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MattDP

Written by: MattDP
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
Written by: MattDP
#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
Written by: MattDP
# 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
Written by: MattDP
#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
189. Evo(i)l
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
Written by: MattDP
#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
Written by: MattDP
# My feeble dithering over my old copy of Space Hulk versus the brand new, shiny copy of third edition Space Hulk have become legendary. However, all is not lost. Out of this stinking mire of qubbling a...
October 12th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
When I arrived at my game group last night, my copy of Last Night on Earth that someone had borrowed was sat on the table and I got all excited about playing again. But we ended up playing Tikal instea...
October 8th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
# For as long as I’ve been gaming, game companies have been publishing expansions. It may be that this has something to do with the roots ofthe modern board gaming hobby in the early role-playing a...
October 5th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
# This is the testament of Oda, loyal Samurai to the Shogun Asakura who has travelled far and endured much in the service of his lord and wishes now to set down his deeds and the wondrous things t...
September 28th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
#Anyone who follows my columns or reviews will know by now that I have an ongoing obsession with war games which are capable of supporting multiple players and don’t take days to play. I was ther...
September 18th, 2009
Written by: MattDP
Before you turn away from the horribly pretentious title of this article, let me assure out that it's actually pretty relevant. Today's topic is the width and depth of theme in fantasy games, and what be...
September 14th, 2009
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