The Greystone Chronicles, Book 1: Io Online

By Dave Willmarth


In the latter half of the 21st century, Alexander and his guildmates play Io Online for fun and to earn a living. It’s the largest VRMMORPG on the planet, and the source of income that supports families around the globe. While completing a rare First Kill dungeon in hopes of epic loot, they discover that demons have once again invaded Io.

Given the chance to test a new experimental immersion system, the veteran players must give up their high-level characters and begin again at level one. As they work through the noob zone quests, they discover that the new immersion system allows them to play in ways that hadn’t ever been possible before. Casting is faster. Movement is more fluid. Even magic itself behaves differently. They quickly run afoul of a party of player killers and become the targets of an entire PK guild bent on spawn-camping them until they leave the game. War has been declared.

The fight expands into populated areas, where innocent citizens are murdered, and player accounts are terminated. The guild works to help citizens rebuild what has been destroyed, but are repeatedly forced to stop and defend against enemy attacks. After the gods of Io and a powerful being of darkness get involved, Alexander and his friends learn the hard way that their in-game actions have consequences, both in the game and in the real world.

Soundbooth Theater has had the honor of working with Laurie Catherine Winkel once more, in the first installment of the epic Greystone Chronicles. Her bright performance matches the tone of this GameLit romp about friendship and community, while perfectly framing Jeff Hays’ performance as the male cast.

The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:

Laurie Catherine Winkel – Narration, Female Characters, and Fibble!
Jeff Hays – Male Characters
Dalton Lynne – Proofing, Editing
Justin Thomas James – Production, Editing, Mastering

©2017 Dave Willmarth (P)2018 Dave Willmarth, Soundbooth Theater

About The Author

Dave Willmarth has been a life-long fan of Fantasy and Science Fiction books. And a gamer since the 1970s, the days of early videogames like Pong and Tank, and of course, Dungeons and Dragons.

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