25th Sep2020

Must-Buy: ‘Nightmare Horror Adventures’ board game – out this Halloween!

by Kevin Haldon

Something a little bit different for everyone here… I was clued into this real intriguing Horror Board/Card game Nightmare Horror Adventures, coming out this Halloween season, and it instantly has my warped mind in geeky overload. So until I can get my paws on the game to sit in a socially distant bubble with some […]

21st Sep2020

‘Marvel Splendor’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst I’ve noticed an increasing number of dubious uses for the Marvel branding – including everything from sweets to underwear – Marvel Splendor is one tie-in that actually makes sense. The link between classic Splendor gameplay and Thanos’ quest for the Infinity Stones is so clear that I could imagine that whoever runs marketing at […]

18th Sep2020

‘Glasgow’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Given that 2020 has been completely spoiled by the Covid-19 Pandemic, I find myself playing more and more games with just my wife. Whilst I always enjoy these head to head contests, she enjoys a much more limited subset of games to me, and so I have to make my proposed choice for any game […]

27th Aug2020

‘Camel Up’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Camel Up is perhaps one of the longest standing and best loved betting games in the market, but believe it or not, I hadn’t tried it until I was asked to undertake this review. Whilst Camel Up has been around for years, the version I’ve been sent is a recent reprint – and goodness me […]

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19th Aug2020

‘Clank!’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

People who love deckbuilding games are certainly spoiled for choice these days, with the likes of Dominion, Mage Knight and Legendary all building on the core idea of starting out with a weak deck and building it up to something much more powerful over time, albeit with their own twist. Clank! easily sits alongside (and […]

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12th Aug2020

‘Watergate’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Even before the Covid-19 lockdown came into force, I had always enjoyed the focus of a good, thoughtful, two player game. I think this fascination comes from repeatedly playing Draughts, Chess and Stratego with my dad and friends when I was much younger. Nowadays, I play two player games with my wife mostly, but we […]

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22nd Jul2020

‘Traintopia’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

When it comes to board games based on trains (of which there are many) I’m not the biggest fan. Actual real-life trains do little for me, and because setting and theme are so important to the way I enjoy board games, I have to get over that initial lack of interest before I can become […]

17th Jul2020

‘Abandon All Artichokes’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’re going to make a card game these days, you’re going to have a heck of a job on your hands in making it stand out from the crowd. Casual players these days are inundated with choice, having often hundreds of small box, simple games to choose from. When it comes to Abandon All […]

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09th Jul2020

‘Sagrada’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

As I keep mentioning in my reviews, life as a board gamer has probably never been better. Modern production values have enlivened the way that board games look, and introduced new ways to experience the mechanics of the games, thanks to advances in plastic, cardboard and wood production. Modern games work best when they take […]

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15th Jun2020

‘Monopoly Voice Banking: Control It All’ Board Game Review

by James Smith

Monopoly is the board game we all know and love. Yes, it has torn apart countless families and caused many the tantrums, but a family board game evening would not be the same without it. Monopoly is likely the most well-known board game in the world whilst Mr Monopoly (who was formerly known as Rich […]

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10th Jun2020

‘The Walking Dead: All-Out War’ Board Game Review

by Chris Thomas

How did zombies go from being an extremely niche form of horror to being pop culture mainstream? up there with teenage mutant turtles and twerking. There is even a skittles television advert featuring a zombie high school romance scene for heaven’s sake. At this point we are so invested in the idea of zombies it […]

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22nd May2020

‘Sushi Roll’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

With two young kids and a wife who is at best only interested in light to midweight games, dice chuckers are becoming increasingly important to us as a family. For me, however, they rarely satisfy my need for meaningful choices and interlocking, complex mechanics. Sushi Roll doesn’t quite reach the heights of the medium to […]

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14th May2020

Days of Wonder announce ‘Small World of Warcraft’ board game!

by Phil Wheat

Days of Wonder have today announced their first collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment by introducing Small World of Warcraft, a new board game combining the Small World game mechanics with Blizzard’s celebrated Warcraft universe – set on the fantasy world of Azeroth, where the races of the Alliance and the Horde—including Orcs, Dwarves, Trolls, and Worgen—clash […]

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13th May2020

‘QueenDomino’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In my household, there are two young children, one casual gamer and one very serious gamer (me.) This means that we’ve grown very fond of KingDomino, as you’ll see from my review last year. As the serious gamer in the group, I love KingDomino’s accessibility when it comes to enabling my wife and children to […]

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08th May2020

‘The Isle of Cats’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

When it comes to game design, theme is hugely important to me. I know a lot of players prefer the mechanical or mathematical puzzles that games provide, but I honestly can’t engage my brain in the same way when a game is absent of theme. Thankfully for The Isle of Cats, the theme is everything, […]

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15th Apr2020

‘MegaCity: Oceania’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

As a rule, I really struggle to enjoy dexterity based games – and this tends to be something I find splits my friends right down the middle. Some are capable of the kind of deft movements that you’d associate with Legolas and his elven brethren, whilst me and the other half are more like Gimli […]

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06th Apr2020

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: City Fall & Change is Constant’ Board Game(s) Review

by Matthew Smail

As a child, I think I would have done just about anything for a Teenage Mutant Ninja (or Hero, as they were known in the UK) Turtles board game. At the time I was big into the likes of HeroQuest and Space Crusade, which were the early miniatures board games that very likely paved the […]

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31st Mar2020

‘Starcadia Quest’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst I often think that I play an awful lot of miniatures games, one that has always eluded me is Arcadia Quest, the long-running and much expanded series from CMON Games and legendary designer, Eric Laing. Whilst I still haven’t played this seminal title, I have spent the last couple of weeks enjoying the campaign […]

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26th Mar2020

‘Sub Terra: Collectors Edition’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’re familiar with cooperative games like Pandemic, then you’ll already know more or less how to play Sub Terra before I even explain it, although think twice before you assume that Sub Terra is a family game. Rather than working together to save the world, the players actually find themselves in a desperate struggle to […]

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20th Mar2020

‘Paladins of the West Kingdom’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

When it comes to the various similarly themed games from Shem Phillips and Garphill Games, I have to admit to having had a mixed experience so far. I really enjoyed Raiders of the North Sea, but Shipwrights of the North Sea left me cold enough that I felt no inclination to return to the series. […]

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09th Mar2020

‘Fallout: Wasteland Warfare – Starter Box’ Board Game Review

by Chris Thomas

Fallout is typically an RPG videogame but, now, as a “franchise” (cringe) it is brought to us as box of lovely, preassembled miniatures in a table top miniatures game. The miniatures are all glorious and come on coloured plastic / resin, so if you want to treat this as a board game you need to […]

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02nd Mar2020

‘Heroes of Stalingrad’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst we’ve enjoyed many war games here at Nerdly, we have to admit that the subject matter can be divisive. War is inherently dark, and when you get down to platoon level combat where individual squads of five or six men fight for inches of ground, it can bring the realities of the situation home […]

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