Matt Thrower
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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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Matt Thrower
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Play Matt: Galactic Warlords Review
 
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated July 13, 2019 1447   0

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Reaching into the blazing red box, I pull out handfuls of plastic troops and tanks, to a chorus of disinterest. If it's going to be that kind of game, they want to know why we don't just play Risk: Legacy or Nexus Ops instead. "Bear with me," I plead, hiding a half-smirk. Because I've soloed this game, and I know it's not that kind of game. Well, not quite anyway.
Play Matt: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Review
 
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated June 24, 2019 2355   0
There's an email in my inbox that has made me catch my breath. It says there's going to be a game based on one of those rare books that I never wanted to end. After the cover closed on Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, I carried it in my heart for weeks. So why, then, has this news given me a sense of panic?
Play Matt: Res Arcana Review
 
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated June 11, 2019 2169   0

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It's a nice box featuring, for some reason, the lady from Concordia repurposed as some kind of wizard. Inside more pleasant surprises await. A lidded carousel to hold five kinds of wooden token that looks nice, works well and is useful during play all at once. Card compartments that fit sleeved cards should this prove one of the one per cent of games I bother sleeving.
Play Matt: Where The Wildlands Are
 
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated May 27, 2019 2029   0
Geeks love stats and lists. It's always fun to see who rates what well. But it's often more interesting to look not at scores, but at outliers, at games that divide opinion. There are lots of reasons why certain titles prove controversial, but none of them applies to 2018's Wildlands. I gave five stars to this tactical Skirmish game from Martin Wallace, and it was one of my top three titles that year. And I expected everyone else to love it too. But it has not proved so. In fact, it's proved a real Marmite game: many loved it...
Play Matt: The Romans Review
 
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated May 13, 2019 1849   0
The chit-chat dies down, replaced by expectant faces all around the table. Fingers fiddle with baggies, lips smack over a beer but still, the sense of anticipation hangs like a crouching cat. They're waiting for me to help them make sense of the jumble of cards, chits and lovely legionnaire meeples by explaining some rules. Which I have read, of course. It's only now, with all eyes on me, that I realise I can't match the pieces on the table with the words in the book.
Play Matt: Journeys in Middle-Earth Review
 
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated April 29, 2019 4395   0
After sliding the oversized lid off the oversized box, I'm staring down into echoing expansion space. I can almost feel the hand reaching out to fawn and grasp at my wallet. Among the card and plastic figures, though, I'm looking for something: the baggie of character cards. When I pull it out and sort through the contents, my heart sinks.
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Rants & Raves MT Matt Thrower Updated April 16, 2019 3124   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 5190   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 3267   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 2740   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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