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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17th Jan2018

‘Terraforming Mars’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Although Terraforming Mars has already been lauded as the best game of 2017 by many and in fact as the best board game ever by a not insignificant number of people, it took me a long time to really see the appeal. There’s no doubt that the concept of transforming the surface of Mars into a habitable […]

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16th Jan2018

Digital Shorts: ‘Hammerwatch’ 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 Hammerwatch, a new 16-bit inspired twin-stick shooter. Stop. Hammerwatch time! Sometimes, you have to let Games reviewers get away with an […]

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11th Jan2018

‘Pandemic: Rising Tide’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst the ingenuity of board game designers never ceases to amaze me, particularly when it comes to designing and integrating new mechanics with existing themes, the Pandemic series has been equally impressive in doing the opposite for the past few years. From the many variants and expansions of the base Pandemic game (including two seasons […]

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03rd Jan2018

‘First Martians’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

I feel remarkably lucky to have received First Martians at Christmas time, when more or less the whole country downs tools and gorges themselves on turkey and chocolate for several days before looking for something else to do. That something, for me, is almost always board games, but at this time of year I’m also […]

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29th Dec2017

Digital Shorts: ‘Star Ghost’ 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 Star Ghost, another new shmup hitting the Nintendo Switch. Star Ghost is just one of many new games to join the rapidly […]

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29th Dec2017

Matt’s Top 10 Board Games of 2017

by Matthew Smail

2017 has been a big year for not only board games, but also for Nerdly’s coverage of them – we expanded our remit to cover as many games as we can, and thanks to the addition of Board Games Editor Matt we’ve done just that! With that in mind, here’s his rundown of the Top […]

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28th Dec2017

Digital Shorts: ‘Plantera DX’ 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 Plantera DX, a Switch port of a former 3DS and Wii U game from Ratalaika Games. Plantera DX is not the kind […]

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22nd Dec2017

‘Civilization: A New Dawn’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Sid Meier’s famous Civilization series is among the most revered video games of all time, having featured six core versions, a raft of expansions and several spin offs and sister series. The original Civilization is now over twenty years old, but perhaps the most impressive thing about it is the fact that the basic, turn […]

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15th Dec2017

‘Star Ocean: The Last Hope’ Review (PS4)

by Matthew Smail

Where Star Ocean remasters are concerned, PS4 owners have been somewhat spoiled of late. Star Ocean: The Last Hope is the fourth of the series to be released on Sony’s latest console, and this one in particular should draw the attention of PS4 Pro owners, thanks to its promising 4K and Full HD Remaster moniker, […]

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13th Dec2017

Digital Shorts: ‘Transcripted’ 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 Transcripted, a twin-stick shooter now available on the Nintendo Switch. Transcripted is just one of many twin stick shooters that has recently […]

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12th Dec2017

‘Black Mirror’ Review (Xbox One)

by Matthew Smail

Neither a remake nor a direct continuation of the 2003 game of the same name, Black Mirror is a point and click horror/thriller that takes place in the late 19th Century and features a story of supernatural and the occult, as seen through the eyes of one David Gordon, youngest member and heir of the […]

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11th Dec2017

‘Legendary: Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Although I can’t for the life of me think why it’s happening now (it is twenty years since the original series, so maybe that’s why) Buffy The Vampire Slayer has just been converted into the latest Legendary deck-building game. For those who are unfamiliar with them, the Legendary series is a collection of complete, out-of-the-box […]

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