Review: Kommissar, the cold war board game

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Deanna Dahlsad escapes Soviet Russia, sends her friends to Siberia, and braves the wicked Kommissar in this 1960s-era board game.

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Discovering Cuban Sci-fi

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Ilan Stavans did some literary exploring in Cuba, and he’s sharing with us the fruits of his (and many others’) labors.

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Down in the dark matter lab

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Lewis Dartnell descends a kilometer underground to visit a laboratory where scientists have spent twenty years searching for the elusive particles that hold our galaxy together.

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Maker Mayhem: Low Moments in How-To History, Part 7

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Automobile-Sized Refrigerator: When a cooler just isn’t cool enough. By Matt Maranian

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Bumperhead - new graphic novel by Gilbert Hernandez

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A fascinatingly disjointed tale of drugs, rock and roll, and adolescence from the legendary cartoonist who co-created Love and Rockets. Read the exclusive excerpt.

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Mice and Mystics: awesome dungeoncrawler board game for all ages

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Mice and Mystics is a beautifully-produced board game that creates a relatively all-ages-friendly dungeon crawl RPG experience without need for a dungeon master. “My kids went absolutely bananas over this game in a way I haven’t seen before,” says Jon Seagull

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The Who Framed Roger Rabbit? board game reviewed

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The board game based on the phantasmic film isn’t that great, writes Deanna Dahlsad, but will be a coveted rarity for fans

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My Rules: Gorgeous book of punk, hiphop, skate photography by Glen E. Friedman

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The release of this photography collection is exciting news for those of us who grew up in the ’80s digging hardcore punk, hiphop, and skate culture—and all who are fascinated by art that captures the spirit and freedom of that era.

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TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Percival Dunwoody, Phil Collins, & Somewhat More

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH a Super-Fun-Pak Comix installment features an idiot time traveler, a shplourk, a non-conscious human, five metaphors for sale, and somewhat more.

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Short story by Plan 9 from Outer Space auteur Ed Wood, Jr.

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“The Day The Mummy Returned” is a 1971 short story written by Ed Wood, Jr. the American original who gave us Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, and so much more. It’s presented here for the first time in over forty years since its initial publication.

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WATCH: Beatnik in a fallout shelter breaks orphan's cigar box guitar (1964)

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Cold war historian Bill Geerhart examines a classic of the Public Shelter Occupancy film genre, “The Story of Shelter 104″

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Willpower as a rechargeable battery

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In this episode of You Are Not So Smart David McRaney explores ego depletion and all the things that can cause it, from feeling rejection to holding back tears to avoiding the temptation of cookies.

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Snooping in Mom and Dad's Room

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A cautionary Brain Rot strip about digging for Christmas presents and seeing things that cannot be unseen. By Ed Piskor

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How I learned to think like a mushroom

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We need fungal solutions to pollution, pandemics, and starvation, says Tradd Cotter, a microbiologist and professional mycologist

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Exclusive excerpts from Charles Burns' Sugar Skull

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The long, strange trip that began in Charles Burns’ X’ed Out and continued in The Hive reaches its mind-bending, heartbreaking end, but not before Doug is forced to deal with the lie he’s been telling himself since the beginning. Mark Frauenfelder reviews.

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