26th Mar2020

‘Sub Terra: Collectors Edition’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’re familiar with cooperative games like Pandemic, then you’ll already know more or less how to play Sub Terra before I even explain it, although think twice before you assume that Sub Terra is a family game. Rather than working together to save the world, the players actually find themselves in a desperate struggle to […]

20th Mar2020

‘Paladins of the West Kingdom’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

When it comes to the various similarly themed games from Shem Phillips and Garphill Games, I have to admit to having had a mixed experience so far. I really enjoyed Raiders of the North Sea, but Shipwrights of the North Sea left me cold enough that I felt no inclination to return to the series. […]

09th Mar2020

‘Fallout: Wasteland Warfare – Starter Box’ Board Game Review

by Chris Thomas

Fallout is typically an RPG videogame but, now, as a “franchise” (cringe) it is brought to us as box of lovely, preassembled miniatures in a table top miniatures game. The miniatures are all glorious and come on coloured plastic / resin, so if you want to treat this as a board game you need to […]

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02nd Mar2020

‘Heroes of Stalingrad’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst we’ve enjoyed many war games here at Nerdly, we have to admit that the subject matter can be divisive. War is inherently dark, and when you get down to platoon level combat where individual squads of five or six men fight for inches of ground, it can bring the realities of the situation home […]

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27th Feb2020

‘Wingspan’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Already positioned as one of the most popular and sought after board games of the past 18 months, Wingspan benefits both from a superb design by Elizabeth Hargrave and fantastic artwork by Ana Maria Martinez Jaramillo, Natalia Rojas and Beth Sobel. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that Wingspan is published by Stonemaier Games, and as a […]

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24th Feb2020

‘Aftershock: San Francisco and Venice’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’ve played a modern board game, chances are you’ve heard of Alan R. Moon, the designer of the iconic Ticket to Ride series. Whilst not as prolific as some of his peers, Moon has released a steady string of understated new products both within and outside the TTR universe, including the likes of Ticket […]

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20th Feb2020

‘Marvel: Crisis Protocol – Black Panther Expansion’ Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’re a regular reader of our board game coverage, you’ll struggle to miss the fact that I have a new favourite miniatures game in the form of Marvel’s Crisis Protocol, a game that delivers the perfect mechanical theme for a game about superheroes, whilst also keeping things fast paced and simple. We were a […]

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14th Feb2020

‘Aristeia!’ Board Game Review

by Chris Thomas

I am someone who puts huge value in something being “fun”. There are hobbies that might be fun, but also teach a skill (playing the clarinet, reading about Prince2) but as I get older, I believe that “fun” has its own intrinsic value and should be cherished. I love playing tabletop games with a friend, […]

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10th Feb2020

‘Marvel: Crisis Protocol’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

The idea of a miniatures game is so simple that you’d have thought it would have been done by now, wouldn’t you? Whilst there are numerous games that use Marvel characters in miniaturised form, and even some that have the kind of combat that characterises this genre, Crisis Protocol is the first “proper” miniatures game […]

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31st Jan2020

‘X-Wing 2.0: Tie/ln Interceptor & Tie/D Defender Expansion’ Review

by Matthew Smail

The Tie/D Defender inserts itself into the Imperial Fleet as one of the largest, most impressive and sadly, most expensive ships among the Tie Fighter range, whilst the Tie/In Interceptor offers a lower cost and less technically advanced option that has the option of an initiative six pilot at just over 50 points. Whilst the […]

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29th Jan2020

‘X-Wing 2.0: RZ-1 A-Wing Expansion’ Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst I am not a massive fan of Rebel Alliance lists myself, I do have a few friends who swear by the use of swarm tactics based on popular and iconic ships belonging to Leia Organa’s misfit band of good guys. One ship that was previously printed for X-Wing and now returns to X-Wing 2.0 […]

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27th Jan2020

‘X-Wing 2.0: Hounds Tooth Expansion’ Review

by Matthew Smail

As a fan of Scum and Villainy lists in X-Wing 2.0 and as someone with no history of the original X-Wing, I am often excited to by the sheer weirdness of the new ships that this faction offers. I generally field squadrons of large ships with a lot of strange attachments including the YT-300 Light […]

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24th Jan2020

‘Aftermath’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’re familiar with the previous storybook games from talented designer Jerry Hawthorne, you’ll know exactly what to expect from Aftermath. This latest addition to the series that saw Stuffed Fables and Comanauts released over the past two years continues the trend of delivering a tight, story driven experience that mixes interesting combat scenarios with […]

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22nd Jan2020

‘Puerto Rico: Deluxe Edition’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst most fans of board gaming would argue that each generation of games essentially eclipses the previous one, and that the “current” era of games are no older than maybe four or five years, some games continue to break the mould. You’ll be familiar with the likes of Ticket to Ride and Catan, but when […]

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16th Jan2020

Retrospective Review: ‘The Spoils’ Collectable Card Game

by Chris Thomas

Magic: The Gathering is probably the best example of a “collectable card game” (“CCG”) and you have probably heard of it. A CCG is a game where, players typically buy a starter deck, with a fixed set of cards included but are then in the dangerous lottery of buying sealed packs of random cards. If […]

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15th Jan2020

‘Homebrewers’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Few things go better together than board games and a few beers with friends. Throw craft beers and healthy discussion about the best flavour combinations into the mix and you could have a perfect evening, I mean, what could improve things further? Well, what if the board game you’re playing is Homebrewers, a dice rolling […]

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13th Jan2020

‘The King’s Dilemma’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Even though legacy and narrative games continue to be awarded high praise in the board gaming world, the number of games that actually centre around them remains fairly low. This might be because the art of telling a story over ten to fifteen different sessions is a very different talent to that of building a […]

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10th Jan2020

‘The Captain is Dead: Dangerous Planet’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Featuring the semi-slapstick idea that their Captain has been killed for the third time (with this being the third game in the series) The Captain is Dead: Dangerous Planet takes the players to a Starship Troopers inspired alien home world where they must gather relics in order to better understand their insectoid adversary. Obviously, there’s […]

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08th Jan2020

‘Memoir 44′ & ‘New Flight Plan Expansion’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’ve seen a hobbyist board game collection in the last four or five years, chance’s are that you’ll have seen at least one copy of Memoir ’44. This Days of Wonder game is a beautifully produced collection of plastic and cardboard that uses the well-trodden Command & Colours system created by the late Richard […]

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07th Jan2020

‘Kings of War: 3rd Edition’ Board Game Review

by Chris Thomas

I am a semi experienced tabletop wargamer and what brings me into Kings of War is both a “push” and a “pull” effect. The “push” is, quite honestly that Games Workshop games are driven by model and book sales. As a publicly traded company that makes a lot of money from tiny plastic men and […]

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20th Dec2019

‘Deep Blue’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Days of Wonder is a well known brand when it comes to creating extremely attractive and highly accessible board games that offer a gateway level experience whilst still introducing players to some of the more complex mechanics that appear in other games. Memoir ’44, Small World and Quadropolis are just a few games released by […]

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19th Dec2019

‘Race for the Chinese Zodiac’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Race for the Chinese Zodiac, up to five players each take control of one of the twelve animals that represent the signs of the Chinese Zodiac. Whilst the winner of the game is the player who wins the race, the journey that the players go through to reach the finish line is more about […]

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