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What would you do if you woke up alone in a forest in nothing but your pajamas?

This is a story about a man trying to answer that question as he navigates a world of monsters, magic, adventure, and numbers going up. It isn't all fun and games, though. Survival is tough when you are alone, and the dangers of this world are not to be underestimated.

This is a world governed by a system of stats, skills, and dialog boxes. It is vital to know how the system works if you want any chance of having a life of meaning. Too bad someone forgot to include the instruction manual.

 

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Chapter Name Release Date
1: Woodland ago
2: One on One ago
3: Pothole ago
4: Statistics ago
5: Alone ago
6: Skill ago
7: Slime ago
8: Clarity ago
9: Commerce ago
10: Broke ago
11: UX ago
12: Class ago
13: Party ago
14: Math ago
15: Mine ago
16: Cleanup ago
17: Return ago
18: Rescue ago
19: Succor ago
20: Outcast ago
21: Smith ago
22: Search ago
23: Paralysis ago
24: Answers ago
25: Clay ago
26: Gratitude ago
27: Hunted ago
28: Plan ago
29: Practice ago
30: School ago
31: Gear ago
32: Well ago
33: Reunion ago
34: Kin ago
35: Dream ago
36: Focus ago
37: Modded ago
38: Geography ago
39: Arrival ago
40: Lair ago
41: Maze ago
42: Guesswork ago
43: Fall ago
44: Beast ago
45: Signal ago
46: Light ago
47: Core ago
48: Crucible ago
49: Downtime ago
50: Baggage ago
51: Completionist ago
52: Specialization ago
53: Forward ago
54: Adventure ago
55: Armored ago
56: Noble ago
57: Restored ago
58: Charge ago
59: King ago
60: Snow ago
61: Spree ago
62: Complication ago
63: Assessment ago
64: Exposition ago
65: Ring ago
66: Encounter ago
67: Footrace ago
68: Departure ago
69: Hangover ago
70: Skating ago
71: Perspective ago
72: Preemption ago

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Daniel Vickerman
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If there was a pure LITRPG this would be it. Though undeniably cookie cutter it is a well executed simple LITRPG that focuses primarily on stats and doesn't fall into many of the pitfalls other litrpgs fall into. There are no harem hijinks, bad romance subplots or corny comedy lines, just straight good litrpg action. By well executing a simple plot it is much better than other stories that try too hard to be different. Keep it up!

tkalius
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Popular But Not Good

Reviewed at: 11: UX

It's truly beyond me why this story has the fan base it does.

I feel a large part of it is likely ignorance. Most of the reviews say things like not knowing the language is original or interesting, but it used to be the standard. Having a language cheat became a thing after everyone got tired of watching the MC pointlessly learn a new language that didn't actually offer anyting to the story. Perhaps most of the fans have only read japanese light novels? The Japanese didn't create the Isekai (or litrpg) genre, they just have a version of it, and it definitely shouldn't be the standard at which anyone should judge similar stories.

The true crux of the story is that it's an archiac form of the genre. It's very much in line with what i'd read a decade ago with nothing new or exciting. The MC's main abilities are boring to me, and there's not much in the way of plot. 

The only redeeming qualities for me are the lengths of the chapters and the nostalgia this type of story gives off.

Don Wihongi
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I like it but I dont like the math

Reviewed at: 51: Completionist

Lots and lots of math, too much in my humble opinion takes up to much space and wastes  (or fills in otherwise empty spots) valuable word space.

The math is everywhere! it does help establish that the protag is a math wiz but it just feels a bit excessive and like the writer is flaunting his maths skills just a little.

Aside from this, the story is nicely paced and a simple if well-established one that is gradually unfolding appropriately, if lacking in a few areas.

It's well written, but gosh too much math!

Ooh and I almost forgot, the story really needs a direction or goal beyond surviving and making friends, some sort of plot, anything really.

djeruknipis
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Disappointing Handle of Character Mid-Point

Reviewed at: 34: Kin

SenescentSoul's Delve is fiction about bumbling dude who try to survive in magic world by making himself desirable in prospective adventuring party. Sounds fun? It does, if you don't mind giant text describing minutiae of his early hours. The main character is pretty level headed and the adventuring party he accidentally encounter is consisted of pretty cool people. It's really nice. But it turns frustrating rather fast.

People don't communicate in this fiction's world. It makes its rigid governance unendurable. Frankly, the rules themselves are not something our main character unable to adapt. But due to non-communication, it will seem the world is out to make his life miserable. It's tolerable because not everyone is like so. Some are friendly, in their professionalism or whatever. But some other, who's actually important to his livelihood, are terrible. It's just heartbreaking.

I'm talking about chapter 16-17. Seriously, what's so hard to just saying, "Sorry, this is a rule we must heed, I will make up to you later," after taking every coin this newbie earned? Not a word, none!

If you're thinking, "Well, the world can be harsh, author might want to make his world super harsh," then you'll find yourself for a treat around chapter 34.

In that chapter, Our main character is goaded into attacking enemies he never encounter before by a character that established as reckless. Their allies are just minutes away. It would be much safer if they simply retreat before returning to attack. So far, level headed. But no, his friend keep goading and they inevitably get noticed. So they fight. After the fight, which I must note they're almost died in, the author made the main character apologize. And then the reckless character had the gall to forgive.

I mean, come on! Even if the enemies are objectively weak, we know it's better to face the unknown full strength. Especially if it has bonus of assuaging your peer out of his fear. The main character is in the right. I honestly ask, author, why bother choosing him the hero if you made him believe he deserve the blame half the reader know he doesn't? After that chapter, I just don't want to root for him anymore.

At this point I swear to myself to never touch this title again. What a shame. Author has the skill to make info dump enjoyable to read. Or investigation into blue-box interesting. Yet his handle of characters so poor. Characters are the attraction of the story. If you don't have hero readers want to root for, I don't think their antics worth reading.

Grammar - Interesting *beep* technique for yet to be translated words. Narration flow is great too. But it can use some compression, because sometimes they're just too slow. 4/5.

Character - Some characters' believe system is a mess, making their conduct pain to read. Some communication is poor, making their interaction just made them hate each other. But some are decent. Some even have interesting personality. But, alas, they can't save the lost enjoyment caused by the bad ones. 2/5.

World Building - The rigid rules that govern the civilization is interesting. But I don't feel compelled to know how or why it works they way it works. It's serviceable 3/5

Plot Development - Natural progression but no overarching goal. Characters conflict not pressing enough to drive the plot. 3/5.

ThePhantomMan
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Don't get how this is as popular as it is

I really don't get how this story is as popular as it is, i find it incredibly boring, I have read up to chapter 29 ( the latest release as this is being written) and very little of what has happened is interesting, the main character has just recently learned the language, so up until now we have basically only had his internal voice describing everything. and since the MC is summoned from another world into this one, he has pretty much no idea whats going on, the novely the main character not knowing the language wears off really quick when so many interactions with other people boil down to "I pointed at a thing, and they told me the word for it, this continued for hours"

looking past that, there is no hook to the story, there isn't a small description you can give that would make someone want to read it other than the fact that the MC doesn't speak the language (which, again, wears thin quickly). even at the latest released chapter (29) the plot is maybe just starting, with a few of the characters making a plan to go into a mine to fight stuff.

overall I don't get how this is as popular as it is, let alone 3rd on best rated.

amassie
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This is a solid lit rpg.  Nothing too new but very well done characters and world.  Seems like there is already a system in place to prevent power creep too! Almost every lit rpg suffers from that so way to think ahead!

Aspartame
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Realistic, (near) infinite power with clearly defined costs. LitRPG at its finest. All self respecting murderhobos know the path to (near) infinite power starts in a sewer.

comandergummybear
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This sotry is only at chapter 11 as of this but I'm egarly awaiting the next one. I can relate with the main charector and can't help but thinking what I would do in his place. I've only seen one grammer error so far witch is a great deal better than some of the other stories i'e seen on this sight so far. All that said, I just finished my 6th drink and am working on my 7th... Shut up, I'm not an alchoholic. You're an alcholic!

Monokoi
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Gordon Ramsey bland

Reviewed at: 2: One on One

Ok... First off, im the type of reader that reads a few hours every night before bed. I don't typically get angry at what I read beacuse I find most thing enjoying but, Delve just made me hate my night as I feel like I had wasted my time.


The reason why i score this novel so poorly is because of its synopsis and character. The synopsis alone tells us a story of struggles and survival, of death and life, but no. Instead, what we got was a tale of level ups and a whole misleading synopisis. In this case, Deleve's MC purpose is to "survive" in this world. Find shelter... find food.... get money.... and by himself. In this case, it leaves a openly bland taste. Loner protagonists are cool and all, but first, they need a personality. Nothing propells the MC to move forward BESIDES himself in the need to "survive" or level up. If the loner is going to be a alone, he needs personality and taste to fill in the void of having no other important characters to move the story forward... Grimgar for example is a great example of a tale of struggle and survival that Delve is missing.


Next, the progression of this novel is a mess, chaotic in fact. I don't mind slow-progression novels as they can build and bring life to the world, but, in Delve's case, the slow progression screen time is put onto the MC leveling up making it very bland and boring.

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I can also see that the author wanted Delve to have a "realistic" feel to it, but in the end, NOTHING can be realistic if the world itself is DEAD. The purpose of many isekai novels is to give MC a purpose and a reason to drive him/them forward. If not, show them a whole new world of events, tales and many mystery. In this case, Delve's MC purpose of being isekai is to find his basic needs of life. Delve dose not have a PLOT or a meaingful story that will make Delve think twice about himself or the world. What Delve need is the MC to be propelled by the event of the world, not him propelling himself. Nothing is coming into the MC's way to move him forward and explore the world besides his own self needs.

The languge barrier was also what the author had used to try to give the world a "realistic" feeling, but, instead, it just made it look like the MC was in an age-progression isekai novel of a 4 year old trying to learn a new languge and finding himself in a new world. If the author was going to include a LITRPG system into the world, it becomes unreasonable for there to not be a translation system in one of the many skills that randomly expands by itself. At first, it had appeared that the MC skill trees are base of what he "sees" and "knows" but what happens is that his skill tree randomly expands by itself. The languge barrier did not bring life into the world, but instead, it was what the author used as an excuse to bring the MC to be alone making the world very boring...

The reason why many isekai novels suceed at what they do is beacuse they all have a plot and something to drive the story forward, demon king, demons, and war. Delve as of right now to where I read to has none.

Excused me if what I mention dose happen later in the novel.
Droped @ around chapter 10

Spartanstoryteller
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seriously I love this story I’ve wanted a story that just focuses on the growth and adventures of a non op main character in a guild for years instead of making the whole guild thing like a side note. Please keep it coming I like the powers he’s mastering and I like the world building

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I love the twist with that asshole in the guild but please let him return I desperately wanna see him climb the ranks and earn his place in the world