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California Voodoo Game by Larry Niven
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bookshelves: pre-2000, sf
Read in January, 1998

This is the third book in Niven's series on Live Action Role Playing gone high-tech, called the Dream Park series. The first book was Dream Park published in 1981, the second was The Barsoom Project in 1989.

In this series, our protagonists are participants in what modern readers would identify as a cross between Reality TV and a LARP. The characters are playing characters in a live game, run in a high tech setting to provide an immersive environment. There are levels for the characters, as well as special abilities, and working with and around non-player-characters is something each player/character has to work with. The events in game are filmed and broadcast, which is partly how the games are funded.

This is the last book in the series, and one where Niven made some serious corrections to the universe created in the previous two books. The earlier books used holograms and other classic SF ideas of the 1970's and early 1980's to provide the immersive environment. This book changes that to use Virtual Reality goggles, thumper vests, and other items to provide the space.

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