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(The Gods Game #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,380 ratings  ·  118 reviews
An epic fantasy, LitRPG and GameLit novel.
By Rohan M. Vider

A Game, played between Gods… where the playing field is the world itself… and the pieces, living beings.

A young man caught unwittingly between… in a strange world, without allies or help… must battle for survival…using his wits and magic alone.

Pawn or Player… his fate is his to decide… which will he prove to
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published November 18th 2018
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Steve Naylor
Rating 2.0 stars - DNF

This is one of those transported to another world after someone dies and is given a chance at a new life stories. The new world has game like mechanics such as stats, magic, leveling, etc. I won't say this is a bad story. I thought the premise was okay, it was just way to slow. I was 33% into the book before the MC had a new body on the new world. That's way too long. The setup to find his skills and new body wasn't that complex or interesting either. I have no idea what t
Are Hauge
Nov 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
While Crota is action packed and has some ok writing (especially for litrpg), it fails in some of the most basic ways - after 250ish pages it ends on a cliffhanger with none of the plot-threads being tied up. And at a mere 250ish pages, this is a severe oversight. Rohan M. Vider should have delivered a finished book, not part one of a regular sized book.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
ARC received for an honest review
But... once again he had been seduced by the lure of competitive gaming. Rationally, he understood that he indulged in it too much, but it was a habit he just couldn't seem to kick. The thrill of victory, the adrenaline, the satisfaction from well-executed strategies, and the camaraderie of teammates was too alluring.

Okay, so I've never read a LitRPG/GameLit genre book before and the only time I've been exposed to this genre was in one anime I watched; bu
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Gods Game is a great read.
The LITRPG elements have been well worked in. It is an integral part of the story, yet at the same time does not detract from the immersion. Both the story and its RPG mechanics have been well crafted and are believable. The central protangist is likeable, makes intelligent choices, and is easy to identify with and follow.
Highly recommended if you enjoy fantasy novels and/or RPG games.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The world building is great. As good as the land but the main character is not as obnoxious as ritcher. And best of all it doesn't lose anything in translation like the pitcher or the Russian litrpg.
Vince Page
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A new take on summond heros

So the main character was summon by accident to a world prison. The world was made to hold the God's. He isn't able to be a pawn so he wasn't sent to an area with no hope of survival. If you can't be a pawn, be a player.
Brian Niemeyer
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Promising story

I liked the main character and story. It was a little short and some more fleshing out of the story would have been nice. That said I've already downloaded the next book.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for next one! Thumbs up. Good Book! ...more
Hud Russo
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Book and premise were both different and interesting. MC was not super powerful and that made it much more I interesting. Looking forward to reading the next volume.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Was well written and enjoyable story.
I've certainly seen far..far..far… worse.
It was short, focuses a little much on mechanics but an overall good story.
Ian Bell
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Interesting take on the way that games and RPG’s came to being, great story, had me hooked early on. Lots of insight into abilities and character sheets.
Kyle Hempel
The book is filled with beings telling you how the system in the world works with very little in actual action or "showing" the reader how things function. It truly felt like I was reading a manual on how to play a game rather than hearing an interesting tale. ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good but short

I saw the author pluggin book 2 about to come out so I thought I’d give it a shot. It’s pretty short all thing considered but it’s good. I like the premise and I wanna see what happens in book 2. A little crunchy for my taste but that’s the genre sometimes.
Note: Review contains very vague spoilers.

Despite being decently written, and having an okay story, there are two things that set this book back by a few stars for me.

Number one: The sheer amount of combat logs and action logs. For every single action that the MC does, the author throws a dialogue box. It breaks the flow of the story! I'm a gamer myself, and I'm certain many who read LitRPG are too. One question: how often do you look at action logs/combat logs? Answer is probably close to nev
Goth Gone Grey
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Decent litRPG, heavy on mechanics

This is a quick read ending in a cliffhanger - you can almost hear a DM smugly saying, " On that note, we'll pick up the game next session," while players moan in agony. The lead character works his way up levels by choosing abilities carefully and using them wisely, which makes for an intriguing read. The background of it being the Gods' Game seemed secondary to the main character's quest to stay alive.

The concept is interesting, the mechanics explained well, b
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: game-kit-litrpg
This was a surprise find and read. I happened upon this work in an endless search for something else to read. I just wasn't feeling all my other 10 books I was in the middle of. I need something new and this came along at the perfect time for me. Idea of a world game with gods is not ground breaking but this take gave such a refreshing view on the idea. I liked the character development. He makes some good choices and bad. I am excited to see where this story and character go. I did feel there w ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book one

Mistakes: I didn't find any, but the over use of the game data sheet was not needed so often. Especially since there is one at the end of the book.
Plot: Interesting, I will want to make a decision on this as I need more information on the character and his soul condition.
Characters: I found the MC to be interesting and look forward to learning more about him.
William Howe
A bit slow

The pace or the narrative does not draw me in. Frequent references to the MC’s character sheet are bad, as it grows quite cumbersome. While the MC progressed, he did not truly achieve anything, making this an incomplete novel. It also ends on quite a cliffhanger.

The writing is not bad. It simply doesn’t inspire.
anil singh
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun and entertaining

As a fan of RPG's this was right up my alley, a book and almost RPG in one. Great read!
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book. Good start to a series. People who love the Land Series by Aleron Kong should read. Looking forward to the next book
Niels Baumgartner
Pretty good

I enjoyed this in spite of the info dumps. The game mechanics were as much fun to read as the plot. The plot was good as well, off to read book 2.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
For ages, the gods have called mortals to champion them in a grand game. But for one such mortal, Kyran, the summons was unexpected on both sides. With no gods willing to sponsor him, Kyran steps in as a free agent, and selects the skills and abilities he hopes will allow him to survive. But his presence signals a potential shift in the stalemate, and the gods are eager to either recruit or destroy him.

This is a pretty solid litRPG about a modern college-age gamer who ends up living out somethin
Bonnie Dale Keck
Nov 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
kindle unlimited, usually put here if ARC but it wasn't, just a request to read it BUT NO copy although that is standard practice with requests, just happened to have ku anyway. I gave it 1 for the premise although the execution was totally lousy. I understand that more and more people are writing LitRPG but for non-gamers the stats are not only redundant but in my case {legally blind} was forced to sight read it because of lack of proofing such as were for where and other issues which understan ...more
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kind of just... meh. Still have 3 hours to go, so we will see if it improves. It's not terrible... I do have some parts that's irritate me a lot though. The MC doesn't make sense a lot of the time. His background should instill certain instincts and traits that he fails utterly to illustrate. Wastes tons of time with useless questions and uncertainty when he should show a certain decisiveness based on what we know about his past. It's irritating. Also, He's supposedly a big time gamer, but then ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 Free Player Stars

Crota is the first installment into The Gods’ Game LitRPG series by Rohan M. Vider.

3🌟s for a very good starting point in the series. A cast majority of the novel is dedicated to explaining the world building and encompassed Rules that make up, The Spire, the governing ‘mind’ of the game that is Myelad. A prison created by Eld to hold the Gods. Why it was created has not been revealed as of yet. The other major portion is the every progressing build of Kyran. Which with very l
Mar 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Half a book. Enjoyed the read, but very happy the 2nd book is already out, as this story did not really end. About to jump into book 2 and i imagine it will pick up like season 2 of a TV series.

Overall, interesting take on LitRPG, original and refreshing.

Slow development, very well written, but slow on progress, not necessarily bad, but don't expect to get very far, again, this is more half a book. First 30% of the reading is character origin and creation.

Excerpts lost me, at the start of each
Michael Lynn
I am a bit perplexed by the fact that I have seen this book on a few must read examples of Litrpg. Now to be fair I give it 5 stars for originality and have a unique approach to magic and skills but as for execution I give it 2 stars and then 3 stars for character development. It was great that unlike in many books I have read the MC is not Overpowered but to the other extreme the MC is a gamer that repeatedly makes the kind of mistakes you would expect from someone completely unfamiliar with g ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People entirely desperate for LitRPG
Shelves: litrpg
About 25% of the book is character creation, with more explanations than anyone will ever need of the system.
Maybe 5% is other POVs.
Another 15% is repetitions of the character sheet or skill effects.

Given that the book overall is rather closer to novella length this leaves very little space for character. Not even character growth, just character anything.

And towards the end there's a touch of Bad Moral Philosophy(tm) as well, an invader claiming he's FORCED into a small slaughter when disenga
May 24, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: litrpg
Decent litRPG with a slow start. The plot is not too original, but with enough of a twist to keep me hooked. The game-like world is especially intriguing. It is a real world, but one in which everybody is aware they are part of a game between gods. Decent protagonist, not many main characters yet.

The game mechanics appear a bit complicated to me and I feel things are described too much in detail at times. I like character building and strategizing, but I don't need all the details especially not
Chris Flores
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: need-the-sequel
Ended During first big battle with no resolution. Horrible ending IMO.

First, I enjoyed this read until the end. The end/length of "book" is too short with how much filler information boxes there are. Books that end with no true resolution to an antagonist and/or reach of a goal set earlier always feel predatory when the author just stops the book and makes you buy the next to get any satisfaction. I don't support authors with another book bought/read that do this to their readers, but if it doe
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Rohan M. Vider is a fantasy and LitRPG writer.

In November 2018, he released his debut novel, Crota, The Gods’ Game Volume I. It tells the story of a young man who is summoned to the world of Myelad, where he becomes embroiled in a game between Gods.

Between his day job and family, he indulges in his passion for writing, reading and gaming. He favours CRPGs and turn-based strategy games.

Other books in the series

The Gods Game (5 books)
  • The Labyrinth (The Gods' Game #2)
  • Sovereign Rising (The Gods' Game #3)
  • Sovereign (The Gods Game #4)
  • Sovereign's Choice (The Gods' Game #5)

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