VRMMO 003 – Time to finally leave the training field… which is a good thing.

A Certain Middle-Aged Man’s VRMMO Activity Log

Chapter 3: Time to finally leave the training field… which is a good thing.

TN: Sorry for the super long delay between chapters!

Been really busy this summer with an internship and working on a startup project of my own. School is starting up again soon and I’ll try my best to release the coming chapters more consistently.

I will probably be putting the Ice Magic LN on hold b/c VRMMO seems to have more people interested in it b/c of the manga and since it’s a bit easier to translate.

A small note, I’m going to start making my translations less word for word mostly because it makes it a lot easier for me if I don’t spend time trying to think of exact word-for-word translations of certain phrases. Unless you have read the Japanese raws you probably won’t notice any difference 😛

Also I’m just gonna call the currency Gold from now on. It’s close enough 😛

After leaving the training fields, I logged out, had a meal, and hopped in the bath…
And logged on again.

Well then, before completely leave, I better check out what equips I have.

Beginner Bow
A bow suitable for beginners. It’s weak, so it’s best to get a better weapon as quickly as possible.
Atk+2, Endurance: Unlimited

Beginner Armor
A beginner overall armor (covers top and bottom). No armor type.
Def+5, Endurance: Unlimited

So, those are the kinds of equips I have. They have unlimited endurance so you can never lose them.
Apart from using up endurance, it’s pretty much impossible to lose equipment.

Also, there are 4 types of armor masteries to help improve your usage of armor.
Cloth Armor, Leather Armor, Light Armor, and Heavy Armor.
Of course, you can wear armor even if you don’t have mastery for it, and you’ll get all the stats for it, but if you have no mastery and you wear something that’s Heavy Armor, you’ll be weighed down so much that you basically won’t be able to move.
No matter how high your defenses are, if you can’t move then you’re dead.
In other words, the benefit of armor mastery is that you can handle heavier armor and have more mobility while wearing armor.
Light and cloth armor often give benefits to magic power and evasion power.

And while we’re talking about other skills… I’ll also explain the [Cooking] skill.
In this game, there’s both [Hunger] and [Thirst].
If your Hunger bar runs dry, you lose HP, and if you’re too Thirsty then you lose MP.
Dealing with this is as simple as eating and drinking.
Thus, even I went to purchase some bread and water from an NPC.
They both cost only 5 Glows each so there’s no need to be stingy.
I mean, if you get too stingy with food you’ll literally die…
The penalty for death is a 30 point reduction in all stats and -33% durability on all equips.
If an equip’s durability reaches 0% from this, then it’ll be destroyed.

Anyways, that’s my long explanation. I’ve arrived at the field area.
Well then, I guess it’s time to hunt!… I really am just a happy guy right now.

[The first day… it’s as sweet as I expected!]

I sighed. The players in front of me…

[Ha! Burn and die, you!!]
[You’re my prey!!]
[You over there and here, you’re both dead! Haha!]
[Come on, bring on the next wave! These weaklings aren’t enough for me!]

The scene could only be described with the word “pandemonium”.
These guys are pretty wild, I thought as I stood there with my arms crossed, watching.

[Well ~ It’ll be like this for the first few days.]

Said a girl’s voice from behind me.
A precious soul who would talk to the bow-encumbered me.
Finally, my first real conversation.

[Right? Everyone’s in such a frenzy.]

[Yeah it’s really like that ~~ Trying to get in a bit of hunting before night sets in ~~]

Huh? Night?

[Um, can I ask a question? Is there a day and night in this game?]

[Ah ~ ? There’s already been one night, you know ~ ?]

[I was in the training arena and then I logged out, so I didn’t know.]

[Ahhh ~ I see ~]

The girl explained that there’s a repeating cycle of 3 hours of daytime and 2 hours of nighttime.
When night falls, vision is decreased and monsters become a bit harder to deal with.
The countermeasures are Light Magic’s Level 10 [Light], Fire Magic’s Level 15 [Torch], and Dark Magic’s Level 30 [Night Vision].
I guess I better level up my farsight skill.
It’s important for the ranger class to have farsight and night vision.

[I see, so basically it’ll be this wild until nighttime.]

[Yep, probably ~]

Well, there’s nothing I can do about it.
In that case, I better find something else to do for now.

[Thanks a lot for telling me about this!]

[No prob~! I’m Miri, wanna be friends~?]

How do I put it… she’s really carefree huh.
Well, it’s good to make new friends.

[My name’s Earth, nice to meet you.]

[Nice to meet you too ~]

After registering as friends, the girl called out [I’m heading back to town ~] as she left.

I left the field to try to find some herbs.
Activating my farsight ability, I left the hunting people to go collect some Unidentified Herbs.
Why are they called Unidentified Herbs? Well…

[Effect Unknown…]

So that’s why. It could be helpful or dangerous. Basically in the game you can’t just pick up an item and know what it is unless you’re a pro identifier. [TN: The second sentence here is トル○コでも、シレ○でもいい, I have almost no idea what it means so I just guessed. Game lingo too hard for me :(]
After you get an item, don’t know what type of item it is.
Although, it seems pretty unlikely that there’d be dangerous herbs in a beginning field… right?
Anyways I hope so, since I’m gonna pick herbs until nightfall.

Night. A ton of players returned back to town, selling their monster drops and eating. I crouched down by some stairs in a corner and began identifying my herbs.
Although you can’t tell what a herb is from first glance, if you look at it for a while then its true identity will be revealed.
The reason is…

Medicine Lv 3.

It seeems like, by having the medicine skill, you can identify herbs. I got to level 2 and then 3, and then realized I could recognize antidote herbs and poisonous herbs.
It suddenly felt really stuffy, though I was holding just a single herb.

> Suffocation Plant.

> If you eat this, you’ll stop breathing immediately and die.
> This should definitely not be eaten!

> Herb Item

Wow… that’s a super dangerous herb! What were you thinking, administrators?? I can’t be the only one who thinks this is crazy, right?

After identifying the herbs I tried making some potions.
I went to the potion shop across the street and bought an alchemy set that I could carry.
It cost 400 Gold. You start with 1500 Gold. Since the inn charges 10 Gold a night, I currently have 1080 Gold.
The other 10 Gold I had spent on food.
Those are necessary expenses so it can’t be helped.

I learned how to make potions.
Crush the herbs > Blend it with distilled water and add heat > Done!
Looks like it’s that simple.
Although it feels like if you mess it up then you’ve wasted a lot of time.
That’s the feeling I get from potion-making.

> Common Healing Potion.
> The basis of all healing items. Recover 11% of HP.

In this game if you make a potion successfully once then you can use up the rest of your ingredients all together for the rest of the potions. So, I turned all my herbs into potions.
I also made some antidote potions, although I don’t think I’ll need them yet.
My Steady Fingers skill also increased as I kept making more potions.
As for the poisonous herb and suffocation herb, I can’t use them yet.
I’m don’t meet the requirements, that’s why.

From the antidote herb, I got this item:

> Common Anti-Poison Potion
> The weakest antidote potion. Failure rate increases when dealing with stronger poisons.

By the way, there’s a potion merchant in town.
I’ll go sell my potions to him for some money.
Actually, it looks like my potions are 1% stronger so I might keep them. I think I’ll keep the antidote potions too, I might need them!

I’ve leveled up my medicine skill a bit, so I think it’s fine to stop here for today…
I went to the inn and logged out, and got ready to sleep in real life too.
I bet my colleagues are gonna be out all night again.

Archery Lv 5
Kicking Lv 5
Farsight Lv 4
Wind Magic Lv 5
Crafting Lv 3
Cooking Lv 1
Woodworking Lv 1
Medicine Lv 7
Stealth Lv 1
Physical Ability Lv 5

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the translations. Keep up the good work!

  • Kisato

    Hey! Really appreciate what you’re doing here, I would love to help contribute to your products if only to streamline the process in the slightest bit. I’m a budding writter and think this could also help in my writing.

    Could you cantact me at tonny890h@yahoo.com if you have the time?

    [P.S. A place to contact you would be nice.]

  • Thanks for the chapter! Damn a 30 point stat reduction is huge!!!

  • omnigil

    Thx for the chapter! Don’t worry about the exact word to word translation thing. Even if we have the raw, most of us don’t know japanese anyway so we can’t complain about it. XP

  • Benjy

    May fortune befall u… Lord Translator… I’m in deep trouble because it seems I can’t properly express my gratitude for the hope that u have been given to me by translating this Novel… It pains my heart if such a great novel left untranslated… … Thanks for the effort…

  • Feomar

    Thank you for the chapter!

  • LtlYodA

    Keep up the good work!! i’m a big fan of the manga so i’m happy that you pick this novel so i can read this interesting story again^^

  • SignT

    Thank you so much for the translations. I really enjoy this light novel and look forward to the next installment.

    I would love to be able to help but like most people I can’t speak Japanese.

  • SignT

    Hope you enjoy my donation 😛

    • Ronbo

      Thanks so much! I’ll be sure to try my best to get the next chapters out smoothly 🙂

      • SignT

        If there is any other ways I could help, do let me know XD

  • Ricarus

    Nice! 😉 tnx for the chapter. If the traduction is not done word for word the flow is beter, more easy to follow.

  • Kureyn

    トル○コ is Torneko, the merchant PC from Dragon Quest 4 who got his own Mystery Dungeon type spinoff series. He’s being used as a stereotype here for a person who can identify, craft, buy, and sell items skillfully.

    • Ronbo

      Oh sweet, thanks so much! Censored stuff is usually impossible for me to figure out 😛

  • Laighto

    Thank you for the chapter!! =D

  • griix

    many thanks for the translation

  • libraryrocker

    Thank you very much for the translation!! It’s very interesting~~~~

  • CantStopReading

    Thank you so much. I used to check every day if there is a new chapter but kind of lost this site. I am really glad that you haven´t dropped this :3

  • lord_kuching

    I hope to this LN keep on update for the new chapter.. It pain my heart not that this story dont get much attention as it deserve….

    P/S OSO and this nearly same story but have totaly different plot of thier MC. He should just accept that he is a girl he already acted like 1 anyway

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for translating this novel Please keep it up( ^o^ )

  • Hello there Ronbo!

    I came across your site a few days ago and saw that you were/are translating toaru ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki!

    The problem is I also picked uo the project around 1~2 July of this year, about the same time you did apparently!

    I did make a “small” mistake of translanting the digest version :'(
    And after trying to find the original raws is when I came across your translation…

    Now the really question is are you still thinking on translating, and if so do you need help/ a collab?

    Because I don’t want to wast my nor your time!

    Oh…and here is the link for my wordpress: https://wordofcraft.wordpress.com

    Thanks in advance,


    P.s: I don’t mind dropping the project bc your translations have quality to them =D

  • Kaheru

    Thanks for your time and your hard work! I’m really longing for this VN.. 🙂

  • Maho

    Why are all those skills leveling he didn’t cast any magic shoot any arrows or kick anything he only looked around gathered herb and made potions.

    • did you not read the first chapter? He leveled archery, wind magic, and kicking in the training area in town.

  • Thanks for the hard work translating.

  • This game sounds alot like mabinogi.

  • AHS333

    thx for the chapter 🙂

  • please continue the translation.. i found 4+ chapter in word of craft and the translation are bad.

  • Abraham Antonio Hidalgo

    Gracias por el capitulo

  • habib

    Thanks for doing this chapter1