Title: A Daring Synthesis Author: Ironypus Rating: T Genre: Action/General/Adventure Chapters: 40 Words: 79,554 Status: WIP Fandom: Worm/Gamer Summary: It's Greg Veder but he's a Gamer. Link: FFN, SB I honestly feel like I posted this before, but I couldn't find any trace of it, so I must have linked it in chat. Before you get all over yourself, and tell me that this is nothing but a shit story, lemme tell you something. You're half-way right. But seriously, this is the Greg the Gamer that everyone on SB is obsessed with. I never really understood the fascination with it until I read this, and its basically because the people that write him over there want to turn him into a meme lord, or they identify with him in some way with all of his social inadequacies. But this isn't that. Its pretty much a deconstruction of the entire genre. If you take it seriously, you've already lost the game. What this story offers is funny bits of memery that is relevant to the fandom, and a depth of character in Greg that you really only see in A Bad Name. As Greg gets stronger and completes more tasks, he starts dumping points into his WIS. All the things he's done since the start of the story start to weigh on him, and his understanding of himself as a person before and after grows, and places him in mental agony as he reconciles himself with the larger cast. This is subtle. This isn't some kind of new technique if I'm totally honest, there are a few other stories that have utilized this concept. What makes this one work is that its subtle, and not so on the nose, its reflected in Greg's thoughts and his actions, and the entire tone of the chapter as you're going forward. His characterization of people like Armsmaster and the fact that he gave Weld a personality contrary to other examples in the fandom really sell it to me as well. I really like this. I've shared it with a few people, and its hit or miss on how they think about it, and not all the jokes within are perfect. Its rare that you see such an awareness from an author in regards to character development. I'd easily give it a 4/5.