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Camelot Overthrown: An Arthurian LitRPG (Camelot LitRPG)

Narrated by: Tony Walker
Series: Camelot LitRPG, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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An RPG game that lets you join King Arthur and fight against Evil

Britain is threatened by the minions of the evil Satanus, and King Arthur calls out for brave knights to come and defend the realm.

Join Gorrow as he rises up from Level 1, hones his knightly skills, upgrades his weapons, makes friends, and builds a village on his way from Squire to Knight.

As he levels, his progress is threatened by the ever encroaching armies of Satanus, who threaten even Camelot itself. 

Gorrow must race to improve himself so he has the skills to aid King Arthur’s armies in their fight to defeat evil. And at the same time he needs to build and protect his settlement. 

In the last days, King Arthur sends out a call. If Camelot falls, surely the whole kingdom will fall too? Then who will resist Satanus as his black tide threatens to overwhelm the medieval island of Britain?

Camelot Overthrown is the first book set in a future virtual reality fantasy role playing by Miskatonic Games.

©2017 Tony Walker (P)2019 Tony Walker

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  • Al
  • British Columbia
  • 07-15-19

Solid LitRPG adventure with humour abound

I received a free audio copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion of the novel.
I didn’t realise when I signed up for this that it was a Lit RPG. While I don’t hate them, they’re certainly not my favourite, although I have come across a couple of decent ones. We can add this one to that list.
Gorrow starts playing the game Camelot Overthrown, and we get to follow him as he levels up and starts to become competent. The game is an Arthurian MMORPG, except the creators have taken some liberties with British folklore and history, but it makes it kind of fun too. Here are my thoughts on the book:
Worldbuilding
As I mentioned earlier, it’s a mishmash of British history and folklore. Along with Arthur, Camelot, and the Knights of the Round Table, we have Vikings and Saxons all coexisting. These aren’t the bad guys though - that role belongs to Satanus (sound vaguely familiar?) as he attempts to overthrow Camelot and bring darkness to Britain. He can’t do it on his own, and he has all manner of RPG and fantasy monsters in tow - orcs, goblins, trolls, ogres and so forth. Gorrow has to fight a steadily increasing number of them, who get more skilled as he does. There’s also the usual ranking and skill malarkey that goes with RPGs, and while there are some stats, it doesn’t really hold back or slow down the story. Sometimes it’s actually interesting.
Score - 3/5
Characters
Gorrow was a laugh - a veteran of MMORPGs who offers a cynical rundown on all the varying aspects of the games, especially on the stock phrases of NPCs. He’s familiar with generic gameplay, and it’s fun to watch him struggle to level up, and avoid being “farmed” and other such gaming evils. There are other obvious gaming nods, such as favoured characters types, that experienced gamers will have a chuckle at. The other human characters don’t particularly stand out except his friend Mercurius, who strikes me as the type who funnels money into the game to advance faster. The NPCs are better, such as his guide, a snooty owl who takes the sarky Gorrow down a peg or two now and again. Some of the names have good comedy value, like the dwarf architect Oliver Stone and his soldiers, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub, which I imagine most of you won’t get the reference - your loss.
Score - 4/5
Plot
It’s a LitRPG, so the plot is not the strength of the book. In this story, which is book one, Gorrow has committed to being a Lawful Good type, and rarely does anything that may affect his Reputation Points, such as running from a battle or stabbing a foe in the back, but maybe there is scope for this down the road. There is a “romantic” subplot where Gorrow takes a shine to another player, who happens to be in a group with her real-life boyfriend, and she reciprocates a little too.
Score - 3/5
Writing
I can’t vouch for any typos or editing booboos, as this is an audiobook, but the words flowed nicely and I never had to stop and think about what had just been said, so that’s a positive. Descriptions arre good, and the vein of humour riddled throughout the book is worth mining for all its worth. Definitely my cup of tea.
Score - 3.5/5
Personal Enjoyment
I did enjoy this. It was funny, the story was pretty good despite the formulaic plot and the NPCs were a blast. The narrator was good, capturing the humour well and giving each character a unique voice, but at times the recording sounded like he was in the can.(no splashes though)
Score - 3.5/5
Verdict
Definitely one for the genre fan. If you’re interested in giving it a go, or like MMORPGs, you’ll get a laugh out of this one.
Total Score - 17/25


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Living in Camelot

This was my first time listening/reviewing an audiobook. I am new to the LitRPG genre and the author Mr. Whalen. As this was my first LitRPG I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from the telling of this story. The beginning pace of the story was slightly slow but details of the characters and their environment were helpful in giving the reader a fair picture to go along with the story. Vague references to the Arthurian legend will give the reader a slight sense of familiarity.

I did find the story was a little bogged down and cluttered at first with almost constant numerical figures being thrown at the reader/listener sometimes at breakneck speed. The numbers didn’t always add up and there were also instances where characters genders were mixed up several times. A rudiment knowledge of online gaming and their various platforms would be helpful for the reader’s enjoyment but isn’t necessary. Gorrow quickly advances in the game and rank until he becomes a Knight of the Round Table. Gorrow is also making plans for a defendable fort for himself and those that need shelter should the occasion call for it.

Read/listen to this knight’s tale and see what he and various others will face in the game to come. I’m interested to see to what’s in store for who in the books to come.

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