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Revenge of the Nerds

A gaming store for the geek in everyone

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efore the Internet, geeks squandered endless amounts of their spare time on something much, much more productive: Dungeons & Dragons. Pandemonium Books & Games, conveniently close to MIT, is the last hobby store in the area with a gaming space so big you don’t even have to wait to get home to start playing the likes of Magic: The Gathering or Warhammer (although, of course, you won’t be able to make use of any mtga codes in person). You’ll find these and other games in a basement filled with hobby and modeling supplies, and, upstairs, a bookstore with only science fiction and fantasy novels. Pandemonium holds signings and reading from famous genre writers, and even an annual geek singles night each year. Who ever said being nerdy wasn’t cool? Twardzik



So many people in Boston play Dungeons & Dragons, they have their own social groups, as chronicled by Somerville writer Ethan Gilsdorf in Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. Read Gildorf’s other Boston secrets here.