The idea of artificially stimulating pain sensors in the brain for various unkind purposes is  hardly a new one and I've shamelessly used it in my novels. But the genesis of this short story was wondering if anybody (other than self-flagellating zealots and S & M types) would voluntarily subject themselves to the prospect of intense agonies just for the fun of it. One answer came to me immediately: gamers. Any maniacal gamers reading this beware: this kind of stuff could be in your future.

 ~ ETE

Because this story takes place in the Nevergate Era, some readers may recognize a certain seven-letter word for a type of "divinator" that appears in my two series.



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