Age of Gods - A VRMMO Story

by thomasdarkrose

Original HIATUS Action Adventure Fantasy LitRPG Magic Male Lead Slice of Life Strong Lead Supernatural Virtual Reality
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Darren is just an average guy, not rich, not poor, not too fat, not too thin, just about everything regarding him is in the 'Goldilocks Zone'. He spends his leisure time playing VRMMO's, but he isn't the righteous hero or conniving villain, instead, he spends his time hunting down the rarest resources to craft the most powerful items he can. Today Karonite Industries newest VRMMO is launching and Darren is ready to play.  Join Darren in a new world on his adventures in Age of Gods!

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I had previously started writing this story but became dissatisfied because of my lack of experience. Now, Age of Gods is relaunching with the same premise but many many changes. I hope you will all enjoy this journey with me!

(Just a quick note, any reviews dated before 12/10/2018 are for the previous version of this story.)

I did not make the cover if the owner of the art wants me to take the image down please just send me a message and I will comply immediately.

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Chapter Name Release Date
Vol. 1 - Entering the Game - Prologue ago
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Rikimaru
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I enjoyed it until the constant grinding got less interesting, I think the smithing skill is more interesting than the magitech aspect because it's less technical.

However while I got burnt out, it was still enjoyable for what it is, and I will not whinge about a story focused on grinding to be bad due to grinding.

Well worth it, will come back when I feel like it, but not a good story to constantly binge more than a day or two.

Allanther
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This novel fits a niche in the LITRPG community like few others.  

Having read the entirety of what's posted so far, I can see that this novel fills a much-needed gap.  Where there are many, many action-adventure LITRPG books out there, there are few that focus on crafting.  Especially as heavily as this book does. 

And that might not be everyone's cup of tea.  Many folks crave the thrill that goes along with someone's epic fight for survival in a new world with levels and skills.  But when folks crave the nitty-gritty crafting side of the litrpg experience, where do they go?  What book would you recommend to a fan of the genre who says 'I want to read about a crafter main character!'  My answer is this book right here.   

And if that's not to your liking?  No worries. 

I could go on further to describe the plot, the character, the scene-setting, but I won't.  I will say (and, hopefully, these words reach the author just as much as they reach any readers) that I would be disheartened to find that the author stopped writing before this story is finished.   I look forward to each new chapter.

Keep up the good work.

firestorm1232
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I love the focus and detail on crafting and the innovative character sheet. The way players are from a 'hero summoning gone wrong' is a small detail that I think goes a long way. One of my favorite points of the story is the difference between manually learning skills and going to a trainer. The only issues I have is the little use of Darren's racial abilities but that doesn't really affect the quality of the story.

Looking forwards to new chapters!

Vincent1875
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The story is decent enough but there are some things that drag it down.

1. The MC has acts stupid for what I assume are plot reasons. For example he complains about not knowing how his eyes work but doesn't experiment with them. There are a bunch of eye based powers he could try but I only recall him half heartedly trying to use X ray vision once. He also hasn't searched the forums for vision based innate talents. Only his specific one. He still doesn't know what the death penalty is because he hasn't bothered looking that up either. He also never looks behind him to check if he's being followed which allowed him to be stalked. Even after he knew he was stalked he never checked and continued to get stalked.

2. His supposed Master has barely taught him anything at all. I would think that he had tricks and such like the MC knew how to temper the metal but for the other professions but he's pretty much only told the MC the basic process of their crafting style and left him to his own devices. For all the time the MC spent with them it doesn't seem worth it.

3. MC wants to be a nice guy that's offended at being accused of being a kidnapper and a callous weapons dealer who will sell to whoever.

4. The pacing is super slow. I can't imagine this story being finished when the author usually takes several chapters to cover a single day. Nobody cares about what the MC is eating everyday. I can only hope for a snowball effect with his Quick Learner Innate ability to make him learn things insanely quickly to speed things up.

Another thing to worry about is annoying cliches. The MC has wings and a baby wolf pet(that turns into a girl). I can't really see the wolf making the story better in any way.

Addictator
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This book is a trypophobe’s nightmare with how many plot holes there are.

Ciellandros
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Started off strong, but stumbles

Reviewed at: Vol. 7 - Power - Chapter 31

While I'm sure many people have noted it, Volume 6 really sucked the wind out of the sails of this story. I really don't like prisoner arcs in the middle of stories, it is not only limiting, but in a novel based so heavily on crafting, it really felt forced, both to explain how he could still get slightly more powerful, and how he was willingly going to craft weapons for them.

As an example, they never showed him they had captured Snowlily. That's a pretty big red flag. And wouldn't his bond tell him roughly were she was at? If she wasn't nearby wouldn't he have noticed? Yes I get that's supposed to make him feel a bit foolish and be a nice surprise that she was never there, but like I said, it felt like it didn't make much sense to me and he should have realized it a lot sooner than several weeks. And if he doesn't care that much about her, why not just get free and take the risk? Like if he doesn't care enough about her to want to see her asap, how am I supposed to believe he feels that strongly about her? It may be a trope, but in most every kidnap scenario, you demand proof of life/proof of good health. Especially if you're making something as significant as weapons to strengthen your captors. Yes he did slightly subvert what he made for them, but it just seems like if he's treating the entire thing in such a cavalier fashion. Even while trying to emphasize how angry it made him, all I really thought was, gee, guess he'll be doing more crafting, just not for himself. If he cared so much about it, I feel like the very idea of being forced to make anything for someone would be such a hard no he'd rather die. I do get that maybe the risk of Snowlily dying is enough to prevent that, but again, he just kind of went ""Yay crafting!" and never really said or did anything to make sure Snowlily was alright so it feels pretty stupid if that's supposed to be the case. Maybe I'm wrong about all of that that, but still, it's a very flawed section of the story to me. And it actually stopped me from reading it for the rest of it's duration just so I could speedread through to the next volume.

And while it's good he's finally free, immediately after it's literally another buildup power arc with more crafting. Yes I know he's going to be doing it a lot, but if you're going to waste so much time on a captivity arc and even give him "outs" to grow in power, why the heck didn't you just include it in there? Like throw all the crafting into the captivity arc and have the next arc be pure plot/battle for a bit. I still like the world and still like the idea of someone literally willing to make arms and armor for the right price and material for anyone, but there are definitely sections that are rougher to get through. And I know if I was reading it all in one session, there's a reasonable chance I'd put it down and not pick it back up because of that.

I really do hope the rest of Volume 7 picks up a bit, and I really hope Volume 8's start is good, but as time has gone on, the rating I'm considering leaving this has gone from a 4 down to a 3.5 and at a 3 I'll just drop it since it's too mediocre for me to follow regularly. I'm not entirely certain it wouldn't go straight back up to a 4 with a shortened volume 6 that literally becomes a summary of what he did. Like that's how badly I feel that one volume affected my entire viewpoint of the story. Not trying to be too negative since I genuinely did enjoy the story greatly until that point, but that's pretty much how I feel about things currently. I'm rather hopeful I'll be forced to come back and edit this at some point about how much better the story has gotten since I have enjoyed the author's other works, but I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

Blue Maven
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Someone fire those game developers

Reviewed at: Vol. 7 - Power - Chapter 20

Fun read. Not a game I'd play if it existed though way to broken. The beginning gacha turned me off hard and the race change stuff aswell. Plus his luck is broken... How can he randomly find legendary stuff. It's one thing if he bought it for a high price or it happened only once. And again the gacha somehow he got abilities that just happened to suit him. I have other things to nitpick about but I can't be bothered right now. Good detail for the crafting bits though.

Aretae
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This is a good story that isn't for everyone

Reviewed at: Vol. 7 - Power - Chapter 19

Some folks play MMOs not for the monster hunting, not for the leveling, and not for the raids.  They play for the crafting.  I've known some of those folks.  This is a story about one of them. 

This is one of the slower paced stories on RR.  The MC is primarily a crafter. As a secondary profession, they do normal MC type fighting things.  But their main thing is crafting. And more crafting.  Probably half the book is crafting, learning to craft, or learning something that isn't crafting.   

I loved the first hundred chapters.  I think it's some of the best crafting writing I've ever seen. I've gotten less excited in the last couple dozen chapters (near 250), but it's an importantly different approach. If it's your thing at all, try it.  If you need action and monster-whacking every chapter or two, avoid it.   

knifeandko
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The book is alright, but something is missing

A nice story that’s hampered by its characters (yes, including the main character). The worldbuilding is solid in the first 3 arcs, the writing itself is sufficiently readable (though the language could be a bit more rich, the grammar is alright) and the story itself, while not high-stakes, still lures you in.

However, while the world and the events are good enough, the characters that inhabit it and actually do things fall flat. Not by themselves, but interacting with each other. The NPCs are presented as “lifelike”, but they (and our protagonist) just lack the “spark” that could usually be seen in a great book’s denizens. Not “cardboard” but not “individuals” either. 

In conclusion, I’d say that this book is worth a try, but you shouldn’t feel bad if you don’t want to read it anymore.

Fluffigenius
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Great story that Sadly feels somewhat empty

Pretty great story. Though the World does feel pretty empty.