The Daily Grind

by argusthecat

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Comedy Contemporary Supernatural

A terminally bored IT guy finds a sub-dimension in the back stairwell of his office building.  It escalates from there.

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This series has several positives:

---The viewpoint is written clearly and fluidly, making what is happening easy to follow and understand.

---Even though the premise isn't new, it is an interesting variant.

---The character's actions and reactions are consistent with what we know of him and his motivations.

---It handles suspension of disbelief nicely by having a clear demarcation between 'real world' and 'here be dragons'. It looks like that might blur as the story progresses, but the initial separation makes it easier to get the story going.

---The balance and timing of action versus the character thinking about and reacting to what just happened is good.

On a 'could be a plus, could be a minus' note, the protagonist looks like a slow developer, as opposed to immediately OP or quick growth. I personally like stories either way, so this isn't a negative for me.

So, overall a solid start. It is an open question as to whether this has a plot / larger theme or is more slice of life, but it looks like it could do well with either.



Solid Premise, But Story Goes in a Suboptimal Direction

Reviewed at: Chapter 058

The Daily Grind is a decent story with an interesting premise and magic system that starts strong but makes some suboptimal story choices.

The basic premise of the story is that an IT Call Center employee discovers an office-themed dungeon dimension, and begins to explore it, eventually getting his friends involved and delving as a group.

The early plotlines where the focus is more on discovery and exploration is the strongest part of the story, with the novelty of the magic system and setting really shining. 

Eventually, the plotting of the story gets a bit too slow, with the story arcs feeling somewhat cyclical. A serious missed opportunity in the story is that the characters get skills and the story subsequently forgets about them. While a lot of the skills are seemingly useless, having the characters find creative ways to utilize or apply them would have been much better than just completely neglecting them. This leads into another issue I have. While I understand why the author paced the story the way they did, I think it took way too long for any cool or exciting skills to appear, resulting in skill gains being something just to glance over since the reader could expect that none of them would be story-relevant.

The characters in the story are a bit two-dimensional and simplistic in personality, and their interactions get very repetitive and lack depth. The intelligence of the characters and quality of their planning and strategizing seems to widely fluctuate based on the needs to the story. I personally have no issue with the MMF relationship that appeared in the story, but it came out of nowhere, and the lack of significant depth to the characters and their interactions makes it hard to care about.  

Finally, while the editing is good, it could be improved, specifically with regards to spelling and phrasing. 

Overall, if the premise intrigues you, give this story a shot, but don't hold your breath for solid plotting or complex characters.

(As of Chapter 60)


Excellent.  It's existential Dungeons & Dilbert.  Something is profoundly wrong with reality, and the protagonist is well aware of that, but then again when wasn't something wrong with reality?  Anyway, there's money and candy.  Strange candy.


Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp, Living Staplers.

Reviewed at: Chapter 108

Its top quality. There is nothing else to say. It's unique, well written. Has no grammar issues. The Author is really interactive, and the discord is a blast with all the theoretical possibilities this universe has to offer. The characters are well built and the universe feels ever-expanding. All in all its a fun unending read. the chapters are infrequent but huge so each release is satisfying. Read It.


Best comic dungeon delving ever

Reviewed at: Chapter 057

This is without a doubt one of the best stories on Royalroad. I've only ever read one other office-themed GameLit story, and The Daily Grind beats that one.


The puns are on point. The story and the world develops slowly, but surely. The characters are complex and awesome


Read it!


Absolutely one of the best stories going

Reviewed at: Chapter 115

I can't believe I haven't already reviewed this story, but it's one of my favorites. It provides an endless sense of wonder that just continues to amaze me. If you haven't read it yet, give yourself this experience. You deserve it. Probably, unless you are terrible or something.


That said, some people may not like some of the details about the characters because they feel that they can't identify with them as well. I don't think this is a bad thing, personally. The characters feel alive, and real. The updates feel like a window into their lives, but they feel like real people with real depth and their own lives and ideals. That's what you want in fiction. 


Eldritch made Easy

Reviewed at: Chapter 108

While I would state that the strength of this story is, without a doubt, the world building, The Daily Grind does a good job and not making it all about that. I would strongly recommend giving this a read if you are interested in a setting that leaves you with a lot of questions, with answers that are almost just out of reach yet not. 

Overall, while the start migh feel slow, the pacing (and increase thereof) feels consistent and natural. In fact, this story (the first 'book' in particular) is a pretty good example of what a decently executed 'Heroe's Journey' would look like.  In addition, the first 'book' set up the broadening in scope of this story very well.

Very seldom would Style and Grammar jump out at me (although, I will admit I am the kind of reader who tends to be forgiving on this matter), and many of the characters feel like they could be real people that you have met or known. They archetypal information is presented effectively but not used as a crutch upon which the entirity of a character is based. 

Would definitely recommend that at least giving the first couple chapters a read.

Doctor Zero

Man, I am loving the hell out of this book! It is the only thing I've read for a week. I am glad there are so many chapters left. Where the hell is this book going? I'm addicted!


I've read a lot of garbage on this site. Shit tropes on shit tropes, etc. If you've been on RoyalRoad for awhile and want something new to fantasize to that isn't absolutely cringeworthy, you've come to the right place.


A Kaleidoscopic Trip Of Wacky Fun

Reviewed at: Chapter 108

I like a lot of stories. Some are terrible, but I like them anyway; some are good and a few are even great. Some make me think; some make me feel; others open my eyes. But none offer as much mad, raw enjoyment as this one. The Daily Grind is a kaleidoscopic trip of wacky fun, even when it's being serious.

It's packed to the brim with gloriously wierd and original ideas, any one of which some other authors would use as the sole and core premise of their entire stories. Here, however, the self-described "magical bullshit" is everwhere and comes in more flavours than you ever knew you wanted.