What do you do when you’re tired of grinding in game but you’re addicted to them? Read books about them! I’ll be listing 10 of my favorite MMORPG themed light and web novels for you all to enjoy! These won’t be other world type novels where a leveling system or RPG components are listed but true MMORPG or VRMMORPG type novels where living people control a character while also having their own lives.
A Certain Middle-Aged Man’s VRMMO Activity Log (Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki)
Novelupdates Synopsis: “38-year-old Tanaka Daichi’s childhood dream of playing a VRMMO has finally come to life. As he creates his character, he decides to choose skills that are considered useless by others, since he has no interest in playing like a main character. Follow the adventures of Daichi as he strives to use his mismatched set of worthless skills to achieve his dream goal of simply being able to enjoy an alternate life in a virtual reality.”
Ark | Ark of Legend (Prequel)
Novelupdates Synopsis: “Kim Hyun Woo lived the life of the wealthy thanks to his parents. But one day, he received a phone call informing him of a traffic accident which involved his parents. His father had died and his mother was hospitalized in critical condition. The normal life he once knew, collapsed…
They sold their house, cancelled various insurance plans, and moved to a one room apartment. And after a few years, Hyun Woo spends four to six hours tending to his mother and worked to pay for her medical bills.
One day, one of his Instructors recommended him for position in a company called Global Exos, who made an announcement of making history with the newest technological invention.”
Frontiers ~Chronicles of Bucket-san’s Detailed Pioneering~ (I hate being in pain, so I think I’ll make a full defense build (痛いのは嫌なので防御力に極振りしたいと思います))
Novelupdates Synopsis: “「I love detailed things!
Embroidery or drawing magic circles is the best, isn’t it!
Fighting? Even if I fight, I won’t be able to hit a moving target, you know~」
Diving wholly into the digital world of sword and magic! Defeating monsters, cutting down trees, opening up your world!
A girl with a trademark bucket helm has arrived at such world-fist VRMMO.
Swordsmanship? I told you that I won’t hit! Rather, I will cut myself.
Magic? Magic patterns are wonderful, aren’t they?
Her playstyle is, unfortunately gruesome…… prejudiced occupation and famous production character.
In this world where the economy has been stabilized due to NPC craftsmen’s fury, will the somewhat carefree Bucket-san be able to depend on and display her craftsman soul……?”
Novelupdates Synopsis:”July 15, 2043. On that day, a Full Dive VRMMO was released, its unique system called ＜Embryo＞ allowing each player to follow an extremely varied—or rather, an “infinitely” varied pattern of evolution. That game’s name?
Possessing an element that, until now, had never been achieved by VRMMOs and was considered a technical impossibility, ＜Infinite Dendrogram＞ took over the entire world, becoming a major hit in the blink of an eye.
One and a half year had passed since the launch of ＜Infinite Dendrogram＞. A young man named Mukudori Reiji had finished his university entrance exams and began living alone in Tokyo. In order to celebrate the end of that lengthy studying period, after being invited by his older brother long ago, he finally started playing the game.
This is a story where the line between game and reality is blurred.
And also, a tale of reminiscences.”
Only Sense Online | Only Sense Online: Silver Muse
Novelupdates Synopsis: “Yun is a novice MMO player who equipped only unpopular skills labelled as garbage. However, soon after the official launch of the game, the NPC stopped to sell Recovery Potion. Everyone finally started to notice the importance of Support Magic and Items. And that spells trouble for Yun as well as all the support-based players. They received orders for recovery potion from endless flood of players en masse, some more aggressive players even go as far as forcing the support players to be their personal craftsman. In order to prevent this from going out of hands, all the support players grouped together to form a community to keep things in order.”
Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed The World
Novelupdates Synopsis: “The world’s largest VRMMO, Conviction, was almost like a second world for humanity. It had integrated itself into the real world’s economy, with both corporations and individuals seeking their fortunes through the game.
In this game, Nie Yan prided himself in his Level 180 Thief. He could barely be considered among the top experts in the game. Though, that was the only thing he could take pride in. He was penniless and unable to advance in life; a situation he was forced into by the enemy of his father. If it weren’t for the little money he made by selling off items in Conviction, he would’ve barely been able to eat. In the end, he chose to settle his matters once and for all. He assassinated his father’s enemy. He lay dying shortly after being shot in the pursuit.
However, that wasn’t the end of his story. Instead, he awoke moments later to find that he had reincarnated into his past-self. Armed with his experience and knowledge of future events, he sets out to live his life anew.”
The King’s Avatar
[Manhua Adapation] [Animation Adaption]
Novelupdates Synopsis: “In the online game Glory, Ye Xiu is regarded as a textbook and a top-tier pro-player. However, due to a myriad reasons, he is kicked from the team. After leaving the professional scene, he finds work in an Internet Cafe as a manager. When Glory launches its tenth server, he who possesses ten years of gaming experience once again throws himself into the game. Bringing with him the memories of his past and an incomplete, self-made weapon, his return along the road to the summit begins!
After fighting and scheming, who snatched away my glory? Under the tossing of the wind and rain, my dreams shall still appear as though they had never been shattered. In all its splendor, the path shall never be lost. Before the gazes of millions, this is where I return!”
The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor
Novelupdates Synopsis: “The man forsaken by the world, the man a slave to money and the man known as the legendary God of War in the highly popular MMORPG Continent of Magic. With the coming of age, he decides to say goodbye, but the feeble attempt to earn a little something for his time and effort ripples into an effect none could ever have imagined.
Through a series of coincidences, his legendary avatar is sold for 3 billion won, bringing great joy to him, only to plunge him into despair at losing almost all of it to vicious loan sharks. With revelation of money through gaming, he rises from the abyss with new found resolve and steps forward into the new age of games led by the first ever Virtual Reality MMORPG, Royal Road.
This is the legend of Lee Hyun on his path to becoming Emperor with only his family loving heart, his boundless desire for money, his unexpected mind, his diligently forged body and the talent of hard work backing him.”
Novelupdates Synopsis: “Due to a mistake on his student’s part, a super Martial Artist had received a wrong class in an online game and had become a mage. He who was used to curbing violence with violence and using strength to subdue strength could only make the best out of his mistake. Taking on a new lease in life, he became a violent close combat mage. When strength and magic came perfectly together, a new gaming path had been opened by him!
“Fireball spell? Lightning Chain? Frosted Ice Mirror… etc.”
“Wait, I came here to practice Kung Fu! What has magic got to do with me?”
“I am a mage?”
“Oh, that’s right. I am a Mage!”
“However… do you really firmly believe that I am a mage?”
“Alright then, look at my knives! Look at my sword! Look at my fist! Look at my concealed weapons!”
“What? You’re now saying that I’m not a mage?”
“If you don’t believe me, I will prove it to you: If you believe me, I will show you a performance: No one can get in the way of a mage who knows Kung Fu!””
Novelupdates Synopsis: “Li Xiao Yao left S.W.A.T to become an ordinary security guard. While working, he happened to enter the VIP room and found Lin Wang Er still in the middle of changing. As revenge, she took him on a ride and kicked him out of the car.
After hours of walking, Li Xiao Yao finally managed to get back home just to be kicked out of the house. He then got an offer from his previous supervisor to become the bodyguard of the Tian Xi group CEO’s daughter both in game and in reality. But unknown to Li Xiao Yao the girl was actually…
I will be making more of these types of posts as well as full length reviews!
Comment what kind of series, tags, tropes or types of novels you like and I will do my best to get you a few recommendations as well!