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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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Cover by Miha Brumec

 

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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
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Forgotten Lord
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Honestly the most realistic isekai fiction

Reviewed at: 4: Statistics

This fiction has realistic reactions(specially from the mc and not unreasonable like other from other fictions). It has outstanding grammar and although the story’s pace maybe slow, which might not be liked by others, it is still recommended and hopefully it does not go into hiatus like other fictions available. In addition the mc is, for me quite unnoticeable, meaning he dosent have any characteristic that is stands out meaning he is bland (don’t know any other word to phrase it) but that doesn’t make the fiction boring but rather the fiction is much more interesting and entertaining. Thus rated five stars and is happily waiting for future updates.

Geneticfreak
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All of the characters are unique with distinct personalities and great interactions with the mc and each other. 

The world is fleshed out, with a history and it doesn’t feel like it’s being made up on the spot. 

The writing style is great and pulls you in from chapter one.

The MC is great, smart but naive, he’a not whiney, he tries to learn what he can about the world and thinks things through. 

This story manages to avoid most of the bad tropes and ride the line of others perfectly to create a unique and interesting story. 

Definitelt one of my favourite stories on this site, to the point where I’ve started supporting on Patreon which I only do for one other book

read this and you will not be disappointed!

wolfsmith
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My new favorite on RR.

Reviewed at: 36: Focus

I'm on Chapter 34 and it's just a great read so far.  My only problem is that I wish I hadn't discovered it until later because now I have to wait for updates!  Come on man, just win the lottery or something so you can devout your life to writing all day. Is that too much to ask?

Kikanolo
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Well-Written and Light-Hearted LitRPG

Reviewed at: 39: Arrival

Delve is a well-written portal fantasy story that does a good job with a realistic take on the genre.

The premise of the story is a standard portal fantasy into a fantasy world with a system. However, the MC does not understand the language, has no idea how to utilize the system, and has no cheats that help him understand or integrate into the world.

The system in the story is a fairly complex one with lots of options and features, and the readers learns about it with the MC. Through experimentation and calculations, the MC logically designs what he considers to be an optimal build for himself, and holds to it. So far, the MC's build has been a very interesting part of the story, since it has a lot of potential to be interesting and powerful, while also having clear strengths and weaknesses. The design of the system also gives the story a lot of options going forward, since there are many ways to level other than combat.

The story has been very fun to read so far, as the MC slowly tries to figure out the world and society he's been dropped into. The story refreshingly does not have any high stakes so far, and just involves the MC playing things by ear to get by.

The style has been fairly slice-of-life so far, with the MC generally working on a few goals in a specific chapter, and this allows up glimpses into aspects of life in this world we might not normally see.

There has not been that much worldbuilding yet, but the existing worldbuilding has been done well. Since we are only learning about the world as the MC learns about it, we have not seen that much, but as a result of the slice-of-life style, the existing worldbuilding has a decent amount of depth.

The MC's characterization is a good fit for the story attempting to be told, a rational, curious individual who is fun to follow. So far, I would say only two characters have been properly fleshed out and developed, but this doesn't mean that the others haven't been. Since the story is still in its early stages, some of the characters just haven't been given the chance to be fleshed out in detail, but they likely will be soon when it suits the plot and the opportunity is available.

The story is well-edited and quickly corrected if errors are found. Chapters are released twice a week currently, and are quite long, so the overall story pacing is pretty good.

I would strongly recommend this story.

 (As of Chapter 39)

 

bruno237
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i was captivated by this book. i realy enjoyed it. but around chapter 22 i felt the super weak MC was only alive bc of plot armor. and im not expecting an over powered MC either. 98% of his exp is from general skill use, very few encounters. but the story was so rich and the characters were so good i realy didnt mind, for a while. but full disclosure i have a loot and level craving i've been trying to satisfy lately. lol. still loved it, and maybe i'll come back when some more chapters are here and see if the hero is a lil' stronger.

kNightbirdskill
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If you like fantasy or slice of life read this.

Reviewed at: 41: Maze

As of chapter 41.

 

Ive read all the available chapters in a two days because this story just flows so well, characters have depth and are unique in ways I expect "published" books to be but rarely are. I never noticed a grammar error which is well you read this site, some of the content on rrl is unreadable.

 

To talk about the story I really like where it seems to be going the class he has chosen is unique and is really fun. I can't wait to finish this current arc and see how or even if he goes back to the adventures guild. Maybe he'll start his own guild with blackjack and hookers! futurama jokes aside really enjoy the slice of life content. 

 

If you like fantasy give this a shot. 

zigman2021
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Extremely well thought out

Reviewed at: 16: Cleanup

Probably my favorite fiction right now. If you like litrpg, just give it a shot. If you're just a fan of fiction, it has some great writing. But I'll expand on my two favorite parts of it.

Characters:

One of my favorite parts is that the characters act and react very realistically and true to themselves consistently. The main character will encounter life or death scenarios and it will have an actual impact on them when it makes sense. A perceived villain will have justifiable reasons (to them) for their behavior even if they're assholes. A side character might make a stupid decision, but it is completely in line with their personality and logic. Even characters with one main personality trait aren't one dimensional. It makes interactions between characters believable and enjoyable.

The system, magic and world:

I'd have to say my second favorite is how the system of the world works and how coherent it seems. I'm going to compare this to Sanderson's style of writing. He throws you into a world with a very well thought out magical system in place with no tutorial or explanation. The reader doesn't know exactly how the system works, but there are concrete rules to this universe waiting to be figured out, explained or discovered. It makes the reader want to question and understand. It makes the background world of the story feel alive.

Kaelein
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THIS is a very solid 5

Reviewed at: 59: King

Now I might have to go downgrade my other five star reviews.

Joke aside, this story took me by surprise and took the top spot for me on RR.

 

 

Story and Style:

A "basic" RR premise done right: the MC is one of us, transported to a System-based fantasy world, and has to make do. As of chapter 59, there is still no BBEG, no cataclysmic event, no prophecy, no deux ex machina warranting the MC's grandeur. And it's FINE. The MC gathers intel on the system and the world at large at a reasonable pace.

He might become OP one day and then gain a nemesis, or make a significant impact on the world... But so far his struggles are "realistic" and with only his pajama to begin with, very few things came "too easily". One of the few things appearing too easy to me (his awakening) has actually been reasonably explained by the plot.

I can understand some people's frustration with the extensive calculations for the system. I absolutely don't mind. It's great to build character reliability in my opinion: When I can't follow I can skim the paragraph up to the MC's conclusion and I know I can get back to it if need be. In the meantime it lends CREDENCE to the choices he makes, and we don't get the feeling that he chose some skill "because the author needed him to".

And it explains the system mechanics: Combo!

 

Grammar:

Too often on RR, am I being thrown off my reading saddle because of Grammar: Not with Delve. I cannot remember not being able to figure the meaning of something because of a missing word, or ranting because of a homophone mis-use (eg: bear/bare/bear, Grrrrr!!!!) 

Here, every sentence is clean (or cleaned by the time I get to read the chapter). And I thank you SenescentSoul for that.

 

Characters :

I've read that Rain is some type of "insert-self" protagonist... I'm not so sure: the characters are believable, and their back-story comes in due time, that works for him too... Like in reality, you wouldn't state your exhaustive life story to strangers, would you? nor do you reflect about your whole life so far on a regular basis? The characters are focused on what they need to focus at the moment, and that's ok.

The MC decides to go for an uncommon build, and his reasons for doing so at the time are believable enough. He then fumbles around struggling with language and customs... Much I imagine I would, so far so good, it is very entertaining. 

Like I said, the calculations make me like the MC as well: he feels he only has one shot at making his build work... I would blacken pages as well to make sure not to F things up.

 

Conclusion:

This story develops perfectly (in my opinion) so far, and always leaves me eager for more.

There is a "Slice of life" vibe... To me, it comes from the MC's immediate concerns. I expect this to change when his power level and therfore, the number of things he can concern himself with grow. I can wait... as long I get regular doses of this addictive web-novel.

 

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.

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.