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A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar collection Stocking Stuffers.Reclusive medieval scholar, Edgar Royal, has a crush. On a guy. Not a big deal, except that said guy, Walter Chase, is a famous online gamer who has no idea Edgar even exists. Edgar has harbored these feelings for nearly a year, and when Walter announces on Twitter that he’ll be visitingA story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar collection Stocking Stuffers.Reclusive medieval scholar, Edgar Royal, has a crush. On a guy. Not a big deal, except that said guy, Walter Chase, is a famous online gamer who has no idea Edgar even exists. Edgar has harbored these feelings for nearly a year, and when Walter announces on Twitter that he’ll be visiting New York City as a guest at the GamerOn convention, Edgar decides he’ll be one of the thousands of fans who responds to the message.He definitely doesn’t expect to be singled out by the humble, gorgeous, out-and-proud heartthrob. And when it comes to dealing with people, Edgar’s skills are pretty nonexistent. Even with Walter giving all the right signals, Edgar lacks the courage do anything about the mutual attraction growing through their online courtship. He’s always been better with the written word, so maybe the perfect Christmas gift will say what he cannot. But if Edgar can’t get the present to Walter before the convention ends, he may miss out on the boyfriend of a lifetime....

Title : New Game, Start (2017 Advent Calendar Daily - Stocking Stuffers)
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ISBN : 9781640803145
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 38 Pages
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New Game, Start (2017 Advent Calendar Daily - Stocking Stuffers) Reviews

  • Meags
    2019-03-07 17:59

    5 StarsIn my opinion, this hardly constitutes as a holiday story, with nary a Christmas celebration in sight, but I've decided I DO NOT CARE, because this precious little gem of a story, with its gaming geeks seeking online romantic pursuits, engrossed me to the max and made my heart happy.New Game, Start tells the story of Edgar Royal, a geeky, shy scholar, who works from home as a freelance translator of rare texts, and who harbors a crush on popular online gaming personality Walter Chase. Edgar doesn't get out much and his social skills are rusty at best, but when he unexpectedly receives a reply from Walter to one of his tweets, the two begin an adorably cute online courtship, including many a joint gaming session and lots of long getting-to-know-your-adorable-geek conversations over Skype. When Walter heads to New York City - Edgar's home - for a GameOn convention, he expresses a keen interest in meeting Edgar face-to-face, making his romantic intentions clear. Edgar decides to throw caution to the wind, rally his low stores of self-esteem and confidence, and go after his hot geek!I adored this story. I enjoyed the sweet and slightly unconventional way Edgar and Walter got to know each other online. The themes of geeks and gamers are smack dab in my entertainment wheelhouse. To me, this was like a way less angsty and way shorter version of one of Hassell and Erickson's Cyberlove stories - stories I love with all my fangirl heart, so you know the comparison is ripe with positive enthusiasm. Ultimately, I'm giving full stars to Poe's advent story for it's adorkable cuteness and simply for engaging me more fully than any of the other stories I've read this holiday season.

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-03-22 22:41

    A gamer geek + an awkward scholar =a whirlwind courtship culminating in a very public kiss. I had so much fun with this story! The relationship develops via Skype, and the MCs barely meet before they say "I do" (to being the Big Spoon and Little Spoon that is), but this quirky story felt like the real deal.An epilogue would have been nice, but we get a steamy scene, so I won't complain. Much.P.S. This really isn't a holiday story. There's mention of a Christmas market, but that's about it.

  • Jewel
    2019-03-10 19:08

    3.5 StarsNew Game, Start is my favorite of the five stories I read from Stocking Stuffers. I'm a gamer and a geek and I love that the MC's were both geeks. Walter is a professional gamer with a whole lot of subscribers to watch him stream his games. Nice gig, if you can get it. Edgar is a medieval scholar and translator and he is crushing hard on Walter. A spur of the moment tweet and then meeting on Skype is the start to something meaningful.Walter did come on a bit strong, truth be told, and the time frame is short and rather insta. However, I am going to forgive that because I liked the story a lot. I liked both MC's and the gamer aspect, plus we get a sex scene! Like many of the short stories I read, I'd love to see them expanded into full length novels, so that there was adequate time for relationship and story development. Even still, I think CS Poe did a fantastic job on this one for it being so short. -----------------------ARC of New Game, Start was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

  • R * A Reader Obsessed *
    2019-03-05 18:51

    4.5 Hearts!Absolutely adorkable!!!This truly appealed to my soft spot for awkward geeky nerds who just want to be loved like everyone else, and of course, rightly deserve their happy ending.Edgar knows he’s socially inept, but when he sees his gamer crush Walter announcing he’s coming to New York for a video game con, he impulsively tweets him to meet up for a drink. He never would have done it if he thought he’d get a response, but a response is what he gets. Surely he’s being punked right? Well from there unfolds a really sweet, fun, funny back and forth, as he and Walter skype, play games, and get to know each other in the weeks before the convention.Of course, when they meet up, they are each everything they are looking for and more.This is easily in the top 3 of my favorite holiday reads for the year. What makes this stand out is the excellent writing allowing for the complete plausibility where an average Joe finds himself in the best fantasy he’s ever imagined AND it’s real!! This is when all the stars align and despite one’s insecurities, thing truly go off without a hitch. A wonderful holiday miracle and dream come true, plus very nicely sexy!! Poe is definitely on my radar now! Thank you to the author/publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest reviewFor more reviews on this week’s Advent releases, please check out the blog!!

  • Krissy
    2019-02-28 20:50

    So cute!

  • Ami
    2019-03-14 00:01

    3.75 stars rounded upFirst of all, Edgar, the main character is a MEDIEVAL SCHOLAR. I repeat, MEDIEVAL SCHOLAR. How cool is that?!? I haven’t encountered a lot of characters with such a job description before so this fact alone makes me happy. Then Edgar also recites Beowulf in Old English …Of course, Edgar’s crush towards Walter (and fanboy-ing at him!) is adorable to read. I read this in an afternoon while drinking a Piccolo Latte at a nearby café and all the time I was smiling with how cute Edgar was when Walter was communicating with him. All anxious and a bit dramatic!I may not understand the fascination towards games. I also thought the ‘fall in love’ part to be rather quick. But overall, this is VERY entertaining.A Guest Review for The Blogger GirlsThe ARC is provided by the publisher for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

  • Nerea
    2019-03-08 22:45

    Awwww So lovely (and sadly short) xmas story xD !!!!Is so cute how the meet by tweeter and ends together !I really would love this was longerr !

  • Alisa
    2019-03-05 00:07

    This was adorkable. It was sweet & funny & I enjoyed every page of it. I've read 8 of the stories in this anthology so far & this is by far my favorite.

  • Erica Chilson
    2019-02-27 23:07

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 5 stars. C.S. Poe is a new-to-me author, and New Game, Start was the perfect introduction to get a feel for the author's writing style. This short story packed punch, reading as a complete story, with a start/middle/finish, leaving me completely satisfied. Even though it didn't take me much time to read, I was fully immersed, time not even on my radar while inside the story. The awkward, undateable Edgar is a fan of an online gamer celebrity. Walter has a gigantic following, and is as attractive as he is charismatic. Edgar is intimidated, but replies to a tweet about Walter visiting NYC for a gamer con, thinking it would get lost in the mix of other fans' replies.... not only does Walter tweet Edgar back, he private messages him too. New Game, Start was sweet, cute, romantic, and awkwardly adorable. I'm a sucker for a gamer story, for geek stories, and for celebrity stories, so this hit all those notes for me. What I enjoyed the most was how so few pages packed so much, without any of the filler and unnecessary detailing larger novels use to draw it out for readers. All payoff, no filler, for those of us without a lot of time on our hands wanting to be entertained by a full story. The author managed to fit the romance and sexy time in there too, without overpowering any other facet of the storytelling, and it was all tied up in a holiday bow.Highly recommend, and I look forward to more by this author in the future.

  • Chris, the Dalek King
    2019-02-26 20:09

    For once I’m glad to go first because we start out this year’s Dreamspinner Advent Calendar with on hell of an adorable story.C.S. Poe–who is quickly becoming a favorite of mine–gifts us this year with the story of Edgar Royal and Walter Chase. Edgar, a medieval scholar and translator, is a bit of a loner. Which works for him most of the time. That is until he, on a whim, replies to a tweet from one of his favorite online gamers, Walter, and ends up in a flirtation that seems more fantasy than reality to the down-to-earth Edgar. A proposed meet-up during a gaming convention could mean that the flirtation has a chance to become something more…or it could mean that Walter finally figures out just how much of a nobody that Edgar is and sends him wandering off into better pixulated pastures.I’ll have the chance to review Poe’s novel length story later in December, but for now I am more than willing to settle for this tasty little bit of fluff. I might not know a whole lot about gamer culture, but that didn’t really matter here since both Edgar and Walter were written so well. And despite the fact that it could have come off a bit stalkery, it never did. It was sweet and adorable and you never stopped wanting the two to come together.This was an utterly enjoyable little bite of a story and a great way to kick off this year’s Advent collection.4.5 starsThis book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.

  • C.S. Poe
    2019-03-20 20:11

    BOOK:Dreamspinner Press: & Noble: Play:*Read the excerpt on Goodreads under 'Kindle Edition'

  • Tess
    2019-03-11 18:05

    4 stars

  • Les Joseph
    2019-03-02 19:05

    *4.5 stars*Talk about big things coming in small packages! Quirky, sweet, and SO swoony, New Game, Start by C.S. Poe was an absolute delight! Walter Chase and Edgar Royal are two of the most endearing characters I've read in some time and I completely fell in love with them from page one. If you're looking for a story full of Santa, stockings, and snow you won't find that here, but what you will find is a perfect gem that will leave you with the biggest smile on your face and feeling all warm and gooey inside at the end. Edgar Royal is a nerdy bookworm who spends his time translating medieval texts ...that is when he's not taking a break to do some online gaming. It's through this that Edgar develops a rather large crush on online gamer, Walter Chase. Walter has millions of followers and Edgar pines from afar until an innocent tweet (that he makes on a whim) brings the two together. I LOVED how this all played out. Edgar's adorable awkwardness, Walter's charm that shines through in everything he says, their connection, it all just worked for me. What starts out as tweets back and forth and then moves to Skyping was just so much fun. This is a really short story, but Poe packs so much in it. The thing that's so great is that you never feel like it's rushed or anything is missing. Sure you fall in love with these two right from the get go and you want more, but that's just because they're so awesome, not because you feel cheated. The humor, the swoon, the magic of finding that one person against all odds is all here in New Game, Start. This is a feel good, warm and fuzzy story that will leave you happy and satisfied so make sure you check it out. *this review will also be posted on*

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2019-03-19 19:05

    4.5 StarsI’ve been toiling over this review for three days. Whyyy are some reviews so difficult to write? Even more so, for me anyway, for books that I loved. And, I LOVED this book!! I’ve read it three times in those three days! New Game, Start is an adorable, funny, romantic story about an online gamer and a bookworm who fall in love. I just had a huge smile on my face when I typed that. These two were So. Freaking. Adorable, you guys. I literally smiled through the entire story.Walter Chase—known online by his popular gaming alter-ego, Waldere—has thousands of adoring fans, one of whom is Edgar Royal. Considering that he has PhD in medieval studies and languages, the name Walter chose for his gaming persona of course intrigued Edgar, but the possibility of a shared love of Old English poetry isn’t the only reason he has been pining after Waldere for over a year. Online, Waldere is charming, down-to-earth, funny, and kind-hearted. And after exchanging a series of tweets, DMs, and Skype sessions, Edgar finds out that Walter is all those things as well.Pretty much everything about this worked for me. I absolutely love Poe’s writing style. It’s current, fun, sharp…just so easy to lose yourself in and enjoy. I wanted to bang my head against my desk and shake Edgar for his actions that cause the tiny misunderstanding conflict—but, the author makes a little tongue-in-cheek reference to it, and the resolution was so perfect I couldn’t really stay annoyed. And, the resolution truly was perfect; Edgar’s present to Walter, which is mentioned in the blurb, comes into play in the best way. *hearty eyes*It’s hard to believe this story was only thirty-eight pages long. There was so much originality and awesome packed into those pages, I didn’t find it lacking; in fact, I would have gladly read two hundred pages more of these guys. Maybe C.S. Poe will gift us with more Waldere and Princess Edgar in the future, but in the meantime, New Game, Start is sure to be one of my favorite Christmas stories this year.Reviewed by Jules for The Novel Approach

  • Annie
    2019-03-16 21:52

    4.5 stars- Adorable gamer/online romance perfect for anytime of the yearAlthough I’ve heard a lot of praise about this author, I had yet to read anything by Miss Poe. New Game, Start was an incredibly cute story that had me smiling all the way through. I really liked the characters, enjoyed the fresh dialogue, and loved the humor interspersed throughout the story. Miss Poe’s style was smooth with a rhythmic pacing that kept the story moving and made it hard to put this short down. New Game, Start is a riff on a gamer/online romance, with Walter being a popular gamer and online personality and Edgar being one of his many fans. I really liked the meet-cute via Twitter between Edgar and Walter. The thoughts and emotions Edgar experiences when Walter first responds to his tweet are ones I think most readers who frequent social media could empathize with and the interactions, especially Edgar’s internal critiques, had me laughing often. The two meet in person pretty quickly, but that is equally adorable. There is a slight misunderstanding thrown into the plot for some extra conflict, but I loved how the author plays it off and the ending is as cute as this couple. Beyond taking place in December, I wouldn’t consider New Game, Start the typical holiday story as the plot isn’t holiday centric at all. However, it was a really cute story with a good amount of humor that’s sure to put a smile on your face any time of year.Reviewed by Annie from Alpha Book Club

  • Liam Elliot
    2019-03-14 00:02

    This was one of the first advent ones I read that I really liked. It was very light and very fluffy and very short, and honestly just what I needed this week. When life is rough, you can always count on happy fluffy books to take your mind off, and this one succeeded marvelously.It's super insta-love, but I didn't mind so much. With a story this short, it's either insta-love, starts in the middle where you feel like you're missing half the story, or second chance and second chance always manages to be so flipping angsty. I'm sure part of why I liked it was the nerddom of it all. This time we're talking lit nerd and computer nerd - mmorpgs, dating sims, and coding. I like all these things.One of the main characters laments about there being no gay dating sims in English, and I wanted to be like, BUT THERE IS and tell him all about Coming Out On Top, which is kind of like a dating sim, but more like a Choose Your Own Adventure adult visual novel/dating sim with surprisingly good story telling. But that's neither here nor there. The point is when I want to sit down with a character and tell them about things, the author's done a pretty damn good job with making them feel like real people. And that's especially notable in something this short.

  • Melanie
    2019-02-21 20:11

    A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words ReviewRating: 4 stars out of 5For the full review, visit on 12/29From that review: " I enjoy stories about gamer nerds so combining that with a holiday theme is a definite draw. C.S. Poe gets the gaming aspects spot on while creating a sweet romance for Edgar and Walter, two gamers looking for love at a convention in NYC."For all our reviews, author interviews and such, visit us at http://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords...

  • Lelyana
    2019-03-14 01:08

    This is so freaking adorable, and cute! With a holiday spirit and insta-love and the gamers!I'm so enjoying this, laughing so much, and I never really often seeing myself happy while I'm reading. And Walter and Edgar made me happy! Because there so right for each other.I can't recommend you enough to pick this one!

  • Dee Wy
    2019-02-21 18:49

    Maybe you could call this story a bit too sweet or too predictable, but I sure didn't care. I loved it. Great romance!

  • Alison
    2019-02-24 00:04

    Cute. I enjoyed this. It's easy and pleasant and cheerful.

  • Fritz42
    2019-03-08 20:42

    This was such a cute story. I LOVED both Edgar and Walter, and I squealed in delight how they were so right for each other. I'm coming back to this story every Christmas.

  • Julesmarie
    2019-03-02 20:55

    Completely adorable and just wonderfully fun to read. Some Favorite Quotes: I'd never had a Twitter notification before, on account of not being someone worth notifying, so I didn't even realize what the alert meant"I haven't heard anyone describe my intense awkwardness as adorable. But thanks."I wanted to find the same safety in someone's arms that I found in books.

  • CrabbyPatty
    2019-03-21 19:50

    How else would a medieval scholar (who translates text from home) meet a world-famous gamer other than on the internet? When Edgar Royal learns that Walter Chase is coming to a gamers convention in NYC, he decides to take a chance a reply and reply to his Tweet. The two men start an unlikely friendship and learn about one another – “Dogs or cats, big spoon or little spoon, warrior or mage. You know, the biggies.”When they meet, their chemistry is combustible, and bonus points for Edgar’s post-coital recitation of Beowulf … in Old English. I adored the insta-love here. This short and oh-so-sweet story is charming, and I give it 4 stars.

  • Ann
    2019-03-03 22:41

    Well, this was freakin’ adorable. Normally I would say the relationship progressed too fast to be believable, but it totally worked for me here. Walter is a character that made me believe his love for Edgar and Edgar’s unassuming charm made me love him from the first page. The odds that these two should even connect over Twitter given Walter’s fame are pretty slim, but I was more than happy to throw that niggle out the window, because I wanted them to be a thing. It’s not the most Christmas-sy of tales, but it does have all the hope and magnanimous mindsets you want in your holiday tales. I would love to read this one turned into a full length story, these characters were too good for me to let go of just yet. **a copy of this story was provided for an honest review**

  • ItsAboutTheBook
    2019-02-23 01:01

    Review can be read at It's About The BookEdgar has a crush on a famous online gamer named Walter. Edgar’s comment on one of Walter’s twitter posts one day gains him a response he wasn’t expecting. From there the guys do a little flirting online while gaming together. They decide to meet in person. Edgar works from home and doesn’t socialize much so he’s a tad awkward. Something Edgar finds adorable. The meet up doesn’t go exactly as planned but has a very good ending.This was a really cute and fun holiday read. The characters were great. Their connection is quick but it felt genuine. There’s lots of humor and sweet moments. Edgar is a bit of a mess but a likable one. This is a well written story. I don’t always like shorts but this one felt complete. If you’re picking up a few things to read this season I’d add this one to your list. It’s sure to leave you feeling light and happy.

  • Smut Librarian
    2019-03-23 02:02

    This little gem had me enthralled from start to finish. I read New Game, Start by C.S. Poe in one sitting as I could not put it down!Edgar is an awkward fan who gets a response from a tweet to his favourite gaming celebrity, Walter, which results in some hilariously fun dialogue and witty writing that left me laughing out loud and not wanting it to end.Imagine throwing together New York, classic literature, and the online gaming world with awkwardness and humour and you have an accurate idea of how this story feels. Full of passion and sweetness, C.S. Poe’s New Game, Start is a delightfully quick and enjoyable read.

  • Christy
    2019-03-08 23:03

    I’m clueless about online gaming. Seriously. When I was a teenager, Atari had just come out, but my mom wasn’t about to buy anything like that, even if I had wanted it. I was pretty good at PAC-MAN but only because those were all over the place. Personally, I preferred pinball. However, Edgar and Walter are serious gamers, and it was a whole lot of fun to watch their romance unfold amidst learning about a whole culture I know nothing about. I vividly remember the very first time I got a Twitter reply and I felt almost as stunned, shocked, and euphoric as Edgar did. Granted, mine was from an author I had just discovered - along with the Twitter-verse - so a wee bit different but the feelings were fairly similar. Part of me wanted to reach out and smack Edgar over how badly he puts himself down (even just in his own head), but another part couldn’t help giggling a little because he’s very dry and funny. I kept hoping he would see himself in a different light but, then again, he has a PhD in medieval studies and languages. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that’s probably not a huge partying crowd. Edgar and Walter’s Skype calls have got to be one of the cutest things ever. Even better is when they finally meet and, as silly as this sounds, I was so proud of Edgar for manning up and not letting his insecurities keep him from getting the man of his dreams. Now, if they could just manage a lot less miscommunication, I’d get - oh wait - they’d get their holiday magic and cheer.‘New Game, Start’ is absolutely adorable and I had so much fun reading it. I would’ve loved more but I’m greedy that way. Regardless, I can definitely recommend this holiday delight.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews

  • Sakuko
    2019-02-27 01:44

    This is a really adorable short story about a socially awkward translator and a famous gamer personality. I thought the characterization was done pretty well for such a short work and I adored both MCs. The story is very modern, with most of the conversation done over online mediums (twitter, Skype, online game) before they meet, which is a nice change of pace. The time frame is pretty short, so it smells like insta-love, but I can forgive that in a short story, because everything else was just on point, fun, sweet, heartwarming.

  • Xan West
    2019-02-28 00:03

    Note: the cover seems to be for the entire collection this is in, and has nothing to do with this story. This short story is adorable and fluffy and so geeky it made me swoon. I loved that they get sucked into NRE through playing games together online. I even enjoyed the Big Misunderstanding moment (and that's not my favorite trope). It does move a bit fast for me, plot wise, which is a common thing with this length (it's quite short).

  • Mia
    2019-03-22 20:03

    Loved, loved this sweet, short story. New author for me - can't wait to read more from her. Edgar is so endearing and funny. Walter is just...perfect. What a fantastic read for the holidays. Christmas book number three crossed off my book challenge list!Favorite quotes:"I wanted to find the same safety in someone's arms that I found in books."