This Is Not a Game: A Novel

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Hukilau, Oct 12, 2012 - Fiction
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Once upon a time, there were four of them. And though each was good at a number of things, all of them were very good at games... Dagmar is a game designer trapped in Jakarta in the middle of a revolution. The city is tearing itself apart around her and she needs to get out. Her boss Charlie has his own problems -- 4.3 billion of them, to be precise, hidden in an off-shore account. Austin is the businessman -- the VC. He's the one with the plan and the one to keep the geeks in line. BJ was there from the start, but while Charlie's star rose, BJ sank into the depths of customer service. He pads his hours at the call-center slaying on-line orcs, stealing your loot, and selling it on the internet. But when one of them is gunned down in a parking lot, the survivors become players in a very different kind of game. Caught between the dangerous worlds of the Russian Mafia and international finance, Dagmar must draw on all her resources -- not least millions of online gamers-- to track down the killer. In this near-future thriller, Walter Jon Williams weaves a pulse-pounding tale of intrigue, murder, and games where you don't get an extra life.
 

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Contents

This Is Not A Game
Immersion in an Alternate Reality
Game or Interactive Story?
If Its Not a Game or an Alternate Reality What
Alternate Reality Games in History
ARG PreHistory
A Vision of the Future the Beast
A Majestic Failure?
David and Goliath Urban Hunt
The Current and Future State of Alternate Reality Games
Alternate Reality Games in Practice Chapter 16 Puppetmastering Picking Up the Strings
Puppetmastering Creating a Game
Puppetmastering Running a Game
This Is Not A Game
Bibliography
Alternate Reality Game Resources

Lockjaw Exocog and ChangeAgents Out of Control Independents Come of
Commercial Comeback?
Chasing The Wish
MetaCortechs ARGs Reloaded
Summer Heat I Love Bees
A View From Above A Personal Reflection on Puppetmastering
Anatomy of a Puzzle
Immersive Realities The Structure of Magic
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