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Ten million active players. One Game Master.

Infinite Worlds is the most popular VRMMORPG on the market. Its maps are so vast, developer Hard Rock Data utilizes a network of highly advanced artificial intelligences to control it. But it’s not without problems.

That’s why Game Masters like Jeff Driscoll have jobs. The downside? He’s not allowed to play the game. Something about conflicts of interest and favoritism.

His very boring and tedious job is to help players deal with the occasional bug that slips through the cracks and ensure they enjoy their time playing enough to give a five-star rating. It’s a gig. It pays the bills.

However, when the AIs unexpectedly issue a rogue patch, the game becomes a buggy mess, and Jeff’s role radically changes. He finds himself as the only Game Master around, dealing with more problems than he can handle. It’s up to Jeff to return Infinite Worlds to normalcy...but will the AIs let him?

Manufacturing Magic is a unique spin on the LitRPG genre, not just providing the perspective of the players but also of one of those mystical, magical, all-powerful GMs we all dream of being. Perfect for fans of Luke Chmilenko, Dakota Krout, and Shemer Kuznits. 

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  • Willis Burns
  • 04-05-21

Together, they’re better!

I’ve read Osgood and Castle separately, but this is their first work together. Received an ARC and devoured it. This was unique. I’ve never seen a LitRPG from the perspective of the Game Master (though I’m not saying it doesn’t exist). Jeff hates his job, which is relatable, would rather being playing the game, which is relatable, and loves cereal, which is relatable.

The story also gives us snippets into the POV of players and even the AIs who run the game.

The authors considered in game and out of game stories and weaved them well.

This all works together to build one of the best LitRPGs I’ve read this year.

Bravo!

PS: do I even need to say “Nick Podehl nailed it?”

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  • Cory
  • 06-05-21

Let the games begin For new Game master

Before I start this review a little something that you might find humorous If you Choose to Read this book on the day that I'm doing this review its May the 4th let us beginIt's interesting how we deal with coding hands the psychology of gamingHow it sets up The singularity event without anybody realising what's going on and the effects of that the effects of the ai beginning to trying grasp its existence and deal with trying to keep itself alive and please people let's face it Gamers are not someone who are easily pleasedThis should be an interesting look into the gaming industry players and what will happen when sanctioned intelligence come into play

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  • IOTJ, Esq
  • 04-05-21

Solid First Entry

I picked up this book on a whim after reading the summary. I was pleasantly surprised.

Nick Podehl puts in another excellent performance. Every voice is distinct and fully emotive.

The story held my interest throughout. I believe jumping between the different viewpoints was very beneficial. Especially since every presented character has their own unique personality, which added to the world building.

Further, I like how reasonable the actions of the various characters are. The corporation employees and players are all depicted as acting in a realistic manner to the radical, ongoing changes to the game world.

I wish more time was spent with Jeff, our titular Game Master. It would have better paced his growth from mere cog to essential linchpin. Also, I do have leftover factual/world building questions, i.e. Jeff's age/background, the various AIs, etc., after the story has ended. Hopefully, they'll be answered in the second installment, which I intend to purchase.

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  • Persephone Kepler
  • 06-05-21

very enjoyable

great book with an amazing performance from Nick Podel, Jeff is a fantastic relatable character.

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  • John M
  • 06-05-21

Great listen!

Great book from start to finish! I can't wait for the next books to be available!

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  • Rob Bew
  • 05-05-21

Great first in series

Creative take on the genre. Great mix of humor and story. Can’t wait for the sequel

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  • GrimReaperD13
  • 06-05-21

great story, but...

This story is well written, but doesn't focus on the MC and jumps around to multiple characters. In the sequel I hope for more focus with the ending we are given.

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  • John Stringham
  • 13-06-21

Entertaining and Original

A whole new style of litrpg. Great writing and narration. A must listen. Do yourself a favor and start now!

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  • Travis Stumbaugh
  • 07-06-21

Very unique and enjoyable read!

I originally came across this book because it was recommended by the narrator and his description piqued my interest. Plus Nick is the best so I gave it a go. I enjoyed this book a lot! It was a very unique entry into the LitRPG genre in my opinion. It wasn't nearly as heavy handed in the RPG aspect of the story. Unlike a lot of the LitRPG I've experienced the author didn't "pull up the character page" or "level up and recite off stats" very much if at all. While at the same time still being RPG. The story was engaging and has a ton of opportunity to be great moving forward. The characters were fun and I want to learn more about them.
My most recent reads have been massive, heavy, epic fantasies and this was a perfect "palette cleanse".....I don't say that as a bad thing, quite the opposite! This was a book that I can enjoy just for the sake of enjoying and when the second one comes out will probably re-listen again to get me in that same frame of mind to enjoy book 2.
Well done Mr. Castle and Mr. Osgood I'm excited to see where this journey leads.

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  • Aaron W.
  • 07-06-21

Great book!

My youngest son listened to "Manufacturing Magic" with me and he said if IW was real he would be a GM. Safe to say this book is great for all ages. Lol. 30 y/o dad and 8 y/o son both LOVED it! Can't wait for next book!

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