Best ever cooperative boardgames

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Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen recommend their favorite cooperative board games.

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Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Doubt Factory"

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From one of science fiction’s most versatile writers comes a caper novel about corporate sleaze and net-savvy guerrilla activists that is as thrilling as it is trenchant. Cory Doctorow reviews Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Doubt Factory.

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Extreme Haunted Houses are actually Jackass Escape Houses

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Haunted Houses are made to entertain you as you laugh and scream at startle scares. Jackass Escape Houses are physical and sexual assault simulations with little to no story or world-building. By haunted attraction expert Oni Hartstein

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How to stay safe in the workshop

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Steve Hoefer still has all his fingers.

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Five Tribes -- a twist on the worker placement game

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Worker displacement games will soon pack the shelves at your local tabletop game store. For that, you can thank Five Tribes’ designer Bruno Cathala. By Matt M. Casey

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Walking Dead vs Wildlife: the intro

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A parody to remind us who’ll have our backs during tomorrow’s zombie holocaust–if we have theirs today.

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Low Moments in How-To History

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As we all know, arts and crafts should be tedious, painstaking, and (of course) ultimately boring as hell. Matt Maranian presents some Maker Mayhem

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Street Angel 002: Enter Street Angel!

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In our last installment, mad geologist Dr. Pangea escaped a maximum security prison with plans to reform the Pangean supercontinent. In this installment we meet the one assigned to stop him: an 8th grade girl named Jesse Sanchez, AKA Street Angel. By Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca

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What Fools These Mortals Be! A collection of 19th century humor cartoons

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Bill Watterson on what legendary satirical magazine Puck tells us about change and opportunity.

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Paul Pope's Aurora West: a new Battling Boy book

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Paul Pope’s Battling Boy was one of the strongest YA comics of 2013; now he’s surpassed it with the sequel, The Rise of Aurora West. Paul Pope has graced us with some notes on Aurora West‘s creation story, along with a long, gripping excerpt, courtesy of publisher Firstsecond.

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What should the new Twin Peaks be?

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Theresa DeLucci wonders what form the revived series will take when it hits screens in 2016.

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How the Ape Brain Assesses Risk

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Charley the Australopithecine uses his ape brain to determine the greatest risk to his life.

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Scott McCloud's Best American Comics 2014

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If there’s one thing Scott McCloud is better at than making comics, it’s explaining comics, which makes him the best possible editor for this year’s Best American Comics. McCloud’s volume is surprising, delightful, diverse, brave and endlessly wonderful.

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Twin Peaks and suspicion in small towns

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Leigh Alexander on what changed between then and now: no-one calls the police in small-town TV shows anymore. Modern entertainment always has something to say about who we are, what we want and what we fear.

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Steven Brust's "Hawk" - a new Vlad Taltos book!

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Hawk, the 14th book in Steven Brust’s Vlad Taltos series, is a moving, funny and tantalizing end-game glimpse of the assassin, reluctant revolutionary and epic wisecracker. Cory Doctorow explains why he’s been reading this generation-spanning series of Hungarian mythology, revolutionary politics, and gastronomy for more than 30 years.

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