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

Divining games sales

I’ve talked about the latest sales charts for non-collectable miniatures as recorded by ICv2. There is also a discussion going on at Quirkworthy. I decided to engage in a game … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · 5 Comments

Basic lands in Magic

Basic land cards are often overlooked in Magic: the Gathering. They are the building blocks of the game, the invisible keystone without which the system would collapse. They perform a … Continue reading

August 17, 2014 · 4 Comments

Star Wars Imperial Assault announced

Hot on the heels of the Star Wars Armada announcement, comes this latest Star Wars game from Fantasy Flight – Imperial Assault.  The boxed will be priced the same as Star … Continue reading

August 16, 2014

Star Wars Armada announced

Fantasy Flight Games will be releasing a companion game it its popular X-Wing Miniatures games. Called Star Wars Armada this game will focus on larger battles with bigger ships.   … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Tabletop sales update August 2014

ICv2 have published their latest details on top sellers across different tabletop games categories. Some areas show little change from the previous update, others are very interesting. Board Games Ticket to … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

MtG Artists: Carl Critchlow

Carl Critchlow is another of my nostalgia artists; when I see his work on Magic: the Gathering, I also think about his earlier work I’ve enjoyed. The Thrud the Barbarian … Continue reading

August 9, 2014

Imperial Knight update 2

I’ve added some metal and even some colour to the knight, with plenty more still to do:   After much thought and consideration of palette options, I’ve decided to go … Continue reading

August 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Garruk challenge card

At the Magic 2015 pre-release, all players got to take away a Garruk challenge card. It’s similar to the Theros block challenge decks, but as you might have guessed, this … Continue reading

August 2, 2014

Salute painting winners

The Salute website has been updated with details of the 2014 painting contest winners, complete with a slideshow of the placing models across their 13 categories. I chose my favourite … Continue reading

August 2, 2014

The time-poor gamer

A post at Quirkworthy caught my attention the other day, about being able to put time back into your gaming hobby, and where to put that time. It got me … Continue reading

August 2, 2014 · 10 Comments