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Groon the Walker
Apr 7, 2017
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Groon the Walker

The pages and the books

    1. Aika
      Hi Groon. I finished reading The Erogamer a few weeks ago. I'm not sure exactly what to write here, but I know that I need to write something.

      As other people have said, this story was one of the best I've read. I'd like to repeat those sentiments, but also try and communicate some of the specific feelings I've been having over the last few days.

      (continued in the subcomments, assuming this platform allows it)
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      3. Aika
        I'm feeling intrigued by some of the other works people have recommended in the thread. And yet I just can't imagine they can live up to this, since The Erogamer just happens to be made up of, well, all my exact favourite genres.

        I've been feeling fear for the planet's future. But that's not just because of your story. That's something I've been feeling for a while anyway.
        Jul 9, 2023
      4. Aika
        I've been feeling a renewed respect and reverence for stories and imagination, and the added value and meaning it can give to us and our layer of reality.

        One thing I'm NOT feeling, is disappointed that it's over, or that you stopped. Firstly, you're a real person with a real life and real needs and motivations, and you should do what's right for you, but also, the ending was beautiful.
        Jul 9, 2023
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      5. Aika
        Most of all I feel grateful to you for dedicating the time and focus to write it, and grateful to the Fates that I am here now, alive, and with the time and ability to have read it.

        It has been an absolute privilege, and the experience has genuinely motivated me to take my life, and my position in Reality and Time less for granted.

        Thank you for the Hand Held Out in the Darkness.
        Jul 9, 2023
    2. threeshortwords
      I was just reading Eliezer Yudkowsky and lintamande's planecrash, and the former straight up links to The Erogamer mid-prose, with the protagonist calling the in-universe version of it "really good and famous and a topic of widespread discussion in its own right".
      Edit: many pages later, the protag's now checking a love interest for the ability to comprehend the concept of the erogame to see if he's in one.
      1. Togamonkey and Aika like this.
    3. St3f
      Reading your work, it's very good. Do you plan to write other stuff? Are you currently working on other things?
    4. Tristen
      How can i read it?
    5. Rubycona
      The Erogamer is too good of a story to be lost, eventually, in the coming decades. This website won't last forever. Do you have any plans for an ebook / pdf? I would VERY gladly pay money for a published copy or whatever approach you chose. I'm old enough to have seen lots of great things lost to the internet, and I'm definitely worried that one of my favorite books of all time might have the same thing happen.
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      3. MissileTeatime
        ...Groon, how to you feel about other people working on that? Like, you've got other stuff to do, but if we were to team up on doing so?
        Jul 21, 2023
      4. MissileTeatime
        ...Wait, that still wouldn't work right, because that wouldn't pick up on the (plot-critical!) Hair Retcons. Grr.
        Jul 22, 2023
      5. Rubycona
        It'd be better than nothing, though, and would possibly be easier for Groon to edit. (I can't imagine anyone doing that and then refusing Groon edit access, haha).

        Groon might be okay with tiny edits from us, too - typos or maybe inserting in the retcon. Even if the product were rough, it'd be better than it being lost.
        Jul 22, 2023
    6. ses
      So I was reading the 3e Lunar Exalted book, as you do, reading through the charm lists and such when I come across this Charm.

      "Ideal-Made-Flesh Apotheosis: Meditating on the boundaries between self and other,
      and the mysteries that lie between, the Lunar embodies the sublime. After an hour of meditation, she
      gains a bonus dot of Appearance"

      and I just about shat a brick on the spot.
    7. Togamonkey
      Hey Groon. I just wanted to let you know that Erogamer has literally inspired me to live a more Ero life. My story still exists in an ERO 0 world, but every once in a while, if I squint, it feels like ERO 1.
      For that, you have my sincerest gratitude, for helping me 1) figure some stuff out about myself, 2) live more-fully the sexy life I always wanted, and 3) realize that I didn’t have to be that scared anymore.
      1. Celer, Aika, Sriram Vadd and 9 others like this.
    8. plex
      I'm thinking of reading through The Erogamer soon, and noticed there's a notable trivial inconvenience of having to sign up for a forum account before I could read it. Would you be okay with me cross-posting it to archiveofourown as I go, to improve the reading experience of future people? I've done this for other fan works I've liked before, and would give you authorship there if you tell me your account.
      1. Groon the Walker
        Groon the Walker
        My current position is still that I'd rather not.
        May 11, 2022
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    9. threeshortwords
      Have to share a review Sirrocco wrote of The Erogamer in QQ's NSFW rec thread:

      "It is distinctly LitRPG, it is deeply pornographic, it covers quite a lot of kinkspace in the general BDSM MF FF space. I think it's the best thing I've ever read. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me smile with tears in my eyes. It improved my understanding of the human condition. It's really, really good. You should read it."
      1. Yelo
        Nov 2, 2022
    10. Hararin
    11. Gristle McThornbody
      Gristle McThornbody
      I imagine you get this a lot, but- I've just torn through erogamer in a week, and it had a huge impact on me, not for the sex (though that was wonderful) but for the hand held out in darkness of it all. Thank you, truly. It means more than you know.

      Is there anywhere else that I can read more of your work? Besides the Worm story. You Get It, where It is pretty specific; I wouldn't want to miss anything you write
      1. Psh, Hypervane, Rubycona and 4 others like this.
    12. ses
      I had a nightmare the other night that you changed your avatar. I was actually upset that you had abandoned [The Pages and the Books] for a generic anime girl
      1. Groon the Walker
        Groon the Walker
        That might just be the tamest nightmare I've ever given anyone
        Jul 12, 2021
      2. ses
        The word nightmare was a bit tongue in cheek, but I was just amused a bit by the fact that I hadn't realized it wasn't a real memory till I saw your avatar today and had to ask whether it ever happened. I was about 40% expecting you to say that it hadn't been a dream and you had just changed it back. That sort of thing always amuses me.
        Jul 12, 2021
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    13. Vergil1989 Crossover King
      Vergil1989 Crossover King
      I can't help but get especially nervous when a mod starts reading my stuff lol. Especially since you're a far superior writer by far. Still, I hope you enjoy my fumbling about Groon.
      1. Groon the Walker
        Groon the Walker
        I ain't no mod! Green color just means donor.
        Jun 5, 2021
      2. Vergil1989 Crossover King
        Vergil1989 Crossover King
        Oh, oops...my mistake then. You're still a far better writer than me though.
        Jun 5, 2021
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      3. Groon the Walker
        Groon the Walker
        Eh, I used to suck a lot harder. I won't promise that everybody gets great with practice, but a lot of people at least get better.
        Jun 5, 2021
    14. threeshortwords
      I just finished the Erogamer. It was astoundingly beautiful. I hope you can continue writing astoundingly beautiful things.

      You could make a bit of money writing. A lightly-edited ebook version of the Erogamer now that it's complete would be an easy way to test the waters.
      1. Aika, Rubycona, Vorian and 6 others like this.
    15. GunnarS14
      I've started reading the Erogamer, and I just finished Book 1. It is extremely rare for fanfiction of any kind to give me chills and a feeling of horror, especially on QQ. But the paintings Cindy saw, once I realized the terrifying implications, had me genuinely disturbed. Well done.
      1. theonebutcher
        It's not fanfiction.
        Jan 16, 2022
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    16. ses
      I just read the anonkun quests that got shout-outs in Erogamer, holy crap I can't believe you managed to sell the Little Death Note plotline so well. I was genuinely invested in Ero Light and Pachi.
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    17. Psycicle
      For that penultimate chapter...
      I guess you read my mind, that matched up way too well
      Thank you for everything. <3
      Hope level: 5/100 -> 20/100

      I guess you can add "made a completely satisfying ending to a story that had to be terminated due to IRL issues" to your list of literary improbabilities, I've never seen that one before.

      Time for me to get back to hyperbolic spiral wrangling, thanks for the ride~
    18. kabs
      Hey, is Erogamer still alive? It's my go to story about how a story can be amazing while the sex is a big part of the plot.
      1. Rubycona, Broaria, Karispyro and 15 others like this.
    19. sangthesun
      I was reading/re-reading erogame and I saw your thing about wanting more erogame stuff to read.

      And I realized, did you know that there's erogame glowfic that's only visible if you log in? You probably do, but I thought I'd mention it in case you didn't. Most of it's pretty short and most of the long stuff is M/M, but it does exist.
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      2. SenuOfTheCulture
        I think it means novels similar to erogamers. Or stuff based on ero like games/systems
        Jan 8, 2020
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      3. theonebutcher
        Glowfic is the literary tradition descended from "Luminosity" that is about being aware of your own thought processes, psychoanalysing yourself and not acting thoughtlessly. There's a massive RP/cooperative storytelling corpus on https://www.glowfic.com/
        Nov 2, 2020
      4. theonebutcher
        It all started with a really good Twilight fanfction with the premise "What if Bella was a sentient being?"

        The smart and self aware Bella was such a crowd favorite that the Author has inserted her in basically all the worlds.
        Nov 2, 2020
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    20. Karispyro
      Thank you for writing The Erogamer. Somehow it seems that every other chapter is like a punch in the guts, in a good way. You manage to put real emotion into this story in a way few authors have, ranging from existential dread to real love, famial or romantic, to guilt and gratitude and everything in between. So, sincerely, thank you once again ,from the bottom of my heart, for writing The Erogamer.
      1. Psh, Aika, Rubycona and 7 others like this.
    21. MissileTeatime
      I need you to know that when I spotted the alert for the latest update, my first two thoughts in order were "updoot!" and "upd8".
      1. Ddmkm122 and Crawkid like this.
      2. MissileTeatime
        (And I haven't even read homestuck!)
        Sep 1, 2019
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    22. Tore
      I had to come here and give you some compliments. Your writing is amazing, seriously. Do you have a patreon, because i would pay for this, and i think many others might feel the same way. The Erogamer is among the very few webserials like Wildbows work and the Practical Guide to Evil, that i always read straight away when they update.
      1. queseraseri
        Exactly this. Exactly Exactly Exactly this.
        Sep 5, 2019
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    23. Aravae
      ""Starry," Charles whispered at the gawking alien, as quiet panic began to well up in him, "you need to start thinking high-probability thoughts. Right now."

      The elevator door slid open again on the sixth floor, showing what appeared to be five lingerie models who had dressed in their best professional attire."
      1. Aravae
        This had me laughing so hard I almost fell out of my chair. Then I went ahead and fell over so I could commit to saying ROFL. Beautifully done, sir. It's always amazing to have an author masterfully subvert a parodically exaggerated trope.
        Jan 25, 2019
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    24. Datcord
      Randomly, before I forget again.... Given SV's increased publicity on their allowance of (clearly marked) NSFW stuff, have you ever considered creating a thread up over there for Erogamer? (Even a read-only that lags behind the current story by a couple of posts?)

      Frankly, this story is my usually gold standard go to example for things that pass SV's NSFW requirements, so....
      1. kabs, Ddmkm122 and NuclearBirb like this.
      2. Groon the Walker
        Groon the Walker
        I think I'm happy with the current readership. I don't want to take on the work of dual-posting either, but mostly, I'm happy with the current readership and with having the story behind an account-required wall.
        Sep 30, 2018
        Ddmkm122, kabs, Asquil and 2 others like this.
    25. Meromorph
      How did you learn to write so well? And how can I learn?
      1. Ddmkm122 likes this.
    26. MissileTeatime
      Hold up. Is the book in your userpic a Borges-model infinite book?
      1. Ddmkm122 and Meatbun like this.
      2. Groon the Walker
        Groon the Walker
        No this is what I actually look like
        Sep 3, 2018
        Aika, Mitale, Sirrocco and 16 others like this.
    27. Archimedes
      I only regret that I have but one like to give for each of your posts.
      1. Mitale, kabs, Ddmkm122 and 5 others like this.
    28. Evenstar
      Hugs iff wanted.
      1. pepperjack
        Nice use of the logical operator!
        Apr 12, 2018
        Aika, Mitale, Ddmkm122 and 3 others like this.
    29. FeepingCreature
      The Erogamer is awesome!
      1. Ddmkm122 and Archimedes like this.
    30. Meromorph
      Would you be willing to have a mirror of The Erogamer hosted somewhere not behind a loginwall? That would lower the barrier to recommending the story to others substantially.
      1. Ddmkm122, Archimedes and Pseudonym like this.
      2. Groon the Walker
        Groon the Walker
        I don't want to have to maintain it, and I don't want to have to worry about updating two different sites in synchrony when I go back through a dozen chapters and retcon available stat points because I miscounted and put in an extra 5 stat points, like I did yesterday.
        Mar 30, 2018
      3. Groon the Walker
        Groon the Walker
        Though aside from that I wouldn't mind, especially if it only mirrored Book 1. I do feel like I get most of the psychological benefit on my end from readers who are voters, and I don't want to have to track votes in two places, so people going to QQ to read the last chapters would be better from my perspective.

        6.a would do pretty well on its own somewhere and is semi-SFW, I'm just not sure where to put it.
        Mar 30, 2018
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    "This is more depth than I was expecting with my porn quest." --- everyone reading The Erogamer.
    "This is way more depth than I was expecting with my porn quest, even taking that statement into account." --- Sirrocco