Scent of a Gamer

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

SDCC Planeswalkers are definitely walkers

Each year for the past few years, Wizards of the Coast have released a special promotional set of planeswalkers during an Diego Comic Con (SDCC). This year, they have excelled … Continue reading

July 23, 2016

5 Musts when running a tabletop games league

Whether it is for card games, board games, or miniatures games, a league can be an effective way to getting players to gather, meet one another, and play lots of … Continue reading

March 19, 2016

Kickstarter panel at PAX AUS 2015

The Kickstarter panel of day 3 of PAX AUS this year was excellent. The panel members had all successfully run Kickstarters for their tabletop games, and this was the focus. … Continue reading

November 7, 2015

PAX AUS 2015 report

I was fortunate enough to attend PAX this year. I sold the deal as a family holiday where I would not be around for three of the days, and that … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

Christopher Lee RIP

Sir Christopher Lee died recently at the age of 93. Reading into his biography he had a fascinating life, from active service on World War 2, to his varied acting … Continue reading

June 14, 2015

Looking for NZ painters

The Perry twins put a recent post on their Facebook page about a mammoth project they are doing in concert with Peter Jackson. “We were asked by Peter Jackson to … Continue reading

January 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

2014 Scenty awards

Welcome to the inaugural Scenty awards, the gaming awards that are as prestigious as you think they are! Awards are offered for the best game across a number of categories: … Continue reading

January 3, 2015

Magic spoilers from PAX Aus 2014

The Magic panel was held at PAX Aus a few hours ago. As with the debut Pax , Aaron Forsyth was Magic’s lead speaker. Even though the timing has changed … Continue reading

November 2, 2014

Magic at San Diego Comic Con

There were revelation on a number of upcoming Magic_ the Gathering sets at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The 2014 Commander release will be a set of mono-colour Commander decks. … Continue reading

July 27, 2014

All about Winter Retreat

The original Winter Retreat involved Napoleon and his army leaving Russia when they realised the Tsar was not going to come to terms. A long march through frozen, Cossack-infested woods … Continue reading

July 19, 2014

Hawk Wargames to create space combat game with Andy Chambers

Hawk Wargames, the makers of Dropzone Commander, have a lot of news to share with us after their appearance at Salute 2014. The biggest news by far is that they … Continue reading

April 19, 2014

Who’s the Boss of Warmachine?

This week-end I attended a very different tournament for Privateer Press’ War Machine and Hordes game system. In each of these games, your army leader (called a Warcaster or Warlock … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

Kickstarter Hacked

This notice on the Kickstarter blog was just brought to my attention. Looks like it’s time to change your Kickstarter password, as a precaution. Short summary; hackers gained access to … Continue reading

February 16, 2014

Game Design at PAX AUS

At PAX Aus I was able to attend the seminar of games design, and I was glad I did. At the time, I had to concede the finals of a … Continue reading

December 14, 2013 · 4 Comments

Saying Goodbye to Penny Arcade Report and Checkpoint

An innocuous-seeming post of Penny-Arcade recently announced big changes. The post was so innocuous I missed it, as I think did many others. There was a follow-up post on the … Continue reading

December 13, 2013

Jane McGonigal’s Massively Multiplayer Audience

I’ve been following Jane McGonigal for a number of years now. In fact, reading her book, Reality is Broken, inspired me to create A Game of Games (which I previously … Continue reading

November 18, 2013

Bad Lip Reading: Game of Thrones

The guys at Bad Lip Reading have released a new video, this time turning the Game of Thrones TV show into the story of a man and his quest to … Continue reading

October 19, 2013

Doing it Wrong: How We Didn’t Make the Card

It’s not often I criticise Wizards of the Coast, generally because it’s not often I see anything to criticise. Their stewardship of Magic: the Gathering has been nothing short of … Continue reading

October 5, 2013

Scent of a PAX Gamer

So, PAX Australia was awesome. I spent the full three days there (except for some shopping in Melbourne on the morning of Day 2. ┬áThere were one or two things … Continue reading

July 27, 2013

PAX AUS 2013 Magic: the Gathering Panel

I was fortunate enough to get in to the Magic panel held on day 2 of PAX AUS. After turning up 40 minutes early for opening I walked straight to … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · 1 Comment