Ognevika, the almighty Red Dragon, solved all her problems with naps and fire. Now she is as an outcast kobold facing down a legion of murderous adventurers with only her wit and an unlikely friend. At least the world isn't ending in 25 years, right?
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A whimsical, dark comedy. A fantasy sprinkled with post-apocalyptic elements. This is the light novel version, which explores the world of Athalon. Comic book coming out in the future!
Street cred and much love for participation in the 5 months-long Athalon rp campaign and making the world come to life goes to: Snow, Madalyn.O.G., ErinRedFen, Aura, JustMadDog, Pax Rozebar.
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This is the second major work from the author and is a clear, evolutionary improvement on his previous opus Romantically Apocalyptic. It follows a similarly dark, grimy path towards its black humour, which is just as brilliant as before, but the storytelling is refreshingly tight and direct too. Overlook the grammatical inconsistency and occasional spelling mistakes: this is a gem that deserves your time.
At the time of this review there are 8 chapters and the preface currently released. I will if possible update this review as more chapters are released.
I am a long time fan of Vitaly Alexius' work having followed his webcomic (Now also available as a light novel) Romantically Apocalyptic for quite some time.
I've greatly enjoyed the chaotic humour, plot that can best be described as... eccentricly brilliant and delightfully charming characters of Romantically Apocalyptic and yet, I've always been more of a fan of fantasy than Sci-fi so when I found out there was a Fantasy story being created by Vitaly Alexius I read everything that was out.
Now I will go on record that Vitaly has asked me to give this review, but these are my honest opinions.
The preface is confusing, wild and honestly pretty horrifying in a sense. It's pretty par for the course for Vitaly who manages to often weave humour in with what would otherwise be considered cosmic horror to create something that is tragic and disturbing even as you are laughing at the absurdist bits.
What really shines in Vitaly's works however is the characters and the plot which often feels almost like it's being made up as it goes along only to suddenly pull off a twist set up long before making you realize that at least some parts are much more meticulously planned than you expected. Now, not much has happened yet in Error's Game to show that that is the same plot structure we are seeing here. The plot also seems much more straightforward than Romantically Apocalyptic's, but we will see if that lasts.
As for the characters... The two main characters we have met so far, Error and Agate, are some of the most adorable and likeable characters I have ever read even if they are adorable for very different reasons. Error seems like a strong willed and intelligent character and I want to see her succeed even if it is mildly amusing to watch her fail as well in some cases. Agate is just the niciest and most innocent thing ever and I want to hug her. I am irrationally happy that things seem to be going well for her right now in the story. The antagonist at the moment is also quite amusing.
All in all this review might be a bit rambling, but I am just... So enamoured with this story it's hard to stay professional. I recommend it heavily to anyone who likes fantasy and humour, especially absurdist humour like what one would see from the late Sir Terry Pratchett or The Late Douglas Adams.
I am a big fan of RA and as RA Error's Game could become something amazing once it's turned into a comic book. Error's Game has: very interesting characters, unusual fantasy world setting and definitely incredible graphics! So, I think it has really big potential and I would love to see more.
I saw character concepts of this on Mabiruna's patreon and was interested in novel and comic before it was released. I'll wait for full comic version! I know your amazing epic art style, it matches very well with Mabiruna's sharp details in illustrations you guys already posted here. Speaking about novel: It's amazing! From one side I loved to wait for new Romantically Apocalyptic episodes and reading it all before it was made in pages is cheating for me. From other side, this novel has a very good style and really reminds me about sir Terry, as Faceless Bastard said and it feels amazing to let yourself imagine things a bit in your head.
Characters are very charming. I don't even know who's better for now. Someone may say, cmon they are kobolds, what can be so touching in kobolds (Right, Ognevika?) :D But they are good. Like, I'm not a huge furry fan or so, but I like them. So, I hope you'll do cool pages and posters with them :3
One weird thing to say: I feel sad for last hero. I know, he's maybe a prologue character, or, maybe, we will meet him again in futures. But he looks a bit like Alistair and I can't help it but feel sorry for him. /guys i like dieeee/
I hope, this story will be long enough, as Romantically Apocalyptic is. I want to make a new collection of books on my shelf.
As well as RA was amazing, it's nice to move forward to a new themes and ideas. I'm a huge furry and kobold lover and it's very cool that he decided to write about them ~_~ Error is my fav character so far, I think I understand her a bit.
I agree with guys above, this gives some humorous fantasy vibes like Terry did and still it has it's own charm. Not a copy of his style, just a similar feeling after reading this. I think, it will go far and find it's own huge fan base.
D&D (Dragons, kobolds, dungeoneering, adventurers with stats and levels) meets Lovecraft (the Necronomicon and other eldritch horrors) meets post-apocalyptic (but also with a foreshadowed second apocalypse) meets sitcom. Put them all in a blender, and somehow it works! It's got that dark, absurd humor I've come to know and love from Vitaly's other major work, Romantically Apocalyptic.
It's fun to see things from a dragon's POV. Especially when she's learning to see it all from an entirely new POV. It's an innovative take. All of the characters have been interesting, with good development as they gain or lose power and are confronted with new knowledge. Even the book has proven to be an intriguing character as it tries to deal with a major change.
The story itself is building nicely, but it could go anywhere. Even if there is massive doom lurking on the horizon, there's good reason that even the story's own Probability Knights are finding themselves at a disconcerting loss for what's going to happen and how it will turn out.
Grammar could occasionaly use a bit of polish, but no one ever gets all the typos, never mind in a story that's been Error-prone from the beginning.
Error's Game can be likened to a crack fic in the sense that it is wild, likes to take you down crazy roads, and can be a little hard to follow at times, but Error's Game is also more than that in the sense that it lays out an intriguing world that captures readers.
The story is chock full of style and quirk—as would be expected from the person who made Romantically Apocalyptic—with a cast of colorful characters. While some characters or aspects of the story might seem gimmicky at times, it is counter balanced by the humor that it all brings.
The dialogue in Error's Game is of consistently good quality with no particular bad sections and it can be fun to read the various back and forths between the different characters in this story.
On another note, one thing I found kind of interesting about the story is how it seems like something that could be in a standard Dungeons and Dragons campaign, which could be appealing for those looking for some inspiration for their next future campaign.
Overall, Error's Game book is a pretty good read for those looking for something that isn't quite like your standard fantasy question or those looking for a good laugh. It is filled with a wacky world with lots to explore and equally wacky characters that pair well with the setting.
Can you love a story with a wickedly unloveable protagonist? Error's Game indicates that yes, you can. Error is remorseless, a classic red dragon... but stuffed into a tiny, underpowered kobold body, she becomes compelling. She might be too stubborn to learn a lesson from her woes, but I found myself rooting for the little bastard anyways. Her growing coterie of friends and enemies, who are spread all across the moral alignment spectrum, is equally vivid. I love Lyca, who has become the unwilling straight man, dutifully following the orders of her own dragon boss. She's fast becoming a stark foil to Error, and I wonder if she's going to become an out and out opponent, or if their uneasy alliance will hold. The sly, sometimes cruel humor of this DnD story does a balancing act between a fourth-wall-poking parody and a genuine, quick-paced action story, full of violence, scheming, and KOBOLDS, an underused and underrrated DnD race. The prose quality is solid, with good grammar and flowing, punchy dialogue. These early chapters hint at something much bigger under the surface, animated all of the action so far. I feel like the story is just winding up towards its most outrageous and clever twists, and I can't wait for more.
Set in the same realm as Romantically Apocalyptic and thus admitting anything to happen, it's really a mind-blowing combination of post-apocalyptic fiction, fantasy and art. From the first pages you'll be entrapped by this facsinating story full of baffling plot twists where it's hard to tell the difference between dreams and reality. And though the story begins with its ending, the unfolding chain of events that leads to the unavoidable fate and destruction will keep you stuck to the screen longing for more chapters to come out.
Can't wait for more. If you like this you should have a look at Romantic apocalypse.