Binary Progression

Binary Progression

by MrBadWithNames

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity

JohnWillStab is the poorly-named shut-in on a quest to get into MMOs after a failed online career backfired leaving him uninterested in his speciality, strategy games.


He discovers an old, abandoned game with an active, albeit very eccentric, community of no more than five-hundred players on a single server maintained by an unknown individual.


Unbeknownst to him, the game he found is more than just an ordinary WoW clone and after many adventures with his group, they make the terrifying discovery that after two full volumes this story becomes a god damn isekai. 


What’s worse, JohnWillStab, the number-one edgelord on the server is somehow ending up in positions of power despite literally being an undead rogue with evil magic tentacles!


Will John’s edginess ruin the isekai? Why does the doctor have the highest kill-count in the game? Is 👑 really a valid character you could use for your username? Can the chef perform an exorcism? Why is God asking John for chicken nuggets? Really, he could just spawn them in - in fact, we saw him spawning food in before!  


Find out like… two of those within the virtual pages of Binary Progression!



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Table of Contents
322 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
The Beginning! ago
Picture Album ago
Bromy's Bestiary ago
Classes Explained ago
Auxiliary classes explained ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 1: The newcomer to the MMO scene... ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 2: A run in with the Frogman and a cheater... ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 3: The JGuardians, also referred to as the justice bois ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 4: In loving memory of a lost cart. ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 5: Undead marriage counselling... ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 6: Spiders, why is is always spider?! ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 7: Rootin' Tootin' and by god Shootin' ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 8: Ghost fish hunt ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 9: The ??? cheating service at play. ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 10: New To Dungeoning... ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 11: Fighting the first boss! ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 12: The murder golem ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 13: References ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 14: BONE SNAKE ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 15: Crown on the run ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 16: Trolling on the high seas ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 17: Accidents happen ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 18: The siege ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 19: Fall of the JGuardians ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 20: Alexander ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 21: Maths ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 22: D.P.B ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 23: The new game. ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 24: Alex ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 24 (Part 2): Reused graphics ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 24 (Part 3): CHAIRS ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 24 (Part 4): Surprise! ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 25: Jerry ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 26: Jerry?! ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 27: JERRY! ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 28: The Butt Pirates ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 29: Welcome to Bromy's wonderland. ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 30: Amongst the undead ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 31: I'm a healer... but ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 32: Reality ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 33: Issac ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 34: Forming The Guild ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 35: Into the swamp! ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 36: Guild Base ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 37: Elplorr joins a guild... ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 38: MercenaryGuild ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 39: Even more cloaks! ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 40: Good-Cop Bad-Cop ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 41: Interrogation ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 42: The Smell Of Curry ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 43: Binary Progression ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 44: Curry cures hangovers ago
Volume 1 - Chapter 45: JohnWillStab has left the chatroom... (Volume 1 Finale) ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 1: Kwispii ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 2: Climbing the windy mountain. ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 3: Bear stance ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 4: The great library ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 5: Kniff and the book ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 6: SilverPeak ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 7: RuRet and the shifting volume plan. ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 8: Converging ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 9: The festival starts ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 10: The festival goes to shit... ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 11: JohnWillSad ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 12: JohnWillEdge ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 13: Finding a guild base for the second time... ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 14: The surprise... ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 15: Trollin ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 16: Dress-up micicry ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 17: HE DID AN OOF ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 18: Urmom makes a move! ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 19: Catching up! ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 20: meintube streamer ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 21: The realization ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 22: ROAD TRIP! ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 23: READ THE EULA ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 24: FOXLY!? ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 25: Burning the rubber ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 26: Crown assaults the ealderly ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 27: One hell of a hacker! ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 28: Making your peace. ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 29: A goodbye to a dear friend... ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 30: Vans ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 31: The plan! ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 32: JohnWillStab is alright! ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 33: Lorb?! ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 34: It's just a prank bro ago
Volume 2 - Chapter 35: They lived a spinoff (Volume 2 Finale) ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 1: Nostalgic, isn't it? ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 2: Alone in the village in the woods. ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 3: Who expects zombies in grimwood!? ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 4: Cats... ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 5: A game of catch! ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 6: Goals ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 7: Slimes! ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 8: JohnWillStab, Jordan and ___________ save the day! ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 9: The river game ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 10: RIP ghost ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 11: Life lesson ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 12: Sword ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 13: The man in the hut. ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 14: Duplicates ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 15: A town called Levelgreen ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 16: The brawl ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 17: A tour of Levelgreen ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 18: Footprints in the mud ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 19: Leaving Levelgreen ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 20: Alex needs a hand... ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 21: A town in the pit ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 22: He turned himself into a puppet, funniest shit I've ever seen! ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 23: A town in the pit ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 24: Names ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 25: A town in the pit ago
More of less a 100 chapter special ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 26: A guild in a guild in a... ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 27: Cool gloves ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 28: Down the cliff with a smoker ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 29: A town in the pit ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 30: Town over the hills ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 31: Snek-man ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 32: The ship in the fog ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 33: God-tier ventilation ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 34: The sun is a d... is hot. ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 35: Through the desert ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 36: Raz ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 37: Steve the skeleton ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 38: Wait two days! ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 39: Tentacles again?! ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 40: Memory dude ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 41: The economy! ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 42: It's them at last! ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 43: Foxly and the ice pillar ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 44: Crunch! ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 45: A message from the future ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 46: John's cup-size ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 47: A third returns ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 48: Smokin' ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 49: A demon king dies ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 50: The villain ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 51: HaremHarry ago
Volume 3 - Chapter 52: Voices! (Volume 3 Finale) ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 1: This time's the charm! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 2: Splitting hairs ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 3: Souls... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 4: More fish stuff! What's with the fish?! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 5: Backstories backstories... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 5: The beast on the ship... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 6: Beached-Pet-Island ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 7: Borknificus ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 8: (Beach episode poll) jGuardians meet team JohnWillStab ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 9: Friendly competitiveness ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 10: The meeting! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 11: Atwoz, back is he ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 12: Into the dungeon... again... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 13: The pink-haired one... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 14: Vampire nobles... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 15: Something's in the air... it may be flashbacks... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 16: A crossover. ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 17: Bonifacius' greatest fear! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 18: John And The Boss ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 19: Gravitation of the mind. ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 20: Curstl's illusion. ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 21: Time travel is always so complicated... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 22: Plan A... just better! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 23: Mindgames ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 24: Oh crack... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 25: A main character in the making! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 26: Into the abyss... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 27: Bromys before homies... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 28: The meetup! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 29: Out for a drink ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 30: XPhaxX ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 31: Experimentation! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 32: Training ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 33: Oh no, he's thinking! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 34: The juice! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 35: Stupid questions. ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 36: The rescue??? ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 37: The rescue?!?!?! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 38: Side-quest ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 39: Re:Foxly ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 40: Brainstorming time ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 41: The Lorb Special! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 42: Grimly ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 43: Teamwork-building (part 1) ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 44: Teamwork-building (part 2) ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 45: Teamwork-building (part 3) ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 46: Out for a stroll in the town... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 47: Arthur VS Lorb ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 48: The first raid! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 49: EVERYTHING WENT WRONG! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 50: He played Dank Souls... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 51: A little help! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 52: Another shot... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 53: This can only go well! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 54: It was poison... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 55: Crispy!... no "w" yet... ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 56: Spanish guitar~~~ ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 57: All over the walls! ago
Volume 4 - Chapter 58: Oh no... there's more! (Volume 4 Finale) ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 1: Picture ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 2: The murderer of Glumington strikes again! ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 3: Dogs and rats ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 4: Screenshots! ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 5: The play! ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 6: Skin ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 7: Dreaming of doctoring ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 8: Loads of blue! ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 9: Questioning Felix... ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 10: Men On A Mission ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 11: A big "OH NO" ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 12: Bromy... maybe... ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 13: OH NO OH NO OH NO ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 14: The Us*in B*lt of alley-running. ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 15: Coward ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 16: Goodbye, my fear. ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 17: Can't have nice endings ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 18: Noice! I think...? ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 19: JohnWillSmart is smart ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 20: COPPER ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 21: Grim being a bard... ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 22: Druids... ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 23: Reading! ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 24: Of geese and violence! ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 25: Bread ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 26: Utopia ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 27: Brain business! ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 28: Getting the party started! ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 29: Loose ends! ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 30: DAGGERS! ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 31: Bromy is smug ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 32: Edge and green ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 33: Progress with the soda! ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 34: Washing machine for bones! ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 35: A favour~ ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 36: Digging a hole ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 37: Prison ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 38: Gambling ago
Volume 5 - Chapter 39: Like a god damn train (Volume 5 Finale) ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 1: Darius ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 2: The Index ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 3: Grand Escape ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 4: Potions ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 5: Don't kill the waiter! ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 6: The lich ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 7: Apology ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 8: Thal back then ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 9: Magnus too ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 10: A familiar town ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 11: Soup harassment ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 12: World and Soul ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 13: Great trap! ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 14: Demon king items ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 15: Water mammal ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 16: Jinxed ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 17: Knees weak, arms are heavy. ago
Volume 6 - Chapter 18: The end of the past ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 1: Cluelessness ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 2: Cluelessness and toast! ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 3: Bonifacius got a quest! ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 4: AN EMPIRE! ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 5: product ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 6: Bravery Perhaps ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 7: Zephyr ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 8: Probably just vines ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 9: The day outside ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 10: Job n' Request ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 11: That time of the year! ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 12: Gremlin' ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 13 : The 100% hit rate never missing bullet of doom ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 14: The ambush! ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 15: Five Star Curry ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 16: Chefistry ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 17: HE CAN!? ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 18: SPOOK ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 19: Orbs ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 20: Salt! ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 21: If the edgelord can't ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 22: He's back! ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 23: A.S.S ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 24: Atop the tower! ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 25: As expected... ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 27: Expectations... ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 28: The Fog ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 29: DEAL! ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 30: Fishy situation... ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 31: Soup but bad! ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 32: Soup... again? Maybe? ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 33: Icarus ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 34: Tribalistic Look ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 35 : CIv part one ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 36 : CIv part two ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 37: Gordon Dirtman ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 38: Wabits ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 39: Unreachable ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 40: ...not mad ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 41: Heading up! ago
The "Maybe Christmas special...?" - Chapter 1 ago
The "Maybe Christmas special...?" - Chapter 2 ago
The "Maybe Christmas special...?" - Chapter 3 ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 42: Which is worst, getting burnt or hit with a crowbar? ago
Volume 7 - Chapter 43: I AM ZOOM(Finale) ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 1: What where they up to? ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 2: Foresight or Paranoia ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 3: Would... would laser magic work on them? ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 4: Doughy Balls ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 5: The ol' shtamp ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 6: To SWAT a fly. ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 7: The EFFORT! ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 8: FLASHBAQUES ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 9: It's cool, I meant to misspell the last chapter title, I swear. ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 10: Bees, eh? ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 11: Uhm... road... trip...? Yaaayy....? ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 12: Stopped in for a drink! ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 13: *Officially* ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 14: DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 15: That looks like it'd hurt. ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 16: An overcomplicated solution to a simple problem. ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 17: The Cup Runneth Over ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 18: Clowning around ago
Volume 8 - Chapter 19: Fiddlethingie ago
Volume 8 - Capter 20: Hope I won't get banned for this! ago

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When I first started the story I thought, "Oh hey, cool. This is about a crappy MMO for an introvert."


I continued reading and thought to myself, "Man, I wish I had a friend like Bonifacius."


I could tell you about the story, how it's pretty solid, how it's good at explaining various concepts and letting you fill in the blanks for more basic things so it doesn't get bogged down.


Sure, the environments are described really well, they don't go on for too long, yet they aren't too short either, giving you a great mental picture of where they are without getting too lost within the details. 


Sure there are a variety of quests that we see within the first few chapters, a variety of ways that the developers of the game seem to really have no idea how to run an MMO, and sure, there's a variety of characters and memelords within the story.


Sure, the skills are pretty cool and the defined roles are fairly consistent, giving everyone a fairly unique presence within the story. 


Sure there are funny moments and ridiculous antics that will get you to smile, chuckle, and perhaps even giggle. 


Let's face it though... You're going to be here for Bonifacius. 


Who is Bonifacius?


Bonifacius is one of the funniest characters. He's a real bro. If you're caught by some banditos, he'll come and save you. If you need some sweet gear, he'll be there to grind with you. Bonifacius will never let you down. If every other character was garbage, I'd stick around only for Bonifacius.


Yet... the other characters within the story aren't garbage. Each is unique in their own way; we've got frog lovers, trolls, people far too into roleplaying (you know the type), and newbies who don't really understand the game, but have a fresh view on the game since they haven't been tainted. 


I do have some minor gripes with how sometimes the format changes every so often, although that's rare and it only happens for a single line out of maybe a few chapters or so, and that whenever a character speaks it should always be a new line rather than it happen midway through a line, but those are mostly personal gripes. 


I have to admit. I didn't think I was going to enjoy it as much as I actually do. I normally don't read so many chapters in one go, but I read it about five chapters at a time. 


So yes, I think it's a solid 5* because Bonifacius is bae.


EDIT: Okay, so I completely forgot to mention something that I really enjoyed. One of the things that you'll see at the end of most chapters is a little drawing that is relevant to the story, sometimes it's even in the middle. I really enjoyed the way MrAwfulWithNames incorporated these into his stories. In fact, in chapter 11(?) there's one in the beginning that really blew me away, so actually I'm going to bump up the Style score up from the original review that I wrote 5 minutes ago.  


B. A. Baker (Thedude3445)

Years after the developers have abandoned it, players still roam freely in an MMO, having fun and exploiting glitches, and in that way it's the most "slice of life" feeling MMO adventure I've ever read--the characters are constantly going on quests and fighting things, but it feels a lot more like some online friends hanging out in a shoddy C-tier video game.

Binary Progression in a Broken MMO is very silly. All the characters are eccentric in their own way, half of them outright roleplayers, and they inhabit a world that is decaying, almost literally, to great comedy. We have buggy quests, long-established factions that have taken over far more of the game than intended, and hackers that blaze through the code without a sweat. With lots of fun adventures in this shoddy MMO world, you get a real sense of friendship and fun that you just don't find in other MMO/isekai/LitRPG type stories.

Unforunately, the prose is very sparse and doesn't paint a very vivid picture of this world; the vast majority of the story is chatlogs of the messages the characters send each other. This is very entertaining, but I always yearned to see more of the game itself and see the hackneyed fantasy world and glitchy mechanics that the players mostly ignore in favor of making their own fun. I also want to learn more about the characters outside of the game, especially our protagonist John, who through several small hints has some really interesting characteristics to him.

These things can still happen, especially as the story is surely very early in, but without them the story does feel like it's missing a little bit. Still, that doesn't take away from the fact that this serial is great fun and will be a really entertaining time for anyone who likes MMOs or quirky online communities.


I literally laughed out loud while I was reading this at points. Keep me giggling and I'll read it.  This is the first time I've read a LitRP where the game is abandoned, and the playerbase MAYBE a little toxic. However, I sure as hell have PLAYED those games. It's fun to  read it without having to actually, you know, deal with it!


Biggest things that hold this story back is the  Style. I hesistated between putting it between grammar and style, but the biggest issue I have is the formatting, and I'm. Throwing that unders style. I'd have the  chat lines. Seperate from actions of the characters, personally. Having said that, it doesn't  throw me too much, or too often. 

I didn't know what I'd think of John at first, but he grows on me. Our main characters so far are pretty  interesting. Very real to how people tend to act in games  in general. 

The story is starting to take off. New player in a game picks all the wrong stuff to start, and gets in trouble.  I have been that person. 




This is a normal MMORPG novel.

No isekai, VR  or trapped in the game.

It is a hillarious advenrure in an old broken game that has loyal players in it.

Lots of roleplaying, memes, jokes, emotes, buggy game parts. It really reminds me of the time i played old school RuneScape.

Give it a try!

Elliot Moors


Binary Progression takes a distinct, comedic tone which helps it stand out from most LitRPG stories. While held back a bit by its presentation, it is certainly a fun read with some unique scenarios and whacky characters. More details in the 'Overall' section.


The way the story is structured is a little messy. Some of the stylistic choices, like how the dialogue is presented, makes the flow of the prose a bit disjointed. Still, I can definitely see what the author was going for in making it seem more like an MMO chat, and in certain ways it does pay off, so it's more of a personal thing.


Mostly good, probably nothing that'll put you off as a reader. Within what would be considered normal for a web serial.


Binary Progression shines through its whacky tone and strange scenarios, heightened by its chosen setting of a janky MMO that has lost developer support. It's a subversive take on the genre that makes fun of things like fetch quests or killing X whatever. This is by far its greatest strength, and while I'm personally not a huge MMO buff or anything, I still got plenty of enjoyment out of that aspect.

The story is fairly light so far, mostly a string of standalone quests and chapter-by-chapter set-ups for gags. I think this suits the story very well, and makes it easily digestible and enjoyable.


The characters do what they're supposed to. Some provide more laughs than others, but I suspect this will vary from reader to reader, as they are fairly distinct. My personal favorite is the hacker simply because of their devious, impish attitude.

The MC is also competently written. I like the twist the author chose to give the usual LitRPG protagonist, John being a person who doesn't play MMOs or know anything about them, making for some funny gags at his expense since he doesn't know his way around the basics.


I recommend this to anyone who's looking for a more light-hearted, comedic take on the genre. It has a fairly immediate payoff in terms of plot, characters, and gags, so it's a low investment on the reader's part.

Avery Light

Early review, forgive my grammar.

I won't write long, the story is interesting and quite funny. One guy talked in Shakespearean English, hard to understand at first but it set the atmosphere of the story. And don't worry, it gets better.

Some mistakes about the grammar and typo but nothing major, it's very much readable.

The novel is mostly about the character's dialogue, some of them are about silly/funny situations... depending on your take.

Overall, you may or may not like it but you should give it a try.




Hilarious mmorpg novel for people that love character interactions

Reviewed at: Chapter 11: The first dungeon (2)

This story is an interestingly written mmorpg novel with some pretty hilarious moments, so far the interaction between John and Bonifacius works really well, i'm curious about what other kinds of friends he will find.


#Style 3.5/5

Most of the story is written in dialogues, so giving a proper style score is rather hard. I would like a bit more descriptive paragraphs and the old-english dialect dragged on for a while to long.


#Grammar 2.5/5

Similar to the style score, the grammar is hard to evaluate for dialogues, but there were not few punctuation errors as well as some missing words, definitely should be revisited when the story is done.


#Story 4.5/5

This is one part, where this novel shines, even tho the overarching story seems somewhat generic (not much choice for a mmorpg novel tho) the subplots are great and entertaining.


#Characters 5/5

The characters are fun and work well together, their behaviors are somewhat exaggerated, but this fits well with this kind of novel, so full rating from me for that.


A ragtag of misfits in a disfunctional MMO

Reviewed at: Volume 1 - Chapter 21: Maths

This is a very good light-hearted comedy. Crazy and broken quests really add to the story. There is no overarching plot for now, but in a way this is like a good sitcom, characters in a weird situations really cary the story. Quests, boss fights are all well done and always give something new to laugh about. Humor isn't recycled which is really good.

One issue I have is with style. There were some cases where character would say something in chat but author would continue with the description without some indication that character was done with talking. So it made it confusing.

Grammar was mostly fine, but I am not an expert. Anyways, it's readable and it doesn't take away from the experience.

I enjoyed the characters, like other reviews mentioned, Bonifacius is awesome. They really reminded me when I had my own gaming clan.

This is a good story if you want to relax, chill and have some laughs.


Welcome to my first "Royal Ramble" where I take a 1000 words to essay a Fic.

First Chapters: If you reading this review, it's truncated. The full version is actually posted on the final chapter of Volume 1. This is a spoiler-free review.

This is funny stuff.

In the first few chapters, this story ended up being way different than I thought. Badwithnames captures perfectly what makes a game bad, and broken. Throughout, I was impressed, and thought the author played a lot of Roblox. That's more than a joke - the game world in this fiction has hackers running amok.

When it comes to characters, the main characters are JohnWillStab and Bonifacius. John plays straight man to the entire world. Most of it seems whacky because he's playing the game like a normal player. Problem is, he's not walking into a normal world. John is also the smartest player in the game. He acts as strategist, figuring out plans for beating even impossible to beat monsters. For example, he considers using the environment to beat up one monster.

Bonifacius is an RPer. He likes to talk in broken, false Shakespearian English. At the beginning, John cannot even understand Bonifacius. Bonifacius is an abnormal person in an abnormal world. When he's with John, he acts as a mentor. Except... Bony's honor gets in the way sometimes. He'd rather drown than be enslaved by Crown.

Next is Crown. Her harsh sarcastic demeanor always provides more to the comedic aspect of the world. Her introduction is literally "No [email protected]#$ I'm a hacker, my name is a crown." And she provides quite a role in being an assistant to John and Bonifacius. Being the resident hacker, there are things she cannot manipulate. Certain scripts elude her, and if she was to mess with them, she could flat out crash a dungeon or server.  

John, Boni, and Crown can be considered the main characters. However, Foxly and Bromy could count as secondary. Bromy being someone who makes weird abominations. Foxly being a joke character almost. His whole race being toad people are considered to be the worst race in the game.

The story picks up in chapter five when they take on a quest about urinating in graves. Then next chapter there's dialogue trees where John accidentally tells a kid to screw off. Not even that politely. 

Prose... exists. Most of the story comes in the form of chatspeak. It's mostly one-liners of dialogue, with occasional paragraphs thrown in. There isn't any Lovecraftian Poetry. The prose is perfunctory, straight to the point. One problem is there isn't a separation of action and dialogue during the text. It might read something like, "JohnWillStab: This machine looks fine! The machine sprung open and ate him and his children".(Not an actual quote... that I know of.) There are also several moments where the story pauses for the author to explain certain aspects such as what Ping is. I know that it's useful to people who aren't used to online gaming. However, when there are information boxes at the end of the chapter explaining gameplay materials, it's excessive to have explanations in the text itself. There are also a lot of spelling errors. One box says "Video Biology Assosiations", for instance. It gets better and the writer takes more time to describe the world as it goes on. Plus there are accompanying images a few times.

The writing is in third person omniscient. If someone is laughing behind the screen, it's mentioned. There isn't anybody's perspective who gets cut out, we're all important here at this juncture.

To me the biggest part of this that makes the story is the humor. It's never tasteful. It's sometimes raunchy, and a lot of times about how much of freaks these characters are now. It's about a broken world, and characters act realistically. I can imagine it all clearly, and the work being put into the authenticity is astounding. By authenticity, I mean how everyone talks or reacts. It's not written like a book, it's written almost like a person is recording their own experiences. Fair warning, the story uses fourth wall humor too. It's not too often, and I don't feel like the author takes it too far. After all, fourth walls have to be broken eventually, right?

The plot is nonexistent. It's not going to an end, like there's one major big bad. Instead each "arc" has its own characters to fight. Some of them include - an organization of elitists who believe they know what's best and act like mods. Pirates who cut off buttocks. Or even a hacker who is great enough to change the game entirely.  

However, keep your eyes on John. He has hidden depths. With him, I always knew something was up. There are vague hints over the course of the series, but it won't be until thirty or more chapters that you get more of the picture. He's not simply a high school drop out who's playing video games all day. Well, he is, but he's more than that.

But the final part to talk about is the volume one ending. It's... weird. That's most of what I can say about it. However, unfair it is for me to say it's completely out of the blue. Basically, if you think the world is too good to be true, or it's too advanced... It is.

All in all: This isn't a story to sleep on. I enjoyed reading it, and as I advanced in the book the more and more I felt like reading. It had a great flow to it, unlike some fictions where I start and can stop at any point. After the first few chapters I found myself stuck in this little world. Everything about it is bad it's good. The making of the world itself is bad it's good. The characters are whacky and bad... And bad enough they're good. Look, the phrase "so bad it's good" has never meant what it has to mean. It's fairly overused as a term. But Badwithnames figured out not only how to do it, but do it with a style that it's great. It's hard to make everybody or everything weird, and bad, and annoying, and make it appealing. Make it feel almost normal, good, and satisfactory too. I had to consider all of this when realizing I had to give more than four stars.


Don't worry if you're not a hardcorez gamer. You'll probably like this anyway, okay?



A good overall story about a guy trying a new MMO. There is a lot of chatspeak in the story, and most (if not all) of the dialogue is like this:

Character A: Says something

Character B: Replies

On one hand it does evoke the setting of an MMO where people are typing to each other at all times. On the other hand it can feel a little jarring if you're used to reading 'normal' speak in a story. I do think it helps more than hurts though.

There are also a lot of images and drawings making this story feel more alive and setting up the world in a great way. There's a bestiary and a whole 'chapter' for maps. If you love in-depth worldbuilding this is a good start.