A Treasure Chest of Modern Board Games

established 2 August 2005

New Hours & Open Gaming

Tuesdays………….. 1 pm to 7 pm
Wednesdays……. 1 pm to 7 pm
Fridays……………. 11 pm to 7 pm
Saturdays…………11 pm to 7 pm

  • Open Gaming Whenever We’re Open!
  • Free Demos and Learn to Play – anytime
  • Starting Weekly Gaming Night: Wednesdays
  • Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 Game Review

This and lots more in news in our January 2018 Newsletter!


Here Be Books & Games is a customer-service-oriented board game store located in Summerville, South Carolina, near historic Charleston. Now in our 13th year, we’ve made some major changes. We’ve changed our focus to board games only. There are still a few books available (about 8,000). You can view the list on our Books in Stock page.

Games and more Games for Sale
Games and more Games for Sale

Here’s what we’re still planning to offer:

Modern Board Games and Card Games

Treasure Room
Treasure Room

We stock a large variety of modern designer boardgames and card games for all ages, player types and number of players, and some used games, too. Categories include:

Most are designer games which, like books, feature the name of the author (designer) prominently on the box.

Designer games are a broad class of games that generally have simple rules, short to medium playing times, high levels of player interaction, and attractive physical components. The games emphasize strategy while downplaying luck and conflict. Other terms used to describe this type of game include: “German-style game”, “Eurogame”, “family strategy game” and “hobby game.” Shorter, lighter games in this class are known as “gateway games“, whereas longer, heavier games are known as “gamers’ games.” [source: wikipedia]

stack of modern board games
stack of modern board games

Here’s a sampling of designer games we almost always have in stock:

But you’ll also find titles you’re sure to recognize like:

Roleplaying Games (RPGs)
Roleplaying Games (RPGs) – The drawers are filled with modules.

We usually have new copies of the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set and the Pathfinder Beginner Box in stock at all times. When you’re in the store, take a peek in the drawers in the bottom of the Roleplaying Game bookcase. They contain lots of new and ancient treasures. You never know what you’ll find. Have a question? Ask Tim, he’s been an avid RPG collector for many, many years.

So whether you love Euro strategy games, thematic Ameritrash, social party games, old school D & D or something else, we’ve got you covered.

Demo Game Library

Looking for something new and fun to play? We’d be happy to recommend a game based on your current likes and dislikes, player ages, and number of players.

Our large demo game library of board games and card games allows you to try before you buy. We’ll even teach you how to play. Just ask us anytime.

The Gate Room's Game Library
The Gate Room’s Game Library

Some of the games we’ve taught and demoed the most include:

Game Night – 1st Saturday of Every Month

Join us for Game Night, the first Saturday of every month from 2 pm until afternoon midnight. Admission is $7.50. It’s a great deal: over ten hours of fun and entertainment for less than the cost of a movie ticket or a cup of joe!

We also host tournaments and organized play events. See our Events page for a list of all upcoming events at Here Be Books & Games.

Looking for a book or game? Let us help.

Dragon Room
The Dragon Room

If we don’t a have particular board game or card game you want in stock, we can usually find and special order it for you. Searches are free and there’s no obligation to buy. We usually require pre-payment on special orders and preorders.


Board Game Publishers

Our games and gaming accessories are by all the best game publishers, including:

For more details, visit our online store.


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