Scent of a Gamer

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

The sky is not the limit: a review of Rise to Power

Rise to Power is a strategy card game for 2-6 players. It plays in 30-40 minutes. In Rise to Power you must take on contracts from the city to power … Continue reading

April 26, 2015

Mtg artists: Michael Komarck

Michael Komarck’s lush art has graced fewer Magic cards than I had thought. His art is that impactful and memorable that is stays in the mind more than the number … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Draft of a gamer: the choke

The latest store draft saw two tables of drafters again, this time in two pods of six. I can only hope this continues through Dragons of Tarkir and into Magic: … Continue reading

April 25, 2015

From my dreams it has emerged

First, if you haven’t seen the cinamatic trailer for Total War: Warhammer, you can view that here: It’s early days, so no gameplay footage, and no real confirmation of playable … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Draft of a gamer: A tale of two drafts

This article will have two write-ups. One online draft and one paper draft. The more important difference is that the first draft I went 0-3 after making a poor first … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

The production line: painting miniatures in bulk, part 2: from assembly to undercoat

Here’s part 1 if you missed it. Once the miniatures are assembled, it’s time for the undercoat. Spray paints are going to be your friend here. They are excellent for … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Ragnarok comes to SAGA

There is a new, limited edition faction coming to the Saga game. Available from the end of April 2015 is the Revenants faction. The box comes with 49 miniatures, a … Continue reading

April 18, 2015

MtG artists: Daniel Ljunggren

If there is a cycle of artifacts needing done, get Daniel Ljunggren to do them, seems to be the motto at Wizards of the Coast these days. Not that I … Continue reading

April 18, 2015

Civ V factions: Brazil

The Brazilian faction has a unique building that can only be built in jungle. This means that regardless of what map type you play on, you’ll always be searching for … Continue reading

April 12, 2015

The production line: painting miniatures in bulk, part 1: from sprue to assembly

Plastic miniatures have, in my esteemed opinion, been a massive boon for wargamers. They have enabled hordes of cheap, details miniatures to be easily collected. However the process of assembly … Continue reading

April 11, 2015 · 5 Comments

Penny Arcade, computer games, and kids

As a parent, this is a subject important to me. Computer games can be a wonderful source of creativity and adventure. Yet they remain at least somewhat stigmatised, and many … Continue reading

April 11, 2015

Mountains of Magic: the Gathering

From crumbling rocks, to imposing peaks, to the tallest city spires, mountains in Magic have taken on many forms. I’m sharing a few of my favourites with you here: by … Continue reading

April 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Civ V factions: England

The green and pleasant land is represented by Elizabeth I in the fifth version of Civilization, and their two unique units are drawn from the same time period. They function … Continue reading

April 5, 2015

MtG artists: Ryan Barger

Ryan Barger is another relatively new artist, and he has a unique style and a great eye for details. His card illustrations are the kind you notice new details in … Continue reading

April 4, 2015

Crystal Brush 2015 winners

The Crystal Brush awards are over for another year, and yet again there are some incredibly inspiring entries. Here’s the winning model: Painted by Kirill Kanaev, this figure took an … Continue reading

April 4, 2015

Draft of a gamer: Enter the dragons

The first draft in store for Dragons of Tarkir did not start well. The event began an hour late with less than 8 people, which is far from ideal. If … Continue reading

April 4, 2015 · 1 Comment