17th Oct2018

‘The Magnates’ Board Game Review (Phalanx Games)

by Matthew Smail

In The Magnates, each player acts as a powerful family who is embroiled in deciding the fate of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth over approximately two hundred years, from when it was formed until when it ultimately fell into decline. The Magnates is relatively abstract and takes place over four rounds of play, each of which represents the […]

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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 […]

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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18th Jul2018

‘Hannibal & Hamilcar’ Board Game Review

by Matthew Smail

Following a recent Kickstarter campaign, Hannibal & Hamilcar represents the final product of a real labour of love from Phalanx Games, lead by popular designer Jaro Andruszkiewicz and with full backing from the creator of Avalon Hill’s original Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage, Mark Simonitch. With a visually overhauled remaster of the original game (that features […]

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