17th Oct2018

‘The Magnates’ Board Game Review (Phalanx Games)

by Matthew Smail

In The Magnates, each player acts as a powerful family who is embroiled in deciding the fate of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth over approximately two hundred years, from when it was formed until when it ultimately fell into decline. The Magnates is relatively abstract and takes place over four rounds of play, each of which represents the […]

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14th Mar2018

‘Giant Killer Robots: Heavy Hitters’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Giant Killer Robots: Heavy Hitters may have one of the most cumbersome titles that I’ve ever encountered (which is fitting given the nature of the titular mechanical behemoths in game) but in spite of the name, it features a number of rather elegant systems. GKR is the first board game from the well-respected New Zealand […]

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23rd Feb2018

’878 Vikings’ Board Game Review (Academy Games)

by Matthew Smail

Whilst I am a huge fan of board games in almost all of their forms, I’ve always been fascinated by the strategic push and pull of a good war game. Many games feature direct conflict, but few are as overtly direct about it as those that pitch two (or more) opposing sides against each other […]

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21st Feb2018

Nerdly declares Total Wargames!

by Matthew Smail

Thanks to generous support from GMT Games, Asmodee, Academy Games, The Plastic Soldier Company, Hollandspiele and Griggling Games, Nerdly will now be featuring wargames on a regular basis! We are already incredibly proud of our tabletop and board game coverage, and we hope that the introduction of wargame features will help to introduce a whole […]

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19th Feb2018

‘Kepler 3042′ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Kepler 3042 represents the fourth game in a run of space exploration and/or colonisation games that I’ve enjoyed in the past month or so. I’m happy to use the word enjoyed in this context because whilst space (in general) might be an overused theme, it offers almost limitless possibilities for imaginative interpretation at a local, […]

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12th Feb2018

Mayfair Games sells board game catalogue to Asmodee

by Phil Wheat

Mayfair Games, the publisher behind the hugely popular Settlers of Catan franchise have announced that they are to shutter the business after a whopping 40 years in the tabletop gaming business. Recognised as one of the leaders in the current board game revolution, Mayfair games has sold its remaining games catalogue to Asmodee North America, […]

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05th Feb2018

‘Vengeance’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Vengeance, the latest game from Mighty Boards and the mind of Gordon Calleja, up to four players recreate the same kind of blood-soaked revenge sequences that we’re more used to seeing in movies like Kill Bill and Death Wish. With card and dice drafting plus a unique take on miniatures combat, Vengeance presents a […]

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31st Jan2018

‘Sol: Last Days of a Star’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

As far as board games are concerned, I am a real sucker for a strong theme, particularly when the mechanical elements of the game – however strange – feel well integrated with the overarching game world. A great theme can be spoiled by poorly aligned rules, whilst a standalone set of mechanics is rarely going […]

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26th Jan2018

Back This! Board Game Special: UBOOT / Warpgate

by Matthew Smail

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 two awesome new board game crowdfunding campaigns… UBOOT Emerging from the […]

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17th Jan2018

‘Terraforming Mars’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Although Terraforming Mars has already been lauded as the best game of 2017 by many and in fact as the best board game ever by a not insignificant number of people, it took me a long time to really see the appeal. There’s no doubt that the concept of transforming the surface of Mars into a habitable […]

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29th Dec2017

Matt’s Top 10 Board Games of 2017

by Matthew Smail

2017 has been a big year for not only board games, but also for Nerdly’s coverage of them – we expanded our remit to cover as many games as we can, and thanks to the addition of Board Games Editor Matt we’ve done just that! With that in mind, here’s his rundown of the Top […]

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31st May2017

Preview: UK Games Expo 2017

by Phil Wheat

The 11th annual UK Games Expo, the UK’s largest hobby games convention, will be held at the NEC from 2nd to 4th June 2017. In 2016 it had an attendance of 25,000 over the three days, making it the fourth largest hobby games convention in the world. As the focal point for Hobby Games, the […]

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