The World Online


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Earth Online – a virtual MMORPG that takes place in the future year of 2190 – a game that everyone will bet their futures on. Set in a map that is ten times the size of real-world Earth, players battle for supremacy in the first game to feature personal adventure, territory construction, and grand warfare. For every death you experience in the game, your level would drop back to zero. Ouyang Shuo, an above average player, suffered the ultimate betrayal. For merely a piece of equipment, his sworn brother betrayed and backstabbed him. This time, after he reincarnated in the game, Ouyang Shuo swore to exact vengeance.

However, in an unexpected turn of events, Ouyang Shuo found himself back five years before the betrayal – right before the launch of Earth Online. This time, armed with the knowledge from his past life, Ouyang Shuo would venture upon a new path.

How to perfectly complete quests? What historical battle maps would appear? How should one build up their territory? Utilizing the experience from the predecessors of his last life, Ouyang Shuo makes his bid for the top against all odds. Follow his journey as he seeks to lord over the world!

A different kind of tale that blends historical characters and virtual reality gaming, with heavy emphasis on kingdom building and warfare.

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GhostKun rated it
June 4, 2018
Status: c474
Hold on until chapter 40-50. You can do it. You may think that it is just a World Building history, but its more than that. And of course the focus is the Chinese History. The MC is chinese... I love this thing and I hope it won't go south in the future chapters. :P
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Cryotic rated it
January 28, 2018
Status: c185
I like how this novel is mostly focus on world building since the beginning, cause most of the time the usual pattern is:

    • MC reincarnates to his younger self, have game knowledges
    • Started to level up like crazy, getting all first dungeon clear and hidden classes
    • Be the first person to build territory, leaves territory to level up more and drops by to give coins/ upgrade territory every now and then
This is the first novel I read which is purely about world building (as of the chaps I've read). And as of the part on how the MC is very knowledgeable in the game, even in lord mode when he was an adventurer in the past, I think it is justifiable.


The game is where all the people from Earth will live for 10 years, their real body will be put into hibernation while they were on a spaceship otw to the new planet. Plus, their game performance is one of the factors that could decide their future and standing in the new planet, so it's easy to see how everyone will search and learn most of the info they could get related to the game. And as of why a mere game can decide their future, the game is designed to be as realistic as possible. Tho in the end it is still a game, their performance there can show how resourceful they are, or how talented they are. Remember, they're moving to a new planet that only have raw resources in it. What they need the most are talented individuals to rebuild a new planet for humans.


As for how the MC allegedly remove his NPCs in position once someone better comes, let's get real and remember that the NPC's abilities are greatly limited by the system. They all have ratings that can tell how much ability an NPC have, and how far this NPC can go with.

One con for me in this novel is the names... There are a lot of characters (npcs and players) that I lost track of who's who...
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darkKaldero rated it
October 2, 2018
Status: --
Interesenting when it comes to the war parts and seeing how the territory progresses, but most of it is just info dump.

There are too many characters that have names that sound the same. It makes you wonder who is who and you'd just go WTF who is this guy again. There would be people who would be introduced on this chapter and disappear after but then after 20-30 chapters he would show up again.

I also don't like how there are freaking 18 year olds who act like they are 5-7... more>> year old kids. It looks to me that the author has some weird fetish or he just doesn't know how 18 year olds are.

The author clearly doesn't know history apart from China's, he says Europe relies on the industrial revolition like the American history did, but wtf would you call the ancient Greek civilization, the Roman empire, the byzantine, and ottoman empires. An african player wasn't even strong during that siege of the beast thing, africa had ancient egypt for God's sakes. The author glorifies china too much. <<less
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Ignus rated it
December 12, 2017
Status: c50
A good concept that moved too fast.

The first 10 chapters of setup was really good. Then followed 40 chapters of Civic upgrading, and getting lucky (plot armor). ... more>>

I mean, the MC's two weaknesses (in stats) is his luck and his charisma (story calls it something else). Yet, everyone loves him, and he gets beyond lucky plot armor.


If this story paced itself better... More world building/combat/game time between a repetitive civic upgrade.


MC ranks village up 3 times in what seems to be a month/month and a half. The same thing happens each time. MC wakes up, upgrades a building, calls a meeting, makes some commands, rinse and repeat

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Mega Might rated it
November 2, 2017
Status: c65
good novel if you love kingdom building type of novels and it has a slow start

but if are some one who want to read novels where hero is a kick ass then this will not satisfy you

In this novel I find more logic than Release That Witch, here MC is not too smart where as in Release That Witch you will find MC is too smart some times felling that his IQ should be more than 20000.

MC has his previous life experience of the game and some events, even luck... more>> plays a lot of role in getting better NPCs for his village to have better roles in his village and our hero is only good in politics and some administration and he reads a lot of books to improve his knowledge so logically this make so much sense than several other novels

And world building is too good and the characters are good and till now I did not find anything too stupid to believe so I gave it 5 stars but in future it may change <<less
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Himari rated it
October 27, 2017
Status: c30
Shout out to all of world building/kingdom building genre lovers. This series almost has everything that you'll love from kingdom building type novels. Good story background, good interaction with other characters and a well balanced story pacing.
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July 2, 2018
Status: c530
Unexpected. As in the MC doesn't expect anything to happen.

530 and he still acts as if playing against bots, and he's not that good against them either...

Again and again, every major battle after another, he gets surprised that his enemies will attack him.

... more>> To be frank about it, without the plot powers that be to save him over and over, there's no way he'll have made it this far.

Beyond the MC, there is a lot of info dumps that make up the bulk of many chapters, mostly early on. Game buildings, game functions, dozens if not hundreds of (Chinese) historical figures, historical battles and retroactive explanations of why who did what.

I presume the author is very much a fan of history and empire building because he splurges in word count, detailing in random stuff no one cares about or at the very least he has a game template he follows while writing. (Romance of the Three Kingdoms and the like)

Besides a few errors and mistakes, grammar is alright. But the most significant issue here is gender as a few background players were described with both "he" and "she", making me confused at times.

Besides the endlessly surprised MC, most other characters stick to their defining characteristic (s) up until the current chapter. And whenever it looks like the author is trying to bring up some kind of a personality development, it is quickly brushed aside by some sudden battle no one expected to happen.

Speaking in an annoyed bias, this novel is like making your avatar in a single player game and then self-impose some hypocritical limitations which you immediately break whenever you're about to get squished by the above average difficulty setting.
(Path of the emperor my ass.)

It has a lot of chapters though and a constant update rate, so one can shamelessly skim through it when everything else is lacking. <<less
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Afxarr rated it
June 2, 2018
Status: c472
Loved this novel. Good over all setting. Only complaint I have is that all the different names of people and places can get all jumbled up and confusing. Perhaps it's different for actual Chinese readers who might be familiar with the names? It would help if there was a map or name sheet so one can refer to in order to refresh ones memory regarding specific characters and places

Over all I highly recommend this novel to fans of Virtual reality themed novels. No harem or melodramatic romance, which is a... more>> huge positive in my mind.

Edit : Read upto 486 now and I'm thinking of dropping this, which is a real shame. Currently I'll rate this at max 2 stars

WAY WAAAAAY too many characters and gawd daaaamn those hard to remember names of people and places. Everything's starting to blur by now and there really is such a thing as excessive amount of u necessary details regarding every tiny little change in the army rearrangements every freaking time. It really is a shame cause I really liked this novel but it's become too much of a chore to read this by now. I might pick it up again some day, but for now ciao <<less
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Droma rated it
March 21, 2018
Status: Completed
This is very much a kingdom building novel. If you're not a fan of kingdom building type stories this will not be for you. Do go into it expecting it to be a MMO novel or cultivation novel.

If you're a fan of stories like I am the Monarch, Tales of the Reincarnated Lord, Zhan Long, Release That Witch, or The Amber Sword then you'll probably enjoy this as well. Do no go by the listed recommendations as they are wildly inaccurate with the style of the story.
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Cortizelic rated it
March 19, 2018
Status: c181
Its bs, first off the plot is decent but how the forced romance goes is ridiculous. Moreover I feel like the main character is in highschool or middle school rather than being a full grown adult, his relationship with his sister is questionable considering at times he calls her "Babe" or "Baby". Another plot hole I really dislike is 180 where he begins attacking play territories, first off he's attacking territories RIGHT ON HIS BORDER yet somehow he thinks no one will point fingers at him at all, its stupid... more>> and ignorant. First off not everyone is as retarded as the main character or the author. At least they shouldn't be. <<less
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slepnirson rated it
November 19, 2017
Status: c86
TLDR - Good settlement builder, but not action-packed. MC progresses methodically with a lot of pre-planning.

Generally a good read, but I can see how it is very much hit-or-miss for many people. The Realm-building-from-scratch story is pretty good. Yes, the MC does coast through most situations on cruise control with a nonchalant attitude due to having a time-travel respawn of sorts & therefore general foreknowledge of events and secrets.

If you can get past the easy-mode-ness and don't require constant crises, but just enjoy the (sometimes a little slow) settlement... more>> growth and character development (author trends on explaining less about other people's motivations than many I've seen, and the MC is a bit of a loner so far, so it could be considered slow as well) ; then this is a solid choice. <<less
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Skool rated it
October 25, 2017
Status: c20
a tad bit early for review, but from what i've read, it's looking good, the main character seems to have calm personality that's pretty much ready to take on the world after his rebirth.

what's happening inside the game itself seems promising, in how the Npc can be human (from the AI) and in return the MC does take care of his relationship (and doesn't see them as just Npc) with the supposedly npc with human like inteligence. To achieve his goal and some mystery that haven't been told to the... more>> reader about the game itself.

the kingdom building, are detailed enough and I'm looking forward for more

last but not least

Bing'er are cute As hell!, worth the 5 star just for her cuteness.


what more do you ask for? Read it. <<less
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hiiampal rated it
October 13, 2018
Status: c639
Garbage indeed. Not just the fact that greedy international (qidian) has taken over it, putting a paywall over it. Actually, I am glad they did that so they can lock this racist heap of vomit under wraps.

As said by other reviewers, it's basically easy mode wish fulfillment novel where China is number 1 and the rest should just keel over and die. The author is so blatantly racist that he regards others as monkeys for example. He literally demonized an entire country and claimed that the Chinese people in it... more>> were oppressed to justify genocide.

This is why CN novels should stick to the sphere of CHINA and not anywhere else.

I suggest anyone who has an ounce of respect for their own nation to not read this. Because this author will take a steaming pile of sh*t on it with a cherry on top. <<less
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boredwayfarer rated it
September 25, 2018
Status: c627
No matter how much the author says the game is fair and balanced, as a typical Chinese feel-good novel, it obviously isn't. The story starts off very interesting with the setting and historical character introductions, and I really enjoyed the initial country building and interactions between different dynasties.

However, the main character actually gain an advantage purely using his foreknowledge, but mostly a game bias of somehow making China the most historically OP country, having the biggest landmass and best weapons and technology... which... is so stupid and so inaccurate it... more>> undermines the prior good points as it pours doubt on how much is done through research to make it as accurate as possible, and how much is just wish fulfilment <<less
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Berkyx rated it
June 16, 2018
Status: c496
Best chinese novel I read and the only vrmmo that I can read. Plot is reasonable but we should know more about gaia (the ai) because that thing doesnt sound human made and story so far hasnt touch anything about it yet. This novel worth read though its not perfect espeacially developments of other human characters (players) there are some plot holes and last minute changes from harem to not harem but interestingly I didnt feel disturbed because its good at whats its core, kingdom building. There isnt much lucky... more>> incounters, cheat abilities and deus ex machina which is a shock knowing this is a chinese novel. <<less
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bloggbigg rated it
March 16, 2018
Status: c281
Another 'Cheats allow some otherwise undeserving guy to be OP' story. It's not as bad as some claim, but not especially good either. 'There are interesting bits' is the most I'll assert- but it's very up & down. I suspect that when the plot evolves to the 'real endgame' (no spoilers) it will get good- but that'll probably be ch 1100 or so (1356 total chapters)...


There is a plot, and some things fit together well. Depending on your taste, you may find it interesting. Even if you do... more>> find it interesting (I did), I hope you're patient, as 'Chinese webnovel=slow pacing'. Anyway, highlights are:

    • The relationship between the MC and his sister is cute.
    • The MC actually corrects some 'prior life' mistakes in relationships.
    • There is a fair amount of 'wargaming' style strategy and historical fiction woven in (if you like those).
The BAD:

Overall, the pacing seem ok enough in small doses, but a bit lethargic overall. As an example read 10 chapters, then recap what happened in those 10 chapters- it's almost certain to not be much (unless you count the minutae- then there's a lot)

    • So much deus ex despite the planning. So much plot armor & many forced outcomes.
    • All other relationships are casually convenient to the plot- even people's desires/hobbies seamlessly dovetail with his plans.
    • Tons of 'I can't bothered with basic research' nonsense- like whether people can live on a planet with 1000x the surface area of Earth (Hint: They can't), or how easy it is to make & use parachutes (not very).
    • The MC (& author more likely) is more than a bit of a racist (nationalist?), but that aside, he does some horrible things to tribal people for selfish gain. Don't worry though, he feels a bit bad about it. Each time...
The Different:

    • Epic Battle historical re-enactments? Historic figure depictions? I guess...
    • The nature of 'the main plot' (VR world) actually being a subplot to 'the sublot' (Government secret, etc.) is kinda neat. Unfortunately It's going to be drawn out longer than I have any interest in following. Maybe I'll come back when it's done being translated- but this isn't really good enough for me to 'week to week' follow.
Altogether it really depends on what you like & how patient you are. Honestly most of the administration is pretty logical, and shows he can work without cheats (or the author forgets he played in adventure mode before) - showing how this really story didn't need the timeskip/cheats at all. Actually, almost all suspense is killed because he has advance knowledge- when without it, he'd be guessing or researching most of it instead, and we'd have more admiration for his success. Well, whatever. Not my novel.

Anyway- it's something you'll have to 'taste' yourself to decide... <<less
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Queen of Sheba rated it
March 10, 2018
Status: c47
Utterly disappointing.

... more>>

The protagonist is average, as average can be. Which isn't a good thing in Asian literature at all, as that usually requires an absurd amount of compensation. Which authors happily heap unto the protagonist. In this case, it's the entire theme of 'foreknowledge'. Which is all great since he can plan for milestone events to spectacularly advance his own standings. So the problem? There's no loss, no suspense, there's no emotions, or anything. The characters are under three predominant modes; A. Little Sister B. Humble Commoner C. Arrogant All Others. And that's about all, there's no other deviance at all.


Reading this story for anyone should truly only be last, most desperate of fallback. Read this if you want a story, that is so bland that even repetitive xianxia looks stunning. What makes the blandness even worse is that there's no creativity at all, it's Just a basic city-model creation. Same system. Same culture. Same everything. The only difference? Under the game system... the protagonist's astounding amount of idiocy doesn't matter. He in fact won't be poisoned by his little sisters, or stabbed in the back by random heroes. Yes, yes... the wonderful perk of the loyalty stat¬!


And, seriously, after crushing bandits, the protagonist recovers 38 or so women, and children... the author would like us to believe that the women were treated harshly, like slaves, but nothing untoward was done to them. Right. Right.

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ArgosYesu rated it
January 9, 2018
Status: c1200
This is legit the only novel that ever deserves a Kingdom Building tag. Other novels only touch upon the subject while this story builds a complete system from nothing. If you like other story's kingdom building, then this may not be for you since it isn't stupid.
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moevora rated it
October 28, 2017
Status: c50
When I first saw synopsis, genre and tags, I dont feel like reading it, but thanks to review from shuiko I got to know there is cute imouto here, so I add the 'cute imouto' tag..

Hmm, bout the story itself I think it was good? It mostly focus around the MC developing his territory.. There were some good interactions here and there, relationship between lord and his confidants..
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Eriht rated it
August 28, 2018
Status: c300
Looking back, it is random novel. It use genres: Sci-fi, Fantasy and Martial Arts which create crazy chaotic mix but neither of them.

Sci-fi: 1. NEW planet is size of Sun, humanity gonna love it! 2. Imagine sheer size of fleet capable of transporting ALL humans, it building cost, time, number of people involved. And it was kept secret. Sure. 3. Cultivation is Sci-fi 4. Reincarnation in Sci-fi novel is like robots in tribal society...

Fantasy: 1. No other races, only humans. 2. No magic :/

... more>> Main problems of novel:

1. 80% of novel was like auto-generated history: Villager A is promoted from "Junior Miner" to "Miner". Villager B digged 5% more than Villager A therefore is promoted from "Junior Miner" to "Supervisor of Miner". And this is whole ruling/s done by protagonist. It reach the point that by ch300 all starting (male) NPC are ministers or high officials, basically "elite" of country.

2. ~ch300, third grand battle in china. Everything is surprising MC, which it shouldn't. He have perfect memory for battle 1 and 2 with all story, rewards for side missions, etc - problem lie that at this time he didn't knew about "game". Only from 3+ he in "first life" started, yet he know nothing.

3. Imagine world: everybody on boat is using peddles and our MC motor. You would think that he will be very much ahead, but no. They with peddles are enough to contest with him, because motor he stolen. To be fair whole boat was stolen.


Review was not stolen :p

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