[06] I became a dungeon core (or master)?!

[06] I became a dungeon core (or master)?!
Reincarnation took a turn for the strange: becoming a rock became a dream that some dared to dream. This is actually more a N. American genre:

1. The bound dungeon (discontinued but my favourite)
2. The divine dungeon (published)
3. Dungeon heart
4. There is no epic loot here, only puns
5. Dungeon Life
6. The Dungeon Child
7. Gaia awakens
8. Bone dungeon (published)
9. Slime dungeon (published)
10. The Obsidian Core (discontinued)
11. Dungeon robotics (sci-fi)
12. Futuristic dungeon core (published; also sci-fi)
13. Station core (published; also sci-fi)
14. Dungeon Core Online
15. Dungeon hive (published)
16. Dungeon lord (published)
17. Core of fear (published)
18. Ancient ruins (published; s*avery, mind break, read at your own peril)
19. Dungeon deposed (published; harem dungeon)
20. Rogue dungeon (published; only barely counts as dungeon core)
21. Cultivating dungeon (discontinued; fuses dungeon core with xianxia cultivation concepts)

(Credits to Gramis and Bellow: https://www.royalroad.com/forums/thread/97848?page=1, https://litrpgreads.com/blog/litrpg/top-ten-dungeon-core-litrpg-books)

If you like this type of story, you might also want to check out my other list if for reincarnated as a monster!
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Created: May 30th, 2020, Updated: Jul 20th, 2020
Created May 30th, 2020
Updated Jul 20th, 2020
KR (4.5)
55 Chapters Every 139.4 Day(s) 23182 Readers 310 Reviews 11-26-2017
Wonderful early on, it has a mix of dungeon master elements and just pure scheming drama. There's a great cast of characters and developed world building.... more>>
KR (4)
12 Chapters Every 134.6 Day(s) 11341 Readers 85 Reviews 09-29-2020
This is probably the top, orthodox dungeon master novel on NU. It follows a reincarnated dungeon master MC who is somewhere between a devil and saviour to humanity as he fights with the factions of the other devil dungeon masters.... more>>
JP (4.5)
163 Chapters Every 56.3 Day(s) 17868 Readers 128 Reviews 09-20-2022
One of the most developed novels for reincarnation genre, it features an MC gamer who becomes his high level lich character... and then gets transported... more>>
KR (3.9)
20 Chapters Every 0.1 Day(s) 9759 Readers 95 Reviews 12-04-2018
Somewhat boring... I had to drop this at a certain point. But it is a mix of dungeon master mechanics with a more standard apocalypse... more>>
JP (4.2)
154 Chapters Every 7.4 Day(s) 5152 Readers 23 Reviews 09-20-2022
[have not yet read] - looks very promising with good reviews
JP (4.3)
86 Chapters Every 112.7 Day(s) 11821 Readers 41 Reviews 07-24-2018
I can't say I enjoyed it... it has that typical Japanese reincarnator atmosphere where there's no direction, drama or realism... the concept itself worked really... more>>
KR (4.3)
0 Chapters Every 157.3 Day(s) 624 Readers 3 Reviews N/A
[have not yet read... will try when more chapters come out] but seems to elaborate on the building dungeon master concept in dimensional sovereign.
JP (3.9)
572 Chapters Every 19.3 Day(s) 19605 Readers 91 Reviews 06-25-2022
Basically from this one down, the quality of dungeon novels on NU isn't all that great... I highly recommend checking some of the items in... more>>
JP (3.2)
202 Chapters Every 60.6 Day(s) 7862 Readers 41 Reviews 04-25-2020
[haven't read]
JP (3)
134 Chapters Every 88.5 Day(s) 6953 Readers 18 Reviews 02-28-2019
[haven't read]
JP (4.2)
321 Chapters Every 43.1 Day(s) 11185 Readers 17 Reviews 02-07-2021
[haven't read] - but people like 18+ novels...
JP (2.7)
28 Chapters Every 131.7 Day(s) 2476 Readers 5 Reviews 02-05-2018
[haven't read]
JP (3.6)
65 Chapters Every 3.1 Day(s) 2988 Readers 16 Reviews 03-01-2018
[haven't read] - appears to be dropped...
JP (4)
26 Chapters Every 163.5 Day(s) 1390 Readers 2 Reviews 05-08-2016
[haven't read]
CN (3.7)
70 Chapters Every 0.5 Day(s) 1020 Readers 21 Reviews 10-22-2019
[haven't read] - interesting concept of a reversed perspective on summoning gamers. In this case, the dungeon master in a normal dungeon summons goblins... who... more>>
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  1. kfahad
    kfahad· Nov 30, 2020 05:19 AM
    Is there a chance to read the published one to read for free? xD all of them sounds good.., though not good if no CC. Hehe
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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Dec 3, 2020 12:12 PM

      There's always ways to read for free... but other than pirating, the ones that come to mind are free trials: Divine dungeon, for instance, can be read or you can even get the audio book under Amazon or Kobo free trials (probably others as well?). Just be sure to cancel your trial before they charge you for the 2nd month. Local libraries are also a thing, you can always check if they have any titles or can get them.

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  2. PriestessofNeptune
    PriestessofNeptune· Oct 7, 2020 12:48 AM
    Doll dungeon was dropped by the author. No need to bother reading. 
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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Oct 8, 2020 01:14 PM
      Ah! That's a shame... Thanks for the heads up!
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  3. Hugo7545
    Hugo7545· Aug 28, 2020 06:46 PM
    Watch do you think about "Dungeon core online" in Royal road. 
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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Aug 29, 2020 02:30 PM
      Thanks for the tip! I don't believe I've come across this one before. The comedy tag makes me wary... hard to do good comedy, but I should give it a chance, it has good ratings too. I'll add it to the list!
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  4. Ruriva
    Ruriva· Jul 14, 2020 04:48 AM

    Does there exist a book with a dungeon core and system romantic subplot? I just feel like the pairing would make so much sense. *^* (actually I would be interested in any MCxSystem pairing considering how MCs in these types of stories tend to hold their secrets to death and are rely heavily on their systems I feel like the codependency and the inability to hide would make an extremely compelling relationship dynamic.) 


    I know “There is no epic loot here only puns” has the whole dungeon core, menu, system characters with defined personalities and developing relationships but who knows when those story threads will develop at the current update rate, not to mention how you can’t tell if the relationship between Delta and Nu is romantic or familial. . .

    Sorry for the rant lol.

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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Jul 15, 2020 01:50 AM

      Thanks for discussion and comments Ruriva! No idea why you're apologizing, I appreciate your thoughts!

      That sounds like a great idea, and one I would definitely enjoy as well.

      But I don't believe there is anything like that out there... 

      Romance is there in many dungeon core novels... and it's usually not well done. 

      Even just a romance between a system and MC is as rare as phoenix feathers and not something I believe I've ever seen, but I would definitely read it given the chance. Sounds unique and fun. Giving me flashbacks of the first 10 chapters of MEMORIZE which had a very intriguing (and witty and beautiful) system, but nothing seems to have come of it...

      Do tell me if you find something like that! Sorry I wasn't much help here. Maybe open a thread on the forums? The collective knowledge of the community is greater than any one being.

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  5. Thenhaho
    Thenhaho· Jul 11, 2020 10:17 PM
    Heya, thanks for the effort!
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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Jul 12, 2020 03:33 PM
      Thanks for leaving a comment! Hope you found something you like!
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  6. SassyCanoeWizard
    SassyCanoeWizard· Jun 15, 2020 01:53 PM
    Another awesome list. Again, thanks for including novels that can be found outside of novel updates. I m person of habit. I have already got used to this site didn’t tap into others sites too much
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    • tallrice
      tallrice· Author · Jun 15, 2020 02:36 PM
      Thanks Rantala! For this genre in particularly, there are so many great ones not on NU, so I hope you check them out!
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