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Harriton Nikiforov is a binge-drinking tabloid reporter who embarks on the business trip of a lifetime, to the virtual world of Fayroll. The future is already here, and Harry is experiencing it first-hand. He, of all people, knows that virtual reality can become larger than life—and a computer game can be More Than a Game.

The insanely popular Russian Fayroll series by Andrey Vasilyev is at long last available in English. It currently comprises twelve titles, with—let’s keep our fingers crossed—possibly more to come.

Working as a society columnist means mixing with all parts of Moscow society—except that now Harriton Nikiforov (a.k.a. Hagen the Warrior) is busy updating his day planner with the names of elves, orcs, goblins, and other out-of-this-world MMORPG characters. Instead of receiving free champagne, and rubbing shoulders with the Moscow glitterati, this time around, Harry is given unlimited playtime in Fayroll, a virtual reality game. He is also tasked with explicit orders to write a series of fluff pieces on the game and its developers.

He grudgingly accepts the assignment, but soon finds himself enthralled by the virtual fantasy world and its amazing quests, unpredictable challenges, and nearly endless possibilities.

Will he still dare to claim that it’s all just a game?

And will his real life ever be the same again?

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