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    Tay reacted to Bolverk in Why I haven't posted recently? (a new addiction)   
    Alright hmm.. If you couldn't get into Chaos Seeds (this has a audiobook as well btw) which I'd consider a nice beginner series. If you want more action. Something like Reborn apocalypse or Shadow sun. If you want more world exploring/info-dumps prbly Completionist Chronicles.
    But if I'd say one. I'd go for first book in Reborn apocalypse series. it's just great.
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    Tay reacted to Bolverk in Why I haven't posted recently? (a new addiction)   
    Oh god, no clephas. Don't do this. That's how I felt as well when I started reading the litrpg books as well. Basically english isekai more or less.
    Many of the litrpgs have excellent audible audiobooks as well. I recommend trying those for those who don't want to read and prefer to listen. I personally tend to keep my eye reading to books that doesn't have audio books.
    Some other series I enjoyed were:
    Reborn apocalypse series, audiobook is really good I'd like to mention. The Voice actor has the very very dark and edgy voice going down so good. I grinned like a moron while I listened to it.
    Completionist Chronicles, good comedy, feels kinda like choas seeds in that regard and funky stat build going on in a weird world.
    The Wraith's Haunt, has the I am in isekai yaay, but combined with fatalism haha.
     
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    Tay reacted to Clephas in Why I haven't posted recently? (a new addiction)   
    So does Richter.
    Overall, you have to be primed somewhat to really get into the genre.  As far as I can determine, there are a number of qualities that benefit anyone trying out the litrpg genre.
    1.  Being familiar with and enjoying stat-based rpgs.
    2.  Being something of a stat/skill geek
    3.  being able to suspend disbelief sufficiently to dive into a world that feels somewhat artificial due to the presence of stats and obviously quantified growth.
    For me, the recent growth of a similar genre in anime is what made it easy.  
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    Tay reacted to Clephas in Why I haven't posted recently? (a new addiction)   
    Just finished the Stork Tower novels that have come out so far... more cliffhangers.  I love Atherleah, but the way things keep expanding reminds me of a lot of sci-fi series that collapsed toward the later books because they couldn't keep track of all the balls in the air.  Atherleah has some of the best qualities of a fantasy or sci-fi protagonist in a litrpg: a firm set of ethics, if not morals; the cleverness or intelligence to think outside of the box and challenge the system; and a personal goal that never quite gets lost in the constant deluge of events.  
    I just wish the author had organized this into arcs instead of just making things endlessly complex.  The way Leah runs on a near-24/7 schedule due to future science makes me wince in sympathy regularly, and her schedule just keeps getting more packed.
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    Tay reacted to Clephas in Why I haven't posted recently? (a new addiction)   
    In terms of books I sampled (read the first ten chapters at least) the number balloons to 300 or so... the seventy I'm talking about are the ones I was finding the most interesting.  Here is a list of the ones I enjoyed the most (even if some were trashy).
    The Chaos Seeds (think an isekai/other world story with a protagonist who constantly swings back and forth between enlightened self-interest, pragmatism, and lust for power/stat geeking).
    The Stork Tower (extremely interesting dystopian future with a genius street rat who makes powerful enemies in the virtual and real worlds)
    Light Online (protagonist starts out as an out-of-luck NEET who is about to be turned into a virtual slave and then manages to rise high by playing a VRMMO in an unusual style).
    The Ten Realms - Protagonists are an amputee mercenary named Erik and his comrade and best friend Rugrat.  They end up in the Ten Realms, two soldiers in a land of magic, and they quickly realize the only way to be themselves is to gain power and challenge themselves.  Sort of a blend of Wuxia cultivation, military fantasy, and craft obsessive nation-building with two foul-mouthed soldiers with hidden depths leading the way.
    The Dark Elf Chronicles- In a future where a 'zombie particle' has contaminated most of the lifeforms on Earth, a few survivors try to live long enough to find a way to copy themselves into an online game while also stabilizing said game so it won't be a pure hellworld when they do so.  Tons of ups and downs in this story.
    The Shadow Sun series- In this one, a mysterious System essentially unleashes massive numbers of super-powered monsters to cull humanity in preparation for aliens bidding on the land and resources.  Very much a survival apocalypse story for the first three books.  
    The Silver Fox & the Western Hero - Pure Wuxia with hardcore cultivation and horrid levels of racial prejudice... and a young former American plopped down in the middle who has a stat sheet in his head.  The protagonist seems fairly normal, until he isn't.  He is intelligent to the point of being brilliant, and absolutely devoted to the path he chooses.  However, he is also capable of rising above his own desires at key points.  Honestly, I can't wait until the next one comes out.
    Battleborne-  First in a new series about a soldier who dies with his unit and gets reincarnated as a combination of several races by a Valkyrie as reward for his life of war and bravery.
    All Trades- A former conman goes into a virtual reality game to earn the money to give back to the family that supported him after his term in prison.  He really has turned a new leaf, but he quickly finds himself riding the figurative tiger by the tail as he tries to do right by those around him while also earning enough money to pay off his loan shark.
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    Tay reacted to Emi in Old times Fuwa: mascot attempts   
    but story telling isnt my strong point sadly. 
    i will try tell more things about old obselete things in the future. 
    but there is 2 threads about it. one is archieved and the other one is here: 
    but after 2 years of nothing said i assume the idea is as dead as the rest.
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    Tay reacted to Darbury in Other Oddball Punctuation in VNs: A Final Roundup   
    We'll always have Paris bedazzlers.
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    Tay got a reaction from Darbury in Other Oddball Punctuation in VNs: A Final Roundup   
    I see you've got @Rooke, @Zakamutt, @Rose and other rabble liking this post. Just remember that you and I shared something special, long before these guys got here. < 3
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    Tay reacted to Helvetica Standard in VN Image Editing: The Skinny on Vertical Type   
    As a professional graphic designer myself, indeed rotating text is the way to go.
    You can also modify a font and/or let photoshop's pharagraph tool do the magic
    but in the end what you want is to keep type space even and readable.
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    Tay reacted to astro in taypls 6   
    That was beautiful and made me tear up
     
    And then I heard "Archmage Thigh" at 1:16
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    Tay reacted to Clephas in Streaming and Bloodborne are actually nice, oh my   
    I don't think I'll ever understand what is fun about having voyeurs watching you play a game...
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    Tay got a reaction from Meat_Bun1 in A commentary on American exceptionalism   
    I am quite amused by just who, exactly, jumped on this thread before the Home Team could show up.
     

     
    Well played, Europe. Well played.
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    Tay got a reaction from Rose in Threads you should check out - Week #9   
    This is a really good list. I missed several of these, and you did a good job capturing a wide variety. Thank you!
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    Tay got a reaction from sanahtlig in A commentary on American exceptionalism   
    I am quite amused by just who, exactly, jumped on this thread before the Home Team could show up.
     

     
    Well played, Europe. Well played.
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    Tay got a reaction from Zalor in Zalor - The Analyst   
    Much < 3, Zalor! Our friendship was forged in the trenches of the Literary Journal idea : P, but since then my respect for you has only grown. 
     
    (And great post, Rose! Really nicely done.)
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    Tay reacted to Rose in Zalor - The Analyst   
    The what? (ಠ_ಠ)
     
    Anyway, Zalor deserves it. Took me a while to finish this since I had to push some of the work to other people, though it only delayed me by a single day. i blame lino for being lazy (◕‿◕✿)
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    Tay got a reaction from Rose in Zalor - The Analyst   
    Much < 3, Zalor! Our friendship was forged in the trenches of the Literary Journal idea : P, but since then my respect for you has only grown. 
     
    (And great post, Rose! Really nicely done.)
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    Tay got a reaction from solace in juniper's knot: a beauty or a beast?   
    I played Juniper's knot on iPad, too, and when people want to try a VN on iOS I'll usually send them first to Planetarian and then to J.K. I really enjoyed it for similar reasons to FinalChaos. Great experience.
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    Tay got a reaction from maefdomn in Hidden complexity   
    Loved the post, maef. If I understood what you're saying, then you're expressing something I very much agree with: normal, human strength is more moving than the superhuman. Am I on the right track?
     
    If so, I think the first time I started exploring this idea was back in high school when I read "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoyevsky. One of the book's central themes is the inner, quiet strength of Sonya or Raz vs the theoretical "superhuman" (Napoleon-figure) of Raskolnikov's thesis. Dostoyevsky comes to the same conclusion as you and I: the realistic, human inner-strength is real and far more moving than the superhuman.
     
    Clannad's a great example of this. Funnily enough (and because it seems I can't ever go too long without bringing it up : P), my experience with the two Fate/Stay Night games very much proved your point, too: the fantasy/fighting bits were fun distractions, but I played the games because of the slice-of-life bits in-between. Sakura was my favorite character because of a quiet, realistic inner-strength which wasn't based in fantasy or superpowers. It was very much human, and regular, and therefore was much more moving and interesting to me.
     
    (Let me know how/if I misunderstood your post. I'd love to get a better idea of what you're expressing)
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    Tay reacted to Clephas in Clephas - The Infinite Stomach   
    *Clephas devours KosakiFag lovingly, sending him to a stomach full of nymphomaniac lolis*
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    Tay got a reaction from sanahtlig in About myself   
    This may be better addressed in another post, but I'm curious to hear why you keep playing VNs, and why you find this industry so interesting.
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    Tay reacted to Darklord Rooke in juniper's knot: a beauty or a beast?   
    It's a shame Dischan burnt out on Dysfunctional Systems 2, they were doing some good stuff in the OELVN scene.
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    Tay got a reaction from arakura in taypls 4   
    Sorry, but I'm afraid there's been a mistake. We have less followers because very few people can stand the raw sex appeal of the Twitter team. The lower follower count is key. We're saving marriages and relationships here, people.
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    Tay got a reaction from astro in taypls 3   
    I love this blog.
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    Tay reacted to solidbatman in taypls 1   
    I'm sold. This should be the real Fuwa banner
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