The Crab Fighter

by Winged Wolf

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy Psychological GameLit High Fantasy LitRPG Magic Male Lead
Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Profanity
  • Traumatising content

A man wakes up in an unknown world with blue screens, levels, classes and absolutely no memory of who he is. Did I mention giant crabs? Worst of all, a series of unfortunate circumstances lead to him adopting an... uncomfortable... name.

Will he live and thrive, protecting nature, facing down enemies and reaching the apex of strength as an indomitable warrior in an epic lifetime of adventure? Or will he be turned into crab food on the very first day of his existence?

Join our unfortunately named friend and find out... Adventure's waiting!

Cover art kindly created by Joan_Ninja_Hen. It's based on a game screenshot so if I'm infringing on anyone's rights, let me know and I'll replace it.


A high-fantasy litRPG adventure, with only light-to-medium RPG elements.

For now I update twice a week, Wednesday at 18:00 and Sunday at 06:00, GMT times. If the story goes well and/or I see that I have the time, the frequency will increase.

Please give me feedback, friends, and enjoy! Or, you know... don't. Your call.

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sandro530
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Much better than expected, don't get discouraged by the title/cover.

Reviewed at: Chapter 16: Neville Esquire

While this seems like a crabby(crappy) story the initial impression deceives. Sure in the first few chapters I thought, what an inapropriate title, couldn't the author have been more thoughtful and all.

But I now think that it shows what kind of story it is, and while not totally light-hearted or even mild it is quite funny and good.

The Grammar- no problems, the story is just surviving at the moment and following a quest, but it surely will branch out soon.

The style is a bit harder to describe while the author is, and also trys to be funny, in no way he always is. In chapter 16 now for example I sincerely laughed because it was hilarious but in the previous chapters less so. Otherwise the action and status system is not bad either. 

Some things I don't like are the previous life memories, the reason for that is simply because I don't understand the merit to the story but if they conveyed something relevant to it, it should be fine, well I only mildly dislike them right now.

The characters are pretty well written, in the moment I really like the Orc. I also like that there are Lost people like the MC as well, even though we haven't met any yet.

As is common this fiction doesn't have many chapters yet, but as it has a frequent release rate, I don't have any problems on that side. What puzzles me though is, that the rating isn't better, maybe it is because of the earlier chapters, in which case.

Read on!

While the early chapters may not exactly be funny it gets better, well concerning comedy. The moment where I really liked this fiction, was the scene with the fox, as it was very heart-warming.

So in summary, it is a good read, don't get discouraged by the early chapters, and Phac will most likely be phacked sideways by his luck.

Desala
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Pretty solid story so far, but at the same time also nothing too special. A lot of common plots amd progressions:

waking up in the wild without memories

a sudden rpg system with lvls, classes, stats and titels,

comedic relief by squabelling with the system,

early lucky or unlucky encounter depending on the perspectiv that give the mc advatages (classes,titels),

a villain was just introduced that does evil but does it for the better good apparetly

to name some, while at the same time not feeling stale. Basically the description is one of the most accurate i have ever read, it descripes what you're getting into well.

There are also some different elements like limited amout of skills one can learn. The story got some interesting aspects.

So far I'm enjoying it and hope the author keeps it interesting and continues the story.

Generally i would recommend the story if you're interessted in the different world rpg style. And for clarification: no, he doesn't only fight crabs, just the first few chapters. It's his class.

PhiOnPhire
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This story balances progression, characters, and plot with humor in a really nice way.

 

It has its flaws I'm sure but this is one of those rare stories where every part is so good and works together so well that I never really noticed any of it's flaws.

 

The grammar is solid.  I'm a bit of a nitpicker in general so even in stories with a tolerable number of mistakes I tend to notice plenty.  I got through this without noticing a single one, so if it has any they're rare and minor enough that I'd bet you won't notice many (if any at all) either.

 

The characters we've met so far seem multidimensional enough, interesting enough and simply fun enough to carry the story.  That's all I have to say really.  I don't read stories for the character drama or whatnot but they're more than sufficient, and I've even gotten a little fond of them.

 

The plot so far seems to be the perfect balance of longer term goals and short term action.  I hate when chapter one results in a giant untenable quest that will last the entire book/series, but having no longer term goals makes a story bland IMO.  This has a good balance of difficult but feasible medium/long term goals with shorter term impediments/encounters and action on the way.  It doesn't drag on like some stories do.

 

Regarding the writing style/humor.  I don't like humor stories.  What I mean by that is that stories that are all about the humor but lack substance underneath it fail to engage me.  Some people love those, I just don't.  This is a story with substance that would be very worth reading even with all of the humor stripped out.  It's also funny enough to be somewhat engaging by that factor alone (although again, that's not really my thing).  Most importantly, the humor never interferes with the substance, which is a trap many stories fall into.

 

As far as the system/litrpg elements go, I'd give it 4/5.  It's solid, and sufficient.  It drives the story forward and gives that wonderful feeling tangible growth which is the only reason I read litrpg stories.  It's nothing crazy or all that novel, but it's got enough new to be interesting, enough familiarity to be understandable and it's sensible enough that it never got in the way or ruined my immersion.

 

The protagonist seems to be growing stronger at that perfect pace of not-so-slow-its-boring and not too fast as to seem OP.  There's not too much deus ex machina kinda level gains or anything (there's an initial lucky title at the very beginning but it's no more odious than most any other litrpg).

 

TL;DR:

Overall?  It's a solid story, a fun romp, and an enjoyable litrpg with a dash of humor.  I expect I'll see it sitting high in trending for a while and in the top 10-20 here on RRL soon enough if the author keeps a good update schedule and the quality is consistent.  It's not perfect 5.0/5.0 "best story ever", but based on RRLs standards it's deserving of an RRL 5/5  "definitely worth reading for anyone who enjoys litrpgs at all"

CAL111
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Pretty entertaining story, should be on trending soon. Looking forward to reading this

Scipio231
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Decent grammar, good pacing, a pretty hefty dose of humor thrown in for good measure. The amnesiac MC in a game-like world is a little bit overdone nowadays but this is as good an example of the genre as you're likely to find if it keeps going the way it has been.

Caleb Ayer
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I've been reading it since chapter 12 and I feel it's at the point where I can say that it is worth a read. Interesting storyline for sure. For me personally it has a bit more profanity than I like but barring that I don't have a complaint. If you like out of the ordinary LitRPGs try it out.

SomethingNew
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Formulaic LitRpg start, still well done. Snarky blue screens.

Reviewed at: Chapter 11: The Matt

We've got the fish out of water, or crab out of water hero, who is thrust into a world of stats and blue screens.

What is with blue screens being snarky?

Anyway, our hero has amnesia, lending to a credible reason to have an MC that is bumbling along trying to survive. To clarify, there's no emotional trauma or baggage that we need to be subjected to in order to give the MC a rational feel right off the bat. 

It also takes away some of the urgency (like worrying for family/friends/having a desperate desire to return to normalcy). We can just focus on the action of the here and now.

Bit of a blank slate, the MC is, at this point. But Mr. Author does hint that we will explore how our MC ended in a crab infested dungeon. And like, who the MC used to be.

I also like how MC explicitly stated that he will not kill unless it is as a last resort. Too often, the MC's of these LitRpg's are callous killers who think they have the moral high ground in every instance. (Hope the author follows throught with this)

We've got a side character popping up with some POV sections, but I have yet to discover what he's doing in the story. I have my suspicions, though.

So, since it's just begun, and there's nothing that jumps out at you in terms of uniqueness (apart from the crabs).

I'm summing this up like this.

The Crab Fighter has a typical LitRpg beginning so far. Minor grammatical errors, nothing too wince worthy. Some mysteries, like MC's origin and what is actually going on, pulling you in.

We'll see from here where things go.

Good luck, and keep up the good work, Winged Wolf!