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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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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17th Dec2018

‘Zombies, Run!’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Zombies, Run!, was originally a hugely popular app that is still used to “gamify” the activities of walkers, joggers and other sporting types on a daily basis. The premise of the original game was simple – take the concept of a pace runner, but make the pacer into a zombie horde. Add objectives and global […]

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12th Dec2018

‘Discover: Lands Unknown’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst Fantasy Flight Games’ Keyforge has been making a big splash with its procedurally generated decks and fast, fliuid gameplay, Richard Garfield’s latest effort is not the only game to use the technology that FFG call their “Unique Game” system. Discover: Lands Unknown boasts a designer who is almost as illustrious as Richard Garfield (and […]

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05th Dec2018

‘Forbidden Sky’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whenever I open a new board game these days, I hardly know what to expect. Among all of those which I’ve played this year, there’s been a myriad of card, paper, wood and plastic – where Forbidden Sky is concerned, I was met with a pleasant surprise. Not only are all these standard components present […]

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28th Nov2018

‘Arkham Horror: Third Edition’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’re familiar with Fantasy Flight Games catalogue, then you must have encountered one or more of their Lovecraft inspired games by now. Among them are some of the most recognisable lines in FFG’s catalogue, including Mansions of Madness and the Arkham Horror Living Card Game (LCG). There have also been two editions of the […]

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21st Nov2018

‘Champions of Midgard’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Champions of Midgard (Champions) the players will draft warrior dice by placing workers, in order to then gain Glory by fighting various monsters including trolls, draugr and much more exotic fauna. Theme is everything in some games and it masks a huge difference to the way a game can make you feel about playing […]

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14th Nov2018

‘Battle of Britain’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Although the size of the box, hundreds of different cards and the imposing looking plastic airplanes that reside within the Battle of Britain box might make you feel as if this were going to be a heavyweight, complex war game, PSC Games updated version of Richard Berg’s 1990 classic is surprisingly accessible, very fast paced […]

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08th Nov2018

Back This! Special – ‘Sword & Sorcery: Ancient Chronicles’ (Board Game)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This month we’re spotlighting a brand new board game Kickstarter from Ares Games – whose […]

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