February 1, 2018
How do you write a story about Lois Lane that includes Superman but is not dwarfed by Superman?...
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Star Wars Rebellion

January 11, 2018
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 usu...
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Winter of Ice and Iron

January 4, 2018
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....
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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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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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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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