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Publisher's Summary

Actress, YouTube star, and goddess of geekdom Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) brings to life this screaming love letter to litRPG and the possibilities the genre embraces. Don’t miss her hilarious, high-paced performance of unforgettable characters in Rule of Cool - perfect for fans of Ryan Rimmel, Dakota Krout, and Shemer Kuznits.

Raze is "just" a lowly Gearblin chained to the quest-giver desk at the worst (and only) arcade in town. And that’s a problem for her. It means that she’s a Non-Participating Citizen, someone who can’t see her stats nor make opposed rolls against Heroes. It’s why her life’s worth less than the vendor trash she doles out.

The old-timers swear it didn’t used to be like this; their issues only began once RNGesus went AFK a thousand years ago, leaving the questionably blessed Heroes to conquer everything without consequence. Fortunately, Raze is not about to let something as trivial as a millennium of injustice cramp her style. She’s got a crush on a frustratingly optimistic dreamer who talks her into using the Konami Code as a map to scale the conveniently located and suitably forbidden fortress. And when they reach the top, everything changes.

[Up up, down down, left right, left right. B. A. Start]

What follows is Raze and her mismatched crew doing their damnedest to burn the new "old" ways down to the ground, squaring off against thousands of noob heroes in epic, crunchy, badass, mechanized carnage!

©2021 Matthew Siege (P)2021 Podium Audio

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“Fun, funny, and full of heart. Nerds rejoice for the Rule of Cool." (Felicia Day, Actress - Supernatural, YouTube's Geek & Sundry) 

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Amazing

I'm not much of a reader and also i have a hard time finding a book to listen too, but this book is perfect for a geek like me 🤣 I will recommend this book! great story

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amazing

This book was so well written and the narration by Felicia Day was top notch. loved every second of it.

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great lil story

interesting story with good nerd refs and felicia day did amazing job narrating, recommend it.

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Awesome combo of Ready Player One and NPC's

This series has some of the nostalgia factors of Ready Player one combined with the NPC humor of NPC's, and a healthy serving of Gearblin insanity caked on top. Fantastic story, great humor, and amazing narration. It's definitely top tier in the LitRPG genre, and I'd love to see another one if the author so decides (book is very stand alone).

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Oh the references!

So well written with so many iconic references to TV, movies, books, genres, sci-fi and everything nerdy in-between! I am sure I will have to listen to it 100s of times to find all the Easter eggs and one liners. I have my favorites and so will you.

Felicia Day voiced so much passion and comedy at the same time in this wonderful story. I hope there is more stories to come and that she also will do more voice acting for this author. 10 out of 10

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great fun!

really enjoyed this fun story! great to have stories from the non-hero point of view. Felicia Day does an amazing job bringing this story to life. I really hope to see more from this team!

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Recommended

by far the funniest LitRPG I read in a long time. Oh and more sexual Indiando then you can shake a stick at.

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Before you buy, listen to the preview

Seriously, stop right now and listed to the first 3 minutes of the sample audio.

All that detail about about rolls and modifiers for the simplest interaction? That is CONSTANT. There are hundreds of these types of rolls in the book for every tedious interaction you can imagine.

Also, notice how they slid in the reference to a Yelp review? Yeah, this book is packed full of stuff like that and none of it makes a lick of sense. How do goblins living in a medieval fantasy world use Yelp? Don't think about it! And certainly don't think about the million other things in this book that make absolutely no sense and are just in there because "references are cool".

I thought I was buying a book about goblins who are weak so they rely on their crafting abilities to make a cool mech and upgrade it throughout the story. NOPE. They don't craft anything in the entire book, they just find a mech right at the end.

The story itself is almost non-existent. The only plan or goal the entire time is to not die. The main villain barely had a character, let alone character development.

None of the good stuff about LitRPG, like levelling skills up, unlocking classes or base building exists at all. The main character keeps getting XP but nobody ever levels up so everything feels pointless.

The only bright spot here was the Narration. Felicia Day did a great job.

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New and Weird

These are two of my very favorite things. I’m new to RPG Lit, and I really enjoyed the way the RPG conventions tied into the social struggle. The story was a well spent credit, and on top of that, Felicia Day was a delight, as always. If you are already considering the book, you should get it.

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This book is so good I am sad that I finished it already

Adventure, sass, characters I fell in love with. Please say there will be more books, I am ready for the next immersive escape into this world.

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  • 02-16-21

Felica Day nails the theme in this "cool" rpg tale

Felica Day nails the theme in this "cool" rpg tale. enjoying the narrative and story so far.

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  • 02-28-21

Entertaining

An entertaining story told as if it was a role playing game. Great narration by Felicia Day.