This is book one of the "Dream Park" series. Think of your wildest dreams, or the craziest stories you've ever read. Now think of being in the middle of them. FOR REAL. Dream Park is the place to be, if you are a fantasy gamer, or just someone who loves a wild ride or a good mystery. Science Fiction at its best.
They were all playing games---Chester Henderson was playing at revenge, to shore up his faltering reputation as a Loremaster and erase the memory of an embarrassing debacle. Richard Lopez was out to crush Chet Henderson, and to prove that his earlier successes as a Gamemaster were no fluke. Ollie and Gwen and Tony and Acacia were all playing at heroics to escape briefly from a world beyond their control into one where they could direct their own lives. Yes, they were all playing games--and then suddenly one of them was playing rough . . . and for keeps.
I loved the book, although it was not one of Niven's best. Read it years ago, time to pass it along.
Great Niven book. In good condition. Co-written with Steven Barnes