18th Sep2019

‘Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

I am perhaps a little bit biased towards GMT Games products. I love the COIN series because of how it represents the interesting, highly asymmetrical conflicts that it depicts in intricate detail. At the other end of the spectrum, GMT has some exceptional lighter games, like the classic Richard Berg (may he rest in peace) […]

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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 […]

23rd Jan2019

‘Fire in the Lake’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

The Vietnam War has been depicted in numerous ways over the years and remains the subject of much discussion for armchair generals all over the world. Whilst there are hundreds of documentaries, movies and to a lesser extent, video games about Vietnam, board games are fairly infrequent. Whilst this may be because The Vietnam War […]

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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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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25th Jun2018

‘Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis 1860-61′ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Considering that it was designed by Mark Herman and published by GMT Games (both of whom are well known for producing relatively heavy war games) I was both surprised and delighted to discover how light and accessible Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis 1860-61 (Fort Sumter from here on out) actually is. A strictly two player […]

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18th Apr2018

‘Twilight Struggle’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

When it was first released in 2005, I can’t imagine that designers Ananda Gupta and Jason Matthews would ever have expected that their debut game, Twilight Struggle, would hold first place on Board Game Geek for more than five years. There have now been several revisions, printings and special editions of the game, leading to […]

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05th Mar2018

‘Command & Colors: Napoleonics’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Although I am fortunate enough to have hundreds of childhood memories that I think of with incredible fondness, some have certainly stayed with me more than others. When it came to television in the early 1990’s, access to Sky was very limited and no one had hard drive based Freeview boxes for catch up TV […]

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21st Feb2018

Nerdly declares Total Wargames!

by Matthew Smail

Thanks to generous support from GMT Games, Asmodee, Academy Games, The Plastic Soldier Company, Hollandspiele and Griggling Games, Nerdly will now be featuring wargames on a regular basis! We are already incredibly proud of our tabletop and board game coverage, and we hope that the introduction of wargame features will help to introduce a whole […]

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