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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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10th Sep2018

‘Big Trouble in Little China: The Board Game’ Review

by Matthew Smail

I was three years old when Big Trouble in Little China was first released (1986, for those guessing) but more so than almost any other eighties action movie, its irreverent quips and gung-ho attitude cemented it as an enduring classic in my mind. Clearly, the team at Everything Epic feel the same way, since the […]

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05th Sep2018

‘Hitler’s Reich’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

When I first decided that I’d like to begin covering war games, I didn’t entirely know what to expect. I was unable to escape the feeling that these games were inherently complex and unappealing to play and it was a real surprise to learn that most war games follow a certain logic that, whilst sometimes […]

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29th Aug2018

‘Nanty Narking’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whether you loved or hated the Discworld series of books by Sir Terry Pratchett, there can be no doubt about the influence his work had on the literary world. Whilst my own relationship with Rincewind and the rest of Pratchett’s wacky characters blew hot and cold over the years, I have no hesitation in saying […]

24th Aug2018

‘Clank! In! Space!’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Everyone knows that in space, no one can hear you scream, but apparently, they can hear you clank. Clank! In! Space! is the second standalone game in the Clank! universe and it is, in all but setting, as near as dammit identical to the original game. Essentially a pick up and deliver game that is […]

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22nd Aug2018

‘Germania Magna: Border in Flames’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

The military and political strength of the Roman Empire ebbed and flowed many times throughout its long history, with Rome itself sacked on at least two occasions. By its twilight years, the Empire was largely incapable of defending its expansive borders from attack by barbarians and other expansionist empires, all of whom saw Roman riches […]

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20th Aug2018

‘Zombicide: Green Horde’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Ah Zombicide. Now an iconic example of how to pack a box full of plastic miniatures and glossy cardboard, then launch a big budget Kickstarter, this a series that almost needs no introduction. Many fans of miniatures based board games love it, whilst a lot of the people who dislike it don’t seem to have […]

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17th Aug2018

‘Stone Age’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Whilst games based on what is called “worker placement” are fairly common, “worker retrieval” games are much harder to come by. The subject of this review; Stone Age, dates back to 2008 and is probably the earliest example of a worker retrieval game that I can find. Essentially this is a game in which players […]

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15th Aug2018

‘The Manhattan Project 2: Minutes to Midnight’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

When I think about nuclear war (or at least the threat of it) in board games, the first examples that spring to mind are usually related to The Cold War, including Twilight Struggle and the like. Coming in to Minion Games’ The Manhattan Project 2: Minutes to Midnight and having never played the original, I […]

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13th Aug2018

‘A Feast For Odin’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Certain things in popular culture – wether movies, games, records or even board games – come with an aura of expectation around them that can be a little unfair. In the board gaming world, products that fall into this category are often the massive Kickstarters from CMON or Restoration Games. For some board gamers (perhaps […]

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08th Aug2018

‘Band Manager: The Board Game’ Review

by Matthew Smail

Band Manager: The Board Game is the result of a successful Kickstarter that was launched by Original Content London a few years ago now. The game is built around the concept of forming a band, assembling successful tours and ultimately on winning a very specific number of fans to symbolise that your band has made […]

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