Getting eaten alive is the worst! Stabbings, maimings, and corrosive black magic are not that great either, but you really don't want to be a wolf treat!
That is the kind of hands on, "teeth on", education you get when you are summoned to The Land.
James did not want to be summoned!
Not really... well a maybe, just a bit!
But he had certainly not agreed to be summoned!
Well technically speaking he HAD agreed, but good god, who had the time to read all of that fine print when there was epic gaming to be done!
When DangerZone Industries had released the latest and greatest VRMMORPG, James, and millions of other virtual reality players, had sought purpose and self-definition in this new world. The tag line "Live the life your soul was meant for" had captured the hearts and minds of his entire generation.
The Land, was the largest and most dynamic virtual reality game of all time. James and his friends had devoted countless hours, and become one of the top teams in the game. They were at the brink of greatness, but then there was this light!
When he was actually summoned to the Land, it was both disturbing and exhilarating. When he then became entangled in the eternal war of sprites and goblins, the unsavory practices of the local king, and had a memorable night at the inn called the Whistling Hen, he came to one clear conclusion: Again, getting eaten alive is really really the worst!
While uncovering such deep philosophical knowledge, James will forge a place in this new world, and hopefully avoid the machinations of those who want him to destroy it. What does it mean to be a Chaos Seed anyway?
©2015 Aleron Kong (P)2016 Aleron Kong
"Excellent LitRPG! Eagerly awaiting book 2!"
In a field mostly dominated by Russian authors it seems, it's nice to have an excellent addition to the American take on the genre, which seems to be more focused on community and moralizing than personal progression and aggrandizement, giving it more seriousness and depth vs a humorous, boastful tone, It was an exciting adventure, and I found myself having trouble putting it down to go to sleep.. It has a pretty unique world and interface, and I am definitely intrigued by the over-arching plot.
It seems like this genre has two main development focuses: individual skills/progression and team/empire building. Some series focus on one more so than the other, but this has a good mix of both along with a healthy dose of permanent consequences.
The narrator, Guy Williams, was excellent as always. He's a great narrator for these sorts of mixes of technology and magic and does well with the unique character voices.
Since there's already 5 books in the series, I'm hoping more come out soon!
"A definite must read!"
This series is very much like the "Play to Live" series. So if you like that series, you'll love this one. You definitely want more when it ends. And I can't wait until more "Chaos Seeds" come into the story.
Thoroughly enjoyed The Founding. I can't wait for book 2 to come out on audio. If you like hero's that level up and a bit of town building then you'll love this book!
Found this book by association of other books in the LITRPG sub-genre. It seems there is a scale to the emerging LITRPG. Some authors, like D. Rus and Mahanenko, would be on one side with their strong incorporation of gameplay into their plots. Others like Robert Bevan and Blaise Corvin seem to be on the other side of the scale. The game aspects really only serve to provide narrative short hand for world-building that would otherwise require pages of talking head descriptions and bog down the pace. Aleron Kong is somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. The rules of the game Rictor finds himself in do matter and do influence the plot, but they are not nearly as important as the underlying machinations and character development.
Initially I found the abruptness to Rictor's acceptance to his plight somewhat unrealistic (if that phrasing can be used for this genre.) However, I quickly became engrossed with the story and his personality seems to be consistent with those early passages. In fact, I found the story to be so compelling that immediately after finishing the audio book, I downloaded the ebooks and spent the next week forgoing homework and responsibilities catching up on the series. It's a good and entertaining. Give it a go.
"The narrator really helped power this one."
The Land: Founding" is a entry into the LitRPG subgenre that holds up surprisingly well for those not used to this type of story. For those who are not familiar with the LitRPG subgenre, it's a mix of science fiction and fantasy usually involving the main character experiencing events as if they were playing in a setting that uses videogame logic. They level up, get experience points, respawn, and loot dungeons.
The story begins with a plot by an evil being known as "the price". He decides to use a videogames user agreement to collect certain souls and tricking a player named James. James wakes up confused in the videogame world as a new character. Using the alias Richter, he survives and tries to make a new life for himself in his situation. Eventually he starts affecting the lives of the NPCS and decides to found a village based on his values.
Using Guy Williams as a narrator for this story worked out really well for the audiobook experience. The little videogame sound effects and his story telling voice work brought a plot that involved mostly the main characters planning and building to focus in a way listeners will appreciate.
There are action scenes, but mostly it's about a guy trying to figure through planning out how to make a town in a videogame world, so it's recommended those who enjoy being creative and playing games to inspire imaginative solutions to imaginative problems.
"Wow... I don't usually review books, but DAMN!"
Having read and watched the Japanese forefathers of the LitRPG genre I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Aleron did a great job, and Guy Williams blew it out of the park on the audiobook. To the point where I immediately bought the other 4 books in the series and actually READ them. I haven't physically read a book in years. I got nothing done for the last 2 days because of this series.
"very well done!!"
I enjoyed his book greatly over alot of others with the same premise. Thank you for that. looking forward to book 2!
"really fun story."
I enjoyed the perspective, with the inclusion of all the game play type stats. it makes this story stand out. the end was a little abrupt though.
"awesome story adventure gaming experience"
this book is so good it make. live the book it make you feel your there really vivid
"A Story as a game playing a game, while being real life!!!"
Joke aside the book is awesome. You like RPGs ... Check ... Adventure ... Check ... Action ... Check ... Jokes ... Check ... Builders ... Check ... Power leveling ... Check ... Bad a@s M F ... Check ... Loot ... Check ... More Loot ... Check ... And More Loot ... Then listen to this book already and get your book lore rank 1 ...
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