Wildcards: Book One - The Dread Pirate

by James Northman

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-fi Anti-Hero Lead Cyberpunk GameLit LitRPG Male Lead Strategy Virtual Reality
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James Sylvester sacrificed everything to help his friends in their moment of need. The price was his sanity and his future. Those friends became The Paragons, the greatest eSports team in the world. He ended up becoming committed to a medical facility while they joined the leading VR game, Abidden

Over a decade passed and James is now using his gaming talents in illegal slum arcades. His therapist blacklisted him from every legal gaming association, so he’s risking his life daily to pay the interest on his hospital loans.

The Paragons have disbanded, with Helena being the last one standing. Abidden is a shadow of its former glory since the investors started deciding its future. When the board announce that Helena is being cut from the game, it causes uproar. The creator of Abidden steps in with a solution, which Helena will accept on one condition. 

One that will change James Sylvester’s life forever.



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Barron
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I don't write many reviews but I thought this story was worth one. Overall a very nice start. The grammar is clean, with nothing major to jar you out of the story. The start of the story is interesting and is a slightly different take on the immersive gaming world, think Ready Player One but the corporation won. Everything is in the beginning stages but I like what I have read so far. Most important is that I wanted more to read when I caught up to the author.

Lord Reader
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I must say that the author's writing style is quite good and I can appreciate a man or woman who would rewrite their chapter one midway through a book, just to keep the quality up and the coherency of the story intact. As in fact most authors will try and finish an arc or story first before a rewrite making it not only annoying to match the story up, but also affecting the quality of the whole book. And the plot so far is quite unique compared to other litRPGs, not that boring plain op from the start. Unless you count powerful friends ;), but also contains details on the MC's present and past life story.

Saphyron
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Solid series that does pull my smile upwards

Reviewed at: Chapter 17: Meet The Sponsors (Part 3)

It is still early in this story's lifetime. But I must admit I am waiting eagerly to see a new chapter, and a small bundle of joy joins me when I see it in my follow list.

The story is well written and not typical of other stories in this genre. There is more focus on the players real life, the business side of thing and the relationship between the players.

The story is set in the future, which I would both call and "Science and Technology Utopia" and a "Technological Dystopia". Depends on which side of the rich scale you are in.

I really recommend people reading this and checking it out. All said and done I love this story and hope the author updates often.

Disclaimer: I am supporting the author on Patreon, so I might be a little biased.

Mister Bill
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Really one of the better new stories on RR. It is a lot of fun and has good LitRPG elements so far. 
It has VR and IRL elements and does them very well. The story wraps you up and the characters are great. Give it a shot. 

Mythril
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I was thinking this would burn a couple hours. Another "he plays the game" "he finds a cheat and wrecks $hit" JOYFULLY wrong!! Great storytelling. Very fun characters. ACTUAL backstory OMG. No overdone 3 chapter long exposition on how "things came to be". Just a "this is what is", from here we move forward. If you keep writing it I'll keep reading it. A very refreshing find. Thank you in advance for all possible future chapters. MOAR muhahaha..cough

 

 

lineheart
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Well written. With interesting characters. Developing story. Only complaint is I wish some of it was a bit more fleshed out before things got moving but so far the story has barely begin.

Koor
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Count of Monte Cristo in a dystopian society with VR

Reviewed at: Chapter 18: Entering Abidden - Character Creation

This is really well written and the set up for the story is quite neat.  The worldbuilding is great, but be advised that pretty much the entirety of the first book is outside of vr.  

The author has done a great job of establishing characters and setting their motivations for what I expect will be a grand adventure.  But if you are the type of reader that requires constant action and overpowered mc's, this might not be the story for you.

The setup is kind of like The Count of Monte Cristo in a future dystopia with VR.

CrimsonEclipse18
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Man, I wasn't expecting to like this. I thought it was gonna be an edgy revenge litfic, oh boy was I mistaken, and I'm glad for that. 

Henry Joseph Thiel
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There's nothing to spoil yet. The MC is a pro gamer with pro gamer skills banned from playing because his shrink is an arse.

Although we don't know what caused the situation in the past to spiral out of control, thus far we actually... Don't really need to know for the story to work. The author is doing a good amount of showing for the society as it exists, which is... Depressingly realistic.

Unlike my first thought this has nothing to do with the more famous WildCards by GRRM. 

I found it on the front page as a recently updated chapter, decided to give it a go out of boredom, and unlike half of what I see I didn't cringe at the writing.

In technical terms, it's well written. We'll see how the characters become, but I look forward to it so far. Instant follow when I caught up to the latest chapter (5).

 

Ps this does not include otters at this time but it's early enough that it might still.

Aluma
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Exciting, well made, makes sense, and info is at the level where if you don't know what is going on then you are still fine, and knowing the laws or other details based of of intuition makes it just that much more satisfying. This book ,it has great plot development and also you can feel the characters personality based on how they act, their title or something similar, and also how they react to other characters. This is an amazing story and I love it.