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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

15th Jul2021

‘Holi: Festival of Color’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

The board game market is a fickle place – some games seem to gather huge momentum, selling out immediately and attracting reprint after reprint before you’re ever likely to see them sitting on a shelf waiting for a buyer. Others, on the other hand, don’t quite hit the mark for whatever reason, and it’s not […]

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13th Jul2021

‘Rapa Nui’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Here at Nerdly, we love a game with a lot of table presence. Usually, our preference is for the kind of gothic and horror inspired miniatures you might see in a game like Dark Souls, or perhaps the kind of art you’ll see in Big Book of Madness. Occasionally though, we need a break from […]

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08th Jul2021

‘Tungaru’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Tungaru, two to five players will each take on the task of spreading their own unique culture across the islands of the Tungaru archipelago. To do this, they will navigate their boats between the islands gathering and trading resources such as fish, shells, coconuts and pearls, whilst persuading nomads to join them – adding […]

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30th Jun2021

‘Raiders of the North Sea’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Everyone has a collection of favourite films, CD’s or books that they return to time after time. Even so, the titles included in such lists tend to adapt over time – a remake might replace a classic (or not) or a new artist might replace something at a different time in our lives. With board […]

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25th Jun2021

‘X-Men: Mutant Insurrection’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

For reasons that I can’t explain, I tend to shy away from cooperative board games. The likes of Pandemic (especially Pandemic Legacy), Arkham Horror: Final Hour and Horrified always seem to go down well when we play them here, but I think my family thrives on the competitive nature of direct confrontation. Regardless, when we […]

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24th Jun2021

‘Sushi Go Party!’ Card Game Review

by Matthew Smail

During 2020, I found myself playing more and more games with family. This meant a need to find games that could appeal to both my wife, children and other close relatives or friends who, at various points, were able to visit us. My main gaming groups were largely unable to meet and so the games […]

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18th Jun2021

‘Dominion’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

There is no doubt that board games – like all games – are based on iterative cycles of innovation and improvement. Almost every game made today is based, somehow, on a mechanism or idea that has been used elsewhere. After all, as the saying goes, “there is nothing new under the Sun.” The relevance of […]

11th Jun2021

‘Era: Medieval Age’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

I don’t think I would be exaggerating if I said that Roll and Write games had become the hottest genre in board gaming during late 2019 and onwards into 2020. This phenomenon had a lot to do with accessibility, both in terms of gameplay and price point, but what would happen if you took the […]

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18th Mar2021

‘Calico’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Cats seem to be making quite an impression in the board gaming world lately. The Isle of Cats is one example that I spent a lot of time with last year, and Twitter seems awash with cats in box lids and cats making cameo appearances in games with themes of all kinds. Calico is a […]

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12th Mar2021

‘Zombicide: Night of the Living Dead’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Well, I am sure you all know that here at Nerdly we love a good zombie movie, and at the same time we’re also fans of CMON’s Zombicide game series. Having already covered both Zombicide: Green Horde and Zombicide: Invader, I often wonder what new ideas CMON will come up with next, besides a simple […]

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25th Feb2021

‘Sorcerer City’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Originally released under a successful Kickstarter by Druid City Games, Sorcerer City is a fairly large, big budget experience that mixes up several styles of play. Designed by Scott Caputo (famous for WhistleStop), the game claims to mix deckbuilding, tile placement and real-time elements together in an off-the-wall fantasy setting that should appeal to just […]

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23rd Feb2021

‘Parks’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

When I first opened up Parks, the first thing that struck me was the incredible presentation and build quality. This is a small box with a beautiful enough cover to begin with, but once you open it, Parks expands to show off a fabulous Gametrayz insert, some gorgeous wooden hiker meeples and several decks of […]

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19th Feb2021

‘Black Rose Wars’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

I have always been a bit of a sucker for a thematic game that links mechanical gameplay with the storyline of each turn as it unfolds. In Black Rose Wars, each of up to four players acts as a mages seeking the favour of the titular black rose – an artifact of tremendous power. As […]

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28th Jan2021

‘Beez’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Recreating the ponderous, often clumsy movement of bees in a board game could not have been easy, yet somehow Plan B Games and designer Dan Halstad have managed to do so with Beez, the latest release in Plan B’s line of attractive, similar looking games that also happens to include Azul. In Beez, each player […]

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26th Jan2021

‘Jurassic Parts’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst dinosaurs appear to be a recurring theme in board games lately, palaeontology and the study of these great, ancient beasts is something that I haven’t seen recreated in wood, plastic and cardboard to date. Jurassic Parts takes a relatively simplistic, set-collection based approach to representing the subject, but despite easy-to-follow rules and fast turns, […]

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21st Jan2021

‘Cloud City’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Designed by Phil Walker-Harding and published by BlueOrange, Cloud City has some serious credentials working in its favour. Walker-Harding is the designer of a number of legendary titles including Barenpark and Imhotep, whilst BlueOrange hold the rights to some of the most popular games in recent years. With that said, when I first laid eyes […]

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19th Jan2021

‘God’s Love Dinosaurs’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

It’s no surprise when you get into it, that God’s Love Dinosaurs is a Pandasaurus Games product. There’s a clue in the name of course, but it’s not just that – it’s also in the way that God’s Love Dinosaurs handles the titular subject matter. God’s Love Dinosaurs is pure, irreverent silliness that never for […]

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