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MattDP

Written by: MattDP
#Wiz-War makes me angry. I get angry when I have the wrong cards, when the dice fall wrong, when the wrong people gang up on me. But that’s good anger. The bad anger is all the years I spent not playing...
April 14th, 2014
Written by: MattDP
#When I cracked the shrink on Splendor (what happened to the missing ‘u’?), I got a nasty surprise. I really thought that so many people had taken the piss out of the overuse of the “Renaissance mer...
March 31th, 2014
Written by: MattDP
#The world of board games is a largely cerebral one, even at the thinnest end. For most games, physical appreciation begins and ends with the tactile nature of the pieces. But just occasionally, you’ll ...
March 3th, 2014
Written by: MattDP
#Thwack. Board Games The latest game I covered on Shut Up & Sit Down is the second in the Band of Brothers series, Ghost Panzer. I passed on the first one because it sounded more than slightly unlikely:...
February 24th, 2014
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#Amongst my international journalism whoring, I contribute occasionally to the magazine Casual Game Revolution. They recently asked me to contribute an article on "microgames", small short games that see...
February 17th, 2014
Written by: MattDP
#At a pre-Christmas gathering, I ended up chatting to a friend about worker placement games, as you do. He’d enjoyed a lot of Puerto Rico and Agricola with his family but, it transpired, he’d never pl...
February 10th, 2014
Written by: MattDP
People seem to like these lists. So here I am again with your yearly dose of statistical hype-mixture. I've actually made a table this year rather than my previous paragraph-based efforts, but there are ...
February 3th, 2014
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#Every year I like to indulge myself in a slightly more personal article about how I'm feeling when it comes to gaming and writing and the year gone by. Not too much detail, of course: I'm British and as ...
January 27th, 2014
Written by: MattDP
#Mostly, I’m not a big fan of co-operative games. Games suffer terribly without the unpredictability and skill of human opposition, and the whole genre sometimes looks like a collection of semi-function...
January 13th, 2014
Written by: MattDP
#Does a spear travelling at terminal velocities toward an unsuspecting target make any noise if there's no-one around to hear it? And if there's no one around to hear it, how can there even be a target? T...
December 23th, 2013
Written by: MattDP
#You'll realise, no doubt, that Warage is a clever play on words. Making a compound of "war" and "age" cunningly creates the word "rage", conjuring the white heat of fantasy melees, the ancient and primal...
December 2th, 2013
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#I've always loved interaction in games. I'd bet that most gamers do, really, it's just that those who've chosen to embrace the bloodless, over-balanced mechanical model that runs screaming as far from ze...
November 18th, 2013
Written by: MattDP
#When my children were small and I didn't get out much I played a lot of solitaire board games, and I decided that I didn't like solitaire board games all that much. It's hard to see what they give you th...
November 11th, 2013
Written by: MattDP
#Thirteen isn't the unluckiest number when it's delivering you a pre-Halloween payload of bolt thrower goodness. Limbs everywhere! Board Games This month's review on Shut Up & Sit Down is GMT's bastard st...
October 28th, 2013
Written by: MattDP
#Fantasy wargames have a sad history of being far too much wargame and not enough fantasy, tired repetitions of stacking limits and zones of control but with dragons in place of Panzers. Adventure board g...
October 20th, 2013
Written by: MattDP
#Roll up! Roll up for the greatest show on earth! Who doesn’t love a circus? Well, now you get the chance to run your own in Circus Train. Not in the modern day, of course, with its annoying animal welf...
October 10th, 2013
Written by: MattDP
#It's hash time! Bully beef and yorkshire puddings. Board Games So you might remember my last Shut Up & Sit Down column ended with a cliffhanger about the relevance of card-driven wargames? Well the thr...
October 3th, 2013
Written by: MattDP
#Android: Netrunner is a Living Card Game and that means lots of little expansion packs. Quite an alarming number of little expansion packs if you're a relatively casual player of the game like I am. But ...
September 30th, 2013
Written by: MattDP
#If you’re in the habit of picking through lists of board and video games about World War 2, you’ll see a lot of names you recognise from deeply-buried folk memories and history classes. Normandy and ...
September 20th, 2013
Written by: MattDP
#You've probably heard about the new TIE interceptor box sets that are upcoming from Fantasy Flight. If you have, you've probably also heard about the inevitable nerd rage that's accompanying the announce...
September 17th, 2013
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