18th Apr2018

‘Twilight Struggle’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

When it was first released in 2005, I can’t imagine that designers Ananda Gupta and Jason Matthews would ever have expected that their debut game, Twilight Struggle, would hold first place on Board Game Geek for more than five years. There have now been several revisions, printings and special editions of the game, leading to […]

16th Apr2018

‘Guards of Atlantis’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Guards of Atlantis is the debut game from Artyom Nichipurov and Wolff Designa, but in almost every way, you’d never know. The game is branded as a “Tabletop MOBA” (with the MOBA acronym standing for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) and it supports play for up nine players out of the box, or eleven including the […]

10th Apr2018

‘Indian Summer’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Walking through picturesque countryside and playing board games has always gone hand in hand for me. I’m not quite sure why that is, but it might well be because I link both activities to an idealistic daydream of sitting in a warm pub in front of an open fire. Another thought is that the link […]

30th Mar2018

‘New Dawn’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

As the direct sequel to Artipia Games’ Among the Stars, the story of New Dawn continues the epic saga of intergalactic exploration, expansion and exploitation that the original began. In the original game, alien nations from all corners of the galaxy were forced to work together following a devastating interstellar war. In New Dawn, the […]

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29th Mar2018

‘Outlast: Bundle of Terror’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

In Outlast: Bundle of Terror, Switch owners are treated to perhaps one of the most terrifying first person horror experiences ever made, which is even more personal as the result of the way in which Switch games immerse players so deeply into the experience. That said, Outlast is almost five years old now and despite […]

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28th Mar2018

‘Abalone’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Abalone is a classic abstract game that pitches two teams of marbles against each other in a mind-bending puzzle that feels reminiscent of Othello and Draughts, but with its own unique mechanic based on momentum. It is played on a minimalistic but appealing raised board that houses two chunky sets of marbles and it is […]

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27th Mar2018

‘Divinity Derby’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Divinity Derby, up to six rival Gods amuse themselves by betting on the outcome of three consecutive races that take place between mythical creatures who race around an abstract, circular track. With beasts like a gryphon, a phoenix and a lamissu in play and the players representing Gods from numerous mythologies, Divinity Derby is a […]

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23rd Mar2018

‘Victory or Death: The Peloponnesian Wars’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

As the second game in the Quartermaster General series, Victory or Death: The Peloponnesian Wars uses Ian Brody’s card-driven supply line system to replicate a tighter, smaller conflict than the original. As a result, Victory or Death brings with it a lower player count (four instead of six) and a few subtle tweaks to the way […]

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21st Mar2018

‘Star Wars Legion’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst I must admit that I was a little bit surprised when I first saw the announcement for Star Wars Legion, that surprise soon turned into excitement when I realised that a battalion level miniatures game was in the offing. Although it shares a few concepts with other Fantasy Flight Games set in the Star […]

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19th Mar2018

‘Welcome to Centerville’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

An interesting mix of Yahtzee-style dice rolling and abstracted area control, Welcome to Centerville uses the idea of populating a city with cubes as a way of scoring points in a race to be the overall winner after three scoring rounds. It is played on a relatively small board with an attractive but intricate layout […]

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14th Mar2018

‘Giant Killer Robots: Heavy Hitters’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Giant Killer Robots: Heavy Hitters may have one of the most cumbersome titles that I’ve ever encountered (which is fitting given the nature of the titular mechanical behemoths in game) but in spite of the name, it features a number of rather elegant systems. GKR is the first board game from the well-respected New Zealand […]

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12th Mar2018

‘Donning the Purple’ Board Game Review (Pre-release)

by Matthew Smail

Donning the Purple is an ambitious worker placement game set in 193 AD that focuses on the relatively complex political and militaristic landscape at the time. This period of time was one of the most tumultuous in Roman history, with the year 193 actually referred to by historians as “The Year of the Five Emperors” […]

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05th Mar2018

‘Command & Colors: Napoleonics’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Although I am fortunate enough to have hundreds of childhood memories that I think of with incredible fondness, some have certainly stayed with me more than others. When it came to television in the early 1990’s, access to Sky was very limited and no one had hard drive based Freeview boxes for catch up TV […]

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23rd Feb2018

’878 Vikings’ Board Game Review (Academy Games)

by Matthew Smail

Whilst I am a huge fan of board games in almost all of their forms, I’ve always been fascinated by the strategic push and pull of a good war game. Many games feature direct conflict, but few are as overtly direct about it as those that pitch two (or more) opposing sides against each other […]

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21st Feb2018

Nerdly declares Total Wargames!

by Matthew Smail

Thanks to generous support from GMT Games, Asmodee, Academy Games, The Plastic Soldier Company, Hollandspiele and Griggling Games, Nerdly will now be featuring wargames on a regular basis! We are already incredibly proud of our tabletop and board game coverage, and we hope that the introduction of wargame features will help to introduce a whole […]

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19th Feb2018

‘Kepler 3042′ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Kepler 3042 represents the fourth game in a run of space exploration and/or colonisation games that I’ve enjoyed in the past month or so. I’m happy to use the word enjoyed in this context because whilst space (in general) might be an overused theme, it offers almost limitless possibilities for imaginative interpretation at a local, […]

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12th Feb2018

‘Under Night In-Birth: Exe Late[st]‘ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

There is no shortage of two-dimensional fighting games on the PlayStation 4, so it might seem like an odd decision to revitalise this relatively niche effort that was first launched on arcade cabinets back in 2012, before making the way to PlayStation 3. Under Night In-Birth: Exe Late[st] is the ridiculously named complete edition of […]

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05th Feb2018

‘Vengeance’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Vengeance, the latest game from Mighty Boards and the mind of Gordon Calleja, up to four players recreate the same kind of blood-soaked revenge sequences that we’re more used to seeing in movies like Kill Bill and Death Wish. With card and dice drafting plus a unique take on miniatures combat, Vengeance presents a […]

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31st Jan2018

‘Sol: Last Days of a Star’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

As far as board games are concerned, I am a real sucker for a strong theme, particularly when the mechanical elements of the game – however strange – feel well integrated with the overarching game world. A great theme can be spoiled by poorly aligned rules, whilst a standalone set of mechanics is rarely going […]

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30th Jan2018

‘InnerSpace’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

With the still-painful memory of No Man’s Sky still firmly embedded in the cerebral cortex of many gamers, InnerSpace seems destined for a rough ride and possibly, a hard landing. Billed as the latest flight-exploration game and produced by relative newcomers PolyKnight Games, Innerspace has at the very least avoided the same kind of ridiculous […]

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26th Jan2018

Back This! Board Game Special: UBOOT / Warpgate

by Matthew Smail

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This month we’re spotlighting two awesome new board game crowdfunding campaigns… UBOOT Emerging from the […]

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18th Jan2018

Digital Shorts: ‘The Coma: Recut’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Matthew Smail

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at The Coma: Recut, a new Korean horror game now available on the Nintendo Switch. In The Coma: Recut, players take on […]

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