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Ninefox Gambit

I don't often read military SF, but I've been reading through this year's Hugo finalists, including Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. This is a great example of an awards list recommending books that I wouldn't pick up on my own but am glad I had the nudge. What makes this book feel unique is that while it is very much science fiction, the science is so foreign to us that it takes on a magical approach. Ninefox Gambit doesn't feel like a fantasy, but the worldbuilding often flows like one. Kel Ch...

May 26, 2017

Seeking GMs for Free RPG Day

Free RPG Day is coming up on June 17, and we are looking for volunteers to run tables. Game Masters of all experience levels are welcome! If you are an experienced GM and have a 2–4 hour adventure you’d like to run in your favorite system, we are happy to have you. If you’re a newer GM or just don’t have a one-shot game ready to go, we can give you one of the Free RPG Day adventures to run. If you’d like something easier, we can teach you the rules of a GM-less game such as Fiasco ...

May 24, 2017

Down Among the Sticks and Bones

I absolutely loved Seanan McGuire's Every Heart a Doorway last year. It was the concept/world that I didn't know I had always been looking for—what happens to children who visit magical lands when they return home? This isn't the brooding Holden Caulfield-goes-to-Narnia of The Magicians; this is a boarding school full of children who no longer know how to relate to their families, each returning from wildly different worlds. Some are desperate to return. Others are haunted and unable to re-adj...

May 11, 2017

Above and Below

When the buzz first started about Above and Below, I was curious. But then people said "storytelling," and I wasn't sure how I felt about it. Is it part RPG? How would this play at home, or across age levels? I finally got a chance to play last month, and storytelling just means "choose your own adventure." As a child of the 80s, I am all over that! ...

May 4, 2017

Retrospective—Arkham Horror: Song of the Black Goat

Arkham Horror: The Card Game is the latest Living Card Game from Fantasy Flight Games, and has been one of Pandemonium's bestselling game lines since it came out last fall. With much tighter rules and faster playtime than its namesake (the original Arkham Horror board game) the Arkham Horror LCG is easily my favorite game from 2016....

April 20, 2017

Machi Koro

One of the things I look for is a multiplayer game that also plays well with just two players. I especially like games that are perfect for that Friday night after a long week when I'm tired and just want takeout and a fun-but-not-too-taxing game to play with my spouse. Machi Koro hits the spot. A friend describes it as "fast, accessible, and a decent level of strategy"—which is exactly what I'm looking for on a casual evening!...

April 7, 2017

Savage Worlds: Rifts

The people at Pinnacle Games have done a masterful job in reinterpreting the classic Rifts setting into the Savage Worlds rules system. It is more balanced and more nuanced than the original classic Rifts from the 1990s, yet keeps the same iconic feel. If you like the classic Rifts game and want to see it updated for a more flexible and balanced system, this is for you! If you are a fan of the Savage Worlds rules set and want a fun new world to play in, you should definitely check this out. ...

March 30, 2017

Flash Point: Fire Rescue

We are huge fans of cooperative games in my household. While we enjoy competitive games, it is nice to not have to worry about the balance of players all the time....

March 14, 2017

Getting Ready for PAX

It's that time of year again! We may appear more than a little harried... but please swing by the booth this weekend and see us at PAX!...

March 6, 2017

Unexploded Cow

I am always looking for games that have a fairly simple mechanic with a good balance of chaos and strategy, as they are ideal for playing with my in-laws. I want something easy to explain with an edge of silliness. Unexploded Cow fits the bill nicely. The premise is simple: you have some mad cows you need to get rid of, and France still has unexploded bombs....

February 12, 2017

Traveling between Worlds: Millennium's Rule and Shades of Magic

There are two trilogies concluding in 2017 about which I am very excited. Both are about magic and moving between worlds—and the rules about doing so—yet have completely different characters and world-building....

January 5, 2017

Used Book Sale has ended!

Come to the store to see our new store fixtures and the new layout of the upstairs area!...

December 8, 2016

Games for Children and Families, Part 1

My nephew is old enough to start playing board games, so we have been exploring child- and family-friendly games* with him. While he is on the cusp of games that can be played by both children and adults, his sister is still firmly in the Candy Land age range. We've had a great time trying out these games with him. There are so many high-quality board games for the younger set these days! A vast improvement over the luck-only games I grew up with. ...

November 27, 2016

Looking for a Few Good Vendors

We are putting out a call to all local and semi-local sellers of cool, geeky merchandise to see whether you would be interested in renting a table to sell your goods in Pandemonium on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, from noon–6:00 p.m. There is space for twelve tables (6' x 2.5') in our event space. Setup would be from 10:00 a.m.–noon on the day of the event. Tables will cost $50 each. There will be power available, as well as public WiFi. As a special holiday promotion, Pandemonium gives a 5% st...

November 9, 2016

Another Favorite Author Is Gone

There are currently three authors that take up an entire shelf each on my bookcases. And as of this weekend, these have all become shelves that will never grow again. :(...

October 27, 2016

A plug from the New York Times!

We are super, super excited to be listed in September 8's NYT "36 Hours in Cambridge, Mass." article. Come by and "get your nerd on" this weekend!...

September 10, 2016

We're Buying Used Books Again!

Do you have stacks and stacks of science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels that you are never going to read again? Are they first in a series (or at least not the sixth in a series)? Are they books that you think other people will want to read and you want to spread the joy? If you answered yes to the above, we might be interested in buying them from you! We will be buying books at $1 in store credit each, and Sarah, Tyler, and John are very happy to look over any bags of books you may want...

August 28, 2016

Hey! We Have A New Website!

This site is a vast improvement over our old one, You can check and see what we currently have in stock, including books, games and Magic singles. Feel free to poke around! ...

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