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- Print Length: 237 pages
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- Publisher: William D. Arand; 2 edition (January 21, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 21, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AXCMH4G
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Otherlife Dreams: The Selfless Hero Trilogy Kindle Edition
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Now the bad things in my opinion. there seem to be several flaws in the general mechanics of the virtual reality/game mechanics and I am not talking about the glitches in the system in the story but the actual premise behind the mechanics. For one thing just like most games there are basic attributes = Strength, dexterity, agility, constitution, intelligence, wisdom, and finally charisma. now for example one would think constitution would be tied to health, hit point or stamina but instead apparently each and every character starts with 100 hit points and 100 stamina regardless of any stat. Also Mana to power magic apparently also starts at 100 regardless of any of the primary stats. so right there you have two or three of your most important details not tied to any of your core attributes. the story assures us the Main characters glitched character is screwed due to all but one of his main attributes being set at 1 while all his 64 points were dumped into charisma during character creation but, again the attributes don't actually seem to be tied to anything. immediately our MC is attacked at the beginning of the story and runs over and climbs up a tree to escape a wolf. Here again there seem to be several flaws here as we know he has a strength of 1, if he had been able to distribute his points normally he would have averaged a strength of 9 btw, but here he climbs up faster than a wolf can get him, now some of you may be thinking maybe climbing is based of agility or dexterity but again both of these a at 1 as well so my point stands. then when he gets up in the tree he looks in his inventory and finds he literally is overloaded/has all sorts of food/tools/equipment so much so that his pack cant really hold anymore. In other words he probably shouldn't even be able to lift/carry or climb with it. There are several other times when the books explanation of the character creation system or game mechanics seem to have errors or oddities like this which make me question the extent of the authors knowledge of roleplaying games. I have similar questions about the authors knowledge of military operations or structure in general as he throws out some really strange numbers when he pegs the military personel that have been downloaded into the game are 500,000 70 of which are or were officers but are missing. That seems incredibly low to me, that means there would be more than 7,000 enlisted for each officer.
Anyway despite a few rough patches I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next one.
Arand, William D. (2016-01-21). Otherlife Dreams: The Selfless Hero Trilogy (Kindle Locations 136-137). William D. Arand. Kindle Edition.
I had some minor quibbles with the character actions, especially since some of them seem to be more due to the main character getting temporary hold of the Idiot Ball (yes, let's do a parody of a prayer and then jump off a cliff - what could possibly go wrong?), but on the other side, it is a nice touch of not having the main character be the über-logical Spock-type gamer. While there is skill grinding, the book avoids dumping loads of character data tables all over the place and endless skill lists - repeated over and over - are happily also absent.
There is a major disconnect between the character and the player, most exemplified in the character having gone all in on Charisma (unintentionally) but still managing to be less than charming to his closest allies, using the in-book "N-word" more than once after they have indicated being less than pleased by such a designation. I do wish to assure you that there are, as far as I can tell, no racism in this book, but there is realistic prejudice from players.
The book does deal with the difference of the game versus the real world, and it does contain the death of people (which should be obvious from the perma-death I mentioned before), as well as situations of a mature nature, though it does not descend into visceral descriptions of gore or sex.
All in all, it is a good read, and I just bought the second in the series. Here's to hoping that Runner keeps from squeezing the Idiot Ball any more than
It's litRPG, it's not the best the genre has to offer, but I will definitely pick up the sequel. I recommend it to anyone who knows what the litRPG genre is.
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