New Novel Overgeared is Released! Chapters 1-10

Hello everyone, this is Rainbow Turtle.

I am pleased to announce the release of my new translated novel called Overgeared. The name is basically a Korean gaming slang term used to put down users who rely on items for strength instead of skill. It’s hard to find an English equivalent to this term, especially when used in many different situations and contexts throughout the novel. I have decided to go with Overgeared for the title and for when it is used as a noun, etc. a guild name. However, I will go with ‘item effect’, the most accurate meaning, for when it is used in a sentence.

This is a vrmmorpg novel and while it has some of the obvious stereotypes and unrealistic parts, it also does some things differently. People might get annoyed with the mc’s character at first, but he does get a lot of character development. In fact, some of the fun of reading the novel is seeing the MC’s character grow. I think that people who are fans of VR novels like Legendary Moonlight Sculptor and Rebirth of the Thief will enjoy this novel.

Schedule is currently two chapters a day. I’ve also made a glossary to help you keep track, since this is a long novel at 678 chapters and still ongoing.

Please enjoy this initial release of 10 chapters.

Table of  Contents

Chapter 1

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          1. P2W can definitely be used to describe players. Especially with the prevalence of micro transactions. P2P or pay to play describes a game, but that was more commonly used a decade ago.

            How do you know a player is F2P? Don’t worry, they’ll tell. F2P btw /s

          2. I agree with Xenaca Pay 2 Win usually describes games
            F2P (Free2Play) and P2P (Pay2Play) just describes if a game is free or has a subscription requirement.

            P2W Describes a game that gives the ability to buy victory through micro transaction

            I have to admit though, I’ve never heard of “Wallet Warriors” before

      1. don’t dis on Turtle!
        She’s finished all her novels!
        *stab*
        (Although yes the author could drop it. At which point I say Turtle just has makes a fan ending.)

        1. Not all, she droped a few novels, i’m still crying for ATL, but at least she anunciate when she does drop so she doesn’t keep us waiting in vain, it is also true that she is a great translator that translate several chapters in a week and has translated several novels until now making her one of the best in the business.

          1. TBF, I infer that Turtle-noona only dropped Arc the Legend because the Arc of that novel is no longer the Arc we know and love as he had some of his character traits rewritten or erased.

            Demon King’s Game started out good, with mixing Warcraft and Starcraft elements while confusing non-pro-gamers (especially non-gamers) with various tactics used in the pro league. It was dropped because the story then focused on the MC’s return to stardom in the real world while the Demon King’s Game was put to the side like a subplot instead of the actual story plot.

            Acquiring Talent in the Dungeon was a slog to read through though…and I quote Turtle’s reason for dropping it,
            “Dropped due to the author pulling a Mad Snail. Basically= having no motivation for the story and only released 2 chapters in the last 2 months”

      1. Haha, that is what came to my mind too.. except that twink doesnt really cover the max level players with the same definition.
        In a way ‘overgeared’ is more general, but applies to all levels..

  1. Me and my friends use a few terms for your wording issue in case you find Any applicable.

    Gear Newb
    Gear Noob (there is a difference between newb and noob, I’ll write that below)
    Gearhead

    As for a descriptor of a persons ability instead of the person we use,

    Gearskill

    Newb – someone new to something and needs time to learn.
    Noob – someone that should have learned the skill by now and refused to admit they can’t do it.

  2. When you say “users who rely on items for strength” do you mean people who pay to win/whales or the like? Or does the MC rely on items he obtained from quests?

    1. He got a legendary blacksmith class so he’ll just make the items himself, in other words he doesn’t pay to win thought he can sell the equipament he made in order to get as much material and suplies as he needs, if it is needed he would be also able to buy some unique items from time to time but with a blacksmith class i don’t think it’ll happen too often.

    1. HOW DARE THY PITIFUL HALF-BREED CYBORG NAME THYSELF UNDYING FOR IT IS A NAME FOR THY GREAT………wait what…..do i call them? i mean like automation race and energy lifeforms could reach that level, but what do we call them? persons? people? AH I KNOW BEINGS. YES GREAT BEINGS FOR THY UNGRATEFUL LOWLY BEING DARES THOU DOES NOT UNDERSTAND!

  3. I believe the term “Twinker” might be the equivalent of the said title, which mean an rpg char which got carried into high level raids and essentially given anything that drops, down to the last copper coin, and repeat. Or character which geared by omglolwtfbbq cash item, P2W typical.

        1. Powergaming is different, it’s nothing to do with actual strength, just someone who tries his best at min-maxing everything. Usually in a more RolePlaying based setting, thus it is then seen as something negative since te goal is immersion an not winning..

          Twinking is more like it, but it kinda applies to lower level characters who get loaded up by higher level ones. Software you end up with ridiculous gear compared to others at the same level..

          What rainbowturtle wrote above, its more in te directionele of ‘overpowered’ button in this novel not due amazing combat skills butt an amazing crafting skill giving him awesome gear..

          Overgeared fits the story quite nicely I guess..

    1. I remember back when I played Wow ( quite a long time ago ) Twinkers referred to characters that were not max leveled but had all Best in Slot gears for their levels and crushed people in PvP (ex: lvl 19 character with best weapon/helm/etc… for his lvl destroying everyone in the lvl 15-19 battlegrounds)

      1. Yeah, that’s what I meant too… A character which relying on crafting or buying or given BiS eqs to besting another by the grace of gears, is counted as Twink.

        1. I dunno. The descriptions I’ve read of it doesn’t really fit. Also don’t like the term ‘Twinking’ because it reminds me too much of when gay guys are called ‘twinks’

  4. Woo! A new novel! XD

    Also, the concept sounds closest to “P2W/Pay to Win” in my opinion. But I haven’t read it yet, so there likely could still be differences in how the phrases would be used.

    1. God no. P2W is when Best in Slot items are locked behind a paywall and free player can not keep up without paying or playing reasonable amounts of time. Think ArcheAge. Of course by reasonable I mean 16h/day.

  5. I thought he was someone who bought items with real money so I was thinking something like “Wallet Warrior” which would have been fantastic, but comments say he is a blacksmith so it’s a no-go 🙁

    1. Yeah but there is another term out there though that I can’t think of atm. Which basically is meant for players who play the optimal spec, have the optimal gear, and use the best rotations.

      1. Min/maxing is the term I think you are looking for. And I think a good term that applies to this novel is gear carried. Which is a person that uses top end gear in order to clear content in a game.

  6. Over geared doesn’t sound bad at all, in mmos there are some elites who rely on their own skill to finish a raid the week it comes out and then there are thoes of us picking up scraps weekly from bosses and using equipment to compensate for skills

    My guild usually uses the term overgeared when we are doing raids of lower tier for currency and we just smash everything and ignore mechanics

  7. In gaming parlance, this is called Blowing the Wealth by Level curve.
    In TV Tropes, this is called ‘Crimefighting with Cash’ and ‘Screw the Rules, I have Money.’

    i.e., at a certain level, you’re expected to have a certain amount of wealth, which your gear is valued at in order to perform at an expected level.
    Having the ‘maximum’ amount of gear for your level is fine, it’s still within the expected curve.
    Having ‘more’ then what is expected at your level, is blowing the wealth curve.
    This trope is very prevalent in 3E D&D, by people interpreting the Item Creation rules to blow the wealth curve out of the water. It’s not a huge effect at low levels, starts becoming visible in the mid levels, and by 12+ is hugely visible. “Only” doubling your effective wealth gets more and more powerful, and soon you are punching far above your weight class since your gear is so much better then everyone else’s.

    Effectively, this is going to be a story about someone who can abuse Item Creation Feats to blow his effective WBL. Batman, Lex Luthor and Tony Stark do the same thing.

    ==RED

  8. Aw man I just finished PTO and I can’t afford to get addicted to another one. Still, thanks for your amazing work as always Rainbow Turtle! I trust your judgment when it comes to great novels 🙂

  9. From the first 10 chapters, this novel has better MC characterization than PTO’s, plus the author made some good decisions in a couple of plot points. Frankly speaking, I hope this novel goes the path of EoSP instead of PTO’s.

  10. Well
    as for group of “overgeared” people, we usually refer to them as “whales”
    why whale? I dont really know but in mmorpg communities people who “cash” alot into the game are called whales and thus are “pay to win” players.
    Also, people who have OP gear that can keep up with the whales also tend to get called p2w or whale even if they didnt cash, cuz people in general just think that everyone who has much better gear than them are pay to win.

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