Saturday, February 24, 2018

AlterGame: God Mode by Andrew Novak

by Andrew Novak

Book 3: God Mode

Release - May 24, 2018

How far the Dark Service questline has brought me... It all began like an epic adventure. Finding the Tear of the Demon King and the Black Sword, journeying to the lost continent, meeting good friends and battling vicious adversaries. It was a breakthrough into the depths of the virtual world, where no one before me had gone. What more do you need when your name is Jack the Tramp, both in the virtual world of Alterra and in reality’s ghetto?
The quest started out promising at first. I met the ancient hero Theokrist, who spoke through divine fire, and earned his Rosary. Each bead had the power to reignite a fire in each of the abandoned temples. So I went, temple to temple, reviving the sacred flames. This was how I was supposed to uncover the Great Mystery of Alterra and find Chronos, the king of Alterra's gods.
Everything changed, however, the day Brandt Ironfist blackmailed me into traveling to the very place in the Blighted Wasteland where, according to the old Walker stories, death itself lived. I came back alive and brought back the infragun, a forgotten weapon located in an old laboratory. And what did I discover upon my return? That Brandt had killed my girl, Lisa, and that I'd been hit with a lethal dose of radiation, with only a little time left to live. Days.
So much to do in such a short time, but I managed. Brandt is dead now and the infragun went to my former patron, the resistance leader, Shifty Peter. An unconventional old man, known to me only as Goodwin, promised to cure me of the radiation sickness. All we had to do was make it across the Barrier and infiltrate New Atrium, our last island of civilization. The alphas who live there share the magnificence that is Alterra with us, the omegas. Many have dreamt about this, many have tried. But few have succeeded.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Way of the Shaman, Book VII: Clans War

The Way of the Shaman
Book 7: Clans War
by Vasily Mahanenko

Release - February 12, 2018

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Chapter One. Return to Barliona

“Welcome to Barliona. While the capsule configuration is in progress, please review the latest update notes…”
A soothing female voice began to list off the updated game mechanics and their particularities; however, I’d already examined these back in reality. Stacey had summarized the major changes to me: The level of the Emperor NPCs had been raised from 500 to 1000, which meant that even a dozen scrolls of Armageddon wouldn’t pose any danger to these characters. The levels of Advisers and Heralds had also been raised to 900 and 800 respectively. Meanwhile, the developers had played a mean trick on the players and removed the max stat cap entirely. Now, the most stubborn among us could increase their stats infinitely. At the same time, the stat points gained from every new level had been decreased. The gaming forums immediately burst into flames with the outrage of high-level players who had long ago reached their maximum stat points and therefore lost the bonuses from all the levels they had gained since. Still, the Corporation stayed firm and no one would be receiving any extra bonuses. The greatest concession here was that players were still permitted to allocate the unused stat points they had saved up, and at least now everyone knew what the deal was. We’d have to be happy with that at least.