There is no Epic Loot here, Only Puns.

by stewart92

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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Chapter Name Release Date
1: Smashing Start ago
2: Take off! ago
3: Mushroom Farming ago
4: The Piggy in the Middle ago
5: The Human Touch ago
6: The Capped Limit ago
7: innocence and Gobs ago
8: What Wicked Web We Weave ago
9: Quissing the Dungeon ago
10: Hole in the Ground ago
11: Fishing for Compliments ago
12: The Nature of Give and Take ago
13: Hook, Line, Sinker ago
14: Conviction ago
15: Delta Ducks ago
16: Duck for Traps ago
17: Along Came A Spider ago
18: I am DEO! ago
19: DEO! and friends! ago
20: A Boary End ago
21: Flaws and Thorns ago
22: The Greenhouse Effect ago
23: Nature vs Nurture ago
24: Unruli ago
25: Slimers ago
26: Special ago
27: Levelling Down ago
28: Guilty Roots ago
29: The Jungle Room ago
30: A Gentleman ago
31: Japing about ago
32: Catch and Mist ago
33: The Curious Container ago
34: The Flower in a Pot ago
35: Rulis and Termis ago
36: Challenge Accepted ago
37: The Nuance of Dungeon Building ago
38: Big Showdown in little Dungeon ago
39: Lost in Translation ago
40: Seeing the Mushroom for the Forest ago
41: Busy Little Bee ago
42: The Little Things ago
43: Raleish the thought ago
44: Mime the Gap ago
Interlude: Cheesecake ago
45: Nu point of view ago
46: Ballad of the Great ago
47: Delta Does Danger ago
48: Equal-system ago
49: Witching Hour ago
50: Evolution of the First Floor ago
51: Happy Accidents ago
52: Griminology ago
Interlude: Crumbling Hearth ago
Artwork! ago
53: Devine Bobbing ago
54: Pic-Nic ago
Maestro ago
55: Heart of the Jungle ago
56: Birds, Mushrooms, and Taxes ago
57: The Musical Trap ago
58: Thorn in The Side ago
59: DEOLICIOUS ago
60: The Star of the Show ago
Map updates. ago
61: This Dungeon Belongs to Noland ago
Update ago
Interlude: Popping the Question ago
62: Holly Water ago
63: Wyin or lose ago
64: The Tree of 'Wisdom' ago
65: The Key to her Heart! ago
66: Tending the Moon ago
Side Story: The Village of Woodedly ago
67: Keys and Doors ago
68: World Wide Web ago
69: New Blood ago
70: Gather your Party ago
Floor maps udated! ago
Interlude: The King's Fortune ago
71: Truth Seeker ago
72: Inferno at the Grove ago
73: Lord of Mushrooms ago
Interlude: Spoiled for Choice ago
74: Blind Truth ago
75: Heart to Heart ago
76: Jungle Fever ago
77: Flower Power ago
78: Maze of Life ago
79: Delta's Dungeon Defence ago
80: Mother vs Mother ago
81: Long may she rain ago
82: Jack and Delta go down a tunnel ago
Interlude: The Imp of no Importance ago
83: The Fortress of Silence ago
84: For Whom the Dungeon Trolls ago
Edit upon a new day. ago
85: Silent Knight ago
86: Oh Holy Knight ago
87: Grotesque Puns ago
Floor 2 update! ago
88: Xanatos Gambit? No, this is a Delta Gamble! ago
89: Split Opinions on Banned Books ago
90: The Dungeon and her Village ago
91: Nina a Hand? ago
92: Fresh Breath of Seth ago
93: A King's Grudge ago
Interlude: Dungeon Education ago
94:Guard Goyles ago
95: All Action, No Talk ago
96: Door to Door ago
97:Bubbling to the Surface ago
Interlude: Death Pips In ago
98: The Madness of Sanity ago
99: Beta to the Punch ago
100: Delta ago
101: How to be a Dungeon ago
102: The Dance of the Dead and Fabulous ago
103: Pop goes the Slime ago
104: Spring of the Soul ago
105: Delta's Day Off ago
106: Delta the Darkest Dungeon ago
107: Love ago
108: Al Far will he go? ago
109: Quickies and Squidies ago
110: Hungry Python ago
111: Jack be nimble... jack be... oh no. ago
112: Low-hanging fruit ago
113: Miserable Pile of Mushrooms! ago
114: Sootable Upgrades ago
115: Vastly Giant Bridge ago
116: Wyinning ago
117: The Buzz about Shrooms ago
118: Hero ago
119: The Royal Wee ago
120: The great DEO...Hero? ago
121: Rooted in Her Ways ago
122: Tree's a Company ago
123 ago
124: You can call me Al ago
125: Branching Paths ago
Third floor ago
126: Slivers of Silver ago
127: Gam Ham Time ago
128: Ode to Deo ago
129:... That's Amore ago
130: Scoreboard ago
131: Ghoulish Intentions ago
132: Free Range War ago

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Friar Tuck
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Side characters more interesting than the dungeon

Reviewed at: 132: Free Range War

Keeping in mind this whole site is stuffed full of fan-fiction tier word salad:

1 star - Trash. Unless you orgasm from certain genres or the MC is literally you but in a power fantasy stay away.

3 stars - Junk food. Nothing to brag about, but not fingernails on chalkboard bad. B movie with some nice popcorn.

5 stars - Good enough to recommend even if it's not in your genre wheelhouse. Not many of these even in the "Best Rated". lmao

Grading grammar and spelling is dumb unless it's so bad as to be unreadable.

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I'm in a weird place with this one. It was a recommendation for this story that led me to RR in the first place.

No-kill dungeon core is usually a deal breaker for me but some nice story touches (memorial room especially) and a MC who owns their justification ("I dont like killing" is infinitely better than brainlet tier philosophical ramblings usually used) were enough to stick around.

Sadly, while I do like the majority of the story I realised maybe 60 chapters in that I was reading a "Dungeon Core" story for all of the bits that were outside the dungeon.

I really enjoyed all the different intereactions in the village between veritable cataclysm tier individuals, I liked learning why the big three gathered them, I liked the stupid language issues with the water mage, I liked a character motivation as ambitious and simple as "burn the fucking world tree". Just about every time the story switched to village POV I had fun reading.

Then of course it would switch back and the dungeon parts just aren't as interesting. It's not bad and even the parts that are getting stale from repetition (mushrooms and the puns courtesy of the story name) occaisonally get a chuckle but the village stuff is better. Even parts that are ostensibly dungeon centric I only enjoyed because of the interactions with the village (reawakening of the faded, village attitude to dungeonering and quests, deo's ears).

That said, some of it is a preference thing. I don't like the attempt to make Delta+dungeon monster interactions touchy feely. I am repulsed by the way the ingrained slavelike devotion is reworded to be some sort of happy cheerful rainbow feeling. I would have much prefered having the entirety of dungeon created monsters be comic relief. Pretending its all just one big happy family is almost sickening when you remember Delta can just magick up another monster (family member) on a whim. I found in-story justification to be as trite and vapid as I would any real world attempt.

I found most of the lore sections pretty tedious. I don't really care about the siblings or alpha beta gamma. The silence is great but the silence cultists in the mountain have been underwhelming.

Haldi best character all other answers are wrong

3 stars. Occaisonal decent dungeon segment and very enjoyable side character roster.

Cestarian
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The story is ok, that's the word I'd use to describe it. Ok. Not great, not even particularly good, just ok. I'm 50 chapters in when I write this.

It starts more or less like most dungeon core stories (and most dungeon core stories suck don't they?) but manages to avoid the murderhobo dungeon trope. And not being a murderhobo dungeon sort of becomes everything the story is really about. There's some worldbuilding in the background; hidden by cliffhangers, the author seems like he's teasing "Hey, there's a world and story outside the dungeon, guess who is never going to get to hear anything about it! That's right, you will never get to hear anything about it! Not beyond these cliffhangers I'm leaving all over anyways."

I don't know what to make of that, it's like he's mocking his readers, but it's not that big of a deal, I never cared that much about it anyways, it just became a annoying when he keeps repeatedly teasing it and dropping cliffhangers and loose ends about it all over the place without ever actually diving deeper into any of it.

But this isn't even what bothers me the most about the story, this is just a minor annoyance. What bothers me the most is that the pacing of the story is down the drain, I've read about 50/88 published chapters; with the full 88 being 1000 pages of content; that's about 600 pages of content I've read, two full books.


And nothing has happened, it's like the world bends over backwards and just waits for the dungeon to be ready for whatever it promised to throw at it from the first few chapters. The town next to the dungeon had to send a letter to the king to tell him about the dungeon and this would draw in a bunch of undesirables that like to enslave dungeons, or just milk them like cows of whatever they can get. It's been 2 books worth of content, and they're not even there yet? Just a whole bunch of foreshadowing turned into a whole lot of nothing.

Worse still however is that she's developing so slowly, she has 2 floors and 15 monsters, 600 pages, for 2 floors, and she's not even done with the 2nd floor. When we get teased about there being dungeons with 70+ floors out there. It's all just a happy little wonderland, everything always goes perfect, there's no adversity, not really, oh and despite the doors being open for adventurers to come in and chekc things out, she's had only 1 serious team check her out, a few people have dropped by the dungeon once, and never returned (including Quiss, who is made out to be some kind of major character but he never really goes into the dungeon after his first 2 times early on in the book)

The pace is snailing, there's suppposed to be some plot, probably but at the current rate the story is going it'll be 4000 pages, or chapter 350 or something before we will finally get to the plot actually moving. You know, when she's developed into a whole 3 floor dungeon and is ready for whatever the world can throw at her (Because I swear she will not be able to get to floor 4 any faster than that, the pace has only been slowing down over time. She'll probably be stuck on floor 3 until the author drops the story)

It's an ok story, a light hearted read, filled with bad puns. But it's nothing more than that.

Lackies
Overall

This novel is fun without being totally inane, funny without forcing itself, and just a little bit poigant to cleanse the palate and give the plot a bit of weight.

Scipio231
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Good to see this here - Love it!

I've been watching this story develop for months on Spacebattles, and it just keeps getting better. Varied and interesting characters, an intriguing and colorful world, and foreshadowing of potential plots to be. Honestly one of my favorite dungeon stories right now and a pure pleasure to read.

AShyLeecher
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The title should be changed to There is no Epic Loot here, Or Puns. Seriously though, either up your pun game or revise your title. On another note, characters are likable if not all that complex. There doesn’t seem to be any overarching goals or problems and retains a lighthearted tone (aside from maybe that whatever that respawned her at the start but as of now it plays no part). There is no useless and crippling foreshadowing such as “the shadowy emporer of despair and cheese chuckled gleefully, watching as his insert evil plot here came to fruition” so that’s good. I don’t really understand the setting all that much and it could use some more development. There are a few problems with grammar and all of them really stick out but luckily they’re not that common and can still be understood. The style is a resounding success and makes this an enjoyable read. All in all I’m gonna have to give it a not-bad/10

Bailey Lowe
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Don't Stop Until you get Enough, Puns! AKA Never!

Reviewed at: 128: Ode to Deo

Give me everything, dear God's I need more pun goodness! The story feels like it heats up more and more each arc (between boughts of tears) but I tell you what; these characters, These Flipping Characters are BriLLiAnt.

This book is like your grandmother reading you a bedtime story while stroking her hands through your hair, it's like sitting by a fire on an autumn night snuggled up with the one you love, above all though it's like being friends with the writer, the readers alongside you and each and every character in this beautiful novel.
I geninely feel this friendship towards the characters in this novel. Please give them a chance and try your best to get to know them as they will heal your soul.
The writers creativity knows no bounds as they seem to barely struggle for ideas when crafting a non-lethal dungeon experience and the world at large. Unlike other writers as well they barely stray from the main story only setting breadcrumbs out of the way on occasion for the readers to gobble up at their leasure.
Best of luck to everybody picking this novel up for the first time, just put yourself in the characters shoes and try to get to know them.
You won't be dissapointed.

Garret25
Overall

Ever heard of a good dungeon? Then here it is. That thing in itself makes this story unique from the other dungeon stories out there. It's silly, it's fun, it's epic, it's dangerously delta.

5 stars doesn't mean it's because of perfection, but because it exceeded expectations.

Bizmatech
Overall

Popcorn Entertainment With Some Actual Calories

Reviewed at: 104: Spring of the Soul

It's like a dungeon-builder isekai got combined with Discworld. It's nonsensical without ever dropping the suspension of disbelief.

It's got a massive cast, but actually takes the time to develop its characters. It has a small setting, but makes you feel like the world around it actually works.

I particularly like how it manages to keep the running jokes from getting old. You see them coming, and you know how they work, but you never really see the punchline until it hits you.

I binge read it once, but I'll probably reread it again soon. I don't usually do that with webnovels, but this one is worth it.

Icaimas
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You start for the dungeon, you stay for the world!

This story is as different from the generic reincarnated as Dungeon(-master) as could be.
You start with the MC reincarnating as a Dungeon and slowly getting to know what that means and how to move forward. But continuing onwards, people outside the dungeon are introduced, their stories, their lives, their characters. And with each chapter, with each character and every pun (XD), the world gets revealed.
The story so far (Ch-95) has developed to a point where you can´t wait for the next chapter, because you simply can´t anticipate what might happen, or what consequences might follow.
I can only recommend reading this Novel! XD

Klemnomaniac
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Ready for the Spotlight

Hellooooooooo everyone!

Klemnomaniac here to give you the skinny on one of the highest rated stories on Royal Road!

But before we a-continue, a note: the essence of this review, written by fabulous moi, is done in the spirit of one o' my favourite characters in this divine piece of calligraphic ecstasy.

So with no further ado, darlings, let the performance commence!

--Verse 1: STYLE--

And what would a performance be without style and flair, I ask you sugars? A bore, is the answer.

However, this story thankfully does not suffer from such an issue.

Written in such a way that engages the audience, it leaves you wanting for more, like any good star should.

Easy to read and with constant progression, Mother-dearest, or Delta for her close fans, will leave you wanting an encore of her humourous shenanigans time and time again. FIVE STARS, BABY!

--Verse 2: STORY--

Now, little chickadees, any good song will tell a story but only great songs will let you know what they are as soon as you hear their rhythm.

As soon as you hear about the girl whose a pacifist dungeon, you'll immediately know that it's this story. Driven by a unique and engaging premise set in  a fantastical world, it's no wonder Mother Delta's got her fans here screamin' for more!

--Verse 3: GRAMMAR--

Now, an interlude.

Grammar is good for any structured song; the difference between being a singer and a sinner, though my pipes and looks are all devilishly good, cherubs.

Overall, this story keeps a relatively high level of grammatical combobulation that brings out a masterfully written story. Mistakes are far and few between, probably due to some oversight or bug.

And after all, we know a thing or two about a glitch in the System. wink

--Verse 4: CHARACTER--

Me oh my, if it isn't the Chorus of this here enterprise! A song is only as good as the music, cher. And my, isn't the music good?

An eclectic, zany cast of characters if ever there was one; you could say it gives the story soul. Anywho, my little darlings, if there's one thing you'll find in spades reading through this mish-mash of pure joy-joy goodness, it's the heart imbued by the care and attention to each and everyone person introduced into the setting.

--Outro: CONCLUSION--

Sad to say, my mushroom maniacs, but I must depart but not before I give my final song.

You'll find no story more entertaining, driven by it's universe and endearing to the end than 'There is no Epic Loot here, Only Puns.' I highly recommend it to all who would want to read comedic fantasy. Hell, I'd recommend it even if you didn't. But it would certainly be a mistake to miss out on this wonderfully, absolutely fab-ul-ous piece of literature.

And if you ask who I'm emulatin' for this review?

Well, you'll just have to read the story, honey-dumplings.

A star's gotta have a little mystique, you know?