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The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

After her mother dies, Mary Jekyll sets off to track down mysterious bank funds and solicit the help of Sherlock Holmes.Little did she know that this money would lead her to an unexpected sister—and a whole new chosen family....

April 12, 2018

Firefly Adventures

I love a good cooperative game, and Firefly Adventures is a good cooperative game. Five crewmembers (new characters will be available in upcoming expansions) run a mission to gain money and intel and still escape within a certain amount of time. There might be a safe to crack, a terminal to hack (hello, Kaylee!), and an abundance of goons to try to wheedle information out of. And oh yeah—certain actions turn a player from casual mode to heroic mode, and once someone is spotted in heroic mo...

April 5, 2018

Barbary Station

Barbary StationR.E. Stearns...

April 1, 2018

Fallout

How do you write a story about Lois Lane that includes Superman but is not dwarfed by Superman?...

February 1, 2018

Star Wars Rebellion

In general, I don’t play many games that take more than 90 minutes. They may be great games, but they’re not for me. But when a friend invited me to play Star Wars Rebellion, I said sure. I’d heard great things about it, and it’s good for me to play outside of my usual habits. (I’m only thinking of you all…) It was well worth the time. Because there were only two of us, I was so wrapped up in the game that it did not feel that long....

January 11, 2018

Winter of Ice and Iron

I always find it refreshing to come across a fantasy that is not a trilogy. A complete story is told, from beginning to end, in one book.And it's even better if the book is by Rachel Neumeier....

January 4, 2018

Bonus Gift Recommendations

Doug had so many recommendations this year that he's sharing a bonus list!...

December 14, 2017

Gift Recommendation: The Expanse Series

Recommendation: The Expanse Series, by James S.A. CoreyStaffperson: Bitty...

December 14, 2017

Gift Recommendation: 7th Sea

Recommendation: 7th Sea, 2nd EditionStaffperson: Doug...

December 10, 2017

Gift Recommendation: Carry On

Recommendation: Carry On, by Rainbow RowellStaffperson: Emily...

December 10, 2017

Gift Recommendation: Dragonfire

Recommendation: DragonfireStaffperson: Sali...

December 6, 2017

Gift Recommendation: Arkham Horror: The Card Game

Recommendation: Arkham Horror: The Card GameStaffperson: Jamie, Events Manager...

November 30, 2017

Gift Recommendation: The Refrigerator Monologues

Recommendation: The Refrigerator Monologues, by Cat ValenteStaffperson: Sarah, Books Manager...

November 30, 2017

Gift Recommendation: Splendor

Recommendation: SplendorStaffperson: Karyn...

November 30, 2017

Gift Recommendation: The Last Unicorn

Recommendation: The Last Unicorn, by Peter Beagle Staffperson: Dan...

November 30, 2017

Murderbot!

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. Murderbot just wants to be left alone to watch soap operas, but finds itself starting to care as corporate plots start to unwind and its team is in danger. Murderbot has managed to hack its software and become self-governing...

November 19, 2017

Citadels

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 the special ability you have. Some roles increase your income based on the type of buildings you have; other roles attack other players or allow you to draw extra cards. Not every role is in use each turn, which also affects ...

October 25, 2017

Provenance

In Provenance, we leave the Radch Empire of Ann Leckie's Ancillary series and meet neighboring societies in a political thriller—murder included....

September 27, 2017

Seeking Vendors for 2017 Geek Faire

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?...

September 21, 2017

Forbidden Desert

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....

September 21, 2017

Preorder Betrayal at Baldur's Gate for 20% off!

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 your order in person at Pandemonium, or you can send an email to orders@pandemoniumbooks.com. We will need your email address and phone number, and the discount is only valid if you pick up your copy within 7 days of the game's...

September 11, 2017

Suburbia

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....

August 31, 2017

Six Wakes

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 Bookburners, a shared world novel edited and partly authored by Max Gladstone. Max is a recent personal favorite of mine and a frequent guest at the store. Mur’s work was so impressive in Bookburners that when her novel Si...

June 29, 2017

Come to Dust

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...

June 22, 2017

Recoletta

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 book, we move aboveground and learn more about the relationship between the buried cities and the farming communities as a backdrop for revolution. In the final book, we leave the buried cities and all-out class warfare behind a...

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