20th Mar2019

‘Dungeon Saga: The Dwarf King’s Quest’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’ve enjoyed HeroQuest at any time in your life, then you’ll be instantly familiar with what Dungeon Saga: The Dwarf King’s Quest is setting out to achieve. From the bundled tutorial quest to the simple setup and straightforward rules, this 2015 classic from Mantic Games has recently been reprinted to entice a whole new […]

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13th Mar2019

‘Terminator: Rise of the Resistance’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

The Terminator series of movies has certainly had its ups and downs. The first movie and it’s blockbusting sequel are considered among the greatest sci-fi/action movies of all time by many, but the third and fourth movies in the series (Rise of the Machines and Salvation) are perhaps better off erased from the history books. […]

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06th Mar2019

‘Battle Ravens’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’re a fan of Bernard Cornwell novels, or even the fairly recent series The Last Kingdom, you’re likely to be familiar with the idea of a shield wall already. This brutal but effective means of Dark Ages combat was used by armies all over Europe from the time of the Roman occupation until the […]

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28th Feb2019

‘Crown of Emara’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Anyone looking at Crown of Emara on a shelf would be forgiven for dismissing it instantly for one of the numerous, generic looking German euro/roundel style games that are released in their hundreds these days. The artwork is from Dennis Lohausen and whilst I haven’t seen his work in another game before, it has the […]

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27th Feb2019

‘Evolution Climate’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Games that focus on natural history and the environment are relatively few and far between, with most of those that do exist occupying the extreme ends of the complexity spectrum – catering as either educational tools for children, or taking the form of very heavy euro style games. North Star Games’ Evolution Climate is one […]

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20th Feb2019

‘RONE: Second Edition’ Card Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Fans of card battling games like Magic: The Gathering have had no shortage of choice in the last few years and it’s also hard to make a bad example of the genre, thanks largely to the amount of inspiration on offer. This can make it difficult for titles to differentiate themselves, however almost every game […]

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11th Feb2019

‘Passing Through Petra’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Bearing in mind that some of my defining memories of childhood come from playing board games that predate even 8 Bit videogames, much of my fascination with ancient and fantastic worlds came from board games. The first time I saw Petra was probably in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but it wasn’t long after […]

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08th Feb2019

‘Scorpius Freighter’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

I’m told that the only two things in life that are certain are death and taxes. Indeed, even in space it seems, the latter is true. Scorpius Freighter is a brand new game from Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) in which players each control freighter crews that work for the governing body of the Scorpius System. […]

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06th Feb2019

‘Nemeton’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you travel back in time to the earlier days of popular, modern board gaming, you will recall that several recurring themes would often appear. Trading in the Mediterranean is perhaps the most obvious of them, but it would also be fair to suggest that various takes on construction, Vikings or embarking upon a great […]

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04th Feb2019

‘Legendary: Marvel Studios’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Fans of the Legendary series of games will likely remember that we previously covered Legendary: Buffy The Vampire Slayer here at Nerdly earlier last year, but beyond Buffy, the Legendary series spans a number of popular universes including Marvel, Alien and Predator, among others. The Marvel series of tie ins represent perhaps the most well […]

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01st Feb2019

‘Monkey Temple’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

One of the most rewarding aspects of playing analogue games is the fact that they can bring generations of players closer together. If you pick the right game, then parents, children and extended family can all play together whilst sitting around the table laughing and joking. Few games capture the required level of simplicity to […]

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30th Jan2019

‘Firenze’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If everything the players experience during a game of Firenze were true, then slightly questionable structures such as The Leaning Tower of Pisa suddenly begin to make sense. Players act as master builders in 13th Century Florence, each of whom will be gainfully employed by the wealthy elite of the city in order to build […]

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28th Jan2019

‘Raiatea’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Polynesian society, the Arioi were a secretive society of men and women who revered the war god Oro. These Arioi would gather great offerings and celebrate their ascension to more and powerful status with great offerings. Their ever more elaborate tattoos would mark their official rank, with only the most well respected and generous […]

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23rd Jan2019

‘Fire in the Lake’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

The Vietnam War has been depicted in numerous ways over the years and remains the subject of much discussion for armchair generals all over the world. Whilst there are hundreds of documentaries, movies and to a lesser extent, video games about Vietnam, board games are fairly infrequent. Whilst this may be because The Vietnam War […]

04th Jan2019

‘The Quacks of Quedlinburg’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

The Quacks of Quedlinburg (which I think I’ll just call Quacks from now on) is a rather unusual bag building and push your luck game that centres on the idea that players are charlatan doctors, selling their wares to the highest bidder. To do this, they’ll use a wide variety of weird and wonderful ingredients […]

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28th Dec2018

‘Newton’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Newton, two to four players will travel Europe’s greatest universities, study and send their students out to work in order to score points. In doing so, they’ll prove themselves to be among the greatest minds of the 17th Century. Newton is a fast-paced, mid-weight eurogame for one to four players designed Simone Luciani and Nestore […]

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27th Dec2018

‘Auztralia’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Trains, vital resources and the race of ancient demons that H.P. Lovecraft dubbed The Old Ones – could a game be any more Martin Wallace? Well, perhaps if it was card driven, which Auztralia surprisingly isn’t. Even so, this modern hybrid of A Study in Emerald and Brass takes a number of classic Wallace systems […]

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24th Dec2018

‘Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

One of the surprise hits of the Essen Spiel show in 2017 was the relatively unheard of Azul, which went on to take the board gaming world by storm. Azul was sold out and restocked several times in the run up to Christmas and it has remained one of the most popular gateway games, slotting […]

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21st Dec2018

‘Here’s Negan’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Love him or hate him, The Walking Dead’s Negan is one of the most iconic characters to be introduced into Fox’s long-running TV series. Of course, Negan has been known to fans of the original comic book series for a long time and even starred in his own feature length graphic novel back in 2017. […]

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20th Dec2018

‘Heroes of Terrinoth’ Card Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Heroes of Terrinoth is the latest game to join the ranks of the ever-expanding number of card driven adventure games that have recently exploded in popularity. Games in this genre aim to replicate bigger, more expansive dungeon crawling and RPG experiences without the same commitment in time, effort and often money that come with games […]

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19th Dec2018

‘Reef’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In my house, my wife and I are huge fans of Emerson Matsuuchi’s work. Century: Spice Road remains one of our favourite games and whilst Eastern Wonders wasn’t quite as well received, the combined game (From Sand to Sea) has ensured that we’ve kept both copies on our most played shelf. In Reef, Matsuuchi’s latest […]

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18th Dec2018

‘Teotihuacan: City of Gods’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Fans of Mesoamerican history and heavy euro games have reason to rejoice with the release of Teotihuacan: City of Gods from Daniele Tascini, David Turczi and NSKN Games. This impressive looking dice placement game uses a number of interlinking mechanics to create a thematic “point salad” that offers players several ways to win, all of […]

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