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Matthew Thomasson

The Friendly Boardgamer brings you reviews of all your favourite board games. My content is designed to be short, sucking and straight to the point. d4 D.I.C.E. reviews take dice as an acronym for duration, interaction, complexity and engagement. Audio reviews take the form of 10 minute teardown podcasts in which I review a game in 10 minutes or less giving a brief rules overview and my final thoughts.

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Articles By: Matthew Thomasson

Fluttering Souls Review
Fluttering Souls Review

Fluttering Souls is a very fun game to play. It is easy to pick up and play and has a very accessible rule set that pretty much anyone can play!

Funfair Review
Funfair Review

Funfair certainly has all the good theme park building vibes going on that was present in its predecessor Unfair. Read our thoughts here.

Mystic Vale: Harmony Review
Mystic Vale: Harmony Review

I think Mystic Vale: Harmony is a great expansion. It adds more of the familiar Mystic Vale goodness that I love with a few additional mechanisms.

Aquatica Review
Aquatica Review

Aquatica is one of those games that has a simple ruleset but a hidden depth. It looks gorgeous, the production quality is fantastic!

Istanbul Big Box Review
Istanbul Big Box Review

Istanbul is a two to four-player pickup and deliver game from Rudiger Dorn and published by Pegasus Spiele. Istanbul won the Kennerspeil award in 2014!

Marvel Champions: Ant-Man Review
Marvel Champions: Ant-Man Review

With the ability to grow to giant size or shrink down to tiny form, Ant Man is ready for anything. Read our review of the latest hero pack here.

Lost Ruins of Arnak Review
Lost Ruins of Arnak Review

Lost Ruins of Arnak is a one to a four-player game that fuses together deck building and worker placement mechanisms. Read here for more.