For a Dungeon Core that is very light on System/LitRPG stuff, I would recommend No Epic Loot Here, Only Puns. It's not zero, but it goes lower as the story progresses.
Dao of the Deal is a cultivation story, no LitRPG elements, and I really like the story of this merchant-Daoist.
Stonesong is an interesting grimbright setting story.
We also have Reborn From the Cosmos, but read the synopsis thoroughly, it's not for everyone and some parts are a bit much for me.
And I might as well plug my own, No Need for a Core? which is not a LitRPG and mixes Dungeon Core with standard fantasy elements and a small harem.
Depending on your definition of "breaking boundaries" RE: Trailer Trash
Savage Divinity (which looks like it's close to being complete)
The Law of Averages
The Slayer and The Vixen. The world's greatest monster hunter and bounty hunter, respectively. Through their combined efforts, the world has been able to enjoy an era of piece for nearly a decade since the end of The Drazah War. But when their identities and the source of their power is revealed, all of their admiration turns to terror and they're deplored as the worst Fiends alive. Wanting nothing more than to service the world they feel responsible for, the pair must find new ways to help those who fear them. These Fiends are For Hire.
The story has no system, and works only on energy (Qi) progression.
It is based on xianxia, but I've cut out some things I didn't like (harens, reincarnation).
I was taken from my home and brought to a distant land, Alone.
Also, *casually slots signature into phone.* That one too.
I think you'll find the flare you want. I quite enjoyed the first chapters of each.
However, I don't think you'll enjoy mine since it is heavy on character development, and you would find the tactical description of combat and combat itself on the latest arc.
GM_Turtle Wrote: Howdy! I'm quite fed up with LIT-RPG serving as filler text and extra math to lose me in the story. I'm fine with checking out some stories that does it well, but I really need some new books to read that break the boundaries a bit. Anyone got any suggestions? Also, preferrably stories with a few hundred pages, enough to binge it for a while or get into it enough where I'm actively waiting for new chapters. Thanks so much!
You're more than welcomed to check mine out. It's a non-LITRPG fantasy story that's already over two hundred pages long with more parts posted daily. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the work.
Frostbound (Chilly northern fantasy with an interesting magic system.)
Scionsong (New adult-ish style fantasy with a fun magic system--very "scientifically grounded", taking place in a pretty grim setting.)
Pyrebound (Grimdark coming-of-age fantasy in a strongly Mesopotamian setting.)
Outsiders of Xykesh (A DnD campaign in novel form, basically.)
In the spring of 199x, Arron Wynterz traveled to the Megacity Neo-Tokeyo for a new job opportunity, so that he can send money back to his parents to keep the family farm running.
The new Megacity is the capital of Nippon and was born after the many disastrous decades known as the [Troubles].
Built with both the latest technology and bold Ideas, It soon became the pride of the [Party of Mother and Father] and an example for all member states of the World Humanitarian Organization [WHO].
High tech. High wages. High crime.
Join Arron Wynterz as he travels from his small country town to the Megacity and navigates his many encounters with the [Party of Mother and Father], the [Office of Reason], underground criminal organizations, and possibly even separatists.
Everything is great or is it?
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