05th Dec2018

‘Forbidden Sky’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whenever I open a new board game these days, I hardly know what to expect. Among all of those which I’ve played this year, there’s been a myriad of card, paper, wood and plastic – where Forbidden Sky is concerned, I was met with a pleasant surprise. Not only are all these standard components present […]

28th Nov2018

‘Arkham Horror: Third Edition’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’re familiar with Fantasy Flight Games catalogue, then you must have encountered one or more of their Lovecraft inspired games by now. Among them are some of the most recognisable lines in FFG’s catalogue, including Mansions of Madness and the Arkham Horror Living Card Game (LCG). There have also been two editions of the […]

21st Nov2018

‘Champions of Midgard’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In Champions of Midgard (Champions) the players will draft warrior dice by placing workers, in order to then gain Glory by fighting various monsters including trolls, draugr and much more exotic fauna. Theme is everything in some games and it masks a huge difference to the way a game can make you feel about playing […]

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14th Nov2018

‘Battle of Britain’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Although the size of the box, hundreds of different cards and the imposing looking plastic airplanes that reside within the Battle of Britain box might make you feel as if this were going to be a heavyweight, complex war game, PSC Games updated version of Richard Berg’s 1990 classic is surprisingly accessible, very fast paced […]

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08th Nov2018

Back This! Special – ‘Sword & Sorcery: Ancient Chronicles’ (Board Game)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This month we’re spotlighting a brand new board game Kickstarter from Ares Games – whose […]

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07th Nov2018

‘Guilds’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Guilds, from Christian Giove is a light to midweight game that using dual drafting mechanics to simulate players expanding the ranks of their guild by attracting the most interesting characters, whilst simultaneously building out the physical makeup of the guild headquarters. Guilds supports two to four players, but it really comes to life at three or […]

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02nd Nov2018

‘Coimbra’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Coimbra is a brand new game from Eggerspiele in which two to four players don the relatively familiar doublet’s of near-renaissance era explorers, based in the famous Portuguese city that shares it name with the game. Coimbra is a fairly classic euro style game that was actually designed by a group of relative veterans, each of […]

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31st Oct2018

‘Keyforge’ Deckbuilding Game Review

by Matthew Smail

The tabletop gaming world has no shortage of deckbuilding and card games, many of which claim to be innovative. Almost every one is designed to accommodate a particular need, whether that’s to be fast and fluid or deep and complex, with unlimited possibilities. Most of these card games deliver their particular style of innovation because […]

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24th Oct2018

‘Master of the Galaxy’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Master of the Galaxy is a brand new 4x (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate) game that claims to be playable in under an hour, without compromising the deep, strategic gameplay that this genre has become known for. As you can imagine from the name and the images, Master of the Galaxy takes place at an abstracted, […]

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22nd Oct2018

‘Smiles and Daggers’ Card Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Smiles and Daggers is a brief, multiplayer card game that features very unusual artwork and an unusual betting style of play that involves a lot of player interaction. Three to six players each take control of a unique looking faction that is presented in a deck of six cards: three knights, two lady’s and one […]

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15th Oct2018

‘Cosmic Encounter’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If there was ever a list of board games that were most recognised as those capable of conjuring up incredible stories of near misses, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat and getting one over on your friends, Cosmic Encounter would be on it. With Cosmic Encounter now over forty years old, the Fantasy Flight Games […]

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12th Oct2018

‘Founders of Gloomhaven’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Founders of Gloomhaven is a city building game in which the players act as the founding settlers of the titular city of Gloomhaven. Whilst Founders of Gloomhaven is set in Isaac Childres’ Gloomhaven world, it’s a very different kind of game to the original Gloomhaven, which is well regarded as one of the best dungeon crawlers […]

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10th Oct2018

‘Cryptid’ Board Game Review (Osprey Games)

by Matthew Smail

In Cryptid, three to five players take on the role of monster hunters and embark on an abstract quest to locate The Cryptid; a creature of myth and legend. Cryptid is no dungeon crawler though – it’s a pure deduction game that will test your brainpower a lot more than your sword arm. Cryptid is a brand […]

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08th Oct2018

‘Minerva’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Minerva is a relatively fast paced, straightforward city building game that supports one to four players, each of whom will perform the role of governor for the unnamed city that they represent. For all intents and purposes, Minerva is set during what appears to be a time of peace and prosperity for the Roman Empire, since […]

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03rd Oct2018

‘Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

As someone still very new to the COIN (Counter-Insurgency) series of games, I certainly wish that I had begun my time playing them with Volume VII – Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, rather than Liberty or Death, which I reviewed earlier this year. I’m not saying that Liberty or Death is bad – far from […]

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03rd Oct2018

Square Enix announce new ‘Tomb Raider’ board game

by Phil Wheat

Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics and Hobby Japan Co., Ltd have today announced a brand new Tomb Raider board game coming in February 2019. Tomb Raider Legends: The Board Game is a fun and clever take on the classic video game series. Explore ruins or see off threats while using your wits, arsenal and skills to […]

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01st Oct2018

‘Raids’ Board Game Review (Iello Games)

by Matthew Smail

Raids is a fairly lightweight, straightforward new game from IELLO, which seeks to offer the players an insight into the Viking life of trading, pillaging, battling terrible monsters whilst travelling the shoreline in their longboat. Like all IELLO games, it is very visually impressive and uses absolutely top notch components to deliver an exciting, fast […]

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25th Sep2018

‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Despite the sad decline of Warhammer: Fantasy Battles, fans of rank-and-file miniatures combat have perhaps never been better served. Aside from the more serious tabletop wargaming systems like Bolt Action that allow the use of custom sets of miniatures, there are now more complete, boxed battle games than ever before. Only last year, we reviewed […]

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24th Sep2018

‘X-Wing: Second Edition’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

[NOTE: If you haven’t read it yet, check out our first thoughts piece on X-Wing: Second Edition right here] Unless, like me, you’ve been more or less unaware of Fantasy Flight Games X-Wing miniatures game until now, then you probably already know that the brand new Second Edition is rather a big deal. Sure, I’ve […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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