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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 the wilderness 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 in this world. Too bad someone forgot to include the instruction manual.

 

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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.

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.

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!

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.

apaulose
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I've read a lot of litrpg fics on this site and I've got to say this is one of the best starts I've ever seen. It's pretty early to be judging it but based on the writing quality and interesting characters so far I think it definately deserves 5 stars.

manhw
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Not sure why this is so popular

I want to be honest here, I've read up to chapter 23, however I still fail to see the reason for this fiction's popularity.

Let's get the good out of the way first. The style of writing is pretty decent, and the grammar is also pretty good. So there aren't any technical issues in the writing. But that is as far as the positive aspects of this story goes.

 

And on the negative aspects, first of all, story is very boring and dull. This can be tolerated however, only if the characters were actually good. Unfortunately, MC and his actions cause me to want to repeatedly bash his head in against the nearest hard object. And there are basically no other characters, as the MC can't speak the local language. The language part was an interesting idea that was executed pretty horribly.

MC also has no personality, no agency, and acts on his whims instead of from a rational perspective. He has no goals, and spends his time doing stupid shit instead of bettering himself. His inner voice is also cringy to the extreme, displaying the immaturity of the MC.

To give an example, there is a point in the story where MC joins a party where no one wants him, and where he will not get a part of the reward from the quest (basically free labor). His reasoning for this is very flimsy, that he wants to "make friends", with people he can't even communicate. These people also, in no uncertain terms, tell him that they don't want to associate with him. His skillset also isn't geared towards party battles but more as a solo adventurer, as his main means of attack is an indiscriminate AoE skill.

 

He also isn't a very bright fella, instead of spending his limited mana on his offensive aura and increasing it's level(skill levels go up with mana use), he instead spends it on a skill that is basically a glorified mop.

If he were to increase his offensive potential, he can take on higher leveled quests and kill monster easier, which in turn can increase his level and strenght even more. Instead of going this route, he meanders around with his skills. In the beginning of the story, he proclaims himself as a Dungeons & Dragons min-maxer, however he lacks even the most basic awareness for any sort of coherent build.

 

Overall, this story needs a rewrite that either completely alters the MC or the worldbuilding.

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How to never poop again

 Meet Rain. Not Falling Rain, the Undying Savage, just Rain, a normal dude.

Until he is taken to another world for no explicable reason?? Only, instead of being able to y' know, just do magic and kill stuff or build an epic kingdom from a few goblins he found in the woods, Rain can do not much, but probably die of starvation.

Luckily he is saved by some... Hobos? Oh wait, one of them has a sword, so it's definitely a fantasy world. Thankful for the rescue, Rain manages to get over being treated like a captured assassin, and luckily, also learns magic! 

Watch as Rain carves his mark upon the world! Or more likely, just get along helping other people out.

Style Score

Delve does not particularly stand out in terms of the author's personal touch. The author does not sprinkle the story with references, or quirky jokes, nor does the author re-enact his dark and twisted self-insert fantasies. The story is told as a story, and the author makes it clear that he is only the writer, not a character within the story.

Story Score

Let's be honest here. "Delve" is not a unique story idea. A man is taken to another world, how will he survive is a question that numerous people on this website have answered, and it is invariably, either "comfortably" or "seated upon a throne of bones, drenched in the blood of his enemies, and his enemies enemies, and then their enemies too, just for good measure." However, that doesn't mean that Delve is a bad story. The cliche is fine, as long as you do it well. 

Grammar Score

A large thing that makes me scream on this website is good story ideas ruined by immersion-breaking grammar. I might seem quite pedantic and fussy when it comes to grammar, but that also means good grammar is almost a guaranteed follow and review from me. Thank you SenecentSoul, for editing your work.

Character Score

Once again, let's be honest. Rain is not a unique character. He is average, and as such, a bit of an "insert-self". However, he a well written, and clearly defined and described character, who wanders around cleaning everything within ten meters of himself. He interacts with other characters, and also absolving them of their need to poop. He does not control or order anyone, but instead barters and converses with other characters, and we see a person, not a puppet walking around.

Conclusion

Overall, Delve is a good story. It does not strike out as a unique bestseller, but it certainly should not be forgotten by the way-side. Delve has found its place as one of those stories that you do not use to get your friends into Royalroad, but as a story that you come back to once you have read all the headline acts. The characters are funny and interesting, the story is mellow and smooth, and the grammar is not messed.

I definitely recommend you read it.

Lone
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Very Entertaining And Feels Real

The title says it all. I rarely read on RoyalRoad, but this story here has firmly grabbed my attention and refuses to let go.

This story earns the slothy seal of approval.                                                                                  

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excellent litRPG isekai, I want more of it

(as of chapter 23)

Delve tells us the story of Rain, who finds himself in a fantasy world with a stat/skill system. Nothing new so far, but there is more: Starting alone, without money or equipment and without speaking the local language is very rough and Rain is clearly struggling. After a while manages to cope and slowly get some basic stuff together.

Style: The story is told in third-person style from Rain's internal point of view including a focus on the thoughts that go through his head. The descriptions are good.

Story: Not understanding the local language and having to start from zero both in possessions and in knowledge is a very refreshing difference from most of the other stories here on RRL. The LitRPG system is nice with some standard stats and a very complex and interesting skill (-tree) system. The pace of the story is fine, by chapter 23 lots of things happened but it doesn't feel rushed.

Grammar: Very good, the occasional typos are quickly corrected when noticed.

Characters: We learn mostly about Rain, both from watching him and from his inner thoughts. He's pretty smart and tries to get the best out of his finite stat points and skill points with the little information he has, min-maxing even a bit too much in my opinion. At the same time his difficulty in acclimatization to the new world shows a good depth and the inclusion of realism in his characterization. The people he meets in his travels are a mix of helpful, neutral and a**holes, but all feel realistic as far as they have been described so far.

In total, this story is both excellently written and captivating, making me look forward to the next chapter. If you like lots of numbers in your LitRPG then you have to read it.

SimplyaZombie
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Well Made with New Ideas, +1 Respect

I must say, I love what a lot of authors on RR are doing right now with taking the same tropes we've seen and given a refined twist. The character's natural ignorance and sense of displacement in contrast to the usual easy acclimation to the world we see with the usual protag, proves a refreshing new take and perspective. This, combined with likeable characters and a well-done system of progression works well. Although there are some unanswered questions, they are few in number and easily ignorable. 

Overall a well-done and enjoyable story. 

+1 Respect