Dungeon Crawler Darryl
In a flash, every human-erected construction on Earth--from Buckingham Palace to the tiniest of sheds to all the trucks and cars--collapses in a heap, sinking into the ground. The fruits of millenia of human progress, atomized and transformed into the dungeon: an 18-level labyrinth filled with traps, monsters, and loot. A dungeon so enormous, it circles the entire globe.
Presented with impossible situations, dire straits, an empty promise of regaining their planet or the fame of intergalactical stardom, thirteen million of the remaining humans entered this dungeon. This death trap with glamorous gore and way too many bugs. Only a few of them truly matter, the top most popular crawlers such as the ill-pantsed Carl and his elegant mistress Princess Donut.
This story isn't about such glorious people, however. This story focusses on one of the dregs overlooked by the masses as they try to cling on to their life. This is the story of Darryl and friends.
Note: This is a Dungeon Crawler Carl fanfic. Please support and read the original, it's really good!
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The author matches the tone of Dungeon Crawler Carl pretty well, shows no grammatical or spelling errors, and gives an interesting view into a Crawler who really isn't doing so well.
It's a little sillier (I know, right?) but all in all I'd recommend it if you like DCC.
Writing an ongoing story about the underdogs and also-rans, in a World Dungeon that tends to kill off characters like that, is challenging. Mammonn has risen to the challenge. Whether it's finding a camp full of newbies who barely know how to swing a stick and trying to help them survive (with only partial success), recovering slowly from
losing the use of a limb,
or just seeing the people around him progress faster and become more popular than himself, Darryl definitely has a hard road. But he's a likeable character, out to help people even though he's no shining star. Definitely worth a bookmark.
This story is well written and probably the best executed fanfic that I've encountered. The plot works within the greater world and helps develop that world in an entertaining manner. The author has only gotten stronger in his story-telling capabilities and creativity as the plot progresses. I also appreciate the lack of spoilers in regards to the original work.
In terms of downsides, I can't really point to much. The MC is a bit less interesting than the supporting party, but he is likeable enough. I'd also like the AI villain to have an even stronger voice in the story, because he's awesome.
This piece about is a beautiful homage to Carl. Same style, same humor, it makes you think that Dinniman has a second account. I follow this as keenly as I follow the original. You should read this.
Darryl is sometimes smarter in the later chapters that he is written to be in the first chapters, but not in an obvious way.
I am a big DCC fan but as usual, there aren't as many updates as youd wish for.
DCD is not as good as DCC - it wouldn't hold up as its own story, and the early parts feel pretty rough, and it leans on DCC knowledge, as it should, it's a fanfic. Though the grammar and spelling are good, the characters feel a bit flimsy and silly.
But around chapter 60-70 I feel like the story really hits it's stride. Unlike many RR novels, this work seems to be improving as the author finds thier voice, and becomes a really good companion for DCC.
Looking forward to more chapters!