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The Good:
Lots of curb-stompy, OP MC battles where MC absolutely destroy the opponent thanks to his ability to use modern weaponry + special monsters creation powers. So those who like monster summoning and guns in a fantasy world may like this. There's also that anticipation of what type of monster he's going to get with the medals he can combine so gatcha fans may like this. Fairly cute girls too. The Bad:
Okay, so first of all, despite the MC being a Dungeon Master, this is not really a... more>> dungeon building story. The main plot revolves more around building a city where the MC can slowly harvest human's DP over time than the quick harvesting that most dungeon masters do when killing adventurers. Fortunately, I'm fairly fond of city-building novels too. However, like with many WNs, this suffers from OP MC concept where every single challenge isn't a challenge since the MC has the power to create modern day equipment from his imagination and the power to create incredibly strong monsters. I don't really mind OP MCs in most of the cases as long as there's some sort of challenge/struggle. Or if there's no struggle, at least some type of focus on SoL or something. However, this MC just utterly curbstomps all of his opponents to the point that I'm actually feeling sorry for them. For example, when
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he used gatling guns to wipe out all of the newbie dungeon lord's army in the noob battle, or when he bypasses every single trap his opponent sets up.

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And as for the cool city building aspect of it? Well, he relies on selling rare goods (created by his similarly OP servants), offering amazing incentives to immigrate (also thanks to his special abilities), and providing super cheap services (which is possible thanks to his powers). Although this isn't a bad thing as of itself, there are almost zero chapters spent on him actively developing the city and it's economy; everything is just solved with magic. There's slight more city development now, but it's still mostly reliant on his amazing summons that only he has access to. Tl;dr: Possibly cool concept but has a MC that is so ridiculously overpowered that nothing is a challenged to him in a story that is focused around battles. <<less
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Unrivaled Tang Sect
June 24, 2016
Status: c622
This is basically a better version of Douluo Dalu. The author learned from his past experiences and took a lot more time to develop the characters, their relationships, as well as the events that occur between important plot points. The largest difference lies in the fact that the MC is more along the lines of the usual innocent goodhearted xianxia MC instead of the knowledgeable, coolheaded type of Tang San (personally, I liked it though).
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3/5 as of first arc in RAW. Maybe 3.5 if I’m feeling generous

Great concept, but fairly poor execution. Guy essentially gets simcity/civ power and can build a town. He’s given a starting amount of money and can initially only generate building/equipment from the Edo Era (getting modern era stuff costs 100x more $) and he has to “level up” his power (and eventually reach modern era buildings) by getting a certain population and cash. Sounds like a great city builder story right? Well, here’s where things start to fall... more>> apart. The story devote very little time to the development of his town. His entire city development process so far could probably fit into a single paragraph. It just goes, “he designs the town and activates his magic”, the end. There’s some stuff about the interaction between him and the people who live in the town and those who visit the town, but that’s it. And worse of all? (Minor spoilers)

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It turns out that spices are extremely valuable in the other world so his entire method of making enough money is just summoning spices, trading it for coins, and then turning the coins into the cash needed for townbuilding. No attempt to create trade industries and enhance the skillset of the populace (so he can get tax $) whatsoever. He just clicks a couple of buttons, sell created goods for gold, and convert gold into cash. Which is a kinda crappy way to handle town development stories.

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And in case you were hoping for some interesting defend-the-city type scenarios (major spoilers) :

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So far, magic and physical combat isn’t too ridiculous in the other world. So he was able to wipe out a small invading army with just some cannons. As in repelling said army, killing lots of people, all without losing a SINGLE person on his side. So yeah, city combat doesn’t look to promising right now.

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Lazy Dungeon Master
April 19, 2016
Status: --
Very slow at first but once MC has enough resources to build out his dungeon, it becomes very interesting quickly. For once, it’s a MC that uses his knowledge and intellect to design his dungeon and maximize efficiency instead of just bulldozing over everything with cheat skills like 90% of transported WNs. And once again, MAKE IT PASS THE FIRST DUNGEON BATTLE before forming any opinion please.
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Doll Dungeon
May 11, 2016
Status: --
3.5/5

Decent concept but once again is affected by the fact that the MC (in this case his servants) go from above average to OP as hell way too quickly. The message board was a nice touch though. Also, this series has been discontinued by the author.
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The Second Coming of Gluttony
December 27, 2018
Status: c56
I heavily suggest reading to at least chapter 20 (prologue arc) before making any decisions. The main character makes a deal with a god to send his feelings back into the past. Unfortunately, the past him was a rather large scumbag which took years (in the past life) for him to change. So before you get turned off by the main character's initial behavior, know that it only lasts for a couple of chapters.

And without ado here's the actual review: This is a story of somebody who... more>> has obtained the feelings and fragments of memories from his future. As such, although he's not a perfect superhuman who finds all of the lucky events and sweeps up all rewards (Ex: Reincarnator, King of the Battlefield), he has enough experience to do rather well in comparison to his peers. As for how the story, it follow one of the general Korean mass summoning to another world (King of the Battlefield, Reincarnator, Arena, etc.) tropes with a larger focus on character interaction and a character that only has enough future knowledge to have better than average combat skills and some slight intuition during turning points in his life.

All in all, a pretty good read. <<less
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God and Devil World
May 25, 2016
Status: c299
Trigger Warning: If you are offended by the following, then you should probably not bother reading any further:
1. Some women are treated as baby factories/tools for s*xual relief and are traded for favors. Although in the author's defense, men and children were also were also traded, albeit for labor (ex: I'll help you wipe out these zombies so give me 1000 men, some children, and pretty women)
2. The majority of foreigners are depicted in a negative light like, ie foreigners try to take advantage of their international... more>> status to get what they want. Although once again, there were also other Chinese people who did the same thing; it's just the majority of the foreigners were jerks whereas only the majority of the Chinese leaders were assholes

Anyways, with that over with:

The Good: It's a post-apocalyptic novel combined with game elements. Kind of like if Gantz/Terror Infinity/The Gamer/etc. Had a baby with something like High School of the Dead/The Walking Dead/etc. However, it's importantly to note that it transitions
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into politicking and city management before finally going to full on xuanhuan/xianxia.

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The Bad: Characters are very bland and aren't developed at all. It usually ends with MC being thrown to a new area and starting from scratch with a new set of characters rather than the MC's original squad and base being developed. The harem consists entirely of a huge amount of pretty women who usually have less than a single chapter of character development. The gaming aspect become almost irrelevant later on between
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how the majority of MC's action in the city arcs are just killing his human enemies within the city (which does not give him exp) and how the game elements are just completely thrown out from the more generic xianxia development later on.

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Still, if you're feeling bored and won't get offended by the things I mentioned, feel free to give the novel a shot <<less
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Advent of the Archmage
February 1, 2019
Status: Completed
A "reincarnate into the past of a game world" story with a great start but jumps the shark later on and then takes a plunging nosedive into an abrupt ending.

The start of the novel is great: lots of worldbuilding with plot lines laid down that come into play dozens if not hundreds of chapters later. The characters are decently realistic too and things are surprisingly unpredictable which makes it a very interesting and fun read. This would actually be one of the top "reincarnate to game world" books... more>> that I have read. However, after a certain point in the middle/late parts of the novel, there is massive power inflation. He probably leveled up more in the last 10% of the novel than he did the beginning 90% of the novel. The later parts of the novel lack the worldbuilding of the initial part and random characters and concepts are just crammed it. It felt like the author was rushing to finish the story and wanted to cram a huge portion of the plot into the last section of the novel. Conclusion: Worth the read but be prepared for a very rushed closing. <<less
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Dungeon Defense
September 5, 2016
Status: v3 prologue
Caution: THIS IS NOT THE STORY OF A HERO, THIS IS A STORY OF A GREAT VILLAIN

So it seems like many readers are going through this story with the flawed assumption that this is the story of a tragic hero, of a demon lord that is not truly evil despite the atrocities he carried out. These readers are wrong. Dungeon Defense is the story of a villain who enjoys toying around with humanity. Sure, he has rules that he sets and follows (like a "good" villain) as well as an... more>> understandable past that molded him this way, but make no mistake, he is a true villain. Think Lelouche from Code Geass except for if Lelouche was acting purposefully to harm all of humanity. With that fact established, I personally find the thoughts and scheming of the main character quite interesting. You can probably find more description about the plot in the other reviews. However, once again, this story is not for everyone. <<less
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