14th Aug2019

‘Unlock! Heroic Adventures’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Space Cowboys have a bit of history when it comes to the Unlock! series, which first debuted in 2017, but has seen no less than five bundled releases each containing three stories (in the UK and Europe) or as many as three times that in the USA, where each set has been sold individually up […]

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07th Aug2019

‘Copenhagen’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

The simplest concepts in gaming are often the most enduring. In video gaming, there are few games that are as recognisable as Tetris, whilst in board gaming, Ticket to Ride remains the cornerstone upon which most collections are carefully stacked. Imagine if a game were to combine the mechanics of two such iconic games into […]

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31st Jul2019

‘Twice as Clever’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Regular readers of Nerdly’s board game coverage may well remember that we recently reviewed the incredibly popular Ganz Schon Clever (That’s Pretty Clever) from the prolific and increasingly popular Wolfgang Warsch. In addition to creating a few bigger games like Quacks of Quedlinburg and its expansion, The Herb Witches, it looks like Wolfgang has been […]

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24th Jul2019

‘Century: A New World’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

After three years, Emerson Matsuuchi’s Century trilogy is finally complete. The latest and final edition, Century: A New World is now available and players of the previous games (Century: Spice Road and Century: Eastern Wonders) will be keen to see how the new game plays on its own, as well as when integrated with the […]

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22nd Jul2019

‘Jaipur’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Even though I’ve heard many good things about Jaipur over the years, the game has always eluded me. I play board games at many player counts and two player (with just my wife) is certainly one of them, but we tend not to focus on games designed for two players specifically. Jaipur is strictly a two […]

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19th Jul2019

‘Normandy: The Beginning of the End’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’re familiar with the War Storms series of games, then you’ll know the basic rules of Normandy: The Beginning of the End already, but even with a grounding in the system that supports this squad level war game, you’ll still need to familiarise yourself with some specific rules that are unique to the setting. […]

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17th Jul2019

‘Quacks of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches Expansion’ Review

by Matthew Smail

When I look back at our Quacks of Quedlinburg review, I recall noting that it was both unique and very enjoyable, striking a fantastic balance between pushing your luck and careful planning, with factors that mitigate the possible swingyness that might otherwise be the norm in a game about drawing random features from a bag. […]

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15th Jul2019

‘Gaia Project’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Re-implementations are common in the board gaming world, but with a game as classic as Terra Mystica, the decision to release a follow up must been a challenging one. In 2017 though, designers Jens Drogemuller and Helge Ostertag teamed up again to iterate their original design and release Gaia Project, a more or less direct […]

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12th Jul2019

‘Ticket to Ride London’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Even though it has retained its place on my shelves throughout house moves, various clear outs and many more occasions that could have spelled its demise, I almost never play Ticket to Ride anymore. Something about this classic gateway game from Days of Wonder has begun to grate on me – it takes a long […]

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08th Jul2019

‘X-Wing 2.0: ARC-170, Delta-7 & Sith Infiltrator’ Expansion Pack Review

by Matthew Smail

Right from the launch of X-Wing 2.0, players have known that there would be support for no less than seven factions. Even so, conversion kits and new ships have been hitting stores in what Fantasy Flight Games refers to as waves. Whilst the first wave featured just three factions (Scum and Villainy, Rebel Alliance and […]

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05th Jul2019

‘The Great War: Centenary Edition’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

No matter how hard I might try, there’s no way that I would be able to list the number of different implementations of Richard Borg’s Commands and Colors to date. We’ve already covered one such iteration in the form of Command and Colors Napoleonics and no doubt there will be others in the future. Under […]

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01st Jul2019

‘Noctiluca’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Designing a light, compact game that is filled with decisions and can be completed within about thirty to forty five minutes is no mean feat, but games like Azul, Century: Spice Road and Majesty are becoming more and more popular with gamers of all experience levels. Whilst there’s still room in my life for war […]

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26th Jun2019

‘Great Western Trail’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you asked a room full of serious board gamers what the best game ever made would be, it might surprise you to know that not a single one of them would say Monopoly. Instead, you’d hear a few Pandemic’s, a couple of Terra Mystica’s and maybe, just maybe the odd Great Western Trail. Great […]

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19th Jun2019

‘Star Wars Rebellion’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

For Star Wars fans, The Original Trilogy remains somewhat sacred, and whilst both the Prequel Trilogy and the Disney franchise movies continue to have both their fans and a number of detractors, most agree that George Lucas’s seminal trilogy remain the benchmark. As such, it is always hugely exciting when a new product is released […]

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12th Jun2019

‘Downforce’ & ‘Danger Circuit’ Expansion Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Downforce is a super simple and very fast paced board game that offers traditional racing action alongside a high stakes bidding mechanic to ensure the players remain fully engaged at all times throughout. This essentially splits the game into two phases that include an initial auction phase (where everyone chooses their car or cars) and […]

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11th Jun2019

‘Rage 2’ Review (Xbox One)

by Matthew Smail

Whilst our Rage 2 review is late partly because we received a copy just after the game released, the more pressing matter for me has been to explore every inch of Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic world in the hopes that I would find something – anything – that would give me a different narrative slant than you’ll […]

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07th Jun2019

‘Star Wars X-Wing 2.0: TIE/sk Striker’ Expansion Pack Review

by Matthew Smail

Screaming through the atmosphere on nimble ailerons, the TIE/sk striker is a unique starfighter designed to excel at both air and space assaults. Its atmospheric capabilities give it unique and flexible movement patterns that can surprise even veteran opponents, as its heavy firepower lets it wear down nearly any foe. With the TIE/sk Striker Expansion […]

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05th Jun2019

‘Corinth’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Corinth is a recently released roll and write game from Days of Wonder. For those who remember it, Corinth is based on Yspahan, an older board game that uses most of the same mechanisms, albeit in the form of a board game rather than a roll and write. If you’ve never heard of the roll and […]

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04th Jun2019

‘Star Wars: Outer Rim’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’re familiar with the phrase “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy” then you’ll almost certainly have seen the original Star Wars movie, and you’ll likely recognise the words of Alec Guinness’ Obi Wan Kenobi. Indeed, the Mos Eisley Cantina that this phrase refers to has become one of […]

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03rd Jun2019

‘Europe Divided’ Board Game Preview

by Matthew Smail

With the current cataclysm that is Brexit, you’d be forgiven for assuming that Europe Divided was a game specifically about the cumbling state of European politics in the present day, and whilst that’s not quite accurate, it’s clearly an inspirational factor for Phalanx Games’ latest wargame. Another obvious inspiration is the GMT Games classic Twilight […]

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30th May2019

‘Tropico 6’ Review (PC)

by Matthew Smail

No-one (and I mean no-one) is as big a fan of the Tropico series as I am. From the delightfully infectious salsa music that perfectly captures both the Latin setting and the mischievously tongue-in-cheek nature of Kalypso’s twenty year old series to the lighthearted gameplay, I love almost everything about it. Despite this lifelong affection […]

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29th May2019

‘Wendake & New Allies Expansion’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Wendake, players each choose one of the many tribes that made up the Huron Nation and attempt to steer them through seven years of hunting, gathering and ceremony, all the while observing the movements of the recently arrived French and English. In the recent expansion to Wendake, known as New Allies, the latter part […]

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