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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Firstly, know that this isn't an isekai, or at least it doesn't start out that way. It's just a normal dude playing an old rpg on his computer (Yep! No VR either!) and interacting with various silly characters.
I like how the in game dialogue is represented, though I do wish that there was a bit more description between chat. I think that some description of what the speakers are doing could highlight the comedic effect, though of course it's harder because we're seeing game avatars and not real people.
Binary progression doesn't have a super heavy story, as expected of a comedy. That being said, we're just taken around with Bonifacius and John as they do stuff, and there's a hint of a irl story with the
person that sneaks in through John's window
I've seen a few little grammatical errors, but I'm giving this a 5 simply because of how the author uses poor grammar to their advantage in the dialogue. The old shakespearean try-hard speech was absolutely hilarious, especially for someone who has experience in shakespearean theatre.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the characters. Though they aren't particularly deep or intruiguing, they are incredibly silly in a way that can only be described as "gamer". The chapters almost read like a comedic play, which lets your mind fill in the blanks in a way that is arguably more funny than if this read like a typical litrpg.
Overall, if you're looking for a fun little (maybe little isn't the best word to use... *glances at page count*) story that's sure to get you laughing, maybe check this out!
If you have any experience of writing stuff, I'm sure you would agree that writing good humor is far, far more difficult than any other genre. Talk about an entire story platformed upon silly comedy, it could be a nightmare for authors. But this fiction pulls it off perfectly or rather nails it, hammers it...spanks it, anything you prefer.
Style - Rather than fiction, anyone could mistake it for the script of a film. The entire story is built on dialogues and has very less narrative. So it makes for a downside for immersive readers, but hey, you wouldn't be here if you do not want a light-hearted fun read to cure your sad day.
Grammar - Just a few typos. Nothing else. It does not hamper the read in any way.
Story - Now this one is interesting. It's not just comedy all the time. Hidden within that is an actual, progressing story. A minor spoiler below only intended to pique your interests.
Just to give you an overview, by the end of volume 1, the npc's of the game get awareness and by the end of volume 2, our protagonists are isekai'd
Character - No need to talk about this. They are the ones who completely carry the narrative. Their interactions being the one to make your day. Silly and quirky.
Very well recommended light read, even more so for people who generally play rpgs, multiplayer or not.
This story is such a fun ride. It makes me think of all the wacky adventures and accidental things I've ended up doing as a player. It starts off strong, dying when going against a strong player (something I've definitely been guilty of because, well, why not?!)
As far as novel writing goes, it doesn't fit the normal style, as most of the story is pushed forward through chat logs and character actions. For a story revolving around an MMORPG, though, that's really all that's necessary. It makes it really easy to read and doesn't feel like there is an info-dump in the chat logs, which is more realistic. Never once have I ever joined a party and just had a whole block of text from someone with all the info on the game.
There are some parts where there are some run-on sentences or the grammar is handled a little awkwardly, but after a read or two, you get the flow and can fill in the commas/words where they need to be and it's completely fine. It's not do distracting that it makes you want to throw a book at a wall. Something I like is that there isn't repetition. Some authors end up repeating the same phrases, sentences, etc. and then I also want to throw a book at a wall because I've read the same thing 3 different times in one paragraph. That's probably something that should be noted in writing style, I suppose.
I love the story, the premise is great. It reminds me of a manga (or maybe it was a visual novel game) I played some time back. It's also very relatable and makes it easy to laugh at the parts that go wrong because, as a gamer, we've all made the same mistakes that the characters do. It flows incredibly well and while there's grinding, the characters make up for it in a way that it doesn't bore you, which leads me down to the next point!
Bonifacius is the personification of a true role-player. I absolutely love him. While JohnWillStab is the bumbling noob who has no idea what he's doing (e.g., me when I enter any new MMO game), Bonifacius reminds me of the veteran player that is so immersed in his role-playing that he simply is the character that he is trying to represent. In MMOs and DnD, those are the best players to be with - and his character that he created is hysterical. I love him. By extension of his questing, the other characters are launched into situations where they're at a loss or have no choice but to delve into the RPG element to get things done and it's great to see them opening up like that in the MMO. For me, the characters were definitely the strongest point in the novel.
This is a good book. Let me get the bad out of the way first.
The style and grammer need a little work. I think it might just be a preference/choice, but this is a webnovel site so...? You may bounce off that a little.
That said, don't let that be the deciding factor for if you check it out. The storyline itself is solid, and more importantly, I was giggling like a schoolgirl the whole time for how funny it is at a lot of spots(I'm a bald 200 pound dude with tattoos, so let that image sink in for you).
Personally, if I was playing this MMO I'd probably yeet my computer across the room, but there's a certain charm from reading it rather than playing it. The author does a good job making something that should be annoying turn endearing.
Also. One word.
Bonifacius. That is all.
I really like this story. The prose seems really unique to me, almost experimental, but it's very appropriate for the story. It almost reads like something in second person, in the way it puts you into the narrative.
It's always good to see people writing about things that they love, and this isn't an exception. It's full of little quirks and in-jokes that are really familiar if you play games like MMO's.
The characters are fun and easy to follow because of the layout. It's also cool to see the artwork in every chapter. Overall, it's really well thought out. It's fun to join JohnWillStab's gamer clan for a while as you read.
This story is perhaps the most enjoyable one I've read on this site. For one, the comedy isn't forced as opposed to other stories I've read. It appears seamlessly with the interactions of the characters, whether that may be among one-another or to the game itself. In addition to this, the comedy itself is enough to garner some fits of laughter from me, making me love the story even more as I continued to read each chapter.
While I wasn't a fan of the initial dialogue format, I eventually managed to go past that tiny sense of discomfort seeing that the dialogue between the characters were always a subject of interest. Literally anything they say would achieve some sort of interest from me; swaying me from thoughts of speeding through the dialogue.
Keep up the good work!
An enjoyable, humorous tale.
I wasn't sure what to expect going into this, but I am having a blast with this story. It's light-hearted, with well-developed character personalities, and just a delightful premise.
It has dialogue galore, which would be a drag if it wasn't so entertaining to read the interactions between characters, and there's a very real sense of comraderie, like actual friends chatting while playing a game.
This is a great story, and I hope it continues.
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!
This story does a fantastic job of reeling the readers in. I typically don't read LITRPG's and stories developed around games, because if I wanted that type of world I would just go play the game, but this story is beginning to make me realize how well thought out and developed these stories can be.
Aside from some minor issues with grammar, this story is fleshed out and does a fantastic job of keeping the readers entertained. The world they are building is phenomenal and the plot is just as intriguing. Bravo!
I'd like to start off with mentioning that I'm not good and reviewing and english isn't my first language so most of this review will not be too undepth and long nor will I review about the grammar and language of the story.
With that out of the way, I must say that I enjoyed this story. I found this work from the forums and thought to just read a chapter or two before bookmarking it for later read but I ended up reading more then I could even imagine which only goes to show that the story was very light hearted and easy to read. The flow of the story is pretty easy and nice. No over complications or breaks in the flow that breaks my reading but it all flows in one nice smooth flow.
The story has an art work on nearly every chapters especially the starting chapters show some scenes from the story which is good to attract newer readers and get them hooked on just like I was. As an artist myself I know how hard its to draw and how much time it consumes so it only goes to show the author's love and passion for his novel which is admirable.
The story isn't the most descriptive but it has a different style of story telling through the use of chat logs and character interaction which is good in its own right. Paints the picture of the character better but forgoes on the description part.
I especially liked the idea of the story about a dead or old MMO game that no one plays and is full of glitches or already established power houses no one can contest. I've not read a novel with this idea before so it was unique and breath of fresh air for me.
All in all I enjoyed this story and its a light hearted read. Something to read after reading too many action or drama novels as a change of pace. I would recommend this!