There is no Epic Loot here, Only Puns.
She became a dungeon core.
Everything pointed Delta to murdering her way to success. People were just mana farms, right?
No, that was wrong. Delta refused. Then everything became odd.
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Hey, you know all those dungeon stories where the dungeon proceeds to murder without regret? Well in this story the dungeon puns and makes friends instead.
Stewart mixes together Pratchett and modern Isekai to produce something special in this wonderful story.
(as of chapter 67)
'There is no Epic Loot here, Only Puns' tells the story of Delta, a young Dungeon Core (that was a human gamer girl before and retained some RPG-related memories). Instead of doing what every dungeon core does (lure in people to kill and feed on them), she is a pacifist. So Delta creates a peaceful dungeon with friendly monsters and places for people to relax, also befriending the people from the strange village outside (which is full of powerful retired adventurers). And she likes puns, horrible horrible puns, infectious puns...
Style: Told in third-person internal style from multiple points-of-view (Delta, the Dungeon-Menu-turned-sentient-entity, some of the monsters and people). Often there are multiple scenes in one chapter. The flow of the words is fine with much variety.
Story: Delta's pacifist-to-a-fault attitude can be a bit difficult to relate to when an experienced dungeon story reader thinks about the murderhobos that might lurk around the corner just waiting to burn everything down, but it is a refreshing and very cute story. The inhabitants of the dungeon are supported in their dreams by their loving creator-mother and the positive results that develop from that warm my cold and disillusioned heart. There is a large focus on the living but the tiny details of their surroundings aren't neglected either. The puns, well, either you love puns or you hate puns depending on your personality, but they are high quality (that water in my eyes is, um, just the rain. Really!).
Grammar: A few times per chapter there are slight oversights like a missing word in a sentence, a typo or a clause-change mid-sentence. Sometimes the wording is a bit unhandy. Nothing that couldn't be rectified by a strict proofreading though.
Characters: Wow, just wow! Everybody has their own personality and quirks, from the monarchist spiders in the first room to the dungeon notification system to the friendly simple-minded child of overpowered village inhabitants. Some of them are very strange but they fit the story well. The characters feel really alive and are believable.
In total, a very recommendable story with a light and friendly tone and an unusual take on the dungeon core theme. And with puns, I think I didn't mention them before. Extra points for the map!
I have to be honest, when I read the synopsis of this story did I expect it to be the mainstream dungeon story that appear very frequently on this website.
I am glad that the author proved me wrong.
I am now at the latest chapter, 19, and I can honestly say that every chapter is entertaining and written in a way that draws you in.
It's impossible to stop reading and I look foward to future chapters.
I have to be honest and score low on grammar and style. The errors appear consistently in every chapter, but I honestly don't even care -- this story is that good. The characters are defined and unique, with unexpected motivations and flaws. With a good editor this could easily be a top-selling ebook.
I implore you to look beyond the spelling, grammar, and occasionally clunky sentence structure. This is well worth a read. You won't be able to stop.
TLDR: Very fun story if you are looking for light and funny reading. Not really worth it if you are into more "serious" stories.
WARNING: I tried to be as general as possible not to have any spoilers.
Let me be very blunt. I didn't like the story. It is not really my type of the narrative and even after reading 60 chapters I was struggling to keep myself engaged. But at the same time, I truly believe that this is an excellent story that fully deserves the praise that it gets. It is just not my cup of tea I guess. But let me elaborate:
I think the story title describes it perfectly. If you are here for an epic adventure full of heroic acts, intrigues and complex machinations - you are on the wrong webpage. This is a tale about people. A charming narrative that explores character interactions and is one of those refreshing slice-of-life tales, that leaves you smiling after every chapter. It is funny, it is fairly unique and the story at times gets quite complex and engaging. All of the characters are well developed and as story progresses we learn more and more about them in very organic way. At the same time for people like me, who read the stories for the thrill of challenge, wanting to experience main characters doing badass things in a badass ways, or alternatively enjoy joining MCs as they struggle for the survival in the cruel and unforgiving world, this story is not really for you. Characters do face struggles here, but the struggles they face are more personal rather than external. And the overall tone drifts much closer to the "friendship is magic" narrative, rather than fantastic realism that personally I prefer in my tales.
In the end I have nothing but compliments for author. I find it honestly unfortunate that I won’t be able to accompany you till the end of this fantastic story, but even though I can appreciate the quality of the tale, I can’t really relate with it. I wish author the best and see you all around on the RoyalRoad.
I like dungeon stories, but I've always felt they tend to jump straight into being an adventurer from the other direction. Straight into killing people for resources. It's really nice to see a new angle. That said, it's still very classically dungeon-y. Monsters, traps, the usual.
Still, there's a lot of potential here. Our Main Dungeon does want to seem to spice things up, and I'm hopeful as things develop the formula will get more of a shake-up, and we'll get even more puns.
It is a fun read and things are looking like they are heating up. Can't say I agree with the total pacifism the MC has going - leading me to roll my eyes more than once - but it is different. In a saturated genre filled with too much of the same, Puns manages to bring some fresh ideas to the bunch.
I am writing this advance review after reading till chapter 36(44 and the omake and interlude).
The way you write is AWESOME.
The story is amazing wheter it is the overall plot or the drama and backstory of the character, the comedy and the pun that can make the spiders cringe, or even the slice of life days.
There are a few grammatical error in the story but that's probably typo or you were tired. Overall there aren't any error that broke the immersion of the story.
The character... Oh the character the way you write them makes them so realistic and full of life. They are not some cookie cutter serve only to make the MC looks good they give meaningful interaction, awesome backstory, and many more.
All in all this is a story that I will recommend to people to read because it turn a classic story about dungeon into something so much more. Give it a try will you.
once upon a time, the world decided to hide its greatest monsters, its greatest heroes and its greatest enemy all in one location, and hoped they would fade away with enough time... they shouldn't have hoped.
This is the story of Delta, a sentient and sapient dungeon who grew strong way before she was supposed to in a location that the rest of the world would like to forget existed. Trouble is, she doesn't like to kill like a dungeon should. she doesn't like others killing in her new body either. An idealist who has the strength to back up her ideology in the face of unspeakable evil.
This is the story of all the monsters who call the dungeon core their mother, who have shown more emotion and character than any side characters i've seen in any professional work. They are just too easy to love, and I love every single one. This pun-loving family of goblins, trolls, skeletons, a mime, a duck and legion of mushrooms has made me smile no matter how sad i've been.
This is the story of the residents of a town who the world wanted to forget- ancient powers who have awoken thanks to delta's presence, who are ready to fight against evil once more. A stroy about every single one of them, and how this world has hurt them, and every dungeon that lives in this world out of greed.
this is the story of the children, the new heroes of this world, who would do anything to protect delta, the kids who are set to inherit the greatest darkness the world has ever known, just before it's about to strike.
Now ask me tell you, have you ever had a villain make you cry from something you've seen them do? i'm not talking tears at their own death. i'm not talking about some misguided tears of joy from their demise or watching them kill someone important. I mean genuine, heart-felt tears of fury and hopelessness over something a villain has done that just made you curl up and die inside for a while. This story gave me that. it's good.
just... just read it. enjoy my punny children. i love them all.