18th Sep2019

‘Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

I am perhaps a little bit biased towards GMT Games products. I love the COIN series because of how it represents the interesting, highly asymmetrical conflicts that it depicts in intricate detail. At the other end of the spectrum, GMT has some exceptional lighter games, like the classic Richard Berg (may he rest in peace) […]

13th Sep2019

‘Dead Man’s Cabal’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you just sit back and look at Dead Man’s Cabal, you’d just have to conclude that it was one of the most overproduced and opulent games of recent times. I mean, just look at some of these plastic components – beautifully sculpted, weighted plastic skulls in four colours, long, realistic feeling bones… These pieces […]

11th Sep2019

‘Milito’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Martin Wallace is well known for his lean, card driven designs that combine several mechanics into a relatively modest set of components. One such example of of this is 2018′s Lincoln, which saw two players facing off in a recreation of the American Civil War, driven entirely by two asymmetrical decks of cards. By taking […]

09th Sep2019

‘MourneQuest’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

MourneQuest, originally a book from author Garry McElherron, is a fantasy themed board game that combines Irish mythology with thematic, cooperative gameplay to create a board game that feels pretty unique. The game is set in the land of Mourne, which is a fantasy world inhabited by clurichauns (definitely not leprechauns) and bogbeans, as well […]

06th Sep2019

Game On! Review: ‘Mixtape Massacre’ (Bright Light)

by Jason Brigger

A little about our family….My wife and I love playing board games, card games and any tabletop game we can get our hands on. In the last two years, we have been including our 9-year-old son and our 5-year-old daughter, and sometimes our 3-year old son, in our game nights. With so many choices out […]

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04th Sep2019

‘Power Grid Recharged’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

For those who haven’t heard of it, Power Grid is a classic game about economic strategy, route planning and efficiency. The players compete to build power plants, purchase the raw resources required to power them and ultimately, to power the most cities on an ever tightening board. In the minds of most board gamers, Power Grid […]

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02nd Sep2019

‘Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst I haven’t played it myself, the Imperial Settlers line of games is partly responsible for the ongoing success of publisher Portal Games. Unofficially based on the classic PC strategy game Settlers, Imperial Settlers features cute little characters and a tight card drafting and empire building mechanic that has formed the basis of several other […]

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28th Aug2019

‘One Key’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

When it comes to party games, more often than not, you’ll probably be thinking of either basic card games, or hidden role games that have the players attempting to deceive or otherwise eliminate each other through covert means. There are, of course, word games, drawing games and betting games as well, but recently, there have […]

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21st Aug2019

‘Luxor’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Not everyone has heard of Germany’s Spiele Des Jahre award, but to provide a basic translation of what it is; it’s Germany’s way of declaring the best game of a given year. There are several categories, with one of the most prestigious being the Kritikerpreis, which broadly means the Critics Choice. Games that win this […]

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14th Aug2019

‘Unlock! Heroic Adventures’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Space Cowboys have a bit of history when it comes to the Unlock! series, which first debuted in 2017, but has seen no less than five bundled releases each containing three stories (in the UK and Europe) or as many as three times that in the USA, where each set has been sold individually up […]

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07th Aug2019

‘Copenhagen’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

The simplest concepts in gaming are often the most enduring. In video gaming, there are few games that are as recognisable as Tetris, whilst in board gaming, Ticket to Ride remains the cornerstone upon which most collections are carefully stacked. Imagine if a game were to combine the mechanics of two such iconic games into […]

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31st Jul2019

‘Twice as Clever’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Regular readers of Nerdly’s board game coverage may well remember that we recently reviewed the incredibly popular Ganz Schon Clever (That’s Pretty Clever) from the prolific and increasingly popular Wolfgang Warsch. In addition to creating a few bigger games like Quacks of Quedlinburg and its expansion, The Herb Witches, it looks like Wolfgang has been […]

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29th Jul2019

Game On! Review: ‘Throw Throw Burrito’

by Jason Brigger

A little about our family….My wife and I love playing board games, card games and any tabletop game we can get our hands on. In the last two years, we have been including our 9-year-old son and our 5-year-old daughter, and sometimes our 3-year old son, in our game nights. With so many choices out […]

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24th Jul2019

‘Century: A New World’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

After three years, Emerson Matsuuchi’s Century trilogy is finally complete. The latest and final edition, Century: A New World is now available and players of the previous games (Century: Spice Road and Century: Eastern Wonders) will be keen to see how the new game plays on its own, as well as when integrated with the […]

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22nd Jul2019

‘Jaipur’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Even though I’ve heard many good things about Jaipur over the years, the game has always eluded me. I play board games at many player counts and two player (with just my wife) is certainly one of them, but we tend not to focus on games designed for two players specifically. Jaipur is strictly a two […]

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19th Jul2019

‘Normandy: The Beginning of the End’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’re familiar with the War Storms series of games, then you’ll know the basic rules of Normandy: The Beginning of the End already, but even with a grounding in the system that supports this squad level war game, you’ll still need to familiarise yourself with some specific rules that are unique to the setting. […]

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17th Jul2019

‘Quacks of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches Expansion’ Review

by Matthew Smail

When I look back at our Quacks of Quedlinburg review, I recall noting that it was both unique and very enjoyable, striking a fantastic balance between pushing your luck and careful planning, with factors that mitigate the possible swingyness that might otherwise be the norm in a game about drawing random features from a bag. […]

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15th Jul2019

‘Gaia Project’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Re-implementations are common in the board gaming world, but with a game as classic as Terra Mystica, the decision to release a follow up must been a challenging one. In 2017 though, designers Jens Drogemuller and Helge Ostertag teamed up again to iterate their original design and release Gaia Project, a more or less direct […]

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12th Jul2019

‘Ticket to Ride London’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Even though it has retained its place on my shelves throughout house moves, various clear outs and many more occasions that could have spelled its demise, I almost never play Ticket to Ride anymore. Something about this classic gateway game from Days of Wonder has begun to grate on me – it takes a long […]

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08th Jul2019

‘X-Wing 2.0: ARC-170, Delta-7 & Sith Infiltrator’ Expansion Pack Review

by Matthew Smail

Right from the launch of X-Wing 2.0, players have known that there would be support for no less than seven factions. Even so, conversion kits and new ships have been hitting stores in what Fantasy Flight Games refers to as waves. Whilst the first wave featured just three factions (Scum and Villainy, Rebel Alliance and […]

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05th Jul2019

‘The Great War: Centenary Edition’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

No matter how hard I might try, there’s no way that I would be able to list the number of different implementations of Richard Borg’s Commands and Colors to date. We’ve already covered one such iteration in the form of Command and Colors Napoleonics and no doubt there will be others in the future. Under […]

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01st Jul2019

‘Noctiluca’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Designing a light, compact game that is filled with decisions and can be completed within about thirty to forty five minutes is no mean feat, but games like Azul, Century: Spice Road and Majesty are becoming more and more popular with gamers of all experience levels. Whilst there’s still room in my life for war […]

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