Scent of a Gamer

From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.

MtG artists: Franz Vohwinkel

Franz Vohwinkel’s art will be familiar to anyone who has played Magic for a few years. We don’t see a lot of cards from him per set, but those we … Continue reading

August 31, 2014

The gears, they are a-grinding

On Scent of a Gamer, I mainly talk about what I like. But there’s one thing about miniatures games that really grinds my gears – the so-called two-player starter sets. … Continue reading

August 31, 2014

Star Wars X-Wing gameplay with Sanctioned

A new YouTube channel I have come across on the recommendation of a friend is Sanctioned. They do video reports of X-Wing games played to 100 points. As I write … Continue reading

August 30, 2014

Changes to Magic set structure

The three-set block structure has been a mainstay of Magic: the Gathering since the late 1990s. In an important article, Magic’s head designer Mark Rosewater lays out the persistent problems … Continue reading

August 30, 2014

Dungeon Saga: crowdfunding and conversation

Dungeon Saga¬†is a project on Kickstarter right now, creating a new dungoneering board game. A group of heroes enter the dungeon to battle against the evil hordes of whatever is … Continue reading

August 23, 2014

Infinite possibilities

Procedural generation is a system whereby new game experiences are generated by algorithms rather than scripted in advance by programmers. Translated this means the computer is given the parameters and … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

MtG Artists: Eric Deschamps

Eric Deschamps stands out in my mind for his art on¬†Planeswalkers over the past few years. He manages to keep a diverse group of characters looking individual yet still recognisable … Continue reading

August 23, 2014