A Treasure Chest of Modern Board Games

established 2 August 2005

Here Be Books & Games Reopening on Small Business Saturday, November 25, 2017 at New Location


Here Be Books & Games is reopening its brick and mortar store at a new location in Summerville on Small Business Saturday, November 25. The owners, Tim and Tina McDuffie, are in the process of buying and refitting a business condo in the Travelers Executive Center at 810 Travelers Boulevard, Suite A2, less than a mile from the location where they held business for twelve years. Their Grand Reopening is scheduled for Saturday, December 2 to coincide with their usual 1st Saturday of the Month Game Night.

Much like a phoenix arising regenerated from its ashes, the new store will have a fresh focus on games and gaming only: primarily board games, but also roleplaying games, card games and related supplies and accessories. The McDuffies have lowered their regular prices on games by 15% to 20% off MSRP to be more competitive with online stores. The new retail space, which the McDuffies fondly call “The Tower” in reference to its second-floor location, features three game rooms where the McDuffies can continue to host their popular monthly Game Nights as well as organized play sessions, tournaments, other gaming events and even gaming groups… READ MORE


Here Be Books & Games is a customer-service-oriented board game store located in Summerville, South Carolina, near historic Charleston. Going into our 13th year, we’re making some major changes. We’re changing our focus to board games only. There are still a few books available (about 10,000). You can view the list on our Books In Stock page.

Tim teaching Bailey and Alliana Apocalypse Chaos
Tim teaching Bailey and Alliana Apocalypse Chaos

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

More details will follow once we get into our new office.


Modern Board Games and Card Games

Just a few of the new board games we have in stock!
Just a few of the new board games we have in stock!

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.

Game Cart - Just a few of the games in our Game Library
Game Cart – Just a few of the games in our 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. Admission is $7. It’s a great deal: over six 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.

Looking for a book or game? Let us help!
Looking for a book or game? Let us help!

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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