The Gamers novels all began with a short story,
"Game Plan", which was published in Trust
Me!, an anthology edited by Paul Collins. The novel
Gamers' Quest was based on this story.
For the follow-up anthology, Trust
Me Too, George wrote a spin-off story called "Gamers'
After writing the first novel, George wanted to return
to the short story format before writing the second and
third novels. The results are these two stories about characters
who appear in Gamers' Quest.
I would highly recommend reading Gamers' Quest
before these stories, as they both give away plot points
important to the novel.
The first story, "The Ruby’s Red Glow",
takes place prior to the events in the novel. You may remember
that in Chapter 5, Tark and Zyra’s treasure chest
contained, amongst other things, three rubies. Well, I started
wondering how they acquired those rubies. When I came to
writing Gamers' Challenge, I ended up using one
of the new characters from this story in that novel.
The second story, "At Your Service", is set
during the events of Gamers' Quest and is the result
of me wondering how two particular characters met one another.
Ruby's Red Glow' as a PDF
Your Service' as a PDF