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Summary – Level 1:

Delve is an isekai litrpg that follows an average guy who just happened to wake up in a forest one day. He wasn’t summoned to defeat the demon lord or to save the world or anything like that, at least as far as he can tell. The only creature there to greet him was a regular old squirrel.

Soon enough, he meets other people, only to discover that he can’t speak the language, and that not everybody immediately trusts random pajama-wearing strangers they met in the middle of the wilderness. Things generally go downhill from there, at least until the blue boxes start appearing.

Delve is a story about finding your way in a new, strange, and dangerous world. It’s about avoiding death, figuring out what the heck is going on, and trying to make some friends along the way. It’s not about getting home, so much as finding a new one.

Did I mention that there will be math?

 


 Summary – Level 2:

 Okay, but what are you in for, really?

Well, this story is supposed to be realistic, or at least, as realistic as a fantasy litrpg can be. The main character doesn’t instantly become an all-powerful god and murder-hobo his way across the universe. Delve is, at its heart, a progression fantasy, but that progression is meant to feel earned. The numbers in this story actually mean something. Everything is calculated, and if you find a rounding error, I expect you to tell me about it. That said, if math isn’t your cup of tea, there is plenty more that the story has to offer. Characters are meant to feel real, and progression isn’t only about personal power; it’s also about allies, connections, and above all, knowledge. Figuring out how the system works is a significant theme.

 

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What, you want more details? Okay, fine, but this is going to get a bit spoiler-y. Are you sure?

 

Yes!

 

Really sure? I mean, this summary is practically half as long as the first chap–

 

Now!

 

Okay, okay!

The main character becomes a magic user, but he takes a route that is not very popular in adventurer culture, namely that of a support. There is a full magic system with various spells, skills, and abilities, but our MC decides that aura magic is the way to go, and that the only stat worth investing in is mana regeneration. Most people at the Adventurer’s Guild think that this makes him a bit of a dumbass, but he’s playing the long game. We’ll see how that works out for him, won’t we?

Because of his build, the MC levels up fast, at least compared to normal people. There are no cheats, though, and he is limited in other ways. There are some clear and pretty obvious downsides to his build. That’s what makes it fun, no?

Morals? Our MC has them. Again, we’ll see how that works out for him. Realism, remember? Would you be okay with killing someone and looting their body? I sure hope not.

POV? The focus is on the main character, but there will be occasional varying perspectives from people around him, or involved in the events related to the main plot. It isn’t going to jump all over the place.

Tech is standard medieval stasis. No smartphones, but the MC does have a technical background. Computers and their programming might be involved. There might even be a bit of uplifting down the road, who knows? Anyway, it isn’t the focus. He isn’t going to invent the gun in chapter 1 and change the face of warfare.

Is there romance? Not so much, or at least, not as a major theme. Friendships are more the name of the game. Building relationships and knowledge about the world, not a harem. Definitely not a harem.

There is exploration, though not as much of the geographical nature as you might expect. It is more about exploration of the system and the culture.

The pace is slow and detailed, sometimes verging on slice-of-life. The action is meant to be realistic and grounded in the numbers, and it is intended to have meaning beyond simply punching things until they stop moving.

The general tone of the story is grey, and some parts can get quite dark. People die. Sometimes, people with names, but not anywhere near GoT level. There is plenty of light, too, though, to balance the darkness. The world is dangerous, but overcoming that danger is why we’re all here, isn’t it?

Anyway, if you’ve made it this far through the summary, you clearly like words. I hope you enjoy the story!

 


Cover by Miha Brumec

Summary Updated: 2020-06-14

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
001: Woodland ago
002: One on One ago
003: Pothole ago
004: Statistics ago
005: Alone ago
006: Skill ago
007: Slime ago
008: Clarity ago
009: Commerce ago
010: Broke ago
011: UX ago
012: Class ago
013: Party ago
014: Math ago
015: Mine ago
016: Cleanup ago
017: Return ago
018: Rescue ago
019: Succor ago
020: Outcast ago
021: Smith ago
022: Search ago
023: Paralysis ago
024: Answers ago
025: Clay ago
026: Gratitude ago
027: Hunted ago
028: Plan ago
029: Practice ago
030: School ago
031: Gear ago
032: Well ago
033: Reunion ago
034: Kin ago
035: Dream ago
036: Focus ago
037: Modded ago
038: Geography ago
039: Arrival ago
040: Lair ago
041: Maze ago
042: Guesswork ago
043: Fall ago
044: Beast ago
045: Signal ago
046: Light ago
047: Core ago
048: Crucible ago
049: Downtime ago
050: Baggage ago
051: Completionist ago
052: Specialization ago
053: Forward ago
054: Adventure ago
055: Armored ago
056: Noble ago
057: Restored ago
058: Charge ago
059: King ago
060: Snow ago
061: Spree ago
062: Complication ago
063: Assessment ago
064: Exposition ago
065: Ring ago
066: Encounter ago
067: Footrace ago
068: Departure ago
069: Hangover ago
070: Skating ago
071: Perspective ago
072: Preemption ago
073: Inflamed ago
074: Elevation ago
075: Adaptation ago
076: Meeting ago
077: Chill ago
078: Heatsink ago
079: Slumber ago
080: Trapped ago
081: Breakdown ago
082: Intent ago
083: Boon ago
084: Entry ago
085: Guide ago
086: Explosion ago
087: Pet ago
088: Casualties ago
089: Consequence ago
090: Buried ago
091: Essence ago
092: Fracture ago
093: Tomb ago
094: Illusion ago
095: Pressure ago
096: Sanctuary ago
097: Arrested ago
098: Stability ago
099: Calm ago
100: Storm ago
101: Fireside ago
102: Reaper ago
103: Illumination ago
104: Mind ago
105: Connection ago
106: Imprint ago
107: Interface ago

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Styx47ag
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Great System Exploration LitRPG

Reviewed at: 096: Sanctuary

Great System exploration LitRPG. It has the best designed system I have come accross in the Genre. The main character is not overpowered and does not rely on obvisious exploits. Rather he uses knowledge of our superiour number system and mathematics to find the best optimisation for his build.

The writing and grammer are good, much higher than the average work on Royal Road. The characters make logical and believable choices based on their character.

Pacing is fine when read all at once. The main problem with this series is it only gets one update a week.

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.

GLM
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This one surprised me

I'm not really into HEAVY LitRPG novels that use and abuse numbers and gamey elements like this one, since most authors fail at balancing it out and making their characters, well... Believable and Relatable. Thankfully this novel is an exception, the game-like elements and numbers were incredibly well handled, characters felt believable and alive, and the MC is surprisingly enjoyable in his journey of making a quirky build.

There weren't any glaring grammar issues, (I didn't notice any at all actually). Characters felt alive, and the language barrier was a stroke of genius in my opinion, because it made the whole "Explaining the world and all the systems in place" which usually come in forms of infodumps in other stories that more enticing and not a slog to go through (like most other similar novels).

This is a LitRPG Novel in the purest sense of the genre. It doesn't do anything too original or different then what you'd expect from the genre, Levels, skills points, Level caps, Attributes, Adventurers Guild, it's all here, but it's well written enough that its still a good read if you like the premise.

Anyway; This. Is. Good. (If you like LitRPG). Give it a shot, you wont regret it.

Lord Pingu
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I got no clue what kind of title i need

Reviewed at: 61: Spree

Basic maths he said, it will not be so hard he said, LIES I SAY, it is so simple that some math maniac needs to make a spread sheet to explain every abilety and the mechanics of it, and this is, as a person who doesnt like maths.

Weirdly nice, the attantion of detail to this system is great, and number actuly mean something, besides being some abratery bs, and I recomend this to any litrpg fan.

Aneurysm
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Excellent work so far, great potential

Reviewed at: 58: Charge

SenescentSoul has done a great job with this so far: a system that’s intelligible, but not samey, characters that are likeable, or at least good, yet aren’t perfect, and a world that’s interesting without having to spend chapter after chapter just explaining things about it, rather keeping it in chunks that don’t detract too much from the action.

The pretty frequent and regular updates are a plus too.

Just about the only real gripe I see most people having is perhaps a little too much math and numbers, but if you’re like me, and that doesn’t bother you then I’m sure most anyone who like LitRPGs will enjoy this.

 

P.S. BLUE BAWKSES

NotEnoughPixels
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I won’t say this story is phenomenal or anything, but if you are a fan of portal fantasy I would suggest you give it a shot. I personally think the story has some pacing issues and could use some time skips or ‘training montages’ because in 57 chapters about only 1 month has passed in the setting. This is most likely due to the day-to-day experience updates that the system utilized, and the author’s decision to include seemingly every one. This story would appeal to readers looking for number crunching, power gaming, and a main character determined to discover the underlying mechanisms of his new world’s system. 

RevenG
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I can't continue to read

Reviewed at: 52: Specialization

I've now read about 55 chapters.  I like the premise of the story, the charectures are ok, the conversations are ok as well.  The plot is slow to develop and evolve.  The mc is obsessed with stats and min maxing, so much so that after investing this much time I can't bring myself to continue reading.  The amount of time he spends with doing mental math is enough to make me scream.

Steady
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Review as of chapter 25. Minor spoilers ahead.

I think this is a pretty unique story, an isekai fiction but without any of those fancy gifts. Everything that the main character has obtained feels organic which is fantastic, from learning the language or any of his skills or levels. It might be that he breaks some sort of mechanic in the world after awhile or maybe he's already done so, but so far the story has a great track record of  giving reasonable explanations. It's got some depressing stuff in it (mostly just having to do with being alone), which is incredibly different in this genre. I'm looking forward to where the fiction goes in the future.

Leifman
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5/5 , Perfect.

Nuff said. (Really.. i can elaborate and further break it down like the best reviews on the front page with the most upvotes, but i think they did it more justice than me and i honestly have nothing but praise and compliments to the Author and what he created here with this AMAZING piece of storytelling,characters and plot. let alone the 'keeping you on the edge and wanting more but not abusing the known cliches and keeping it fresh and amazing every single chapter'.

Bravo.

The true Narrator
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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 looked like it had potential but that look was a sham, the story fails to be interesting or inventive and honestly has no legs of any merit to stand on.

(this story is another case of mediocrity gone viral)

The story is just bland and boring and I no longer consider the story worth reading.

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

New post: Yep, it's getting kinda boring now, the story is too slow.