22nd May2019

‘Space Gate Odyssey’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Ludonaute’s Space Gate Odyssey, each player controls an individual confederation of scientists on humanity’s first interstellar colonisation mission. The players will compete to expand their own personal space stations, each of which will consist of a number of interconnected modules. By managing the flow of specific actions, players will gather settlers and then deploy […]

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17th May2019

‘Heroes of Land, Air and Sea’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Heroes of Land, Air and Sea, one to four players will compete for victory points by mastering the classic 4X’s – Exploring, Expanding, Exploiting and Exterminating. This huge and visually impressive game is the brainchild of Scott Almes and a Gamelyn Games production, making it a very exciting prospect indeed. Let’s dive in to […]

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13th May2019

‘Dinosaur Island’ & ‘Totally Liquid’ Expansion Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’ve been following board games for the past couple of years, you will almost certainly heard of Dinosaur Island, which debuted last year in a blockbusting Kickstarter. Finally, after a few relatively modest print runs, the game is back in print and available to buy, and along with it is a big box expansion […]

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08th May2019

‘Inuit: The Snow Folk’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

It’s hardly rare for a board game to build its theme around the lives of the native people of one region or another, but in most cases, such games tend to marginalise, exploit or otherwise belittle such people. Inuit: The Snow Folk is a very, very different prospect. Designed in collaboration with the Inuk people,Inuit: […]

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03rd May2019

‘Dream Catchers’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Dream Catchers, each player controls a friendly sprite who visits children in the night, chasing away their nightmares and ensuring that they have sweet dreams and a good night’s sleep. Monsters hiding under the bed will threaten to wake the children and gobble them up, and so they must also be chased away. Dream […]

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01st May2019

‘Istanbul’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Istanbul, two to five players each take on the role of a busy merchant hurrying through the bustling streets of the titular city. With a host of assistants trailing behind them, the merchants will collect valuable commodities, earn lira and visit various key locations in order to achieve their ultimate objective of earning enough […]

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29th Apr2019

‘Hellboy: The Board Game’ Review

by Matthew Smail

Based on the hype that appears to surround Hellboy: The Board Game, I’d be surprised if there was anyone left who is interested in the game but hasn’t already purchased it. When games like this come to retail, stripped of their Kickstarter exclusives and multiple expansions, they are sometimes revealed as little more than attractive […]

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26th Apr2019

‘The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

There are already countless board games that seek to replicate the adventures of Frodo, Aragorn, Gandalf and the rest of the J. R. R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Nine, but relatively few expand the narrative outside of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth from […]

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24th Apr2019

‘Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

For those who have been following our regular coverage of GMT Games products, you may have noticed a theme. GMT produce deeply strategic, often complex but always incredibly powerful simulations that explore real periods of history. In the games that we’ve covered, we’ve already been to Vietnam, Algeria and to the American Revolutionary War, but […]

22nd Apr2019

‘Big Book of Madness’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Big Book of Madness, the players work cooperatively to defeat various spirits and monsters unleashed from a grimoire that they accidentally opened. Spells will be cast, curses will be broken and ultimately, the players will hope that the grimoire can be sealed before time runs out. Big Book of Madness draws on similar characters and […]

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17th Apr2019

‘Ganz Schon Clever (That’s Pretty Clever)’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Although it has been a quiet revolution, the “Roll and Write” genre has been carving out a large proportion of the traditional board game market share over the past couple of years. There are now numerous well-loved examples of this style of game, but few have experienced such ferocious popularity as Wolfgang Warsch’s Ganz Schon […]

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10th Apr2019

‘Raccoon Tycoon’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

As the name might suggest, Raccoon Tycoon is a game of pure economics set in a world full of anthropomorphic animals. It’s a game about producing and selling commodities at just the right moment, as well as expanding your town in order to increase production capacity. Raccoon Tycoon looks fairly daunting at first glance, which I […]

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03rd Apr2019

‘Stone Age: Anniversary Edition’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Regular readers would be forgiven for experiencing a sense of deja-vu at opening our latest board game review, which, today, is the recently release Stone Age: Anniversary Edition. I say that not simply because Stone Age was first released over ten years ago, but also because we actually reviewed the base game last year, just […]

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29th Mar2019

‘NEOM’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

NEOM claims to be the game that allows players to “create the city of tomorrow” but I can’t stop myself from thinking that it’s an irrelevant claim. Unless the specific thing that future cities will feature is a perfectly square layout that positions neat rows and columns of buildings joined by slightly inconvenient road layouts. […]

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27th Mar2019

‘Victorian Masterminds’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Anytime you hear of a game that has been designed in tandem by two great minds like those of Eric Lang and Antoine Bauza, with a production from CMON, it’s time to setup and pay attention. In this case, the game is Victorian Masterminds. The theme? Steampunk villains, diabolical machines and, erm, stealing buildings. Yes, Victorian […]

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20th Mar2019

‘Dungeon Saga: The Dwarf King’s Quest’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’ve enjoyed HeroQuest at any time in your life, then you’ll be instantly familiar with what Dungeon Saga: The Dwarf King’s Quest is setting out to achieve. From the bundled tutorial quest to the simple setup and straightforward rules, this 2015 classic from Mantic Games has recently been reprinted to entice a whole new […]

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13th Mar2019

‘Terminator: Rise of the Resistance’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

The Terminator series of movies has certainly had its ups and downs. The first movie and it’s blockbusting sequel are considered among the greatest sci-fi/action movies of all time by many, but the third and fourth movies in the series (Rise of the Machines and Salvation) are perhaps better off erased from the history books. […]

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06th Mar2019

‘Battle Ravens’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’re a fan of Bernard Cornwell novels, or even the fairly recent series The Last Kingdom, you’re likely to be familiar with the idea of a shield wall already. This brutal but effective means of Dark Ages combat was used by armies all over Europe from the time of the Roman occupation until the […]

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28th Feb2019

‘Crown of Emara’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Anyone looking at Crown of Emara on a shelf would be forgiven for dismissing it instantly for one of the numerous, generic looking German euro/roundel style games that are released in their hundreds these days. The artwork is from Dennis Lohausen and whilst I haven’t seen his work in another game before, it has the […]

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27th Feb2019

‘Evolution Climate’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Games that focus on natural history and the environment are relatively few and far between, with most of those that do exist occupying the extreme ends of the complexity spectrum – catering as either educational tools for children, or taking the form of very heavy euro style games. North Star Games’ Evolution Climate is one […]

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20th Feb2019

‘RONE: Second Edition’ Card Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Fans of card battling games like Magic: The Gathering have had no shortage of choice in the last few years and it’s also hard to make a bad example of the genre, thanks largely to the amount of inspiration on offer. This can make it difficult for titles to differentiate themselves, however almost every game […]

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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 […]

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