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Hobgoblin by John Coyne

Hobgoblin (1981)

by John Coyne

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One of the first of the 'what happens to gamers' books. This is about a young player of RPG's who gets into more and more trouble as he lets his games take over his life, or maybe its the monsters taking over the world. Either way, gaming is at fault, and he might not survive! Not very exciting or suspenseful. ( )
  Karlstar | Nov 4, 2009 |
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hob-gob-lin (hob/gob/lin), N. 1. anything causing superstitious fear; a bogy. 2. an evil spirit. 3. a fantasy war game based on Irish mythology and folklore, played with dice and a deck of cards.
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Barbara Gardiner swung the family station wagon off the avenue and into the cul-de-sac.
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Well, I got to say you really made a hit at old Spencertown. (Epilogue)
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Ancient magic meets contemporary horror in this thrilling tale of a young man's obsession. Scott Gardiner is already shattered by the demise of his character in a sword-and-sorcery fantasy. When his father dies at almost exactly the same moment, the line between nightmare and reality begins to erode. Scott and his mom attempt to start over by moving to Ballycastle, a medieval Irish manor house rebuilt on the banks of the Hudson. A new role-playing game captures Scott's imagination: Hobgoblin, in which he takes on the identity of the legendary Irish hero Brian Bor?. Before long, he's seeing a black annis ? a terrifying creature of Celtic myth ? darting about the estate. Scott plunges deeper and deeper into the dreamlike allure of Hobgoblin until more than just his sanity is at stake and he is forced to rescue others from a dark power.… (more)

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