21st Feb2024

‘Tamashii’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Riding the wave of recently renewed interest in cyberpunk-themed games, Tamashii is a brand new IP from Awaken Realms that tells the story of a group of individuals who exist in the net as uploaded consciousnesses. These individuals exist primarily in cyberspace but have the ability to jump into physical bodies in the real world, […]

15th Feb2024

‘Kutná Hora: The City of Silver’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If you’re a regular reader of the board game section on Nerdly, you’ll probably know that I love games that tell stories. This isn’t just about the theme and setting of a game, but also the way in which its mechanics come together to support the visual and thematic elements. In Kutná Hora: The City […]

09th Feb2024

‘Dune: Imperium – Uprising’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst we haven’t covered the original Dune: Imperium here at Nerdly, we did cover the very nice Dune: Imperium – Deluxe Upgrade Pack and I have played the base game a lot. Basic Dune: Imperium has become one of the most popular modern games of the moment, with copies available in almost every game group […]

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08th Feb2024

‘Path of Civilization: A Story of Humankind’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

The best board games are not the most complex or the ones that have the most components – but the ones which capture big decisions in simple rulesets, satisfying mechanics and an engaging theme. Without a doubt, one of the best modern games is 7 Wonders, which captures the idea of building an ancient civilization […]

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02nd Feb2024

‘MLEM: Space Agency’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Imagine if cats ruled the world. What would it be like? Well, if Reiner Knizia’s MLEM: Space Agency is to be believed, it would be much the same – except where space travel is concerned. In MLEM the players control intrepid cat crews as they blast off for the Milky Way – but in classic […]

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31st Jan2024

‘Kingmaker’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

First released in 1974, Kingmaker is a classic medium-heavy wargame that deals with the politics and conflict of the English War of the Roses – during which the forces of York and Lancaster competed for almost fifty years to determine who would hold the crown. This conflict ultimately led to the replacement of the Plantagenet […]

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24th Jan2024

‘Mythic Battles: Pantheon’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Even though 2017 may not seem that long ago, it’s a huge amount of time in terms of board game development and popularity. With that in mind, it’s incredible to think that the original Mythic Battles: Pantheon was one of the first games to achieve over a million dollars on Kickstarter, and now, several reprints […]

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17th Jan2024

‘Divide Et Impera’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

After spending the last few weeks playing back-to-back games of Divide Et Impera (D. E. I.) during the Christmas break, I feel pretty confident in stating that not enough people are playing this game. I am not sure why this is, but I think somewhere between the very bleak, mottled snowscape that the board and […]

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05th Jan2024

‘Roll Player Adventures’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Choose your own adventure games have been increasingly popular over the past three or four years, and whilst I’ve seen a few different spins on the formula, I’ve never seen as big a box as that of Roll Player Adventures. With ten substantial scenarios and a smaller side quest, there’s a lot in that box […]

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03rd Jan2024

‘Waterfall Park’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Back in 1999, I was far more interested in getting drunk and listening to heavy metal than I was in board games, but for some people, the release of Karsten Hartwig’s Chinatown was quite a big deal. At almost twenty-five years old and over one million recorded plays, it’s no surprise that Chinatown was due […]

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28th Dec2023

‘Project L’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

With more and more games to choose from each year, you can be forgiven for letting a few fly under the radar – but missing out on Project L in the three years since it was released seems like a real shame. Occupying a position just outside the BoardGameGeek Top 10 abstract games, Project L […]

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21st Dec2023

‘Castles of Mad King Ludwig: Second Edition’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

It’s been almost ten years since the original Castles of Mad King Ludwig was released, and whilst lots of things have changed in the gaming world, relatively few titles have sought to replicate the tile combination of auctions and placement that made this game so popular – perhaps Isle of Skye being the notable exception. […]

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19th Dec2023

‘Halls of Hegra’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

I must admit that whilst I play relatively few solo games, when I do play them, I tend to get quite into them. This can depend on the subject matter, but where Halls of Hegra is concerned, subject matter is not a problem. In this specifically solo game (no cooperative or competitive modes), the player […]

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13th Dec2023

‘Perspectives’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

In the style of Mysterium Park and Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Perspectives is a fully cooperative deduction game that includes three separate cases that take place over four acts each. Every act takes around twenty to thirty minutes, giving the players around seven hours of content in the box. In this review I’ve taken pictures […]

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08th Dec2023

‘Magic: The Gathering Universes Beyond – Warhammer 40,000’ TCG Review

by Matthew Smail

As a long term fan of Magic: The Gathering, I have loved seeing the new “Universes Beyond” series that Wizards of the Coast has been promoting lately. With incredible IP’s like Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who and Warhammer 40,000 being introduced in casual formats, players who have never shown an interest in Magic: The […]

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06th Dec2023

‘Terraforming Mars: The Dice Game’ Review

by Matthew Smail

There’s no denying the popularity of Terraforming Mars, and whilst there’s no way to prove it, I often wonder whether it might not be the most popular (and best selling) “heavy” game of all time. Few other games seem to appeal to so many people, and yet the weight and complexity of Jacob Fryxelius’ breakthrough […]

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09th Nov2023

‘Dungeons and Dragons Onslaught’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Skirmish games between exactly two players make for some of the most exciting encounters in board gaming. Whether you’re playing as the heroes and villains of the Marvel universe in Marvel: Crisis Protocol, or recreating iconic dogfights from the Star Wars universe in X-Wing 2.0, this is a genre that offers both strategic depth and […]

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06th Nov2023

‘Marvel Zombies: X-Men Resistance’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

As I drag the latest massive box (or boxes) of Zombicide through my door, I often wonder whether it will simply be more or the same. The last time out, when I reviewed Zombicide: Undead or Alive, I was pleasantly surprised by new mechanics and features. However, the newest Zombicide game – Marvel Zombies: X-Men […]

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01st Nov2023

‘Damnation: The Gothic Game (with Night of the Vampire expansion)’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

If I were into board games twenty or thirty years ago, I reckon my shelves would have more games like Damnation: The Gothic Game on them. As it stands today, Damnation: The Gothic Game stands alone as just about the only game here that relies on mechanisms that are no longer popular with modern gamers […]

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23rd Oct2023

A board gamer’s guide to ‘Cthulhu: Death May Die’

by Matthew Smail

Since Gloomhaven came along, with its ridiculous depth, 100+ missions and near-to-zero-luck gameplay, it’s been tough for other dungeon crawlers to make an impact. With most games in this genre relying on dice-rolling, random encounters and a load of other random factors, it’s tough to be taken seriously. However, when Eric Lang and Rob Daviau […]

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17th Oct2023

‘Archeos Society’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Things move slowly in the world of board games, and the rumour mill is often turning long before anything actually materializes. This is often true when it comes to remaking older games – and in the case of 2017’s Ethnos, there seem to have been rumours about a new design with better components and brighter […]

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31st May2023

‘Star Wars: Shatterpoint’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Long terms readers of Nerdly will know a couple of things – firstly, that we love Star Wars, and secondly, that we’re big fans of miniatures combat games. Among the very best examples of modern skirmish games that we’ve experienced is undoubtedly Marvel: Crisis Protocol from Atomic Mass Games, and you can read our reviews […]

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