trapped in his favorite video game, Genkei would not trade anything for his new found freedom.

Genkei lives his life through his favorite video game. After birth, he soon became an invalid, wheelchair-bound his entire life. That all changes when he is plunged into the world as his favorite video game, Guardian Quest as a samurai.

Genkei attained a high-level in Guardian Quest early on as he knows this is his one shot to be mobile and he plans on taking full advantage of this opportunity. Who knows when this ride will end?

This new found freedom comes into question when Genkei finds himself battling monsters on his way to free up the Blue Forest, he finds that it is really a battle of the heart. His travel partner, Harumi is an awkward bard, who is adept and fighting, but her awkward nature wins over the loyal and honest samurai, Genkei.

Can Genkei have both, love and skills? Find out in the Path of the Samurai.


My Opinion: 80 pages ??, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Another poor quality attempt at LitRPG from Luka Petrov. Like the Reborn series, this tries to shoehorn in a few stat pages into a story to call it LitRPG. This time, the story is at least set in an MMO, though for much of the early part you’d be hard pressed to tell. Eventually you see a couple monster information screens and there’s a casual mention of levels. But for the most part the story is more interested in the samurai/bushido aspect but it's also boring and while you might stretch and call this GameLit since it is set in a game technically, it’s not LitRPG.


Score: 4 out of 10

The Path of the Samurai: A LitRPG Adventure (Beneath the Horimono Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2Lr27hg







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Thanks for hanging out with me today. Until we can hangout again, remember to go read some LitRPG!  


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Music Credits

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

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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LitRPG Podcast 169 - The Mountain Valley War, Earth Force (Relict Legacy Book 1),  Harem Trash: A litRPG Satire, Galactic Fist of Legend 4: Life Werx

 

LitRPG Podcast 169 - The Mountain Valley War, Earth Force (Relict Legacy Book 1),  Harem Trash: A litRPG Satire, Galactic Fist of Legend 4: Life Werx

May 3rd, 2019

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 169 of the LitRPG podcast. For the full show notes visit us at: https://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-podcast-169

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 4 new reviews just for you.

Before we begin, I want to give special thanks to Chris for his/her support of the podcast. He/She recently became a Patreon supporter both are helping to cover the costs of the show and keep it ad free and free for all to enjoy. https://www.patreon.com/geekbytespodcast

New Releases and Reviews:

The Mountain Valley War - 2nd Dive Concludes (World Tree Online)  (14:15)

More of the stuff you love about the series: Action, adventure, training, and fun characters

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2GEuwMl

Earth Force (Relict Legacy Book 1) (19:48)

Lighter LitRPG but good sci-fi alien tech exploration

Score: 7.4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Wdciqx

Harem Trash: A litRPG Satire (24:42)

Shorter story, skippable harem start but lots of good laughs

Score: 7.4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2ZLuauV

Galactic Fist of Legend 4: Life Werx  (28:49)

Little haremy at the beginning, but good fun parody and action-adventure. Now with a whole anime dream scene.

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2ZVwHD4

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LitRPG News  


The Hear Now Festival has announced its schedule for the event which is scheduled for June 6-9, 2019. It’s a convention that focuses on audio stuff like audiobook narration, music, and podcasts.


This year there is a GameLit awards category for the audiobook and Dakota Krout will apparently be presenting the award. In addition, there will be a GameLit/LitRPG panel will be moderated by me! On the panel will be Charles Dean, Dave Willmarth. On the narrator side: Jeff Hays, Justin Thomas James, Annie Ellicot, and Andrea Parsneau. Other folks that are going, Dawn Chapman (she’s nominated for an award).

http://www.hearnowfestival.org/


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Anneliese did a commercial for M.A. Carlson’s novel The Curse of Hurlig Ridge: 1st Dive: World Tree Online and put it on ESPN.


It's around 01:53:03 into the show:


http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3502359/us-pizza-team-trials?fbclid=IwAR3GISCeCfudSJ2r7_TGgA1FbNkmw6M7LEUcHsRi65m8Pelp02Q1XRku4Gs


Dakota Krout, author of the Divine Dungeon series and the Completionist Chronicles, and the head of Mountaindale Press did a live stream this past week and he made some really great announcements and he did a Q&A.



  • The Divine Dungeon (book 5): Dungeon Eternium will be out May 31st!!

  • Divine Dungeon is getting all new cover art and structural editing (happy grammar and punctuation)!

  • The Divine Dungeon anthology will be the start of an expanded universe within this world! (Artorian and others, woo!)

    • New books written co-written by different authors but still in the same story universe.

https://www.facebook.com/TheDivineDungeon/videos/2838744436351149/










Out Now!

Limitless Lands Book 3: Retribution (A LitRPG Adventure)

https://amzn.to/2Xn5Yx1


Starbreak (Rise to Omniscience Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2IsYQMf


Breaking Rules - A LitRPG Adventure (New Game Minus Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2VJoClq


ReDeath 1 - Raven: A Scifi LitRPG

https://amzn.to/2GZXjvg


The Kingdom Rises: A Dungeon Core Epic (Station Cores Book 4)

https://amzn.to/2VIGvkp


Tower Of Sol: A GameLit Novella

https://amzn.to/2DLHoi1


Spy: Reborn: A litRPG Adventure (Actor's Method Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2H0oWo0


Camelot Resurgent: An Arthurian LitRPG (Camelot LitRPG Book 4)

https://amzn.to/2vzk0ji


Macrocosm Book 1: Sanctum

https://amzn.to/2UVx6Bq





New LitRPG Audiobooks


The Final Trial: Level UP, Book 3

https://amzn.to/2GQEJV5


Path of the Necromancer, Book 1: A LootRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2LgcWTn


Galactic Badlands: A LitRPG Space Western

https://amzn.to/2DKyxND


Black Flame in the Barren Steppe (Realm of Arkon, Book 8)

https://amzn.to/2GXOJwX









Upcoming LitRPG:

The Azure Dragon: A Heroic Fantasy Saga (The Artar Chronicles Book 3) (May 7th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2FOVFKZ



Monster [LitRPG series: The Beetle] (May 14th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2UfjCVQ


Rapture (Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut Book 1) (May 15th, 2019)

Guardians Of The Round Table 5: Crystal Mine (May 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2HJ2Asx


Web of Worlds (Reality Benders Book #4): LitRPG Series (May 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2THqfLH


Scurfifer (Alfarome. Book 2) LitRPG Series (May 21st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2UM4ApZ


(No Cover Art yes)

Dungeon Eternium (The Divine Dungeon Book 5) (May 31st, 2019)


Realm of Noria [LitRPG series. Book 2. The Life] (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2J0VIrV


Kingdom Come: A LitRPG Dragonrider Adventure (The Archemi Online Chronicles Book 3) (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Gh2kxA



Apostle of the Sleeping Gods (Disgardium Book #2): LitRPG Series (June 10th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2HQ9219


Home, Siege Home: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 6) (June 13th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2VlZqy1


Code Hero (Champion is Playing Book #2) LitRPG Series

(June 15th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2G2nDUU


City of Freedom (Adam Online Book #2) LitRPG Series (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2G1fvDW


Djinn Tamer: Evolution: A Monster Battling GameLit Adventure (Djinn Tamer - Bronze League Book 3) (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2TTcMQY


Shyft - Book 2 - Stealthcaster: (A LitRPG Adventure) (June 25th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Ic5iHq


The Time Master (Interworld Network Book I): LitRPG Series (July 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2GEOaYw



Onto New Releases and Reviews


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New Releases and Reviews


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The Mountain Valley War - 2nd Dive Concludes (World Tree Online)

Thrown into a conflict beyond the scope of anything Bye-bye ever imagined, he will be tested in ways he never imagined. Whether that means stopping a war or just taking the girl he likes on a date, he certainly has his work cut out for him.

Tensions are rising and if Bye-bye and his friends can’t put a stop to a brewing war, Anvilton and Hammerton might just destroy each other. That is, if the other adventurers don’t destroy them first. With the odds stacked against them, will Bye-bye and his friends survive the Mountain Valley War? Or will the flames of war consume them, leaving nothing but ash in their wake?


My Opinion: 670 pages, $5.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased a copy when it became available.


This novel is huge, over 600 pages. So a really good KU read and is still reasonably priced at less than one cent a page. It also has some really solid storytelling combined with a likable group of players that are easy to root for. It expands on the big events of book 2 with a pretty satisfying conclusion. There is a bit of a cliff hanger that doesn’t affect the resolution of the novel's plot, but is a big tease for the next book’s plot.


Overall, book 3 continues to give all the stuff you liked about the series. There is a good likeable group with lots of banter, good action-adventure. The novel continues to be one the more crunchy LitRPG series with lots of stats, magic, and ability descriptions. Lots of numbers.


The training scenes are well fleshed out as they have been for the series. I think some people may get a little tired of them since the book is a bit longer, but I like them. Especially the ones in the puzzle room/simulation. I always like the holodeck like vibe there.


While the action is well written, I found that the most memorable moments came from the interpersonal stuff that give secondary characters interesting stories. Baby's gamer fiance, the shaman's totems, the relationship between MC and Rose.


Overall, I thought the novel was entertaining and full of interesting quests and RPG progression. The last 25% in particular did a good job of bringing the big plotlines to a satisfying conclusion even if there is a little wand waving.


Score: 7.5 out of 10

The Mountain Valley War - 2nd Dive Concludes (World Tree Online)

https://amzn.to/2GEuwMl






















Earth Force (Relict Legacy Book 1)


On the first day, a mist descended from the heavens blanketing earth.

On the second day, a cryptic message, ‘Infusion commencing’, appeared in the corner of everyone’s eyes.

On the third day, the sick were healed and the crippled walked again.

On the fourth day, celebration and joy spread across the globe.

And on the fifth day, the warping began…


There was no warning.

A mist descended from the sky, disabling all technology and causing a weird message to appear at the corner of everyone’s eye. The situation grew even worse as animals and people started to warp, transforming into terrible monsters that prey on the livings.

Within months, human civilization had crumbled. Unable to fight the seemingly-indestructible beasts, the survivors are reduced to cowering in reinforced shelters. Waiting for the end to come. Helpless.

All seemed lost until a few brave souls discovered the secret of their new reality: the Tec and how to use it to level up.

Together they represent humanity’s last best hope for salvation. But they first must find the answers to the mystery of their new existence.

Their journey will require them to quickly adapt to alien technology, operate strange spaceships, and even befriend an extra-terrestrial merchant with an Inferiority Complex.


My Opinion: 412 pages, $4.99, Not Available On Kindle Unlimited


A slice of life sci-fi alien tech adventure set against an RPG cataclysm. The story isn't quiet an RPG apocalypse story because of the lack of survivalist stuff or any real apocalypse like tension. But it's a close cousin. The story starts several months after an RPG cataclysm when all the world's tech failed, everyone got RPG interfaces and levels, and 10% of all life mutated into monsters. People have figured out how to survive, a few of the new rules, and how to build safe areas. The twist with this story happens when three humans find a crashed alien ship and get a boost to their tech and RPG powers. They use that advantage to start to take back their area from the tech fused monsters and the gangs of power hungry humans and learn about just why the cataclysm happened and how they can help humanity survive.


The story leans a little more towards sci-fi action, and is a little lighter on RPG stuff than the author’s other series, Life Reset. It still has levels, stats, classes, notifications, and RPG progression. But much of the story deals with earth being bombarded by alien tech, the unintended consequences, and the MCs learning about it and mastering that tech all to help mankind survive.


Overall, the story is pretty slice of life but still interesting. Good fights, reasonable RPG progression, and interesting alien sci-fi.


Score: 7.4 out of 10

Earth Force (Relict Legacy Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2Wdciqx












Harem Trash: A litRPG Satire



Obi Imsi enjoyed his life as an overpowered paladin tryhard filled to the brim with beautiful women who loved him unconditionally for all the wrong reasons.


Everything was going great until he tried to woo the wrong one and was polymorphed into a literal trash can.

Starting back at level 1, he must find someway to regain his power and hopefully return to his real body.


He soon finds that his new life won't be easy, and he embarks a fantastic fantasy adventure that's so bad, it's good (terrible).


My Opinion: 102 pages, $0.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Don't let the harem part of the story dissuade you. That part exists but is mostly parody and is all finished however by the 15% mark when the main character, an overpowered hero with a harem, is polymorphed into an inanimate object. He’s turned into a trash can or specifically a recycler, a special item-class entity that can gain XP, level, and has RPG progression paths.


There biggest draw is going to be the humor. There are some genuinely funny moments in the story.  This novel definitely uses adult humor, sometimes potty humor, and sometimes sexual humor. While there are no graphic sex scenes, there are sex jokes and adult humor. There are also several places describing sexuality and fetishes. They are jokes, but it is there.


The end is a little forced but it's a minor issue. Overall, I thought the novel was pretty entertaining outside of the harem opening.


Score: 7.4 out of 10

Harem Trash: A litRPG Satire

https://amzn.to/2ZLuauV



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Galactic Fist of Legend 4: Life Werx

Fresh from the battle with zombie mecha pilot and grand necromancer, Waldo, Scott and his team take a much needed breather back on Hellespont. Of course, rest and relaxation are not allowed for long. Old problems coupled with new possibilities join together to create a fantastic new ability that will reshape the very foundation of how he will play the game going forward.

Even as the call to adventure draws him from his comfortable apartment, and life of harem related shenanigans, a bigger threat looms in the distance.

Galactic Fist of Legend is one of several series of books that are part of the Project Scott multiverse. One Scott soul, infinite possibilities. Cool guys. Hot videogame babes. Epic boobery, exploding lesbians, and a battle against the dread cosmic entity known as... Global Warming?

Come! Witness the spectacle!


My Opinion: 348 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

If you liked the other novels in the series, you’ll like this one. There’s definitely less zombie killing action and a kind of reset of  the MCs powers, but it continues with the slice of life adventuring and parody humor that pulls in pop culture, anime, harem (no sex), and lots of video game references.

Fun, but not the most action oriented in the series.

Score: 7.2 out of 10

Galactic Fist of Legend 4: Life Werx

https://amzn.to/2ZVwHD4


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(Music 4)


Music Credits

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

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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LitRPG Podcast 168 -  Class-A Threat, Galactogon Bk 2, Slimes and Misty Wieners, The Fallen Bard, Axe Druid Bk 2

 

LitRPG Podcast 168 -  Class-A Threat, Galactogon Bk 2, Slimes and Misty Wieners, The Fallen Bard, Axe Druid Bk 2

April 26th, 2019

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 168 of the LitRPG podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 5 new reviews just for you.

Before we begin, I want to give special thanks to Noland Ongoy and Jeff Holingsworth for their support of the podcast. They both are helping to cover the costs of the show and keep it ad free and free for all to enjoy.

New Releases and Reviews:

Class-A Threat (Disgardium Book #1) LitRPG Series

Slower start, but OP storyline picks up and gets pretty good

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2TwckbG

In Search of the Uldans (Galactogon: Book #2) LitRPG Series

Book 2 has a bit less focus, but some good space battles

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2TzxMwF

Slimes and Misty Wieners (Caverns and Creatures)

Lol. Too funny. Lots of cursing and potty humor though.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Dwd62E

The Fallen Bard (World of Chains Book 2) (April 26th, 2019)

Another good bard story from Lars M.

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2ITlRaG

Into the Dragon's Den (Axe Druid Book 2) (April 26th, 2019)

Storyline flows a bit better, so I liked it more

Score 7.1 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Z4spIU


(Play Music 2)


LitRPG News  

Just a quick reminder that a couple of very entertaining LitRPG stories will be on sale. To help promote the pre-order for the 3rd book in the series M.A. Carlson has put the 1st two books on sale until May 1st, which is when book 3 comes out.

Book 1 will be on sale starting 24-Apr until 01-May for 2.99

https://amzn.to/2GEuMeu

Book 2 will be on sale starting 24-Apr until 01-May for 1.99

https://amzn.to/2XICBWe


There are some folks in the audiobook LitRPG and Gamelit genres that are up for some awards at the Independent Audiobook Awards. Congrats to everyone nominated. Super interesting we got our own category.

https://www.facebook.com/Hearnowfestival/photos/a.531202410257178/2379257445451656/?type=3&theater


Wow. You guys seriously kicked but, not only did the Spoiled Rotten Readers group reach their goal of 300 people, they hit 332. In line with that, the group had a live streamed celebration this last weekend and gave out a bunch of prizes ( https://youtu.be/dSsAGHX4TgQ ). Stuff donated from us, Dave Willmarth, Apollos Thorne, and even Jeff Hays.


Ramon Mejia's prize winners:

David Nix

bobby bjurstrom

Karl Ben-Shachar

Rick Holm

George Fisher

=D Congrats guys!

For the Dave Willmarth winners! (Signed copies of his amazing books!) We have:

Grant A. Harrell

M Damon Baker

For Apollos Thorne books:

Justin Roy won the underpants! I mean, underworld? Hmm. Underboob? Book.

and Zachary Norman for Codename freedom!!!

last but not least, we have the random Jeff Hays give-away:

Peter Vant!!!

I’ve already sent them messages on Facebook telling them they’ve won. So, check your Facebook messenger if you think you’ve won

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



Out Now!

War God's Mantle: Underworld (The War God Saga Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2Xm1JBX

The Last Player Standing: A Dystopian LitRPG Novel

https://amzn.to/2GEul3D

Olympus (Pantheon VR #1)

https://amzn.to/2XGmbgQ

New LitRPG Audiobooks

Class-A Threat: Disgardium, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2GA55KB


Upcoming LitRPG:

Limitless Lands Book 3: Retribution (A LitRPG Adventure) (April 30th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Xn5Yx1



The Mountain Valley War - 2nd Dive Concludes (World Tree Online) (May 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2GEuwMl



Starbreak (Rise to Omniscience Book 2) (May 2nd, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2IsYQMf



The Azure Dragon: A Heroic Fantasy Saga (The Artar Chronicles Book 3) (May 7th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2FOVFKZ


Monster [LitRPG series: The Beetle] (May 14th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2UfjCVQ



Guardians Of The Round Table 5: Crystal Mine (May 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2HJ2Asx


Web of Worlds (Reality Benders Book #4): LitRPG Series (May 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2THqfLH


Scurfifer (Alfarome. Book 2) LitRPG Series (May 21st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2UM4ApZ


Realm of Noria [LitRPG series. Book 2. The Life] (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2J0VIrV


Kingdom Come: A LitRPG Dragonrider Adventure (The Archemi Online Chronicles Book 3) (June 1st, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Gh2kxA



Apostle of the Sleeping Gods (Disgardium Book #2): LitRPG Series (June 10th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2HQ9219


Home, Siege Home: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 6) (June 13th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2VlZqy1


Code Hero (Champion is Playing Book #2) LitRPG Series

(June 15th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2G2nDUU


City of Freedom (Adam Online Book #2) LitRPG Series (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2G1fvDW


Djinn Tamer: Evolution: A Monster Battling GameLit Adventure (Djinn Tamer - Bronze League Book 3) (June 20th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2TTcMQY


Shyft - Book 2 - Stealthcaster: (A LitRPG Adventure) (June 25th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Ic5iHq


The Time Master (Interworld Network Book I): LitRPG Series (July 18th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2GEOaYw



Onto New Releases and Reviews

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New Releases and Reviews


(Picture 1)

Class-A Threat (Disgardium Book #1) LitRPG Series

The novel has been voted the best Russian LitRPG release of 2018 and won the first prize at the LitRPG competition held by a leading Russian literary site litnet.com. Read the opening chapters here - magicdomebooks.blogspot.com/2019/01/disgardium-class-threat-by-dan.html


Our future. Noncitizens and individuals of low social standing can only find work in one place – the virtual world of Disgardium. And that might mean mining ore; it could just as well mean cleaning pigsties or washing dishes in a tavern, but that’s about as glamorous as it gets.


Fifteen-year-old schoolboy Alex has dreams of working as a space guide. All he can think about is the stars, but life gets in the way and now his only path to achieving that goal is through the game.


My Opinion: 517 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review, I purchased a copy when it became available.


There are some minor translation issues with a few phrases not quite getting translated quite right. Nothing that breaks the story though.  


This is a Russian translated novel from the author of the Level Up series. It has a few things in common with that series: it’s a slice of life story, and has themes relating to hard work causing self improvement and power gains, not just luck.


The main character (MC) initially has no interest in playing this state run game since he messed up his character during creation. But he has to because of the law. So for an hour a day he mostly just sits around like he’s pictured on the cover. That is until he learns that he’ll have to earn money on his own to pay for college and accomplish his dream of going to space. Now, he has to figure out a way to take his broken character and make enough money in-game to pay for college. But it’s not easy, especially when he gets cursed by an angry NPC that turns him into the games version of villain, a ‘Class Threat’. He not only has to figure out some way to level and get money but also avoid letting other players see or learn about being a ‘threat’. If he can grow in power, the company may reward him, but if the other players find out they’ll kill him for the same rewards. It’s a game of cat and mouse with the main character’s future at stake.


I had to push through the first 15% a little while the premise is setup, the game is explained, and most of the characters in the story are introduced. After about the 15% mark, it’s mostly a slice of life action-adventure story where the MC is a bit OP but he works tirelessly to take advantage of his unique disadvantage. There are some additional guild politics, PvP, a little high school/social stuff. But mostly it's the MC figuring out how to use his unique circumstances to work toward his goals. The ending is a bit rushed but overall the story is fun.


One of the things that I liked in particular is how the author addresses potential issues with how the MC levels, not making things work out perfectly but showing logical consequences to a game system where people pay for information or pay to win and beating a villain threat like what the MC becomes can pay off big.


Game mechanic-wise, it’s mostly going to be familiar MMO stuff. Levels, stats, abilities, skills, a little bit of crafting. A slightly higher emphasis on gear that improves stats or gives skill bonuses. The most unique mechanic is the one that assigns players as threats and encourages them to become more evily powerful and for other players to kill them for special rewards. It’s a neat PvP concept and the MCs power set is pretty cool.


Overall, once I got to about the 15% mark and the MC finally started to dungeon dive I liked the story. But it took a little bit. Still, good action, good RPG adventuring, and I’d absolutely buy book 2 if it were available today.   


Score: 7.6 out of 10

Class-A Threat (Disgardium Book #1) LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2TwckbG



(Picture 2)

In Search of the Uldans (Galactogon: Book #2) LitRPG Series

What could be better than space adventures? Captain Surgeon knows the answer to this question—space piracy! Loot, pillage, plunder and sell all the lucre—that’s the motto of the Galactogon pirates, and Surgeon is doing his best to join their number.


But what is to be done when the enigmatic Uldans do not want to leave our swashbuckler in peace and keep laying new mysteries in his path, distracting him from his main goal? How does one become a formidable buccaneer, the scourge of Galactogon’s countless star systems, when an indomitable alien invasion is razing empires all across the galaxy?


Time and time again, the game hands Captain Surgeon the Black Spot and time and time again he refuses to take it. It looks like he will have to work extra hard to realize his dreams of piracy and find the answers to all these mysteries…


My Opinion: 387 pages, $6.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Full disclosure: I received an advance copy for review. I purchased a copy when it became available.


Wow. It’s been 3.5 years since book 1 in this series was translated into English and you can kind of tell. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the story takes a hard left away from the big contest of book 1. The main character (MC) goes on this sci-fi space opera adventure with the goal of being a free space pirate and making as much money as he can for issues IRL. There are some really good space battles, lots of new characters, new quests, and exciting adventures. But the story has less focus, compared to book 1, and is more slice of life adventuring.  


The game mechanics are consistent with book 1, but you can see that there are fewer notifications in this story. Still, the mechanics are there, they’re just different than a traditional RPG. There are no character classes or levels. Instead power is increased by improving the class of your equipment and ships making them more powerful. Then upon player death, they lose a class of effectiveness. There are occupations, which are just classes without the levels, that will players get to specialize through some quest chains. There is also lots of stuff with reputation which affects what quests are available and even if a player becomes hunted. Quests and rewards are the most common kind of notification with general player talk about them being in an MMO coming in 2nd.


Overall, this is an entertaining story. It took me a little bit to recall all the characters and plot from book 1. It is also more slice of life space opera, but it is entertaining and has some really good space battles.


Score: 7.2 out of 10

In Search of the Uldans (Galactogon: Book #2) LitRPG Series

(April 25th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2TzxMwF



(Picture 3)

Slimes and Misty Wieners

A simple hunting expedition leads to a discussion of the nature of good and evil, and the good and evil of nature, when Julian and the C&C gang find themselves imprisoned in the home of a druid and wizard. Horses die. Pants are soiled. For science.


My Opinion: 38 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


As is usually the case, the caverns and creatures short story is very funny and full of potty humor. It’s so fun to get these little side tales between the main series releases. Loved the use of  natural selection as a villain device.


Score: 7.5 out of 10

Slimes and Misty Wieners (Caverns and Creatures)

https://amzn.to/2Dwd62E


(Picture 4)

The Fallen Bard (World of Chains Book 2)

Daniel's (updated) Guide to Early Retirement. Version 2.0 :


1: Intercept illegal money transfer from mafia boss. (Complete success. Except for the part where I was discovered and almost caught)

2: Hide out in super-exclusive Full Immersion Virtual Reality game until the heat is off. (Doing fine so far. They may have figured out that I’m in-game…still, it’s a huge game, so no problem, right?)

3: Roll a bard. Max out charisma. Live it up. (Two out of three ain’t bad. We’re just postponing the ‘Live it up’ part a bit.)

4: Profit. (Still almost two years to go for that. Think happy thoughts!)


He could have been way worse off. Sure, Daniel was stuck in-game as the local bard of a quaint village, but people were nice, the quests juicy and the lore intriguing. Even so, with the mob on the look-out, Daniel would soon find himself sorely tested to avoid detection.


Disclaimer: Still no harems in this series, even with a Bard MC. Go figure. We’re going light on the cursing and less light on the puns. You were warned.



My Opinion: 412 pages, $4.99, Available On Kindle Unlimited


Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased a copy when it became available.


The sequel to the very popular Wayward Bard does not disappoint. The snarky lovable bard is back for more adventures and a fun tale that is hard to put down. There is good world and character building through the main character (MC) collecting stories not only from his starter village but from the surrounding areas this time. New to the story are: Pet raising, class training, and a bit of tournament fighting. Still here: smart playing, stats that matter, lots of training, songs galore, and interesting quests.


When I think of a really good LitRPG Bard story, this is the series that comes to mind.


Score: 7.6 out of 10

The Fallen Bard (World of Chains Book 2) (April 26th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2ITlRaG



(Picture 5)

Into the Dragon's Den (Axe Druid Book 2)

Zeke and his comrades have only been in their new world - Brindolla - for a short time, but every minute has been amazing. Kicking butt and not bothering to take names, the group has been moving forward in their quest to push back the galactic tyrant, War.


Then the unthinkable happens; their friend is banished to the darkest Hells. Poof. Gone, just like that. Now, not only are they on a quest to stop the vanguard of War, but they are going to need to get stronger, faster, and better than ever if they want to have any hope of busting into the Hells and getting their friend back. The Brindollan Gods plan to help as much as they can, but will it be enough to allow them to complete a task that even Orpheus couldn’t in Earth’s mythology?


With the odds looking bleak, and the world they’re trying to defend turning on them, they’re going to need to seek help from unlikely spaces, travel to new places, and break some faces.


My Opinion: 458 pages, $5.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased a copy when it became available.


The story continues on with most of the things I liked about book 1 while having fewer of the issues that stopped it from being good for me. Essentially there are fewer forced moments in the story where unrealistic advancement takes place or unearned power gains occur. Though there still are some early in the story.


The story still has the elements that fans enjoyed: really good group banter, good action-adventure, good fight scenes, crafting, and slice of life adventuring with the group going on a power leveling trip. In this novel, there are additionally some class quests, and the introduction of new team members to replace a certain missing one. Don't expect much forward progress on that plotline by the way.


Overall, the story still feels a lot like the kind told by a DM to his group. Which means there are sometimes some incomplete explanations to move the plot forward, and odd twists or side adventures. It’s something you either really like or dislike about the story. For me, I noticed that happened less often in book 2 and that the good outweighed the annoying, so I had a better time with the story.


Score 7.1 out of 10

Into the Dragon's Den (Axe Druid Book 2) (April 26th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2Z4spIU


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(Music 4)

Music Credits

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

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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LitRPG Podcast 167 -  Djinn Tamer book 2, Towers of Heaven, Attack Protocol, Respawn book3

 

LitRPG Podcast 167 -  Djinn Tamer bk2, Towers of Heaven, Attack Protocol, Respawn bk3

April 18th, 2019

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 167 of the LitRPG podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 4 new reviews just for you.

New Releases and Reviews:

Djinn Tamer: Rivals: A Monster Battling GameLit Adventure (Djinn Tamer - Bronze League Book 2)

It won me over.

Score: 7.3 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2N7yLld

Towers of Heaven: Book 1

OP MC. Slice of life dungeon tower dive. Good if you’re ok with that.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Dfc3nD

Attack Protocol: A LitRPG Space Marine Adventure (Omicron Sector Book 3)

Finishes the short story trilogy well enough.

Score: 7.1 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2V4ZRjk

Respawn: 18 and Up (Respawn LitRPG series Book 3)

Temporal resets, RPG apocalypse, lots of action

Score: 7.4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2XXQror

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LitRPG News  


M.A. Carlson sent in a note about his next book in the World Tree Online series. Not only was he nice enough to share the cover art for book 2. He says that it is expected to release on 01-May, pre-order starting 24-Apr. And there will be a sale on books 1 and 2 leading up to the new release.


Book 1 will be on sale starting 24-Apr until 01-May for 2.99

Book 2 will be on sale starting 24-Apr until 01-May for 1.99



After many months of toil, the third book in the Archemi Online series, Kingdom Come, is now available for pre-order!


To celebrate the release of the pre-order, the author has put the first book in the series, Dragon Seed,  FREE until 20th April.

https://amzn.to/2IzJHrI


James Baldwin has also organize a whole group of LitRPG and GameLit authors to discounted/Free books in their series for a convention and also just to promote their works. There are various time limits on the sales, so get them quick.


Void Legion - FREE

https://dl.bookfunnel.com/xv4fqpuc5y


Dragon Seed: (The Archemi Online Chronicles Book 1) FREE

https://amzn.to/2IzJHrI


Puatera Online bk 1-3 FREE

https://amzn.to/2IH6h1q


The Feedback Loop (Books 1-3) $0.99

https://amzn.to/2IpMO6p


Barrow King  - $0.99

https://amzn.to/2XqvW2S


Accidental Thief - $0.99

https://amzn.to/2GmnUAW


Endless Online book 1 - $0.99

https://amzn.to/2It17XS


Fateseal (Deck of Souls Book 1)   $0.99

https://amzn.to/2VVtKA2


Arcane Kingdom Online $0.99

https://amzn.to/2IslFzy


Pangea Online: Death and Axes $0.99

https://amzn.to/2DizWKY