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MattDP

Written by: MattDP
#A little while ago, board gaming’s answer to Hunter S. Thompson, Michael Barnes, gave us a list of his ten “essential” games to own. This isn’t going to be a list piece or some commentary on his ...
April 5th, 2010
Written by: MattDP
#Ever seen The Dead Poets Society? I bet most of you have. If not you should check it out sometime - it’s quite an emotionally manipulative film but it’s that rare thing: a really rather good emotiona...
March 22th, 2010
Written by: MattDP
#I’ve been waiting to play Conflict of Heroes for a long time. The idea of a relatively lightweight yet demanding World War 2 tactical game really got me excited and the only reason I didn’t dive in r...
March 8th, 2010
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I’ve been meaning to ask Martin Wallace for an interview for ages: I’ve often thought that he’s one of the more innovative designers working today and I love the manner in which his games retai...
February 22th, 2010
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#I have an amazingly poor record when it comes to finding bargain copies of games in charity shops. But about this time last year I came close - I found copies of Civilization and Kingmaker in my local ch...
February 6th, 2010
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# Perhaps it’s just me, but I seem to be noticing of late a lot of people bemoaning the fact that modern game design - particularly in the great American tradition - is lacking in innovation. A little ...
January 25th, 2010
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Around this time of year, for the past few years, I’ve made a habit of listing a top fifty games according to the boardgamegeek ratings of people who hold the “ameritrash” microbadge. The idea ori...
January 8th, 2010
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#Thanks almost entirely to the existence of Fortress:Ameritrash and my ongoing need to fill column inches therein, 2009 has been the first year of my entire life during which I've played enough of the new...
December 21th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
I’ve never actually been to a game convention myself, and I don’t plan to start at my time of life. After all - why go to the trouble when I can sort through the recommended new releases pre-filtered...
December 12th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
I've always shied away from trying to compile "best of" lists. Considering that your tastes change, little by little, every day and that when you're put on the spot it's often hard to remember just how m...
December 7th, 2009
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# Okay, so I’m sure you’re all pretty sick of hearing about my self-imposed “targets” for this year using John Farrell’s stats system as a guide. But here’s the final update and I’ve ch...
December 3th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
#Being English, I’ve often lamented a dearth of wargames representing English history. My woe is further compounded by the fact that as a Casual Wargamer my choice is further restricted to those games w...
November 26th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
#A long, long time ago, I can still remember how that music ... no, wait. A long, long time ago I did a short series of articles about wargaming but I planned one that I never actually got roud to writing...
November 20th, 2009
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#My little girl, age three, seems to be neither more or less interested in playing structured games than any other three year old. She likes to get my “grown up” game off the shelf and play with the p...
November 16th, 2009
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Written by: MattDP
My gaming group had a minor disaster last night - we'd moved venue and I'm not sure everyone got the message. In the event only three people turned up to where I was waiting, which wasn't good for me bec...
November 12th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
#I've subtitled this one "The Ameritrash Review of Books" because for various reasons I've been doing a lot of reading lately and spending very little time watching films or playing video games. Well, I h...
November 9th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
#Given my usual abhorrence of co-operative games I’m not entirely sure why it was that Witch of Salem from Mayfair games originally crept on to my radar. Perhaps it was the theme, and the recurring desc...
November 2th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
#For reasons I can no longer remember, I became fascinated by the world of Silent Hill long before I'd ever actually played one of the games. There's something terribly compelling and haunting about it: a...
October 23th, 2009
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#A couple of years ago I became convinced that I’d seen the future of gaming. I was totally inspired by a bunch of recent and not-so-recent releases that seemed to have deliberately chosen to walk a pat...
October 19th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
I had a great time at my game group last night - I got drunk and had lots of fun talking to my friends. But unfortunately the gaming side of things sucked. I bought Fury of Dracula (the GW edition)....
October 15th, 2009
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