20th Sep2018

‘X-Wing: Second Edition’ – First Thoughts

by Matthew Smail

Many things have changed in the board gaming world since the original X-Wing debuted in 2012, including not only a number of changes to the Star Wars intellectual property itself, but also to the way that people play board games and what we expect from them. According to prominent members of the design team at […]

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19th Sep2018

‘Hunt For The Ring’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Hidden movement (or hide and seek, if you prefer) games have been around for a while, yet there are still relatively few of them to choose from. Letters from Whitechapel and Fury of Dracula are perhaps the two that most people will have heard of, but last year, Italian publisher Ares Games saw fit to […]

12th Sep2018

‘The Voyages of Marco Polo’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

When it comes to euro games, there are no shortage of options that focus on trading in a historic setting. Whether we’re talking about games focused on the Mediterranean during The Age of Antiquity, or later, perhaps during the Renaissance, with a setting in Asia or the far reaches of Europe. With a name like […]

10th Sep2018

‘Big Trouble in Little China: The Board Game’ Review

by Matthew Smail

I was three years old when Big Trouble in Little China was first released (1986, for those guessing) but more so than almost any other eighties action movie, its irreverent quips and gung-ho attitude cemented it as an enduring classic in my mind. Clearly, the team at Everything Epic feel the same way, since the […]

05th Sep2018

‘Hitler’s Reich’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

When I first decided that I’d like to begin covering war games, I didn’t entirely know what to expect. I was unable to escape the feeling that these games were inherently complex and unappealing to play and it was a real surprise to learn that most war games follow a certain logic that, whilst sometimes […]

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29th Aug2018

‘Nanty Narking’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whether you loved or hated the Discworld series of books by Sir Terry Pratchett, there can be no doubt about the influence his work had on the literary world. Whilst my own relationship with Rincewind and the rest of Pratchett’s wacky characters blew hot and cold over the years, I have no hesitation in saying […]

24th Aug2018

‘Clank! In! Space!’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Everyone knows that in space, no one can hear you scream, but apparently, they can hear you clank. Clank! In! Space! is the second standalone game in the Clank! universe and it is, in all but setting, as near as dammit identical to the original game. Essentially a pick up and deliver game that is […]

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22nd Aug2018

‘Germania Magna: Border in Flames’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

The military and political strength of the Roman Empire ebbed and flowed many times throughout its long history, with Rome itself sacked on at least two occasions. By its twilight years, the Empire was largely incapable of defending its expansive borders from attack by barbarians and other expansionist empires, all of whom saw Roman riches […]

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20th Aug2018

‘Zombicide: Green Horde’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Ah Zombicide. Now an iconic example of how to pack a box full of plastic miniatures and glossy cardboard, then launch a big budget Kickstarter, this a series that almost needs no introduction. Many fans of miniatures based board games love it, whilst a lot of the people who dislike it don’t seem to have […]

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17th Aug2018

‘Stone Age’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst games based on what is called “worker placement” are fairly common, “worker retrieval” games are much harder to come by. The subject of this review; Stone Age, dates back to 2008 and is probably the earliest example of a worker retrieval game that I can find. Essentially this is a game in which players […]

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15th Aug2018

‘The Manhattan Project 2: Minutes to Midnight’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

When I think about nuclear war (or at least the threat of it) in board games, the first examples that spring to mind are usually related to The Cold War, including Twilight Struggle and the like. Coming in to Minion Games’ The Manhattan Project 2: Minutes to Midnight and having never played the original, I […]

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13th Aug2018

‘A Feast For Odin’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Certain things in popular culture – wether movies, games, records or even board games – come with an aura of expectation around them that can be a little unfair. In the board gaming world, products that fall into this category are often the massive Kickstarters from CMON or Restoration Games. For some board gamers (perhaps […]

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08th Aug2018

‘Band Manager: The Board Game’ Review

by Matthew Smail

Band Manager: The Board Game is the result of a successful Kickstarter that was launched by Original Content London a few years ago now. The game is built around the concept of forming a band, assembling successful tours and ultimately on winning a very specific number of fans to symbolise that your band has made […]

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03rd Aug2018

‘Marvel Contest of Champions: Battlerealm’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Marvel Contest of Champions: Battlerealm comes with the kind of ridiculously cumbersome title that can only come with a heavily licensed title filled with a sense of its own self-importance. Thankfully, whilst I might poke fun at the name, Battlerealm (as it shall henceforth be known) is a brand new creation from Upper Deck, who […]

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01st Aug2018

’1500′ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

1500 is a relatively new game from Dan Verssen of DVG (Dan Verssen Games) and it represents a fairly rare foray into the world of lighter games for this esteemed design and publishing house, which is well known for making exceptional war games that can be enjoyed by one or several players. DVG tend to […]

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30th Jul2018

‘Dragon Ball Z Super Card Game’ Review

by Matthew Smail

As a fan of trading card games for many years, I’m always interested in exploring new systems and figuring out what makes them tick. My mainstay in this space is most definitely Magic: The Gathering, but I’ve also dabbled Yu-Gi-Oh, Vanguard and more. Of particular interest are TCG’s that weave thematic elements tightly into their […]

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27th Jul2018

‘Century: Eastern Wonders’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

I have fond memories of Emerson Matsuuchi’s Century: Spice Road, because it was among the first batch of board games that I reviewed for Nerdly. I’m also a fan of the game play, which has proven to be hugely popular among my family and friends, regardless of age or experience with board games overall. A […]

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25th Jul2018

‘Daimyo’s Fall’ Deck Building Game Review

by Matthew Smail

I’m a huge fan of deck building games and I always have been, from the very first time that I tentatively put together a Magic: The Gathering starter deck to the moment that I began to invest my time and effort into the Game of Thrones LCG. Few, however, are as unique and well constructed […]

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23rd Jul2018

‘Pot de Vin’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Trick taking Games come in a wide variety of forms, but relatively few manage to create a feeling of thematic relevance in the same way as Pot de Vin does. Set during the aftermath of a political coup, each player takes the role of a powerful figure vying for control of the most influential guilds […]

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18th Jul2018

‘Hannibal & Hamilcar’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Following a recent Kickstarter campaign, Hannibal & Hamilcar represents the final product of a real labour of love from Phalanx Games, lead by popular designer Jaro Andruszkiewicz and with full backing from the creator of Avalon Hill’s original Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage, Mark Simonitch. With a visually overhauled remaster of the original game (that features […]

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17th Jul2018

‘Robinson Crusoe’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst we love reviewing board games based on movies and TV series here at Nerdly, there are relatively few based on eighteenth century literature like Robinson Crusoe. Aside from the out of print Fury of Dracula and Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective which are both based on later novels, I’m not even sure I can name […]

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11th Jul2018

‘Mountains of Madness’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Of all the themes in board gaming, one of the most popular to emerge in the past few years is undoubtedly that of the Lovecraftian world of Cthulhu and his demonic/fish creature minions. From Mansions of Madness to Pandemic: Cthulhu, this theme commonly explores the border between what is real and what isn’t, with the […]

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