20th Jun2018

‘London (Second Edition)’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In London (Second Edition) between two and four players each take on the role of an aspiring architect during the rebuilding of London after The Great Fire that ravaged more than 13,000 buildings in 1666. Even in the first edition of London, the role of a board (in the form of a map of the […]

18th Jun2018

‘History of the World’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Some board game designs prove to be just right first time, whilst others apparently fail so hard (either critically, or in terms of pure revenue) that the risk of re-implementing them just isn’t worthwhile. Others, however, are remade and revamped time and time again – either with completely new themes or mechanics by different designers, […]

14th Jun2018

‘The Climbers’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

At first glance, you would be forgiven for thinking that The Climbers was just an alternative, multicolored version of Jenga, but in actual fact it’s an abstract strategy game about climbing a mountain by any means possible – including by moving unoccupied blocks, adding miniature ladders and even blocking opponents progress either with specific tokens […]

14th Jun2018

Game On! Review: The Hare & the Tortoise (Iello Games)

by Jason Brigger

A little about our family… My wife and I love playing board games, card games and any tabletop game that we can get our hands on in our home. Recently we have been teaching and including my almost 8-year-old son and my 4-year-old daughter in our latest game nights with much success. With so many […]

13th Jun2018

‘Darkest Night’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In this, the second edition of Darkest Night from Jeremy Lennert and Victory Point Games, one to four players will play cooperatively to tackle the growing darkness of an evil necromancer. To do so, they’ll form a crew of heroes from a selection of around thirty, each and every one of which is highly individual. […]

06th Jun2018

‘Empires of the Void II’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

It probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone that Empires of the Void II from Ryan Laukat and Red Raven Games is a sequel, but what might be a bit of a surprise is just how long it’s been since the original game launched in 2012. It’s also entirely possible that the original game […]

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30th May2018

’65′ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

As my journey through wargames of various kinds continues, in Mark Walkers’ ’65, I find myself faced with a proposition that is completely new in two entirely different ways. Firstly, ’65 represents the first squad level combat war game that I’ve ever played, whilst at the same time, it’s also the first game based on […]

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23rd May2018

‘Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Prior to playing 878 Vikings earlier this year, I hadn’t played a single war game. Since then, including 878, I’ve played and reviewed seven and this, Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection will be the eighth. It’s also, by far, the most complex. Liberty or Death may be the heaviest game I’ve played to date; but […]

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16th May2018

‘Hold The Line’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Hold the Line and its simultaneously released expansion The French and Indian War, two players re-enact battles from the late 18th century using dice, miniatures and a highly customisable, hex based board. The expansion adds new figures for the British, French and Indian (henceforth I shall refer to them as Native American) forces and […]

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09th May2018

‘Rising Sun’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Rising Sun, just in case you’ve missed it, is the latest big-money Kickstarter from Eric Lang and CMON Games. Where Blood Rage was inspired by Risk, Rising Sun allegedly draws its inspiration from Diplomacy, the classic game of empire building and well timed betrayal. Like all of CMON’s headline games, Rising Sun features incredible components and offers […]

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07th May2018

Game On! Review: Pengoloo (Blue Orange Games)

by Jason Brigger

A little about our family… My wife and I love playing board games, card games and any tabletop game that we can get our hands on in our home. Recently we have been teaching and including my almost 8-year-old son and my 4-year-old daughter in our latest game nights with much success. With so many […]

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04th May2018

‘Eternal Kings’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Eternal Kings is the result of a recent and successful Kickstarter that exceeded its goal by more than 125%. It is based on a hybrid system that merges the fundamentals of chess with the complex rule-bending card play of games like Magic: The Gathering. It is still available for pre-order via the Kickstarter link, here: […]

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30th Apr2018

‘Lembitu’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Lembitu, one to four players take control of the armies commanded by the titular King Lembitu, as he attempts to defend his homeland of Estonia. Set during the Livonian Crusades of the early 13th century, Lembitu explores a period in history that is unknown to many – the forced conversion to Christianity of the […]

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27th Apr2018

‘Modern Land Battles: Target Acquired’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Modern Land Battles: Target Acquired from Dan Verssen Games, two players (or more in the team based multiplayer variant) take control of opposing international forces to wage a fierce ground battle entirely in card form. The straightforward setup and lack of a board may suggest a lack of strategic depth, but anyone expecting to […]

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26th Apr2018

‘Lincoln’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Lincoln is a brand new game from Martin Wallace, PSC Games and Worthington Publishing which, as you can imagine, is centred around the exploits of the titular US President. More specifically, it is a fairly straightforward, card driven wargame that deals with the American Civil War and takes place over between ninety minutes and two […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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04th Apr2018

Game On! Review: Kingdomino (Blue Orange Games)

by Jason Brigger

A little about our family… My wife and I love playing board games, card games and any tabletop game that we can get our hands on in our home. Recently we have been teaching and including my almost 8-year-old son and my 4-year-old daughter in our latest game nights with much success. With so many […]

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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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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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