Countless twenty-something-year-olds around the world wish every day for a chance to go back in time to start practicing their passions sooner in life. Tabitha is one such woman. With all of her youth spent playing online games where crafting was as simple as gathering materials and clicking a "craft" button to put them together, she never gained any actual experience in making things. Every attempt to create something in the real world is met with disaster. Her heart yearns for being the master crafter of her virtual youth, but she's the type who burns water when trying to cook.
That changes when she wakes up and finds herself in a game-like fantasy world where crafting comes as naturally to her as breathing. She still has to put in the hard work of crafting herself, but the system helps her out to make what was once impossible for her possible. She gets all the fun of making things and flexing her creative spirit while not needing any years of training nor study to build her skill up! While she might not have any idea how she got to this strange world, she does know that she's not going to waste her chance and is going to make the most out of this new opportunity to craft everything!
An "Omnicrafter" was what they called people in the MMORPGs she played who maxed out every single crafting class, and that is exactly what Tabitha plans on doing with her new life!
The crafting side of this series is heavily inspired by games like the Atelier series and the critically-acclaimed Final Fantasy XIV (which has a free trial, you know!)*. If there's a problem, it can be solved by crafting. Also, in case the title and synopsis didn't make it obvious enough, this series is going to focus on crafting all the things. Wooden spears and protective cuirasses? You got it! Healing tonics and farming equipment? Sure! Elaborate cupcakes and customizable fantasy golems? Darn straight! Weapons with a broken amount of different buffs applied to them due to the crafting process and materials used? You know it! The most amazing fishing rod to ever exist? Well, obviously. Fishing is the true endgame only after crafting, after all!
So, if you like alchemy, blacksmithing, carpentry, cooking, leatherworking, tailoring, engineering, rune forging, magical enchanting, or basically any other type of crafting found in RPGs, come check the story out! An omnicrafter doesn't just focus on one specific type of crafting. A true omnicrafter is the best at all types of crafting!
*This is a meme, I'm not sponsored by FFXIV, please don't hate me. I couldn't resist.
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There're not enough crafting stories out there. Also, there aren't enough stories out that have an isekai bent and aren't structured around murderhobo'ing your way through the plot. Double also, she's so endearingly pumped about being in a fantasy world! We've got some interesting mysteries being set up, a nice nod to the limits of the character's knowledge, and a cast of other characters for social dynamics to play off of.
I'm looking forward to more, since "there isn't enough of it" is pretty much my only criticism at the current time.
I like it so far and I'm just a huge fan of crafting stories in general. A couple things that bug me though is the MC's accent, which is just a little annoying to read but will probably compound the annoyingness the longer it goes on. The other thing is that while I love her drive to learn as much as possible, as fast as possible it just feels... off I guess, like I can't really see where it's coming from other than she kinda wanted to make stuff on earth but couldn't. Other than those two things I'm definitely going to follow this to see how she goes.
- An Interested and Curious Book-Wyrm
filler for the fifty word minimum. beep boop, potato scoop, nothing like a sneep snoop in the reboop with a basket troop to throw you for a loop and ah... soup
Honestly? I enjoy crafting novels and this one definitely fits it. It's a nice mix of details and skill adjustment to where she isn't just hand waving it, or writing a tech manual. The characters accent makes her seem more real to me rather then someone with a writers edited English. Though the grammar of the story itself doesn't suffer.
Tabitha is especially relatable. A mix of confused, in shock and hopeful. Especially considering she was a retail worker.... getting a whole world away from that certainly sounds tempting.
And well; it's a good light hearted read. If you're looking for super detailed crafting or massively overpowered protagonists this isn't that (well currently at least). It's just a fun read that's pleasant and enjoyable, a nice change of pace to me.
Definitely reccomended. Because sometimes I just want something pleasant; hold the angst and hyper realism please.
......200 words but I'm apparently short. I dunno what else you want me to say royal road. I'm not writing an epic review! Just stating I'm currently enjoying the story immensely and suggest others give it a try. Eesh. Sometimes all you need is to know someone enjoyed it enough to recommend it royal road.
Omni Crafter is an isekai crafting story about Tabatha. So far characters are getting interesting and has a good mix of expanding the story and exploring the first steps to crafting.
This is definitely a story worth bookmarking and reading There are no editing issues and it easy to read. Otters are cute.
The main character grew on me when I first started I wasn't so sure about her. but iv come to like Tabitha, keep it up. I'm really enjoying reading this. And can't wait for the next update.
Thanks for sharing your world and characters
I'd like more descriptions on the other characters just to get an idea of them please.
It's a slow burn slice of life story about crafting, characters are fleshed out and the world building keeps pace with our whacky mcs shenanigans.
Thus far its a great and well put together story that you could enjoy with a cup of tea.
Keep up the good work.
I had an incredible time reading Omnicrafter, by far one of the greatest crafting stories I have read. The beginning is slow in terms of crafting but builds up the proper foundation for the stories main characters.
With more chapters this will be my favourite crafting novel, worth the read.
(edited 10/7/2021 to flesh out some thoughts)
Ten chapters in and this is a difficult story to enjoy. Basic review, but the grammar has no complaints, the writing style is decent, and the story is ... well, niche, but I suppose well enough executed within those bounds. Together, I'd say that makes it a solid 4.5 or so, excluding the character sub-score. So, how does that pan out?
Well, the protagonist (Tabitha) as a character though is terrible. So terrible.
First, the general problem with the protagonist as a character, and second, a very specific problem.
First, the archetype for many isekai novels is someone with great skill who due to circumstances outside their control are in a poor career position or someone with the high potential but unable to grow into it due to circumstances outside their control (and often in a poor career position). This is because these characters are sympathetic and part of the appeal of isekai is to give new opportunities to characters who didn't have them before. Now, sometimes these characters are initially presented as unskilled or lacking potential, but then throughout the story shows their growth.
Tabitha doesn't fit either archetype. Instead, she's an idiot with aspirations who suffers from a severe variant of the Dunning-Kruger effect and who made terrible choices in her education. She doesn't even deign to have the excuse like "I couldn't afford a real college." Her lack of self-consciousness is apalling. All together, this means that she (as much as this is possible for any person) deserves to be in fast food. She also explicitly disclaims that any of it was her fault (without providing any specifics why) instead blaming "reality" for her predicament. (Puh-leaze).
She's....I may have more to write, but at base, I just don't like her and I don't think a general audience would either. And because of that, gifting her an isekai means that she, at the very beginning, comes across as an anti-hero. Which is fine I suppose, but it's played as if she is a hero, not an anti-hero. It makes me fairly queasy.
Admittedly, most of this is presented to us in the first chapter, but insomuch as it forms a fundamental part of her character, it seeps into almost every chapter since then through ten (where I stopped).
Second the specific problem with her character is she's racist. Now, I don't think that she was intentionally written as racist. And maybe it's supposed to be an allegory or satire of American racism (but if so, then that's not at all clear). But chapter 7 is excruciating to read as our protagonist checks off many of the common attributes of racists (including, in a darkly humorous way, the white man's burden when she decides to help the village of animalistic humans as a "summoned" person). It's exceedingly uncomfortable to read.
It also doesn't help that I was entirely blindsided by this revelation. I mean, maybe I missed the foreshadowing (if any), but notwithstanding whatever accent stereotypes she was falling into, I had no idea she was going to be so opinionated about race/species coming into chapter 7.
It's so weird to read about in a protagonist. Sure, racism is common in antagonists and occasionally seen in secondary protagonists (where there's often a redemption arc about the racism trait), but to have it in a protagonist... I would get it if the whole story was meant to be a morality play about racism, but since it's ostensibly a crafting-focused isekai LitRPG, I don't really see how there's room here for that too.
I love the concept of a hero who solves problems by crafting, but there's not a larger thematic thrust that I can find just yet. There's no overarching goal beyond becoming an omnicrafter. There's little narrative arc.
Now, to be fair, I'm only 20 chapters in, so it might still be coming.