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Welcome to the Big Show!

Once a year, the greatest tabletop gamers in the world descend upon Indianapolis for Gen Con — the Best Four Days in Gaming — to play games, see friends, and have fun. They play things like Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Warhammer 40,000, Settlers of Catan, Munchkin, and everything else they can get their hands on. Mostly the competition is friendly.

Sometimes it is not.

When a world-famous game designer turns up murdered at the convention, Liam Parker — the young game designer who stumbles across the body — makes it his quest to figure out who killed the man, and why. In the end, Liam must figure out the rules of this most dangerous game fast — or risk losing his life.

How to Play is the first novel in the Dangerous Games series.

DANGEROUS GAMES: HOW TO PLAY is available from the author’s website.


“I absolutely loved reading this book, and it’s given me an even stronger desire to attend Gen Con. And the one person I can count on being there? Matt Forbeck. He’s filled this book was amazing details that only someone with years of experience attending could provide. The secret routes between rooms, the odd traditions and award ceremonies, and the meet-and-greet locations where newbies can mingle with the pros… it’s all in here. The murder mystery is just a bonus.”

— James Floyd Kelly,


Matt Forbeck has been a full-time creator of award-winning games and fiction since 1989, designing games and toys and writing stories of all sorts. He has twenty-three novels published to date, including the award-nominated Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon and the critically acclaimed Amortals and Vegas Knights. His latest work includes the Magic: The Gathering comic book, the MMOs Marvel Heroes and Ghost Recon Online, and his novel The Con Job, based on the TV show Leverage. For more about him and his work, visit