Once a year, the greatest tabletop gamers in the world descend upon Indianapolis for Gen Con, the Best Four Days in Gaming, to play games, see friends, and have fun. They play things like D&D, Magic: The Gathering, Warhammer 40,000, Settlers of Catan, Munchkin, and everything else they can get their hands on. Mostly the competition is friendly.
Sometimes it is not.
When a world-famous game designer turns up murdered at the convention, a group of gamers makes it their quest to figure out who killed him, and why. As they dig deeper, they start to question everything they thought they knew about the man: who he is, why someone hated him enough to kill him — and if he’s really dead. In the end, they must figure out who’s playing whom or risk not only losing this most dangerous game but their lives.
In addition to having 16 novels published to date, I’ve been an award-winning freelance game designer for more than 20 years. I also co-founded the game publisher Pinnacle Entertainment Group and served as its president for four years. I started going to Gen Con when I was just a kid, and this year will be my 31st time in a row. It’ll also be my 10th consecutive time as a guest of honor at the show.
I know gamers, and they’re my favorite people in the world. For me, Gen Con is like Christmas in August, coupled with a reunion with the greatest family members anyone could ever choose. I love the show and know it well, and I can’t wait to dive into it with my next set of books. Through the course of this, I plan to dig deep into the convention, write about the people who are part of it, and show you what it’s like to be there and be a part of the industry I call home.
But, you know, with the added benefit of fictional, life-threatening thrills.
Dangerous Games is a trilogy of thrillers set at Gen Con, and I’m running a Kickstarter drive to fund it. This is the third part of my 12 for ’12 project, a year-long challenge in which I plan to write a novel every month in 2012. I’ve already used Kickstarter to fund the first two trilogies — the Matt Forbeck’s Brave New World Trilogyand the Shotguns & Sorcery Trilogy. The drives for the first two trilogies raised over $12,000 each. Here’s hoping the Dangerous Games Trilogy can beat them.
If Dangerous Games sounds like fun to you, head on over to Kickstarter and check out the drive. (As soon as it launches — any minute now! — but you can take a gander at a preview page right now.) Pledge however much backing you like. No matter what you can contribute, though, please give me a hand with spreading the word about the drive. It only runs for a short time, and we need to make the most of it while we can.