Being an Extra Actor in an Escape Game

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Xu Beijin is an extra in the game ‘Escape.’ His usual role is to lie on the floor to be the corpse, while observing how the Missiontakers scratch their heads to figure out a way to survive.

All the other extras work extremely hard as if trying to win the next Oscar’s in order to leave this cruel, despairing world; while Xu Beijin has a simple, monotonous, tedious life.

Until one day, he picked up a streaming system…

Xu Beijin’s life has been entirely upended.

While lying on the floor as a corpse, the audience goes “AAAAAAAH Host what’s that behind you uwuwu…”

While he’s reading the script out loud, the audience goes “Hehehe Beibei’s so cute acting all serious! I want to lick!”

While he’s working hard to figure out the truth about this world, the audience goes “Today our Bei is also the hardworking Bei!”

While he’s… he’s working hard dating Lin Qin, the audience goes “?!?! This isn’t the horror game stream I signed up for!”

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在逃生游戏当群演
在逃生遊戲當群演
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  1. Danmei chef's kiss
  2. Passing grade
  3. Horror/supernatural BL
  4. Apocalyptic Novel with Decent MC/Protagonist
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10/10/21 Travis Translations v3c47 part2
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10/07/21 Travis Translations v3c46 part2
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tricksyness
New tricksyness rated it
October 8, 2021
Status: Completed
In my opinion, this novel's strengths are also its weaknesses.

On one hand, the world-building was very interesting. There are intriguing mysteries in each arc and overall plot that the players have to solve. On the other hand, this also means you'll keep seeing the characters discussing back and forth at length in each nightmare, trying to figure out the mysteries. It gets a little tedious to read, especially if you're binging the novel.

A unique thing about this novel is how the MC is not the one running around trying to... more>> solve the mysteries because of his assigned role in the game. The side characters/"players" are the ones actively solving the mysteries, so they get more character development compared to a lot of other novels.

However, since MC is not a player, he doesn't quite feel like a novel's main character for me. The players are the ones who are actually playing the game, so we read about a lot of their actions. Meanwhile, MC is an extra who mostly just spectates the nightmares, but he does try and help them a little more as time progresses. Sometimes it just feels like you're watching the game with him rather than him actually being part of this novel, though I understand it's part of the plot.

The romance was cute and very touching near the end, but I do wish there was more meaningful interaction before one of them was convinced that they were in love with the other. <<less
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Glidings
New Glidings rated it
September 29, 2021
Status: v3c43
Something about this story just sparks my obsession. The MC is perfect. He's lazy, full of existential crisis, and has a different perspective of the world. The romance is slow but the ML is an actual character not just a reflection of our wants for validation. I did look at the completed translation of this story after getting up to date, however the quality was much worse and took away from the story, so ill be sticking with the one linked here on novel updates until it's completed (as of... more>> writing this that will be in one month). <<less
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boilpoil
boilpoil rated it
July 20, 2021
Status: Completed
Hey, it's the translator here. This is one rare novel that I basically read through in one go. While the pace is excruciatingly sluggish in the beginning, it improves later on. The story and plot are a tad complicated, but the sluggishness actually helps you take in what's going on. The protagonist and his love interest are somewhat undeveloped, but a lot of side characters are really fleshed out. If you want to enjoy some slightly more hardcore sci-fi/drama novel with a horror twist, then I highly recommend a read.

Edit:... more>> For those asking about the seme protagonist tag - It is marked so on jjwxc, and is also hinted at by one single line in the extra that you'll miss if you blink.

Editedit: Do leave a comment on the relevant novel chapter if you believe I accidentally spoiled something in the middle of the chapter in the TL notes, or DM me on the translation team's discord. It would help me improve as a translator. If you would rather do it anonymously, there is also a red button at the end of the chapter with an exclamation mark to file a report/feedback on the relevant chapter. Thank you. <<less
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Seafall
Seafall rated it
July 22, 2021
Status: Completed
Hi. First of all, I just want to say that this novel is worth reading.

The story revolves around Xu Beijin, an extra who suddenly got the called live broadcasting system. He normally had a small role in the nightmare scenes of the escape game, limiting his knowledge about the scene. However, because of the system, he now had an option to spectate the entire scene, live broadcast it and give a helping hand on the mission takers. Note that the mission takers viewed the actors as NPC. This is because... more>> the actors restrained by the game master, had too much obediently played their role as NPC, which gave the wrong impression to the mission takers even though they are also human.

So why is this important?

This is because the nightmare scenes are all truly difficult to the point where the mission takers always die a few times before they reach the true ending. It should be noted that there is no death in the scenes because the scene will just restart if a death occurs among the actors and mission takers. Unfortunately, having several restarts increases the chance of collapsing the nightmare scene and its difficulty. Furthermore, if the mission takers cannot really reach an ending of the scene, then they and as well as the actors will be continually trapped inside it. This is called the eternal collapse. Because there is no death and only restart, both sides will play their roles in the nightmare scene until the actors have completely assimilated to their role, while the mission takers will give up in finding the ending. Simply put, both sides became will become mad to the point that they cannot or do not want to escape the scene anymore.

Note, there is no useless nightmare scene. Everything is connected and has a purpose. They are the foreshadows to the greater secret behind the game.

Anyways, this is a mystery. As questions will appear on the readers, it will be eventually answered as the story reaches the ending. Here are some of the questions:

  1. Why were they playing this game anyway?
  2. Who brought them there?
  3. What happened to their earth?
  4. Who really is Xu Beijin?
  5. Who is Lin Qin?
As for the relationship of the couple, XB is like an old experienced man (actor) and LQ is a blank sheet of paper when it comes to romance (mission taker). With the mentality of his good personality and the fact that he was trapped in the escape game for several decades, XB had not thought of getting involved on someone else until LQ came to his life. Oppositely, LQ has a simple and frank personality that he always pestered XB despite whose identity is known to be an 'NPC' by others. Their interactions are like the icing of a cake in that sad game. Anyways, I like them both and their happy ending.

Beibei and little apple (LQ) really needs to take a good rest from all that. They deserved it.

Spoiler

Nightmare scenes are based on their actual experience in the earth doomsday.

They were trapped for two hundred years in the game by a certain alien lifeform who destroyed their earth.

While they are trapped inside the game, other humans that are not trapped became s*aves to this alien. Only tens of thousands were left, and they were forced to limit their reproduction by a total of hundred babies a year.

XB's role is not just a bookstore owner but also a game master without the actual authority.

LQ is the one who actually escaped the game but was forced to return inside it with erased memories.

The floor does not matter, as long as they, both actors and mission takers, all sleep, the ultimate nightmare will be triggered.

The highest floor is unknown but there is a lone surviving mission taker found at the 65th floor near the end of the story.

They were helped by a foreign alien life form that was the enemy of the one who trapped them in the end.

Mankind was able to free itself from this alien colonozation. Humanity was restored.

XB's and LQ's bodies were actually destroyed while they were in the game. But the good thing is, the foreign alien helper created new bodies for them, which looked the same as in the game and even with the same stats.

After getting out, XB and LQ are living well. XB as a live broadcaster and LQ as an no.1 athlete in all the physical competition against other alien races. Lol

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So you should try to read this story and make their struggles not to be in vain.

Just correct me if I'm wrong especially on the spoilers, since what I've read is the MTLed version of this. <<less
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Storymonster
Storymonster rated it
August 3, 2021
Status: Completed
The world building is fantastic. The whole concept is great. Really fresh, entertaining, and thought-provoking.

The execution is some aspects falls sliiiightly short. But not enough to change from five stars.

Clearly concept and visuals are where this author shines. Pacing... not so much. The beginning is pretty slow, and there are several moments throughout of repetitive internal monologue that feels just a touch rehashy, and I feel like the tense moments were never quite fast enough to feel truly thrilling. It more rides at that eerie, slow pace mostly. But that’s... more>> nitpicking.

The horror is the disquieting kind. Like you feel uncomfy and skin crawly thinking about it. Not the jump scares or shocking, intense, heart palpitations kind. But it does this well.

Romance... exists and is rather blatant, but there’s absolutely no tension whatsoever. Which felt like a very deliberate choice... maybe to offset the gloomy plot? (Like subtle comedic relief I guess?) While I hate s*upid drama, a bit more push pull would’ve been nice. Of course, if you’re into big silly single-minded loyal dog types then this is your cup of tea.

As a pleasant surprise, the side characters all felt fleshed out. Enough that I kinda wish there were some extras for my favorites. And while not all their stories were blatantly tied up in your face (like the twins), the author was really clever about sliding in little mentions here and there that hinted at things.

Actually, a lot of information was handled that way too. It felt inadvertent as opposed to in your face info dumps. The MC’s close-lipped nature carried over to his inner thoughts so this felt like the author really trusted the reader to understand the subtleties and slow unraveling without feeling the need to spoon feed everything.

Yep. A bit stream of consciousness, sorry. But yeah. Entertaining, solid read. Definitely recommend and will reread. <<less
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Haigi
Haigi rated it
July 30, 2021
Status: Completed
At first I thought this was gonna be a light hearted not-horror livestream puzzle mystery.. But after every arc, you see the universe slowly unfolding before you. Layers upon layers of mysteries behind the game starts to make itself know. Unlike other infinity-type stories, the arcs build upon each other, eventually leading to the ending scene.

Side characters have certain depth and I can feel the tangled emotions of the players as they play the game. Even if we're reading from MC's perspective, but I feel like one of the viewers... more>> in his stream instead. I love how the story shows itself. It doesn't tell, but lets you journey together.
While we slowly unravel the mystery of each arc puzzle, as another reviewer said:
'The closer you are to the truth, the more you realize how horrible it is.'

It's true. The more I read, the more afraid I became as I imagined what lies in the future. The plot twists are really something. You won't regret reading it! <<less
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jtrichard
jtrichard rated it
July 23, 2021
Status: Completed
The closer you are to the truth, the more you realized how horrible it is.

I can feel the dark atmosphere when I read until a certain scene ... more>>
Spoiler

before they enter Xu Bei's nightmare

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. This novel is layered in mysteries that was slowly uncovered as the novel goes, but it's also feel slightly sluggish because it wasn't uncovered through the MC Xu Bei. It's the side character development that's brought this atmosphere to the table, while Xu Bei is the hand that's moving them behind the scenes.

When I read their journey through the last arc, I can feel the nerves, anticipation, and fear of something going wrong. Again and again until the last two chapter, I can't help but being on edge because what if they fail? Xu Bei's pessimistic attitude is actually quite in line with my attitude so I can feel the helplessness.

Warning: each chapter is like 8k to 15k words long and it's really tiring to read the last arcs because imagine you're eight chapter left but it's actually 80k words. That's almost the length of a novel.

But I have to say that this makes foreshadowing the author put before got used. The way she/he played with the plot and each scene made me think that they planned this carefully. There's hardly any holes, so I'm quite amazed.

The extra sort of like... Well extra. My feeling is a bit like... Okay, im done when I read the extra. I guess it's because I want to read about MC and ML interactions with their colleagues, but only tiny bits of them is around. It told their story afterward, but not particularly interest me like the main story does.

Well, totally recommended if you want dark/mystery/gaming/horror kinda novel. It's a great read.

Edit: hold on, why is this seme protagonists? I didn't see any scenes depicting that, neither any outward line describing that.

Edit 2: ohhh, I see. Thank you translator 👍 <<less
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Infinitymidnight
Infinitymidnight rated it
September 18, 2021
Status: Completed
I will preface this with I read up to v2c38 part 3 of the translated version then I switch to mtl because the story is so good I had to know the rest and I couldn’t wait another year for it to finish translating DX. I will agree with other review stating the mtl is readable. It’s pretty understandable especially if you’ve read the already translated portion.

I also read some spoilers and it did not make me not want to read it which normally spoilers do.

Onto the real review, its... more>> sort of like the infinite game stories but instead of going through a ton of “stories”, in this case nightmares, and not advancing the plot at all, each nightmare makes sense and builds on the last. Probably because it’s not traveling through multiple worlds but instead they’re still in one world. I’m a sucker for netizens reacting to the MC and so the live streaming plot point is *chef kiss*. Most of the characters arent 2d and the author is good at building them up for future events. Speaking of future events, the plot progression speed is very even through the entire novel. It’s not go through 30 nightmares and then the last 2 nightmares the plot is revealed and boom it’s done.

For the romance aspect. It’s extremely slow burn. If you like quick relationships, this is not for you but it makes sense. The relationship and development added to the story instead of being just a side story inside the story. The ML is super cute the longer you read and the MC is just being slowly cooked by ML.

The only thing I regret is reading the extras. It brings closure to the entire novel and I’m really f*ing sad the novel is over. 10/10 will read again once it’s completely translated <<less
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qeesa
qeesa rated it
September 21, 2021
Status: Completed
I went into this game expecting an exciting funny comedy and got shook by its wonderful world building and plot twists. My god.

Some trigger warnings: gore, disturbing scenes of the instances (you can really compare it to texas chainsaw massacre and the like), graphic description of deaths. It's really dark honestly.

The romance is more slow-burn, this novel is really more focused on plot and why everything is the way it is. I don't want to spoil you because I think it will ruin the experience once you've uncovered the truth.

Anyway,... more>> 5/5 experience, I will absolutely recommend this for you guys who like action, crime-solving, mysteries, although if you are squimish and can't stand gore, this might not be for you. <<less
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TomiNdumplings
TomiNdumplings rated it
September 3, 2021
Status: Completed
I came in reading for the BL, I came out reading for the plot and the story line.

The whole story is so interesting. While maybe a world of escaping horror game scenarios isn't too fresh anymore, the story the author put beneath that made this novel so intriguing. I think there were a few small plot holes and oversights by the author, but overall the concept, the slow build up, and the generally feeling of unease this story cultivates as you continue reading it really hook you.

This story isn't really... more>> one you read for romance, it's for the slow burn of the plot. The desire to find out the truth of the nightmares and the tower keeps you reading for hours and hours. The deeper you get into the plot the more you want to know what's going on, what really happened (both in the scenario of the nightmare, but also to the 'players' of the tower themselves).

Spoiler

I can't say the ending was the kind of satisfying ending that I wanted. It was kind of bittersweet in my opinion, but I can't help but think that the way it ended really tied back into the whole theme of the novel.

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I can't recommend this novel enough if you are looking for a more plot heavy BL, there are cuter more light-hearted times in the story but it's not really what I would call a light read. <<less
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Peachyxist
Peachyxist rated it
August 18, 2021
Status: v2c25
This is one of the most refreshing novel I’ve ever read. The whole concept is really fresh and new, along the way the MC is telling us about the world building that’s going on. About the tower, nightmares, missiontakers, players and actors. All in all it’s an interesting concept. I can’t wait to read more of the novel! So thank you translators for picking up this gem! :)
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Kiryu_93
Kiryu_93 rated it
July 25, 2021
Status: Completed
That was an amazing read. This is my first time writing a review ever because I love this. Sorry in advance if the review is disorganized.

Our MC is an ordinary bookstore owner (obviously not ordinary). ML is an OP (in fighting) and a little dumb?honest? Romance is there but not much but still satisfying.

This story is about people trapped in a horror game in which they clear/solved NPC's nightmares but the NPCs are not rlly NPCs but humans acting as NPCs.

My favorite arc is

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Spoiler

When they enter the nightmare with elevators that go to random floor and find the mother of the little girl. I love that arc. Absolutely satisfying.

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Spoiler

Our MC is a know-it-all. Really? He knows everything but doesn't even tell us readers that he knows. But the informations are too big for us so revealing bit by bit is so exciting. Some moments like mankind in nightmare unifying and having an intense fight are too good that I can even hear my imaginary epic BGM playing. The saddest part for me is when Su Enya (the name from the mtl so not sure) remembers her wedding!! I love all characters Mu jianshi, Fei, Wu Jian, goddess and others (names not sure and true). I feel like the ending was a bit rush. I would like to read more details about our side characters feeling and their thoughts and how they adapt. Really they don't even mention about Fei, Mu Jian and others after they got back to earth😭I love all these backgrounds characters that took part in solving nightmares. Also, it would be nice if there are some papapa scene.

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Overall, it was an amazing read. I love the plot, the background setting of the game, logics and everything. <<less
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Yeahlesh
Yeahlesh rated it
September 9, 2021
Status: Completed
Seriously I really liked this novel. I went and mtled cause of my impatient self but still even in mtl it's quite understandable lol.

Anyway onto the review:

Writing: 4/5

... more>> Pacing :4.5/5

Plot building: 4.5/5

Characters : 4.5/5

Romance :3.5/5

At first I thought this was going to be some generic novel where MC because of his protagonist halo becomes a popular livestreamer even when he just lies down and acts like a corpse. So I was ready to leave this novel in 4 or 5 chapters but reality proved me wrong. The authors way of writing with their pacing of the story was absolute fabulous. And the character building and plot building was top notch too. They didn't just introduce some "Randoms" and forgot about it in the next chapter. They gave them life (idk how to phrase it otherwise lol) and story of their own. The author while character building other side character didn't forget the main character. Once again imma say their way of pacing and building character is soo good.

Spoiler

the first nightmare's random who I thought was forgotten played a important role in bringing one of the main side character to bottom floor of the narrow builidng. Deim. The author knows what their doing

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Lol. I'm praising the author to the sky aren't I? But thats because their writing is just that good so I highly recommend it. I'm drifting again from the review

Regarding Romance, I didn't really felt much as this seemed more plot focused than romance in my opinion. But Little Apple is really good to Xu beijin. I liked their dynamics. The way little apple acts like a thug when Xu Beijin is not around is really cute too. Look

My personal view (The above were facts lol) : While reading this novel I contemplated my life decisions so much. What were to happen if earth one day was to suddenly come to an end. Will I have had lived my life to fullest at the time? Or will I be regretting that I didn't have much fun in this life while dying idk. This thinking really made me solidify my view on YOLO. You gotta live with no regrets. Dying with a smile on your face really seems more beautiful rather than a scowl. I may sound like an alarmist right now but pls don't mind me lol. I highly recommend this novel. :)))) <<less
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Mishi98
Mishi98
July 22, 2021
Status: --
i have to say that while the characters and plots are interesting and well written the overall setting is too dark for me to enjoy personally. It may get better but I have only read till the third arc and can't say anything definitive yet
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