Konrad Ryan – The Dungeon Slayer

Tad was waiting for the most important event of his life to start… His rebirth. Earth was ravaged fifty years ago by Raekast, a monster with unending power. Mankind’s only hope sprang up in the form of Rebirth – a way for humans to unlock their inner potential. The only problem? 99% of rebirths are duds. Tad craves more than anything to be reborn a slayer with enough power to delve into dungeons, to kill monsters and find loot, but could he ever be that lucky? No. He’s the unluckiest person he’s met. Bullied relentlessly no matter what he tries,...


4.34 / 5
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Domino Finn – Afterlife Online

Rated E for Epic Tad Lonnerman is having a crappy day stuck in crappy traffic late to a crappy meeting. On the bright side, his game development career is the only non-crappy thing he has going for him, so life isn’t all bad. At least until he dies. Now Tad finds himself uploaded to a beta test of Haven, an unannounced hyper-immersive MMO where the dead have a second chance at life. It’s not virtual reality, it’s digital reality. A true afterlife online. Except Haven isn’t exactly blissful paradise. Tad bumbles into a pagan blood feud, crosses paths with fallen...


4.03 / 5
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Xavier P. Hunter – Metagamer Chronicles

Gary Burns thought he’d created a masterpiece. Instead, he’d created a prison for his friends—and himself. Gary Burns just wanted to create the greatest RPG campaign of his gaming career. But a freak magical accident sucks him into the very world he created—as himself. Surrounded by heroes who look and sound like his friends, Gary is forced to play out the story he wrote. Worthless in a fight, Gary must prove himself valuable even if it means feeding the team insider knowledge. Because he needs to keep his friends close—and himself alive—until he can solve the puzzle he never designed:...


4.08 / 5
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Charles Dean – The Bathrobe Knight

Darwin, a video game addict, was sitting in his bathrobe and slippers playing his favorite MMO on a Christmas night when an uninvited guest breaks into his house to steal his belongings. After the scuffle is over he finds himself transported into one of the sword and magic RPG-style MMOs that he has always loved to play, albeit one he has never heard of, where he has to overcome trials and tribulations at every turn as he fights for his life alongside new companions.


3.90 / 5
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Dawn Chapman – Space Seasons

Killing machines. Shadow organizations. A desperate attempt to stay sane. After failing the most important exam of his life, Kyle is forced into a VR war. Now, he fights on the front lines as cannon fodder for what he always assumed was the government, losing a little part of his memories with every virtual death. When the mission he’s on goes wrong, Kyle is stranded on a planet far from his original destination. Finally given a chance to make an impression in the organization, Kyle will have to risk his mind for a chance at salvation. If he fails, he’ll...


4.05 / 5
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John L. Monk – Chronicles of Ethan

Retirement means immortality. Immortality means adventure. Life begins at seventy. Running on the world’s fastest quantum computer is a very special game: one where retirees leave their flesh-and-blood lives in search of endless adventure. Weapons, spells, gold, experience points… These are the marks by which life is now measured. Ethan Crane wants none of it. In fact, he never wanted to retire at all, let alone play a game for all eternity. But now he’s on a mission to find his wife—a wife he just discovered is still alive and inside the game. Nothing will stop him from reaching her....


4.05 / 5
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Darren Hultberg Jr – Aether Gate Online

Raise your blade. Take up the mantle of Slayer. Adam’s life was anything but easy. With people at both school and home eager to make his life a living hell, the only place he felt like himself was in the virtual world. At least there he had some control. When the newest VRMMORPG title gets announced, Adam and his best friend, Max, are more than ready to dive in. Launch day arrives quickly, and Adam is plunged into a world that’s more immersive than anything he’s experienced before. Although the game offers a bevy of character choices, Adam quickly chooses...


3.71 / 5
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P.A. Parsons – Legends of Arenia

The Sullivans are a normal family. But after being transported to the magical world of Arenia, normal isn’t a luxury they can afford. It’s just another Thanksgiving for the Sullivans—until the walls disappear and they discover they are being transported to Arenia, a place where game rules are real and their Earthen ability to reincarnate grants them unlimited potential. Or it would, if the celestial administrator in charge of their case hadn’t mixed up longitude and latitude and sent the wrong family. Oops. Too bad he already faked their deaths. Now scattered throughout the Arenian wilderness and armed only with...


4.52 / 5
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Nemorosus – Jackal Among Snakes

In a world on the brink, survival isn’t just a game—it’s the only game. But when only one soul holds all the cards, they get to play however they want. Argrave, the royal bastard of House Vasquer, went into his magic apprenticeship cruel and awkward, yet left it with a neat dignity and an acerbic wit. But beneath the veneer of self-assurance, the body’s new soul is wrestling with the dread of existence in a reality that once existed only in the pages of fantasy. In the blink of an eye, a wiki editor’s deep and somewhat unhealthy understanding of...


4.34 / 5
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Christopher Johns – Axe Druid

A tight-knit group of buddy gamers. A relentless galactic conqueror. One big ol’ axe and a whole bag of magic. Chris and his friends had been hearing voices begging for help, but aren’t dreams supposed to stay dreams? When they finally answer the call, they’re pulled into a fantastic world with themes similar to modern role-playing games. The world of Brindolla. This is what every gamer has always wanted… right? There’s one major problem: War. The big baddie of the universe has come to collect another planet for his relentless march. The Brindollan Gods only have the power to hold...


4.28 / 5
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