Multiplayer by Tom A McFerson

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Multiplayer by Tom A McFerson
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (16 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

They built a game like no other…

Mason Bradley created the hottest multiplayer game in the world. Then he fled from it, as fast and as far as he could.

This is a short but really interesting story that is predominantly an interview between Detective Wells and Mr Bradley. After being part of the three person team to create the most popular current online multiplayer game ever, Mr Bradley escapes from everyday life. Living in isolation in a barricaded castle-like home, without even common electricity or any modern amenities, it’s clear the Detective wants answers and Mr Bradley is unwilling to divulge his secrets.

Written in the first person, this was an very cool piece. The protagonist is personable and easy to identify with. He’s got a man’s self-confidence and easy prose, the author giving full justification behind his arrogance. My favourite comment was: “I likened it to the British Secret Intelligence. For routine problems, any of the double-oh’s would suffice. But for true shit-storms, you only rang up Bond.” Even though the plot was simple, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and found it an excellent piece of work.

Although this doesn’t have the traditional happy ending, this is a fantastic gamer/fantasy novella, excellently written and deeply satisfying.

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