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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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Grey Cardinal
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If you like the LitRPG genre. then you'll love Delve. If you don't like LitRPG, reading Delve may change your mind.

Too many web novels tagged as LitRPG suffer from the following:

  • Having a protagonist who grows way too strong way too quickly, making it a boring read.
  • Extremely cluttered 'blue boxes', giving the protagonist way too many skills making it impossible for the reader to remember everything. This really puts me off stories.

Delve suffers from neither (yet).

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Each skill the protagonist has gained so far is pretty memorable and he doesn't gain them too quickly. This could change in the future though as the story progresses.

There is an extreme attention to detail in how the protagonist's skills synergise. A lot of math is involved, and I don't know why but I love this.

The grammar is amazing. I would rate it 6 stars if I could, I haven't read another web novel that has grammar as good as Delve. Every sentence is written in a way that makes it feel like it fits perfectly.

I believe characters need more attention, we don't know much about each character yet, we just have surface level knowledge. Character development comes with time though, and the story has just begun.

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.

RedPine
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Cohesive world so far, up to Ch 29.

What if the RPG elements of a world DIDN'T revolve around the main character?  What if instead of becoming "the one" jack of all trades, OP secret class, the MC  insstead became an obscure support class that was absurdly weak in PVP?

Example: In exchange for unlimited but slow AOE healing, the level 27 support is weaker than the level 5 blaster in 1v1 combat.  That's the price of min maxing into support.

Because this world doesn't revolve around the MC, the plot is extremely slow.  It's interesting in the same way real life is interesting, with ups and downs, but it isn't a 24/7 rollercoaster like action movies.

Slow plot + only 29 chapters means you won't get much here.  What you will get is good, though.

Seventh Sage
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It seems like a lot of effort goes into the system and math. I appreciate the effort. MC has access to possible skills, and there is usually debate on his best build. If you enjoy theorizing builds, you will like this. The story seems to go slowly sometimes, but I still enjoy reading it.

 

My favorite part of the story was the beginning, when the MC had a language barrier. It helped to relate with the MC, trying to figure out what other characters wanted from him.

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This series focuses on an aspect that honestly doesn't get as much attention as it probably should in most LitRpgs, Math. As much as that is a joke, this series does focus on the mathematical aspects of having your entire being quantified, letting its MC go full nerd on it and plan out how to grind and optimise his build to the max, which brings the title of this review into focus.

This series is Pure Cheese.

This series capatilises on the idea of breaking a perfectly functional system in a new and entertaining way, supporting this exploit subtley and explicitly in the mechanics and physics of the world.

This allows us to Vicariously enjoy the experience of breaking the system and becoming something powerful, out of the bounds of normality.

While the series has yet to achieve that point, the signs for it's arrival are in the wings, and I can't wait.

RokudoMukuro30
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When I think of this story, I can't help but compare it to The Wandering Inn, which is another gem in this website. Despite the fact that the chapters don't have the same length, I can't help but think that this is going to be a long ass novel. The attention to detail minute things that the MC decides to do are what I love the most about this story. Its not just "I went to get clay and came back 2 hours later", but the author really focuses on the process and what's going on in the MC's head. I really like it, though I understand if its not everyone's cup of tea.

I would like to have some more descriptions every now and then about characters that are important to the story. Not just "he is tall" "he has muscles". So as to get a better picture of the characters.

ShaneL2018
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I'm up to chapter 26 and it has a solid start..a few pieces could you a rewrite in terms of character motivation given all that's occurred - especially around the protagonists' ejection from the city in terms of the various characters motivations - but a solid direction. The only complaint would be around the stats which often eat up large chunks of a chapter without necessarily helping the [lot along - great effort overall

Sandsandal
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This is one of the good ones

if you are looking for an in-depth analysis then you won’t get one here, but I can inform you this fiction is worth a read! Even just reading 3 chapters will get you hooked for more instantly! 

Tranquilmoth
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Other people have said all I could say.

I'm a huge fan of this fiction. Good stuff, if not great. Alot of people agree it's wonderful as far as I could tell. I like your characters and world building. Please keep up the good work.

Kanada
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I am so happy to have found this story, it is really excellent. First of all, the LitRPG aspects are on point. The stats are so of the most balanced I have seen, easy to understand, not overwhelming, and yet also allow a place for the MC to min-max. The plot-point of not knowing the language could be exhausting in another fiction, but here it is done well.