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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Articles by Matt Thrower

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Play Matt: Treasure Island Review
 
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated August 05, 2019 1347   0

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As games scatter from the bag, each winking like rubies in the sunset, there is a gasp of surprise. Every one is still in shrinkwrap. But there's no hesitation in choosing what to play. The title and the luminous box art make Treasure Island a unanimous choice. Our host opens the cupboard and, winking, pulls out five glasses and a bottle of dark rum.
Play Matt - Undaunted: Normandy Review
 
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated July 21, 2019 4142   0

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If there's one thing I can't stand in a game, it's faff. And deckbuilders tend to have more than their fair share. But Undaunted: Normandy makes it easy. A few double-sided squares to build a board, a few soldier cards to make your deck and you're done. Between the two of us, it takes moments, seeming too good to be true.
Play Matt: Galactic Warlords Review
 
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Board Game Reviews MT Matt Thrower Updated July 13, 2019 1646   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 2816   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 2454   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 2337   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 2046   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 4879   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 3313   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 5371   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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