Monday, October 28, 2019

Disgardium: The Destroying Plague by Dan Sugralinov

Disgardium, Book 3

The Destroying Plague 

by Dan Sugralinov

Pre-order on Amazon -
Release - January 9, 2020

Chapter 1. Breaking Out of the Sandbox

“I’m rooting for you, Alex,” Tissa said in parting. “We won’t be able to talk, what with me being in the sandbox…”
“I’ll let you know as soon as it’s done, as soon as we break through and I leave Dis.”
“I’ll be waiting. Look after yourself. Good luck!”
The girl blew me a kiss and her hologram disappeared.
My parents had flown off somewhere, and the catdog AT and I were left to fend for ourselves. The pet, however, was thinking only of itself at that moment; so carried away with cleaning himself that it was as if he really was a cat, not just imitating one.
The projection of the Solar System on the wall gently hummed away, and if one zoomed in to look closer, one could see a column of colonization shuttles flying to Mars. Months of travel separated them, but on the map the shuttles formed a dashed line. I’ll be there one day too.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Interview with Alexey Osadchuk

Alexey Osadchuk is an avid reader from an early age, devouring adventure novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jack London and Arthur Conan Doyle. In 2010 he wrote his first fantasy novel which was immediately accepted by one of Russia's leading publishing houses Alpha Book. He also used to be a passionate online gamer which prompted him to write the story of a man who joins an MMORPG game hoping to raise money for his daughter's heart surgery. In 2013, the first book of Mirror World was published by EKSMO, Russia's largest publishing house.

We talked with Alexey about his new LitRPG series Underdog!

First of all, I’d like to congratulate you on The Underdog which is a fantastic book all around. It’s probably our most successful 2019 release. It’s a great achievement, so my first questions are going to be about the book itself. Firstly, what gave you the idea of creating a character who is born “nulled”? You couldn’t have thought of a better plot device.

If you take a look at the Mirror World series, you’ll see that I have a soft spot for characters who have to start from scratch. Plus they tend to jump in at the deep end which is why it takes them some time to start leveling. I really don’t like OP characters who only take a few pages to embrace their awesomeness. I prefer my MCs to develop bit by bit. I hope that readers like it too. I kept asking myself what I could use to hook the reader with, and that’s how I came up with the idea of the “nulled” MC. And then I just kept upping the ante. Naturally, the hero receives some sorts of freebies on his way. But what’s truly important for me in the Underdog is that the hero has to keep going. Things have to keep happening to him. Having said that, some readers suggest the books should have more intrigue. I’m going to work on it in book three, so we’ll see how it’s going to turn out.

Dungeons of the Crooked mountains audiobook

Underdog: Dungeons of the Crooked Mountains
by Alexey Osadchuk
Audiobook is released

Monday, October 7, 2019

Interview with Michael R. Miller

Michael R. Miller is the author of Battle Spire. An amazing crafting LitRPG novel (Amazon Top-100!) and the first one we translated in Russian. We talked to Michael about his book, possible sequels and his gaming preferences. 

Your book is amazingly detailed. Classes, races, skills and system popups – everything is very rich in detail. Why was that so important to you?

I wanted the game to feel fleshed out and as fully realized as possible. We only visit a couple of locations in the book so I felt it was vital to give that sense of a broader game world beyond the Imperial Spire. Also, should any non-litrpg readers pick the book up I wanted them to be as familiar with the classes as possible before combat began.
It was also just a lot of fun! Being able to world build more freely compared to a ‘real’ secondary world fantasy was refreshing. I do hope to return to this world to write sequels too so having more of the game built helps with that.
As for the system pop ups, recipes etc. I wanted to make what is happening clear to the reader. As the Scavenger class relies on crafting and items, it made sense to have those item descriptions be as in depth as possible.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Unterwerfung der Wirklichkeit: Spielwende von Michael Atamanov

Unterwerfung der Wirklichkeit, Buch 3
Spielwende von Michael Atamanov

Veröffentlichung am 10. Januar 2020

Prolog. Feindliche Pläne

Pa-lin-thu, Hauptstadt der Ersten Präfektur
Palast von Mitregent Thumor-Anhu La-Fin
Kleine Ratskammer

„DAHER, ehrenwerter Mitregent Thumor-Anhu La-Fin, hielten unsere Strategen auch diesen Plan für ungenügend. Unsere Truppen würden in den feindlichen Verteidigungsanlagen festgesetzt werden und nicht in der Lage sein, ihre Ziele innerhalb eines vernünftigen Zeitrahmens zu erreichen. Das Überraschungsmoment ginge uns gänzlich verloren. Dann müsste der Feind nur Verstärkung anfordern, und alles wäre vorbei.“