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Matt has been writing about tabletop games professional since 2012, blogging since 2006 and playing them since he could talk.

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Rants & Raves MT Matt Thrower Updated April 16, 2019 2299   0
A typical dull British morning: grey skies to dampen the soul but not quite cold or wet or windy enough to even be interesting. Yet, coffee in hand, I feel a misplaced sense of exhilaration. Curving away into the thin fog below me are two sets of parallel rails. I know exactly where they go, back to my childhood home. A small seaside town I've been back to countless times. Still, the low whine of an approaching train heralds a small pleasure. A day of movement without effort to enjoy, to think, to write.
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated April 01, 2019 4557   0

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Thousands of gamers can't be wrong about Pandemic, right? But I tried the original with my wife and found it flat. And I tried Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu with my kids and found it lacked atmosphere. And I tried Pandemic: Legacy with my gaming cronies and we ached to fight each other instead of diseases. Yet here I am, looking at Pandemic: Fall of Rome, and wondering if it's fourth time lucky.
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Gaming Scene MT Matt Thrower Updated March 25, 2019 2902   0
Angry male nerds are a blight upon the earth. Almost every dreadful cultural phenomenon of the past decade, from internet harassment, to social media bubbles, all the way up to cases of mass murder has been propelled by bitter, socially awkward young men. These are potentially people in our social spaces, and it's essential we help tackle it. So when I see things like this essay on toxic masculinity in gaming, I read it, looking for insight.
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated March 20, 2019 2462   0

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The house hums with the quiet comfort of visitors. In the front room, the low coffee table is ceremonially cleared of cider cans and chocolate. Curious faces crowd the doorway. Under all the scrutiny, I begin to get a little nervous. The Dice Forge box I'm unboxing contains a sleeve which contains a tray which contains dozens of carefully-sorted plastic dice faces. Will the elastic holding it keep all the faces in their places as I've jiggled and joggled the box in transit?
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated March 20, 2019 3383   0

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On a 14th of October some years ago, I locked shields with the big, hairy man next to me and raised my sword. We waited for the enemy to come. "Someone should make a film about the Battle of Hastings," observed the big man, passing time as we waited to die. "It wouldn't need a fancy title: just 1066. Everyone would know."
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated February 18, 2019 2844   0

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Until today, my knowledge of Rhodesia came from the voice of Bob Marley. He's singing it now in the background, as I scour the web for more detailed, if less impassioned, sources. Africans did a-liberate Zimbabwe in the end, of course, and the story of how it happened is on the table next to me. The White Tribe, a folio game on the Zimbabwe War of Liberation.
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated February 04, 2019 2800   0

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Of all the things that could be a hook, it's the names that do it. Every Keyforge deck is unique, containing cards randomly selected from those in the set. It also has a unique, computer-generated name. Some, apparently are rude. But I don't care about that. I just want to know what fantasy characters they might remind me of. So I get four.
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated January 21, 2019 5577   0

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I'm looking at a box, and one of my earliest memories is looking back at me. An implacable figure in a blue-black jumpsuit, eyes obscured behind a helmet and joints protected by padding. On his chest is a gold badge emblazoned with a single word: Dredd. I drew this character in felt tip, from memory, before I was even able to read, without knowing who he was. That's how deep Judge Dredd had embedded in the psyche of '70s Britain.
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated April 13, 2019 2437   0

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The box art has a charming Tintin look, without that annoying quiff. All pith helmets and tangled undergrowth. Inside there are two decks of cards. The big one has a tab to unwrap the shrink, but the small one doesn't. I try to open it with my thumb and, to my horror, I mark a card. Diving to the rulebook in a mild panic, I determine the damage is to a map card, part of the board. So that's okay.
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated January 07, 2019 2229   0
Last year I played a ridiculous number of new games as potential inclusions for The Board Game Book. The editor wanted a certain quality bar for inclusion which, in this site's terms, is "3.5 stars. Ok so we don't actually allow half stars but you get the idea. Essentially: not all the games that failed to make the cut were bad. Some of them were bad. Either way, you deserve to know about them. So here they are.  
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