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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Jangofet54 rated it
July 11, 2018
Status: c548
This is the best kingdom builder that I've read so far and is one of the best in the genre you have military tactics, you have economics, and you have diplomacy, now it isn't soo complicated as to be almost a text book but gives enough of it that you'll enjoy it immensely if you're a fan of such books. Overall 5/5
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May 22, 2018
Status: c889
Honestly this novel is great for those who love Kingdom building, lots of political maneuver, organization building, city management, etc. Yeah, it's not your typical Xianxia where the Hero charge on the front line, thus I can understand people who said it's boring.

All that but still the author didn't really know his/her stuff. I mean okay, author knows China, but other countries? heh, well... yeah, no... It's hard work to know China's history alone, and I can understand world history will take tolls on the author. But it kinda make... more>> the whole story skewed.

Also the author love to debuff the MC and buff the antagonists for whatever reason there is despite the fact that GAIA (the AI) is "Absolutely Fair"

Still, 4 star? yeah, for those who love kingdom building, otherwise more like 3, 5 stars for those who don't <<less
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IchIGoBAnKaI2330 rated it
May 15, 2018
Status: c428
The itself is very entertaining, delving into some of the MMO/Guild aspects that are usually ignored in other novels, such as establishing a government. The entire kingdom building aspect is very well done.
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The Immortal Scholar rated it
March 23, 2018
Status: c313
Definitely a must read for any kingdom building fans.

Right from the start the MC carefully plans out his every action. The way he develops and expands his territory is excellent and (in my opinion) consistent with how warlords from the Warring States Era would act.

The only thing I dislike is so far is that the MC hasn't experienced any setback yet, and that it's easy to lose track of the characters. A cheat sheet for the names would be great.

All in all, I rate this story 4.5
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thevongolax rated it
March 3, 2018
Status: Completed

I want to give the novel 5 stars but the ending really let me down (of course, the novel delivers the story about the world online to us because in the end all people live in the online world after the disaster struck Earth planet, but still.. Sigh.. I'm truly disappointed). Why

because the author decided to stop the story just after the MC is gonna start his journey in Hope planet so we wont know about his adventures and the benefits for all his hard works with his cultivation and training to become very strong, how he will develop his territory in Hope planet for humanity. The ending is very very disappointing. So my suggestion for you is to only enjoy the story about the MC fights to become world's emperor in the game and just forget anything about Hope planet. F*ck!

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Monomololo rated it
January 28, 2018
Status: --
4/5 Solid Novel

Would've been a 5 but it's annoying how literally every single girl in the story is fodder for the writers little sister fetish. Seriously, every single chapter of this entire novel has the word sister written in it at least three times.
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grkmori rated it
September 6, 2018
Status: c500
Really nice novel to read if you like Kingdom Building... but (chapters 1~200) :

  • Military is sure an important aspect of the novel but the protagonist has around 10-20% of the population alocated on the Military, this number seems a bit off... If you have a pop of 1.000 and 20% of the pop on the Military it will be 200 (males), but the total of males is 500 (50% of the pop?), so only 300 males for other activities, but there are 200 people on loggin, 100 people cutting stone, 50 people on the mine, 200 people farming, 200~ people on contruction + some people on the workshop and bureucracy jobs... So... the sum dont add up... Are the females mining, cutting logs and stones? And the children and eldery that cant work... ? This seems to happen many times in the novel...
  • The pop is 2.000~3.000k, and he sudenly alocates 500 people to an area (mining) that had 50, and few days later he alocates another 1.000k to another area (wine-making) that had none... And the other areas? I dont think the author is good at math... Also happens a lot in the novel...
  • He introduces almost 1 character (new name) every chapter! Things get complicated in the beginning to remember who is who.
After chapter 200~ the author is more attentive to the numbers of the citizens and alocations... After this in my opinion the novel gets much better (detailed) :

  • He explain why some things are different from reality and give reasons for the new added reality.
  • He introduces the history of battles and the characters (where they come from).
  • He explains the micromanagement and the decisions of the characters.
  • Every character has its own personality. No standard personas.
  • Again, the Kingdom Building gets better and better.
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blahling rated it
July 31, 2018
Status: c585
I'm tired of this. Every time the main character has an amazing lead, resource, numerical advantage, Di Chen MAGICALLY has something better but the guy doesn't have a better foundation in land size, quality NPC's, Items and tech. The pathetic author literally can't do anything but a Tom and Jerry with these two over and over again.
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Fabeltastisk rated it
June 15, 2018
Status: c496
A bit heavy on the constant restructuring of who is in charge of what, but all in all interesting enough for me to just consider that filler material for the rest.
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aegis062 rated it
May 3, 2018
Status: c408
I highly recommend this novel for it's unique story.

there are thousands of virtual world game novels out there, but this one is more like real life than a game with the way the characters are portrayed also gives the novel much life.
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ultrafunfun rated it
May 1, 2018
Status: c404
A good novel for the ones who wants to read some kingdom building, in a VRMMMORPG world, with a MC who is not just some kind of lucky person.
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OneTrueAyako rated it
March 7, 2018
Status: c281
This novel shows how a kingdom was done and how to run it. Although the kingdom building part has its flaws, the true beauty of this novel can be seen from the battles of the past and how does one turn around a historic fight.
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February 7, 2018
Status: --
The story is very good. I have only read about 10 light novels and this one keeps me coming back to check on it everyday. A highlight of my day. The main character is sensible and his personality is easy to cope with. The overall story and development is fundamental. I read a review where someone compared it to clash of clans this isn't accurate. It is territory development but there is a lot of character development and relationship in this. Overall a 5.
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Slashs rated it
February 4, 2018
Status: c213
This is a novel with an awesome backstory. The author manages to find a very compelling reason for everything that is happening and keeps introducing twists, mainly in the real world, to keep us engaged.

While there are arcs for events in the Virtual world, I'd consider them minor compared to what is happening in the real world and how it changes a lot of things. I will not dig deeper into this as it will be disservice to you if you decide to read the novel (It would spoil the... more>> only good thing of the novel).

I can still talk about the main plot as it has been spoiled by reviews and the summary. The MC is playing a VR game that was started by the gvt, 5 years in, he is killed in the game (no real death, dying in the game does not kill you, so this is not a re incarnation novel, but time travel) and somehow ends up sent 5 years in the past just before the VR game starts and he will use what he has learned to get a head start on others. He is doing all that as this VR game has very deep implication on people's future.

The MC will spend most of his time in the Virtual World, it is so real that it can be considered a second reality, you can smell, bleed, NPCs have AIs so advanced they think, strategize, are greedy, afraid, jealous, ambitious, they will fall in love and so on, there is absolutly no way to distinguish them from real people... Except we are told they are AIs. The MC has choosen the Lord class will get his territory and everything that comes with it.

This is a very interesting part of the novel as kingdom building is a HUGE part of the novel. Recruiting NPCs for an army, ways to make money, alliances, building defences and so on.

This is constantly the focus of the novel, much much more than Release that Witch for exemple.

However it is not as well implemented as RtW.

So let's start with the bad stuff, beware the list is long :


The author chose a much more... detailed approach to the kingdom building part. But the extra details are chosen poorly and are not about how things gets done.

You see, this is because of the author's choice when it comes to developping technology. In RtW you see the MC try different approach to build a canon for exemple, this is well detailed and interesting and you get to see the end results in a bloody fashion. This is great because the MC develops the technology (or recreates it) through trial and error. Effort is demanded, and rewarded.

Bu in this novel technology is mostly obtained... by buying it in the game shop with gold pieces or looting it randomly on NPCs body or from settlement destroyed... So you get the scroll, give it to the blacksmith and if he has the level he makes it... That's all. Which means that to add details to the World building, the author will have to focus on something else. And he does it through tedious staff changes in his adminsitration and detailling ridiculous gold expenditure.

Every few chapters you will see the MC creating new departements and appointing new departement heads, than

fusioning the departements, then separating them, then moving them under another departement with a new extra one just created, then deciding it should be so and do something else to move them around. This happens constantly and is mostly what we see of the kingdom building. Everyone has had 7 or 8 jobs so far. Going sometimes from maid to secretary to head of a local bank in a month. Seriously.

This has 2 bad effects.

    • First it is tedious and repetitive... After a while you just skip entire chapters because the MC has randomly decided to move around, for the Nth time, heads and dpts. You just end up skipping those parts that can last a full chapter.
    • And it means you have a hard time tracking who is who. They constantly move around and change jobs. So usually even if you can't remember the chinese name (and there are a LOT of characters and many have similar names in this novel), you can picture the guy "ah that's the finance minister dude". Here you can't. Because one day he is a Finance Minister dude, the next he is head of education, the next he will take care of the salt mine or whatever.

The MC is too lucky, he is suposed to be unlucky (according to the author and the MC himself) because of his very low luck stats, but even with the help of his past knowledge... He has too many lucky encounters outside of his knowledge on how things are suposed to go. Good things drop right and left and instead of a 5 in luck it feels like he has OVER 9000! "Oh you couldn't advance the town level because you need that particular profession? Try the roulette, you have one chance maybe you'll get him! Oh what a surprise out of the thousands and thousands of possibilities you got what you needed just when you need it !"

This always spoils the good moments of the novel because if you know he is that lucky there is no suspens.

Meaning it turns very fast in a juvenil wish fullfilling story. The MC is "awesome" (in the other characters' eyes). He does everything perfectly. Everyone admires him. He acts like a jerk, is selfish but people think it's normal and lick his boots.

I did say that the backstory is awesome. It is as it's fresh, different, and it kept me wondering "why are they doing this? Where will it leads to? What's the point?"

But the actions of the MC are frustrating. What he does is often stupid or makes no sense but is still passed as a genius strategic move. A MC can only be as smart as the author after all. And this one, even though he tries hard... doesn't go far. After capturing bandits to use as slaves in a mine you'll read phrases like this "To reduce their hostily to us put them in the harshest condition in the mine and give them less food and in 2 years we'll make them citizens".

Really? Good luck on that buddy.

The MC also uses money like nothing he constantly reminds us that in a couple of day he'll need a lot of money for something time sensitive that he can absolutly not miss and yet he literally use every last coin he has dozens of time before that event and somehow still manages to get unexpected wind falls that will make him, for the Nth time, the richest guy on the server.

You'll also obviously find all the arrogance and selfinesh that goes with a chinese MC, obviously the ultra nationalism of the author makes its way in the novel and MC.

Obviously the MC HAS to be a fighting MC, despite the fact that 99% of the content is kingdom building based and it would be STUPID for a Lord to fight, as if he dies his territory is lost and the MC would loose everything he worked for. But even then the MC will spend time cultivating and all the stuff that comes with it.


But there are still other good points:


    • There MIGHT not be a harem. Meaning there might be a decent romance. Even though the main romance went from strong independent girl to little kitten dependant on the big strong MC in a flash. But the MC has managed to keep it in his pants so far.
    • As said before the backstory manages to intrigue us.
    • Even if flawed, tedious, this is probably one of the novel where the kingdom building tag dominates the most, in the currently translated titles (I went through most of them).
    • Things progress at a good pace, if we ignore the pace at which the MC gets luck breaks and at which he progress, the main story has a good pace, not too slow nor too fast. Events develop without being rushed and you don't feel that the author is padding with useless stuff to delay things.


I'd rate it at 3 stars. It won't fill your need for a Kingdom building novel completly, but it is an okay snack. <<less
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Gan123 rated it
January 18, 2018
Status: c149
Interesting story, but can't stand mc's real sister, virtual master tailor sister, and one of his lord player teammate in game. Basically same personality: spoiled, childish, naive, etc. Whenever he teases them or they are annoyed with him they say "Big brother is bad~. " Somehow this really annoys me. Maybe this sentence somehow seems too fake to me? I don't know anyone who talks this way... maybe females talk this way in China?

But besides this minor annoyance, novel's kingdom building plot is good. So 4 stars.
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Deathlord rated it
November 12, 2017
Status: c78
After reading 78 chapters this is my findings.

Pros in MC:

  • MC has a decent personality neither upright gentleman nor a downright pervert.
  • He is utilizing the knowledge of future in an effective way.
  • Interactions with side characters in real life is nicely written.
Cons in MC:

  • Even though somehow he was rebirthed (? Or regressed to earlier time) he just laugh it off and goes on doing things never ever thinking how and why it happened? He doesn't even think about the cause for a second and accepts it readily. Man even in fantasy point of view its unreal.
Pros is Story development:

  • A unique take on MC's in-game character class and his work which is different from usual VRMMO novels where the MC just grinds levels over and over.
Cons in story development:

  • My biggest disappointment is that the progression is too slow.
  • the chapters mostly contain miscellaneous things like building a barrack, building a school etc etc. Which although may be important but as a reader I don't like to read about it at least not repetitively.
So overall 3 stars.

ps: The novel is boring as hell and you could pick 12-15 chapters out of 78 which were actually interesting to read and will have impact on story.
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CaptainSpatula rated it
October 26, 2017
Status: c36
First review, but I’ll just say that the translation is consistent. It’s actually well translated and it just makes the story that much easier to read and enjoy.

The story itself is sort of new to me. I’ve read LMS and a variety of other second chance/reincarnation virtual reality novels and I’d currently rate this as one of the better ones I’ve read. The main focus currently is city building. And that in itself was new to me, usually it’s a secondary focus to grinding or fighting wars. It’s interesting how... more>> different this story was to me and I’m currently really enjoying it. <<less
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potatotranslations rated it
October 21, 2017
Status: Completed
I actually think this novel is really good. Just that it requires the reader to have a little bit of iq? Like people with no brains definitely wouldn't understand half the stuff going on. If you're here for the action and fighting then you pretty much won't like this as like its half kingdom building and the other half is like the wars. The author is Chinese and the book is written for a Chinese audience so obviously he would be kinda fighting and writing about his own country. Pretty... more>> intellectual novel, not for people with no iq <<less
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zweins rated it
September 25, 2018
Status: c48
Reading this novel feel so bland compared with the lord empire. Kingdom building feel so slow with so many useless info dumb. There's 3-5 chapters just discussing privatization. LoL

In those 48 chapters you only got 2 battle going on. I gave 2 stars at least for the battle.

In my opinion with the same game like environment and world setting The lord empire many times better than this! (No offense)
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lbt rated it
September 11, 2018
Status: c672
Fun but slow kingdom building for the first 200 chapters.

Pity the random plot is highly random. There are no clockworking schemes, pure plot armor both for the MC and his enemies.

Some interesting pieces of chinese history are described as info dumps with tens of chinese names (sic!).

Chose your poison.
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