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Qi Leren had just cleared the bad ending of «The Nightmare Games» when his laptop died well before its time. His luck seemed to follow him as he was transported, along with the other passengers, to a hospital following an accident between his bus and a truck. Upon waking in a transfusion hall rather than a ward, QiLeren felt a familiar sense of dread as he took in the hospital that held no trace of other people…

Book 1 of a Trilogy

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เกมฝันร้าย
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Welcome to the Nightmare Game II (Sequel)
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04/11/21 Quazar Translates extra (end)
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sigma
sigma rated it
February 24, 2018
Status: Completed
This is a series very dear to me. Its romance is tortuously slow but so, so realistic as the author spins a tale of two people whose love for each other perseveres through the trials of hardships and time. People who are in this purely to see some gay action are advised to turn away now because this is not the novel for that, mainly because they don't even get together until the second volume. If you choose to take the ride, however, you might find yourself loving every second... more>> of this turbulent journey that the characters embark on, because they actually have a life to live outside of pining for their love interest. It's a story of adventure. It's a story of people. It's a story of ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances.

It's a story of romance, interwoven into the events that shape its world and by god is it deliciously satisfying to experience.

Despite the five star review, this series is by no means perfect - nothing ever is. It is, however, charming nonetheless and deserves every star I can ever bestow upon it. You might think I'm biased because I'm the translator, but no sane person would take on a 300 chapter unfinished series if they didn't love it from the bottom of their heart. <<less
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Ichigoeater
Ichigoeater rated it
September 2, 2019
Status: c35
As of Chapter 35, I'm pretty invested. Honestly, I love stories that focus on character and plot before romance, and when talking about shounen ai or yaoi, you may as well forget about it. The MC is a great character, neither overpowered, smart, lucky, or pure. He's the perfect amalgamation to feel like he might be a real person. As for the ML...I'm still not sure who that is, actually.

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The obvious choice was the guy from Aurora who helped him through the trial village, but he's kind of shady, and now that there's the MC's 'Goddess', who is so clearly a man who was forced into a female body just like the MC was for a certain quest (long story, you should just read it), I'm not so sure. The quiet cold beauty type who's actually secretly shy vs a guy who is frankly Shady McShadester, who would be a better male lead? Really, though, I could be wrong entirely and it's neither of them. Doesn't really matter, as the romance is secondary.

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I also like how even female characters are allowed to be characters who are tough, have flaws and good points, and can sometimes even save the day, when they're usually written off as cannon fodder and cheap villainesses in stories like this.

Basically, this is a compelling story with good characterization first, and a shounen ai second. <<less
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cieh
cieh rated it
May 19, 2020
Status: v2c1
I just finished the first book. I haven't finished this novel yet, but I am here to curse the author.

gOD DAMNIT I CAN'T STOP CRYING!! IT'S 1 AM IN THE MORNING AND I CAN'T STOP BAWLING MY EYES OUT. CURSE YOU, BMBL FOR PLAYING WITH MY EMOTIONS. WHY ARE YOU MAKING MY PRECIOUS MC AND ML SUFFER SO MUCH?? I HAVEN'T CRIED THIS MUCH SINCE MDZS!!

I'm sorry, but I just have so many emotions right now.

The relationship dynamics between MC and ML remands me of Wei Ying & Lan Zhan.... more>> I highly recommend this novel to anyone who likes MDZS or danmei with horror elements. Or anyone with a slight masochistic tendency :')

Hell, you don't even need to like BL to enjoy this novel. Just a warning - if you are here for that sweet romance, you should know that this is a slow-burn, so even if MC & ML had a instant connection, they are not going to get together until the 2nd book. BUT believe me, the pain and angst are worth it. <<less
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MillenniumMoon
MillenniumMoon rated it
October 30, 2018
Status: Completed
This is hands down one of the best stories I've ever read. The plot is great, the characters are likable and the romance is AMAZING!!!! I've finished the two volumes in a span of 4 days AND I still want to read more! The story is so great that whenever I read other stories, I can't help but be disappointed by how it can't compare to it. Now, I'm desperate to read the last volume.

If you're a person who loves horror and danmei/bl then you should ABSOLUTELY read it!
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veihakase
veihakase rated it
February 11, 2018
Status: c8
Okay, this one really makes my heart race-- not because of the romance (yet) but because of the heart-racing, hair-rising and thrilling events of escaping ghosts and other events soon hahaha. Anyway, set on a modern era, our protagonist is actually just quite a normal lad (or is he?) who occasionally plays horror games and BOOM here comes the Nightmare Game.. (Read the rest of the chapters by Taida Translations xD) seriously, this is BL so yeah ^^ Happy reading!~
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crystalwings
crystalwings rated it
December 20, 2020
Status: v3c66
When coming into this book, I didn't have many expectations. Something light, funny, maybe a bit of angst, eh just a read to pass the time. I've read a lot of books and been around for a while, so I always keep my expectations a bit low.

This book... No, this series blew those out of the water. It surpassed all I thought it would be.

This is a slow burn novel. I feel like it doesn't really hit its stride until around the second book when we get to know everyone... more>> and can connect to them.

I think the author said, in the notes actually, that she first started writing without a plan and just based on inspiration so that could be why lol.

It's light hearted and slow at the start. It stays very humorous throughout, and as you continue through the book, the plot starts to deepen.

When the book really started getting good, I couldn't stop laughing and... also crying my heart out.

I want to say, I'm really not someone who cries a lot. Like I said, I've just read a lot, for most of the books, I'll cry for a page or 2 and then done.

This book made me cry for chapters. And it's not just a sorrowful pain. In fact, it's a pain filled with love. Most of the sad events have to do with love and strength: people who are loved, have loved, and are willing to give it their all.

It makes me bawl like a baby because I am both absolutely heartbroken and absolutely in love with these people. I'm actually tearing up just writing this.

Spoiler

HUGE SPOILER:
I just lost it when the author wrote about the goddess of fortune weeping for Lu, for a timid hero, one moment is enough... (Bursts into tears)

And Anna, her letter. I want to cry so much just thinking about her.

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In a genre where the main character is frequently the only one illuminated, this is a world with many people. Some of which we don't even meet until they are already gone. They have stories, backgrounds, hopes and dreams. They feel real and vivid, that's a very beautiful thing.

Although the main focus is on the love story of our 2 main characters (my babies!).

I think I should also say this is not a sad series. The most apt description is that it's like a box of chocolates, bittersweet.

It's so funny when it wants to be funny. It's warm when it wants to be warm. It's sad when it wants to be sad. In other words, the author has a leash on my emotions and also should reimburse me for my tissues.

Even the villains are well written, they are more than just bringers of doom and despair. I've laughed at their antics, and pitied them.

No story is perfect and this one isn't either. The beginning is a bit slow, and it can feel laggy and confusing at times. However, to me the good outweighs the bad. It's a story of love and hope to me, and I wholeheartedly adore it.

A FINAL SPOILER
Spoiler

Ok, maybe I wouldn't be so calm and full of peace if I didn't know this was not a tragedy. I read in the notes, the author promised the last part of the novel would be a HE. Woohooo! canceling plans to isekai and save my precious characters

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MaoMaoQiu
MaoMaoQiu rated it
June 3, 2019
Status: v2c80
I actually really enjoyed reading this novel. It was a bit long so I didn’t get to finish it yet, but I definently like how it’s going so far.

The horror aspect is quite prominent in the story, which is to be expected, but horror isn’t the only thing that makes this novel interesting. The author has considerably detailed world-building that adds to the mystery and suspense in the novel.

The romance is actually a bit of a slow burn. They only get together at the end of the first novel/beginning of... more>> the second novel (I think), but there are quite a few cavity-inducing moments on the way.

MC may seem normal at first, but he has a stronger willpower than most people (protagonist syndrome?), and has some hidden skills that are revealed later on in the story. ML is more shy, but comes off as cold. In reality he’s sOfT (uwu). He’s a person that can be considered strong, and has a developed backstory. Both characters go through considerable development through out the series, and even though their personalities are different they have a strangely harmonious relationship.

I’d recommend the novel if you’re looking for horror or thriller. If you’re looking for the romance, I’d still recommend it, but be ready to burn away your time.

//on a side note, this novel is really scary. Just because I like horror doesn’t mean I’m not scared QAQ

Spoiler

MC shou (?I think) - Qi Leren, ML gong - Ning Zhou. 1v1

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ylial
ylial rated it
April 6, 2019
Status: v2c149
I do recommend this novel! The mysteries and puzzles are enough to keep u going. It is focused on story itself and each arc is interrelated. No H scenes between ML and MC; u could even say that it is a slow burn romance yet it's not boring. Also, The love between MC and ML can be considered a sin during the setting,.. Won't spoil what will happen so just read it ?.

It should have a tragedy tag!! ?? You would really feel the calm before the storm tragedy on... more>> book 2 last arc ??

Spoiler

I even mistook the villain as an ML in the story and voted for him for MC ?? Silly me.. Only found out.. At the end of book 1.

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The book, as stated is trilogy and the third book is not written yet.. :' (
I'm really excited for it to be published soon!!

Happy reading!

PS. Would like to thank the translator! :) <<less
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tricksyness
tricksyness rated it
May 10, 2021
Status: Completed
Just a quick warning for anyone who's thinking about starting this novel: You'll also encounter religious h*mophobia in this novel.

The worldbuilding is great and interesting. The MC is okay for the most part; He kept on losing brain cells over a pretty face though in one arc and that was pretty painful to read through.

Edit: Finally pushed myself to read the rest of the novel, and I'm still interested in the overall plot. The final arc was pretty good. I'm just not particularly attached to the MC though and his... more>> relationship with ML. Or MC's doctor friend either... <<less
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Aria
Aria
August 26, 2020
Status: c35
Urgh, the game-plot is good but I don't like MC's character...

MC is.... a very normal guy with lower than average luck, average desk-worker strength and stamina (which is not too great), pretty good courage, kinda-okay IQ but not too smart

*) at the very least - at first game - he rely on the 2 other guys brain and doesn't contribute any meaningful information/clue

Then at 2nd game he did something that I consider "very s*upid"

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Spoiler

He know the other player is a veteran and very good at killing - an information broker specifically told him to not have plan against the killer player - but because the killer looks great, he asked "beauty whats your name?" - then after being throughly ignored - which should've been a glaring sign of "dont talk to me" - he dare asks again - which is, bro, really, it's a deadly game and you're trying to hit on a killer?

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I cant rate this fairly since liking personality is, well, personal preference, but plot-wise this story is good and definitely recommended (if you dont mind/like MC's "average-guy in dire want of a GF" personality) (yes GF, MC is "straight" - for now at least) <<less
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AdorablePumpkinXxBL-LoverxX rated it
April 5, 2018
Status: c09
I absolutely love the plot its a bit slow but thats what makes it so good it gives you the details though with very few plot holes... I'll have to admit I was here for the BL but this changed as I read on and on I was very curious due to the few chapters and I was very happy to have found this amazing work! TNX Translator-sama!
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okekay
okekay
June 17, 2021
Status: --
I absolutely love this book as well as its series. After I finished this book (book 1) I immediately went and mtled up until the current chapter (somewhere 100+ in book 3) and I can say it does not disappoint.

What I loved about this book when I first started was that the main character truly was quite weak. Not frail. But weak enough so that I could see character growth and potentially a zero to hero story. That was what hooked me in at first, but boy can I tell... more>> you everything after that just pushed me into the pit that is Welcome to the Nightmare Game.

In terms of characters, I really enjoyed both our main leads just because I found them interesting but realistic in a way. Our MC comes across as quite plain at first, but later on throughout the rest of book 1 and even more so in book 2 and 3, I really fell in love with his compassionate character, I promise you there is a lot of growth in terms of strength ; he's not weak forever. And damn, our ML is just.... the best?? I just love him so much he's so cute ajxbahxjkss.

The romance is slow, and quite painful if I'm honest, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. There's a lot of angst. Haha. Yeah, a lot stands in the way between our main leads....

Anyways, I absolutely recommend anyone hesitating to read it because it's just such a journey and it's one of those great novels where you can really tell the plot was planned beforehand and not written as it's released. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just that it makes for tasty foreshadowing and well planned plot twists. I can't wait for book 3 to be completed :)))) <<less
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glitteryjoon
glitteryjoon
May 2, 2021
Status: c49
dropped at 49

hmmm... it was good, I wontnsit here and say that this wasn’t extremely intriguing and even the confusion over who the ML was made me want to continue reading... however, after sigma stopped translating, the translations got increasingly more and more confusing.

I’m a visual person, but with the latest translations, I don’t understand what’s going on at all. it’s extremely skittish and jumpy and one minute he was in a tree and the next he wasn’t or he was but something happened that’s confused me further. I’m mot... more>> sure. maybe it’s me. maybe I’m just picky or spoiled whatever I don’t know, but it’s hard for me to read certain translations styles and this is one of them.

it’s unfortunate, but I know that if I tried to force myself to continue reading knowing that this translations style doesn’t suit me I’d end up hating this book and I don’t want to do that because it was definitely interesting and maybe one day I’d like to pick it up again.

don’t take my word for it tho, because it seems that many people were able to read the later translations and were happy with it, so it would be best to see for yourself. anyway, I’ll bookmark it in hopes for more later. <<less
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Shaylan29
Shaylan29
May 2, 2021
Status: c137
3 words: IT’S SO GOOD!!!

I was sobbing so hard at the end. I promise it’s a HEA (happily ever after), kinda. And we have hope for more lovey-dovey scenes in the next 2 books. Can’t wait!!!

Also, I really appreciate the efforts of translators Quarzar, Sigma, and DreamPotato. Their translations were wonderful. It read so well. I didn’t even notice any grammatical errors, so I was free to immerse myself in the story. I also appreciate their efforts to interpret the original text in a way that translates well to English,... more>> like the Chinese idioms and such. Thanks a lot!!! <<less
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ShioriSai
ShioriSai rated it
April 30, 2021
Status: Completed
I don't have much to say, I love the characters, the plot, and specially the ending. It had some great quotes too, it really gave me the feels.

10/10 definitely recommended.

It's just...

Spoiler

Damn, Su He—I actually love you so much. Specially when you told Qi Leren that you'll love him whether he is a man or a woman, but I never expected you're actually a mf!

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Devoted slacker
Devoted slacker rated it
April 14, 2021
Status: Completed
It was sooo good that I didn’t want to stop reading it so I followed my heart religiously and lost one nights sleep. Luckily there are still two books coming up soon so I wasn’t really despaired when it ended.

Every instance MC entered was entertaining and well written, and characters have wholesome and unique developments throughout the story.
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i didn’t like slow romances in horror genre but this one changed my mind and it didn’t even feel like an slow romance considering S.

It’s neither light nor heavy reading, just right one with a soul stirring emotional excitement and curiosity. The gore isn’t bad and neither is the horror, it was more of a thriller comedy romance. <<less
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lepreoykon
lepreoykon rated it
August 26, 2020
Status: v2c149
I think this is one of the best web novels of this genre. The love line between MC and ML is consistent, logical, and makes you burn. In fact, I didn't quite understand MC's interest in ML when they first met, but I can see that they have soulmate relationship.
The plot is interesting, although the beginning is quite typical. I am very pleased to see how the characters really develop, grow up, and their relationships do not occupy the main part of the plot (conditionally). At some points, the... more>> book may break your heart, but its not bad.......... <<less
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procrastination_day
procrastination_day rated it
May 9, 2020
Status: c41
It's to early to say much about this novel, however, albeit that I wasn't really attracted much by the first arc thing did manage to become more interesting towards the end and I found myself being drawn into the story and was in the end sad when I realized I'd caught up with the chapters.

The author and translator are very good at describing the ambient atmosphere which adds a lot to the quality of the reading experience. It is not just terror but so much more.

There also seems potential for... more>> character growth and interesting grains of wisdom on the matter of life or death though it is to early to say for sure.

There's a bit of mystery as well ad the story backgground seems well developed and complex.

I'd differently recommend to give it a try or save it as potential gem to read later. <<less
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Lyn Ackermam
Lyn Ackermam rated it
April 17, 2020
Status: --
I have read this and now it's starting to have a manhwa/manhua!

I also love of how realistic it's romance is, and how torture it is for being slow, but that just make's it more fun to read (´ε`*)

But that's just my opinion
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raindroptree
raindroptree rated it
May 13, 2019
Status: c33
I would give the first book about a 4.3. Good book, I love the escape game genre, and this one has interesting plot twists that I really liked, and unique MC characteristics. At the start of the second book, the genre is all over the place and irritating religious stuff started to pop up, so I ditched it there, but sometimes I wonder if it starts to get back on track later on..? Not sure if I really want to push through what it turned into though. Anyway, it is... more>> great if you just read this first book and stop there, albeit a bit tragic. It was good enough for me to translate through google and bing! <<less
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