(Old Version - Currently undergoing a heavy reboot. Check it out here Getting Hard (Rise of a Tank) | Royal Road.)
Herald Stone had a dream. A dream to become unkillable in an MMORPG. He was one of the top tank players in the MMORPG he was playing but due to an unfortunate event, he had to give up playing.
Twenty years has passed since he had that dream. Through the years, he has attained success through his hard work and genius and became a respectable lawyer. Who would care about a childish dream like being unkillable in a game?
Herald Stone would. Herald Stone does not fail at anything. Herald Stone fulfills his dreams, EVERY dream, even childhood dreams that most people would laugh at. Presented with an opportunity to play in Nornyr Online, Herald sets out to fulfill his dream.
Join Herald Stone in becoming the hardest to kill player in Nornyr Online. Join Herald Stone in GETTING HARD.
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This is a short review.(it's not, I just like to lie)
I like this story and how it unfolds because of some simple things.
1. we know the main characters goal.
we are never lost as to what the main character wishes to accomplish within the confines of this story. Within the first chapter, heck within the prologue, fuck within the title we get to know what exactly this story is about. Getting Hard as fuck
2. The MC is enjoyable to read about.
The MC is the type of asshole that's just too funny to hate, you love to love him, and you love to hate him. He has got an enjoyable personality, with a questionable sense of morals, but ultimately always does what's best... for his image. He values his image more than he values potential pure profit, because if his image is pure he can potentially gain way more profits in the end. This dudes morals are in the basement, yet the choises he makes are as morally correct according to society as they can get.
3. The story is readable and I personally have not even witnessed one case where the author has made a grammatical error (that I can remember, stood out to me).
4. The world is interesting, nothing of that slap on "the year is 20xx, the worlds most advanced VRMMORPG has been released, now the main character driven by *INSERT GOAL HERE* has to overcome challenges, meet friends, and definitively start the biggest harem of girls since arabian nights because why the fuck not?"
No, just no. This story actually takes the time to explain. not just explain the MMO, it takes time to explain the VR-pod, it takes time to explain the neural connection, it takes time to actually go to a convention, go to game stores, and actually have a website for the game. In most stories of this kind the only trace of the game in the real-world is the actual pods/headset/gyroseat/whatever.
Here however the characters within the books actually take time to go to game stores, go to conventions, wear t-shirts of the game. see commercials, hear news from the company that made both the game and the pods.
I can't tell you what difference it makes to actually know that the game is as popular within the story's universe as the author makes it out to be with meaningless dialogue from the main character, within other stories.
Fuck to be honest I think Getting Hard actually crafts its "outside" universe better than "The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor"(praise be to The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor). And that says a lot as that story is why we even have these forums.
If you've taken the time to read through this rant of a review, thank you.
But don't just take my view of it, read other reviews, and then read the story itself. I promise you that you will not be dissapointed when you read this.(That is if you like LitRPG stories though.)
-No new chapters for a long while. Will confirm that when it does return I will continue to read it. As the story is deserving of being read. (If me waiting for over a year is any indication... I like the story) Taking off half a star for tardyness. Will be given back when the story is updated once more.
I am a patient man. I will read it with great joy when the continuation to the story is presented, for now I remain, and will forever be, a fan!
For some reason, every MC for 95% of all VR story out there, stars a loser main character! Ugh...this fact have been throwing me off from reading this genre for a very long time but thank all the gods, a MC in a VR story that isn't a loser, anti-social, weabo, or anything have finally come!
_GD_ I thank you!
This story is compactly well balance, hilarious, enjoyable yet has a lot of weight to it.
It has a very smart plotting, yet not to dragged out way it's content. The humor is very entertaining, fresh my mind when i read this. Waiting for more action packed humor with a possible fresh hilarious mature contents.
Definitely a Must Read!!!
A nice style that works wonders in tandem with the story, the characters are all intentionally flawed without taking it to far leaving room for character development.
The story is great since it takes some of the most over-used tropes and turns them upside-down, the humour used is varied and on point.
Other than a few typos and grammar errors the writings are mostly flawless.
The main character is an intelligent and well thought out, he actually thinks before he does things and has his priorities straight, he seems to be used to reading people and misleading others.
But what seals the deal for me is the fact that the author doesn't focus on pre-existing tropes and stereotypes whilst still working with the virtual reality RPG genre.
This story is written in a good way so that the reader can easily imagine what is happening in the story. It keeps you glued to the story, how cool is that! It has good humor too. I am definitely waiting for the next chapter.
I must admit, the few non-mature web novels on this website are absolute gems, and this is no different.
The plot is not unnecessarily convoluted, allowing for easy reading, without having to go back to understand anything.
The MC is likable, but not without his flaws.
The MC doesn't get handed free power spikes that other people don't get.
Grammar is good, along with the structure of the text, allows a person to easily distinguish scene to scene
Great scene descriptions, vivid enough to allow you to use your imagination, leaving in a few gaps to fill with your mind.
There is just enough outside VR interactions to give the MC a more relatable feel, and not too much to take away from that VR tag.
Overall a good, easy read. I would recommend this to anyone, and have no doubt that they will be able to understand it.
I will preface this entire review with the bit of knowledge that 2 out of my 4 siblings are lawyers who play mmo's and this story's MC is very close to my sibling behaviour after work.
Not giving a perfect because there is always room to grow, but this author doesn't have much missing in the terms of this story. Though I would like to level up his humor with references to "old" (current) laws. It is hard for me to find any major flaws that fully detract from the story as is other than tables.
As stated above I don't give perfects, but this author's style is unique and interesting to read. Its a very addictive style that makes you love the flawed creatures who inhabit his story.
See above about not full marks. The only issues I currently have story/plot wise is a lack of breakdown of his stats/skills and other info on the systems involved in the game (aka mechanics). I love the setup and build up each chapter gives and the interactions involved, I just wish for a bit more info.
So see above for non-full marks. This is the one area I almost broke my own rule, because 2 of my siblings are lawyers and are addicted to mmo's when not working. My oldest sibling has Herald's exact same type of humor and is generally tries to imitate his level of narcissism. He doesn't always succeed, but when he does, its at heralds level every time. The flaws and traits given to the characters involved are great and give depth and dimensions to the characters. I want slightly more development on other character that seem may be longer term characters instead of one offs.
I broke my rule here because my Grammar senses didn't tingle throughout all 39 chapters.
This story is exactly what the VR genre needs and it shows through the reviews and follows on this story. The characters are not 2d paper plates, the story is fulfilling, the humor needs upgrades at times but its what I'd expect from an over stressed lawyer on his off time. I came in expecting a brick to the face and left wearing a centaur t-shirt.
If you're looking for a new story because there's nothing good out there, try reading this story.
*Warning: really bad english*
I can't write a reviewe, but I judge a story from my enjoyment when reading, and this story really entertain me
Likeable MC, seriously.
Not half-assed skill, much detail and planning.
Great world building, many more possibilities.
Nice side character as well, didn't feel like 2D character.
And the conversation is really nice and funny!
And importanly, the grammar is good. I'm not a native but I know what the author meant, even if there is a mistake, it's not bad and doesn't hurt your eyes.
Overall, 5* for me cause I love you author lol.
Nice Read, more chapters plz :)
Unussual Style, did enjoy.
Good story, stop mentioning *Spoilers* death every time you mention the past.
Few grammar errors, mostly negligable.
Narrow cast of Characters however development is well done.
This story is amazing, very well written with only some minor spelling mistakes.
I love how the story isnt mainstream and uses crude humour, its even better because of its novelty