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MattDP

Written by: MattDP
#Frontline D-Day has caused quite a splash in wargaming circles of late because it’s been styled by some people as a long-awaited spiritual successor to Up Front, only a successor which is easier and fa...
June 28th, 2010
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#I've had a long-standing interest in the Scots Wars of Independence. They seem to me to be graced with more than their fair share of larger-than-life characters: the mysterious yet pivotal William Wallac...
June 21th, 2010
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# I recently got involved in a pretty heated debate over a list of perceived grievances about hobby gaming posted by one Michael Barnes. Whether you agree with his arguments or not it the list itself mak...
June 14th, 2010
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#Having recently welcomed a second child into our family, I was quite ready to give up a few months of gaming time and I prepared myself by investigating a few solo games to tide me through the lean times...
May 27th, 2010
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# A while ago I had the pleasure of reviewing The Hell of Stalingrad by Clash of Arms games. If you can’t be bothered to follow the link, I’ll give you a free pass to the end of the column where I co...
May 17th, 2010
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#I've been wanting to publish a review of Power Grid on here for ages, largely because the prevailing attitude of gamers around here is one of undisguised adoration for the title which I find utterly perp...
May 10th, 2010
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#Anyone who pays much attention to my articles will be well aware that Twilight Struggle is about my favourite game to play in the whole world. Indeed I believe I happened to mention this last week. So ...
April 22th, 2010
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# I like Battlestar Galactica and yet I have found myself largely unable to join in the seemingly endless torrent of love and praise that it has garnered during the short eighteen months that it has been...
April 16th, 2010
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With the relative calm of a four-day bank holiday giving us a little time to sort out baby stuff and sit down and watch some TV, we got the chance to catch up with some of the big new shows over the week...
April 6th, 2010
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#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
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#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
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#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
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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
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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
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