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

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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Citadels

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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Provenance

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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Suburbia

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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Recoletta

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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Proof of Concept

June 12, 2017
Kir is a "scav"—someone who grew up in the polluted, devastated wilderness between hive cities. She was kidnapped from the wastes at a young age and brought to a lab, where her mentor installed an AI in her head....
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