November 19, 2017
In Martha Wells’s All Systems Red, we meet Murderbot, a security droid assigned to a research team on a faraway planet. After the scientists are attacked by a creature that did not appear in survey reports, the team starts to notice discrepancies in maps and other reports....
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October 25, 2017
Another good city-building game is Citadels. While the basic play is just purchasing buildings, there is also a draft each round in which you select a role. This role­—hidden from other players until it is your turn that round—affects both the order of play and ...
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September 27, 2017
In Provenance, we leave the Radch Empire of Ann Leckie's Ancillary series and meet neighboring societies in a political thriller—murder included....
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Calling all local and semi-local sellers of cool, geeky merchandise! Are you interested in renting a table to sell your goods as part of Geek Faire?...
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Forbidden Desert

September 21, 2017
My household loves cooperative games. One of our favorites is Forbidden Desert. While it shares some concepts with Forbidden Island—you need to collect items and escape before nature swallows your party—it adds some mechanics that make it a much different game....
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Fans of D&D and Betrayal at House on the Hill: the new Betrayal at Baldur's Gate board game is coming out on October 6, and we are now taking preorders! Regular price is $50.00, but we are giving a special 20% discount to customers who order by September 30. You can place yo...
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August 31, 2017
Living with an urban planner, I play a lot of city-building and tile-placing games. One we particularly like is Suburbia. It has a good combination of flexibility, strategy, and chance....
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Six Wakes

June 29, 2017
I first heard of Mur Lafferty when the Shambling Guide to New York was released a few years back, and I passed on reading it. I was burned out on the zombie thing and did not need a New York guidebook in my life—or so I thought. Then she appeared as one of the authors of ...
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Come to Dust

June 22, 2017
A horror novel with a somewhat atypical zombie trope that works beautifully because of the juxtaposition of a strong, loving, and very real-feeling blended family...
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June 22, 2017
In the Recoletta trilogy by Carrie Patel, society is living in underground cities after a calamitous catastrophe. The first book is part murder mystery and part political intrigue, while a fight over access to a mysterious pre-catastrophe library ensues. In the second boo...
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