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When I was a child/teenager, I remember reading a series about someone/someones playing some sort of augmented reality games. The players all wore glasses of some sort so they could see the game world, but underneath everything was a prop or robot. So while the glasses the player wore showed the players monsters, in reality they were actually robots walking around, and instead of a razor sharp sword, it would be a sword style object.

I can't remember if the books were in a series or just in the same game world, but there was more then one. It would have been before 2000. The games they played were like live action roleplaying, it would take several days. I remember in one book they went to some desert, maybe navada or somewhere like that in the US to compete in some event.

It's been bugging me trying to think of the series, so any help would be appreciated.

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Larry Niven and Steve Barnes wrote a series of novels; the first is called Dream Park. The first book came out in 1981, so it's definitely within your timeframe.

It's a resort where people do live action roleplaying - the park sets up adventures using a mix of holograms, props and live actors, and sends people on fairly typical fantasy quest adventures.

The third novel in the series is The California Voodoo Game, which is set (unsurprisingly) in California, rather than Nevada; but there is quite a lot of action in the desert, if I recall correctly.

  • That's the one. I remember the desert, which is why I assumed nevada. Thanks. – Programmdude Sep 24 '16 at 16:53
  • "and sends people on fairly typical" - Was there supposed to be something after that? – Z. Cochrane Sep 25 '16 at 6:14
  • @zabeus - there was indeed. I think I messed it up while trying to edit in the second link... – andrewsi Sep 25 '16 at 11:43

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