Free Fiction Monday: Game Testing

When Jen DeAngelo picked up and moved for the umpteenth time, she didn’t know where she would end up, as per usual. But when she finds herself in a place with family history—her family history—she decides to stay and investigate her roots. But she might just find more than she bargained for in this unusual town full of strange gamers, weird rumors and maybe even the hope of home. A captivating story for gamers and non-gamers alike, Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “Game Testing” adds a fantastic element to the idea of starting over.

“Game Testing” by World Fantasy Award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as a standalone from Amazon, Kobo, and in other ebookstores.

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Game Testing

Kristine Kathryn Rusch


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32 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: Game Testing”

  1. Andrew says:

    Another vote for the continuation of this story, please. I was so fully engaged in the tale that when I came to the end, it was as if my stomach dropped to my feet – I was in a state of disbelief as I had no more words to read! I likened this to stories by Joel Rosenberg and Terry Brooks, but with the events taking place in our world, rather than another. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Dayle says:

    I’m not even that much of a gamer, but you had me at secret rooms and a creepy old house and all that, plus a woman exploring her family’s past to figure out the legacy left for her. So yeah, I’m in the queue of people waving their arms and saying “Ooh, ooh, more please!”

  3. Jonathan says:

    This former Dungeon Master is adding his voice to those demanding a sequel.

  4. dafaolta says:

    Okay, I didn’t even need to finish it before I bought it. I have some old die-hard DnD’ers in my adopted family tree (my best friend was confronted by a creature demanding his soul, whereupon he cut off the bottom of his boot and reduced the entire table to tears). Once I put the sign together with the city, I knew I had to have it. Since it’s one of yours I will also want any others you put out in this universe no matter how long I have to wait for them (popcorn Kittens strike again). So another vote for a series. I’m not normally this giddy when I write notes, but this is sooooooo just a story I would love to have happen to me. Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!!!!!!

  5. Doodlebugnana says:

    1 L Loyd (my better half) shared this with me after raving about it. So glad he did! Can’t wait’til you get time to add to it! I know, for me, it had just the right amount of realism and intrigue and I almost jumped when she got hit on the head! Great story! 🙂

  6. Melisa Todd says:

    I’ve gamed for decades, both tabletop and online. I LOVE this. I so much want more. ~falls to knees and begs~ “Oh please great gamemaster, let us have another game?”

    Thank you so much!

  7. Steven Davis says:

    All for more. It should be a good writing challenge to keep the stakes high with re-rolling your character.

  8. Tanja says:

    Yeeeeeees, add me to the sequel-wishing-crowd! I really, really loved it!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Another vote for more more MORE! Please? I was captured by this story & would’ve bought the rest of it in a heartbeat. And I know nothing about D&D at all. Yes please, more!

  10. Jamie says:

    I’m adding another vote to making an expansion pack. I mean, sequel 🙂 This was so much fun. I think part of it for me is nostalgia for the Christmas where my parents gave us a gold-box AD&D collection to play on our first computer.

  11. 1 L Loyd says:

    Loved it. Please, please, please give me more in this world. Even with different characters.

    I wish I could put my finger on what grabs me here. It is one of a handful of stories that affect my breathing and make me want more. There is so much that cries out to be told.

  12. Loved this one! No surprise there. 😉 Count me in as avidly awaiting the follow-on series.

  13. Sarah Worrel says:

    Captivating! Thank you

  14. antares says:

    You are trying to get me to like fantasy, aren’t you?

    (You are succeeding.)

  15. Loved it! Loved it so much that I want a sequel. A whole serial of sequels! 😀

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