26th Mar2024

Top 4: Board Games to Play this Easter!

by Matthew Smail

After Christmas, Easter is the largest public holiday where it is generally considered acceptable to tuck in to a huge family dinner and then eat chocolate on the sofa until you can no longer function. For me, there’s no better time to play games than when family is together, and a distraction from awful Bank […]

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20th Mar2024

‘Tomb of Annihilation’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Over the past five or ten years, the Dungeons & Dragons brand has reinvented itself not only as the most popular RPG system in the world but also as a diversified range of board, card and video games. Since 2015, the range has included a line of board games that take the core RPG system […]

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04th Mar2024

‘Star Wars Unlimited: Spark of Rebellion Starter Set’ Review

by Matthew Smail

It seems barely days ago when we first received a few images of cards from the upcoming Star Wars: Unlimited Trading Card Game (TCG) set, but here we are with a copy in hand and an official release date of 8th March. We’re lucky enough to have been sent the Spark of Rebellion Starter Set […]

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01st Mar2024

‘Cyberpunk 2077: Gangs of Night City & Families and Outcasts Expansion’ Review

by Matthew Smail

I am a huge fan of Cyberpunk 2077 (the video game) having come to it on console long after any of the controversy around its release had died down. Thanks to my love of the IP, I have been looking forward to getting a copy of Cyberpunk 2077: Gangs of Night City, even though the […]

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09th Feb2024

‘Dune: Imperium – Uprising’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst we haven’t covered the original Dune: Imperium here at Nerdly, we did cover the very nice Dune: Imperium – Deluxe Upgrade Pack and I have played the base game a lot. Basic Dune: Imperium has become one of the most popular modern games of the moment, with copies available in almost every game group […]

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05th Jan2024

‘Roll Player Adventures’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Choose your own adventure games have been increasingly popular over the past three or four years, and whilst I’ve seen a few different spins on the formula, I’ve never seen as big a box as that of Roll Player Adventures. With ten substantial scenarios and a smaller side quest, there’s a lot in that box […]

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03rd Jan2024

‘Waterfall Park’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Back in 1999, I was far more interested in getting drunk and listening to heavy metal than I was in board games, but for some people, the release of Karsten Hartwig’s Chinatown was quite a big deal. At almost twenty-five years old and over one million recorded plays, it’s no surprise that Chinatown was due […]

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28th Dec2023

‘Project L’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

With more and more games to choose from each year, you can be forgiven for letting a few fly under the radar – but missing out on Project L in the three years since it was released seems like a real shame. Occupying a position just outside the BoardGameGeek Top 10 abstract games, Project L […]

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09th Nov2023

‘Dungeons and Dragons Onslaught’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Skirmish games between exactly two players make for some of the most exciting encounters in board gaming. Whether you’re playing as the heroes and villains of the Marvel universe in Marvel: Crisis Protocol, or recreating iconic dogfights from the Star Wars universe in X-Wing 2.0, this is a genre that offers both strategic depth and […]

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06th Nov2023

‘Marvel Zombies: X-Men Resistance’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

As I drag the latest massive box (or boxes) of Zombicide through my door, I often wonder whether it will simply be more or the same. The last time out, when I reviewed Zombicide: Undead or Alive, I was pleasantly surprised by new mechanics and features. However, the newest Zombicide game – Marvel Zombies: X-Men […]

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23rd Oct2023

A board gamer’s guide to ‘Cthulhu: Death May Die’

by Matthew Smail

Since Gloomhaven came along, with its ridiculous depth, 100+ missions and near-to-zero-luck gameplay, it’s been tough for other dungeon crawlers to make an impact. With most games in this genre relying on dice-rolling, random encounters and a load of other random factors, it’s tough to be taken seriously. However, when Eric Lang and Rob Daviau […]

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08th Feb2023

Asmodee and Disney announce ‘Dixit Disney’

by Phil Wheat

Board game publisher Asmodee has announced its first collaboration with Disney with the introduction of Dixit Disney. This new, standalone game in the Dixit universe, is based on the beloved themes and characters found in Disney and Pixar films. Dixit Disney is a simple and lighthearted game of storytelling, interpretation, and guesswork. Players will be […]

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20th Oct2022

‘Ticket to Ride: Ghost Train’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

I don’t think anyone would deny that Ticket to Ride sits easily among the top three of what the board game world calls “Gateway Games” – meaning any game which allows players to make the step from classic games like Chess, Scrabble or even Monopoly to the more innovative world of modern games. That said, […]

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15th Jul2022

Asmodee & Days of Wonder announce ‘Ticket to Ride: Ghost Train’

by Phil Wheat

Asmodee and Days of Wonder have announced the forthcoming release of Ticket to Ride: Ghost Train, a haunting addition to the series aimed at younger players. The game is easy to learn and quick to play for all the family. You’ll collect Parade Float cards to claim routes on the map whilst trying to visit […]

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18th Apr2022

‘Fjords’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst many sports are considered to be a “game of two halves” I don’t find myself referring to board games in that way especially often. Where Fjords is concerned though, I need to make an exception. This 2022 reprint from Grail Games takes the original two-player game, extends it to three and four players, adds […]

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13th Apr2022

‘Pandemic: Iberia’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

The original Pandemic is one of the four pillars that support modern board gaming (alongside Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride) but for fans who have played the game over and over again, it can be a little bit easy and dare I say it, lacking in variety. There have been numerous spin-offs […]

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11th Apr2022

‘Star Realms’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Cards are perhaps the single most amazing and important component in board games. Yes, chess and checkers pieces have played their part, as do modern miniatures – but cards offer so much flexibility. A card can have an objective, a power, a monster or a treasure on it – it can have two or three […]

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04th Aug2021

‘Crisis Protocol: Ghost Spider & Spider-Man Expansion’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

I recently reviewed the Black Widow and Hawkeye pack for Atomic Mass Games’ Crisis Protocol, and I remarked at the time that it was the first expansion I had encountered that featured a re-release of a character that existed in the core box. Where Black Widow was concerned, the updated model and character card featured […]

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29th Jul2021

‘Crisis Protocol: Hawkeye & Black Widow Expansion’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

You’ll forgive me, I hope, for my lack of initial excitement at learning about the Hawkeye and Black Widow pack for Atomic Mass Games’ Crisis Protocol. Whilst I think Natasha Romanoff’s alter-ego is a fairly interesting character, I didn’t realise when this pack was first announced that this would be a very different Black Widow […]

27th Jul2021

‘Crisis Protocol: Rocket & Groot Expansion’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

With loners like Thanos and Hulk having recently joined my Crisis Protocol ranks, the popular combination of Rocket and Groot offers a welcome change. In keeping with their relationship in the movies, this interstellar duo work best when taken together – in particular, because of the Deadly Duo Team Tactics card bundled with them, and […]

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22nd Jul2021

‘Crisis Protocol: Thanos Expansion’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Thanos (much like the Incredible Hulk) is a Threat 6 character in Atomic Mass’s Crisis Protocol game. Unlike Hulk, however, Thanos is a newer release and comes with a variant designed for play in the “normal” game as well as offering players the first “Ultimate Encounter” variant, which is considerably tougher. Think of these two […]

20th Jul2021

‘Crisis Protocol: Incredible Hulk Expansion’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

It seems like an age since I last played Crisis Protocol, and what better way is there to celebrate the easing of restrictions across the UK than with a few friendly games using some new miniatures. The first in a series of these reviews is this one, for the iconic Incredible Hulk. This expansion was […]

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