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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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MattDP   October 14, 2018   1984   0
The more Martin Wallace tells me about Wildlands, the more impressed I get. It's clearly built on his wargaming roots but has evolved to become a quick-playing asymmetric game of fantasy combat. He tells me it's easy to learn, playable out of the box, but with plenty of mechanical depth.
 
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MattDP   September 30, 2018   1348   0
The gamers paw among the pile of games, deciding what to play. There is too much choice: talk drifts, pasta eaten and washed down with beer and cider. In the background, leather cracks sharply on willow as the TV displays the day's cricket highlights. It's a compelling game: maybe we won't play anything at all.
 
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MattDP   September 16, 2018   3072   0
Crytpid isn't out yet, but nevertheless, it sits on the table, a cryptic puzzle: at once real and unreal. Of course, it draws players like a honeypot.  "I've heard about this!" "How did you get it?" "Have you read the rules yet?"
 
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MattDP   September 02, 2018   1497   0
It's called Spy Club but with the picture of sleuthing kids on the box, I keep calling it Spy Kids. My own kids admonish me every time I misname it. And I misname it a lot: it's obviously a family co-operative game, so we're sitting down to play it as a family. 
 
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MattDP   August 19, 2018   923   0
Among the games, one stands out with its garish pink box and cheap cartoon art. I pick it up, see that it's a tabletop golf game and images of cheap executive toys flit across my brain. I put Mars Open: Tabletop Golf to one side. There are far more interesting, and interestingly coloured, games in this selection to look at.
 
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MattDP   August 05, 2018   1803   1
The first counter goes down on the board, sliding off the owner's thumb with a satisfying thwack. Its arrowhead points at my capital like an accusation. Besides that, I'm clueless. What is it? Given that it's sat on a territory border, it's either an army or a bluff. But if it's real, how many samurais are rolling in my direction? My palms begin to sweat. What do I need to do to defend myself? 
 
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MattDP   July 29, 2018   1290   0
I am too tired to go and learn a bunch of complicated miniatures rules. But a chance to game is a chance to game, so it looks like I'm going to have to go and learn Star Wars: Legion either way. 
 
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MattDP   July 22, 2018   1649   0
Gamers have packed into the hall, the noise and heat are unbelievable. I am too tired to cope with the sensory overload, but I am drawn to the lady with purple hair like a beacon of hope in midst of chaos. As the evening passes, that hair will serve as an anchor in a sea of geekery, enabling other friends to find and speak to us. I know the lady with the purple hair and her friend have a game waiting for me and, tired as I am, my hopes are high.
 
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MattDP   July 15, 2018   3297   0
As soon as I see the box, I want it. Even after all these years of gaming, the evocative pull of good box art is still capable of stirring me, deep in my wallet. And when it comes, before I take the shrinkwrap off, I spend a moment admiring it. Looking at the golem's inscrutable face, its vast scale compared to the tiny caravans, wondering what it's doing with that tree.
 
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MattDP   July 01, 2018   3642   0
Azul sits out on the shelf, because there are too many games and I can't find anywhere to put it away. Elder daughter arrives home and seizes on it with a level of enthusiasm only a pre-teen can muster. "OH my GOD that is the MOST GORGEOUS game I have EVER SEEN!". There is a pause. "What is it?" I explain it's a game about tiling walls. Her enthusiasm cools noticeably. But we play it anyway.
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