Living Life As A Game: Through And Through

by Vermillion Yormsky

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy Anti-Hero Lead Female Lead GameLit Gender Bender High Fantasy LitRPG Magic Martial Arts Supernatural
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Overnight, Adrian's life changes bordering on apocalyptic levels of insanity. His calm yet sad life as a fat antisocial sociopath comes to a screeching halt as he has an intervention with... gods? But why!? All I did was make some character for an obviously bootlegged game! Why is this happening to me?

I have to level up and prepare for some cataclysm? That hilariously outrageous background I gave my character came to reality? And my... you... you bastards made me into a girl!!! AAAHHHHHHHH!!!

How will the borderline Adrian... I mean, Elizabeth fare, now that she has to live through a game like existence. Will her ever depressed, sad excuse for a personality ever develop? Probably not... (But hey, I'll do my best to make this novel, not suck; fam-lit-squad-bros~)

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: A Really Shady Game ago
Chapter 2: Transformation, Entering A “Partnership” ago
Chapter 3: Functions, Starter Pack ago
Chapter 4: Starter Pack Status: Used! ago
Chapter 5: Meditation ago
Chapter 6: Spontaneous Side Quest! ago
Chapter 7: Shopping For Clothes, Completing The Side Quest ago
Chapter 8: Timely Contact ago
Chapter 9: Testing Conversion ago
Chapter 10: Joining The Dojo ago
Chapter 11: Learning The Basics ago
Chapter 12: Breakthrough ago
Chapter 13: A Frightening Moment ago
Chapter 14: Masochistic Awakening ago
Chapter 15: Trouble’s Brewing ago
Chapter 16: Choice Quest ago
Chapter 17: Chase! ago
Chapter 18: The Situation Worsens ago
Chapter 19: Pyrrhic Conclusion ago
Chapter 20: Healing Sun, An Ember Burns ago
Chapter 21: Search And Recovery ago
Chapter 22: Neither God Nor Devil ago
Chapter 23: Preparing Another Breakthrough Event, Accepting Rewards ago
Chapter 24: Misunderstanding ago
Chapter 25: Feeling Slighted ago
Chapter 26: Miracle Of The Medical Path, Calamitous Boss Battle ago
Chapter 27: Time For Breakfast ago
Chapter 28: Back To The Dojo ago
Chapter 29: Oddly Upset ago
Chapter 30: A Change In Affinity ago
Chapter 31: Healing Atid ago
Chapter 32: New Home ago
Chapter 33: Before The Jump ago
Chapter 34: Complacent And Oblivious ago
Chapter 35: Brutal First Blood ago
Chapter 36: Madness ago
Chapter 37: In Search Of Shelter ago
Chapter 38: Securing Safety ago
Chapter 39: Pending? ago
Chapter 40: The Start Of Totally Normal Night Time Activities ago
Chapter 41: To The Brim ago
Chapter 42: Doing It For The Energy... ago
Chapter 43: Unexpected Windfall ago
Chapter 44: Calamity And Fortune Come Hand In Hand ago
Chapter 45: A Series Of Ever-Increasingly Dangerous Choices ago
Chapter 46: Threat Of Death ago
Chapter 47: To The Showers! ago
Chapter 48: Can You Do Me A Favor? ago
Chapter 49: Caught! ago
Chapter 50: Father-“Son” Chat ago
Chapter 51: Trash-Tier Affinity ago
Chapter 52: And So We Begin Again... ago
Chapter 53: Treacherous Cheats ago
Chapter 54: Attaining Mythical Standing ago
Chapter 55: Elizabeth’s Break Cut Short ago
Chapter 56: Another Affliction Arises ago
Chapter 57: Blatant Betrayal ago
Chapter 58: Lamenting Her Own Impulsiveness ago
Chapter 59: You Can’t Be Serious... ago
Chapter 60: Critical Development! ago
Chapter 61: Betting It All On The Absurd ago
Chapter 62: Causing Problems For Oneself, Breaking Records ago
Chapter 63: Coming Out In One Piece ago
Chapter 64: That's Two For Two ago
Chapter 65: Putting An End To This Crazy Week ago
Chapter 66: Clashing ago
Chapter 67: How Is This Worth Millions?! ago
Chapter 68: Entering A Conflict ago
Chapter 69: Storage Enchantment ago
Chapter 70: The Search For DNA ago
Chapter 71: The Test For Better Training Gear ago
Chapter 72: Internal Refinement ago
Chapter 73: Evolution Of A Martial Skill ago
Chapter 74: Advancing At A Breakneck Pace ago
Chapter 75: A Visit From Familiar Faces ago
Chapter 76: Conditions ago
Chapter 77: Battle Between Soldiers ago
Chapter 78: Disturbing The Demon ago
Chapter 79: The Final Battle Against A Peak-Phase Pawn ago
Chapter 80: Dealing With The Aftermath ago
Chapter 81: Can’t I Just Have One Normal Day? ago
Chapter 82: The Strangest Bartender ago
Chapter 83: Correcting Time ago
Chapter 84: Testing The Limits, Double Breakthrough ago
Chapter 85: Broken And Bleak, Off To The Next Substation ago
Chapter 86: Erasing Limits, Endless Potential ago
Chapter 87: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly… Outcomes ago
Chapter 88: New Godly Servant, Leaving The Legacy Site ago
Chapter 89: Dimensional Upgrade ago
Chapter 90: To The Yacht ago
Chapter 91: Peak-Phase Soldier ago
Chapter 92: Spell Seeds ago
Chapter 93: Pill Consummation, Challenged In The Kitchen ago
Chapter 94: Landslide Victory For The Cooking Demon ago
Chapter 95: Learning A New Skill To Fill Up One’s Stomach ago
Chapter 96: Blade Art: Basics ago
Chapter 97: Subtle Change ago
Chapter 98: Unfathomable Reward ago
Chapter 99: An Unfunny Joke... ago
Chapter 100: Cursed Scroll ago
Chapter 101: Jane’s Turn, A Round Of Extrapersonal Cultivation ago
Chapter 102: Troublesome Bloodline ago
Chapter 103: Night Of Upgrades ago
Chapter 104: Shower Thoughts, Kitchen Schemes ago
Chapter 105: Stability, Albeit Temporarily ago
Chapter 106: Arriving At The Island, Unparalleled In The Forest ago
Chapter 107: Ominous Passage Activates, Cultivating Femininity ago
Chapter 108: The Demonic Godslayer’s Cultivation ago
Chapter 109: Frightening Battle ago
Chapter 110: The Secret, New Weakest Companion ago
Chapter 111: Wrapping Up The Free Day ago
Chapter 112: Planning Out A Lengthy Tournament Day ago
Chapter 113: Aggravating Stranger ago
Chapter 114: Startling Announcement ago
Chapter 115: The Refinement Stage ago
Chapter 116: High Hopes Rescinded ago
Chapter 117: Interview Gone Awry ago
Chapter 118: Boasting At Levels Thought To Be Unimaginable ago
Chapter 119: Sword Smithing ago
Chapter 120: Ending The First Stage ago
Chapter 121: Sneaking Suspicion ago
Chapter 122: Caught Completely Off Guard! ago
Chapter 123: The Un-probeable Clearlight Sparrow Beast Egg ago
Chapter 124: Ancestral Awakening ago
Chapter 125: Fiendish Delight ago
Chapter 126: Five Stage Win Streak ago
Chapter 127: The Demon Who Won Without Lifting A Finger! ago
Chapter 128: Trading For The Unexpected ago
Chapter 129: Doing It On Purpose ago
Chapter 130: Saint Elizabeth, The Demon Who Cures... ago
Chapter 131: Doctor-Patient Chat ago
Chapter 132: Psychotic Tendencies ago
Chapter 133: The End Of A Streak ago
Chapter 134: Free Time ago
Chapter 135: Taking The Spotlight Once More ago
Chapter 136: Three Enchantments ago
Chapter 137: Cooking Up A Storm ago
Chapter 138: Enlightening The Masses About The Wondrous Occupation Of True Spiritual Cooking! ago
Chapter 139: End Of The Secondary Occupational Events ago
Chapter 140: Double-Edged Sword Of An Ability ago
Chapter 141: The Start Of The Martial Event ago
Chapter 142: A True Test Of Strength! ago
Chapter 143: At Least I Completed The Game... ago
Chapter 144: Premature Encounter ago
Chapter 145: End Of The Warrior Stage Division ago
Chapter 146: Climbing The Ranks ago
Chapter 147: Dangerous Turn Of Events ago
Chapter 148: Extreme Path Cultivators Shock The Crowd! ago
Chapter 149: Finally, A Challenge! ago
Chapter 150: Just A Bit Of Danger ago
Chapter 151: The End Of A Terrific Battle ago
Chapter 152: The Saint Division ago
Chapter 153: Debuting The Origin Energy-Technique Integration Cube ago
Chapter 154: Hitting The Motherlode! Chance At Becoming Saint Champion ago
Chapter 155: Changing Tactics ago
Chapter 156: End Of The Road ago
Chapter 157: Divine Transmission ago
Chapter 158: From Humble Origins... ago
Chapter 159: …A Pair Of Legends Rise ago
Chapter 160: Giving Needless Advice ago
Chapter 161: No Choice But To Accept! ago
Chapter 162: Where Do They Come From?! ago
Chapter 163: Needle In The Proverbial Haystack ago
Chapter 164: Revealing Herself ago
Chapter 165: Concluding Her Business In The Keter Estate ago
Chapter 166: Let's Have A Race ago
Chapter 167: Exciting Times Before The Rest Arrive ago
Chapter 168: Incarnations! ago
Chapter 169: Change In Body And Soul ago
Chapter 170: Paradigm Shift ago
Chapter 171: Preparation For The Second Jump ago
Chapter 172: A Quick Test Of The Party ago
Chapter 173: Setting Up A Base ago
Chapter 174: Dangerous Encounter ago
Chapter 175: Death Vs Yang ago

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Okay - Something is there

Style: There was one chapter where the paragraph spacing was doubled, so it made scrolling annoying and sorta messed up the reading flow. Otherwise, the writing was written in an easy to understand fashion, albeit with some grammatical idiosyncrasies that I’ll explain later. The quests are nice, but their formatting is borderline bad—this includes skills. The spacing needs to be better improved between different info sections as well as some separation from the story. Currently, they looked like malformed contextual paragraphs.

Story: It started out very promisingly; although, I was unsure whether I was a fan of the MC’s background, it made him too perfect to fit in as a guy in a game world being able to do a lot because his parents are away and rich. Once it got to the martial arts part, it stagnated for me because it spent an introductory chapter teaching Muay Thai of which I have no interest in actually reading a step by step how. Two, three paragraphs at most suffice and then time skip practice to spars. And with the spars, less detail otherwise it drags for too long. In short, the martial arts part was just too long. Getting to the Sun character part. I was lukewarm on the integration of the two perspectives as well as the new character himself. But since I stopped at 21, I have little to say except he wasn’t annoying at least and has some potential to be a good character, but similarly, can easily fall short too. What engages me and makes me want ot continue reading are the quests and living in a game world while in the real world. I just wish for the quests to be... well ordinary in the beginning is fine, but after a while, more interesting and slowly increasing in duration and difficulty while remaining focused on a path/type of quest. Hoping that the topics for each quest don’t just skip around.

Grammar: I found the structuring/ordering of sentences to be... strange? Not sure how to describe it, not quite awkward, not quite fluid, understandable, but something felt off. It seemed to be from pauses (commas) that were unnecessary or necessary to add. The order of words in a sentence didn’t flow as well as it could’ve if restructured in a different/more coherently smooth way. Due to this, it impacted style. The content was good, but the presentation was mediocre.

Character: While I somewhat like the MC (which is better than being neutral or disliking characters as it often is), a weird problem arises for me out of him becoming female. He realistically is shocked at first, but then he  comes to grips because all he cares about is games (a weak reason in my opinion, hard core gamer or whatever, but to really cast everything else aside for that by not caring the least bit except in impulse or instinct is well, not believable). He fluctuates at times, but in the end he accepts it as now the story refers to him as she. This is where I start feeling funny. How it comes across to me based on the explanation/reasoning given is that he experienced the sexuality of a male because he was born one, but as a female he didn’t feel as much as he before, so it comes across either as asexual or gender fluid. Fck I don’t even know if I have the gender terms right. I’m no expert. In any way, what I mean is that now MC is a male inside a female’s body. So the big issue isn’t him so much yet as it is the image of others on him leading to eventually his character in how he maintains relationships. So will he decide to act feminine or perhaps by default because of a female body, or will he now like men, or still like women, how does having the opposite organs and hormones affect this all. I didn’t think these questions would arise when I began reading or in any novel, but now I’m starting to be bothered by it because of the lack of the conversation about it in the story. Lastly, as a general statement, I have a problem with a ‘strong’ female being inherently a male. It feels like that means this MC couldn’t have been like this if ‘she’ didn’t first start out as a he. I think the narrative would’ve been stronger if it was a girl from the start. Or at the very least, have way more conflict with trapped as a male in a females body. It just got dropped as okay whatever, mobing on, but that’s never good to have in a story.

Overall: Most of the stuff I picked up on was subtleties and connections. As a whole, the story is good, it has foreseeable high potential. I’m just concerned by the early signs of a possible waste of potential. The level of writing is also nothing special, but certainly not bad at all. It simply has plenty for improvement. I do applaud the keeping of correct math. Regardless, I will be continuing reading some more and reccomend to anyone to try it out after reading this review thinking I’m okay/willingly to give it a shot with all that’s been brought up.

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This is incredible

Holy crap. This is so freaking good. Why is this not topping the charts?

The start seems like one of those ridiculous stories that are 95% wish fullfilment and 5% story. I have to tell you guys, IT'S NOT. There's a cohesive story here, and even though the MC is kind of OP, it's not done in a stupid way that leaves no challenge. It's SATISFYING.

The actual plot of the story is really interesting. I usually HATE it when the systems have personalities. They're usually just a gateway for the author to add dumb jokes. But this story does it really well. I found myself actually reading the dialogue between the system and our MC. The side characters? We haven't gotten to know them too well but they're all interesting to me so far. I want to know more about them.

As for the MC, which I was most iffy about going into the story? She/he is amazing. I usually don't like genderbend MCs, they either get over the genderbend immediatly (then spend the next chapter feeling their female bodies up and getting excited) so that there was no point to the actual genderbend, or spend the entire story not accepting the situation and angsting over it, which isn't fun to read about. Here the logic for the MC getting over it makes sense in a twisted way.

The grammar is also far better than the usual junk that we see here. It's clean and readable, which is all I ask.

I originally intended to just skim this as I ran into this story randomly, but I ended up binging it. READ THIS.
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I like this one.  A little goofy, little serious.  Good story that doesn't take otsi self too seriously.                                                                                                              

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A rough start that kept me coming back

This story started on a rough note for me but as it progressed along i kept coming back and I am very glad that I did. The Author is obviously putting in serious work on improving there stroy and writing and it has been noticable especially in the later chapters. All in all i would whole heartedly recommend to anyone that loves this genre of story and can tolerate the occasional error.

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Love this story. I am glad that I found it. It manages to be original in a genre with a plethora of carbon copy stories. 

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This is a realy good story.

After reading few chapters I was already hooked and this novel became one of my top 5 on royalroad.

The plot starts normaly for this type of novel, main character founds something on internet and adventure starts, but it quickly proves to be more then a typical novel. For example (at least for me) this is a first time when protagonist deals with gender change in about five minutes and then wants to go back to his/her games.

Also even tho there is a gender change involved it realy doesn't make things awkward or difficult to read, on the contrary its all quite natural and I was able to quickly sync with the MC and enjoy the story.

About grammar and style there is notmuch to say, mainly becouse it's simply good and even if there are some mistakes they don't disturb the flow of the story.

As for the characters even if for now they aren't many of them you can feel that they are all at the very least well tought and heve some kind of story to them. For now I'm realy waiting for when MC meets his (now hers) parents and explain what happened.

As I said I think it's a realy great novel (my top5 on royalroad) and I can't wait for more chapters.

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Started out ok but the more I read the more it turned into a cheesy cultivation story and the less I liked it. My number one pet peeve is obnoxiously cliche characters, which are abundant in cultivation stories including this one.

As you can probably tell the cultivation genre is not my thing, so take this review with a grain of salt. 

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The prose is a little sloppy but I'm enjoying it

There are a few grammar issues present here, typical confusion over homophones, etc.  But the real flaw of this story is the word economy.  Frequently, the flow will become awkward as the author struggles with how to piece together his thoughts into a coherent phrase.  Worse, occasionally, he will lose himself in needless detail.  There was a long stretch of chapters devoted to cooking that probably could have been condensed into a couple of paragraphs. 

That said, I like the story, so far - up through CP65.  It is a rare mix of cultivation meets litRPG.  That by itself warrants attention.  The protagonist has real flaws which (s)he struggles with, and there is a lot going on in the background that I really look forward to finding out more about.

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A nice xianxia/magic story set in urban [spoiler]


- MC is relatable(?)

- MC is a gamer

- MC isn't a big headed cultivator douchebag, yet

- Set in America (no cheesy Japanese name)

- Gender bender


- Chapter a bit too short

- .....that's all


-Strongly recommend reading this

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The story is kinda cliche right now, but the presentation the people and personilities really sell the story. Can't wait to see where she ranks up compared to the rest of the people.