Scent of a Gamer

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

2021 early sales update from ICv2

It’s premature to call 2021 a post-COVID year, but it feels different from last year at least. Of course, 2020 saw record sales for hobby games across the board, and … Continue reading

August 1, 2021 · 4 Comments

Squaring up to the Old World

Warhammer Community recently featured a Q&A style article about their forthcoming Old World game. They confirmed that square bases will be used, and that the rules designers will be dipping … Continue reading

July 31, 2021 · 7 Comments

Record growth in 2020: ICv2

ICv2 has provided their full industry update for the 2020 calendar year. The complete details are available to subscribers only, but there’s a summary article for the rest of us. … Continue reading

July 25, 2021 · 4 Comments

Take a bow, Jervis Johnson

It had to happen a some time, and that time is now. Jervis Johnson is leaving Games Workshop, after several decades’ work designing games. I will remember him most as … Continue reading

July 17, 2021 · 6 Comments

Things I don’t want, just $5.99 per month

Games Workshop revealed the contents of the Warhammer+ subscription and I have to say I am feeling underwhelmed. A grab-bag of things I don’t particularly want, all for $5.99 per … Continue reading

June 25, 2021 · 13 Comments

An unboxing video about unboxing videos

This video starts out in the normal unboxing way – here’s the latest GW box about to be released, let’s look at the sprues, books etc. inside. Then Brent morphs … Continue reading

June 20, 2021 · 9 Comments

Cursed City miniatures, now sold separately

Games Workshops pre-order previews had one interesting item this week: Some of the models from the strangely ill-fated Cursed City set will now be sold separately. These represent two of … Continue reading

May 18, 2021 · 7 Comments

Age of Sigmar 3rd edition

The past week of Games Workshop announcements didn’t much interest me. I couldn’t quite figure out why, whether it was lingering bad feeling over the whole Cursed City fiasco, or … Continue reading

May 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

Games Workshop’s pre-order pause

In an announcement on the Warhammer Community page, GW explained there will be no preorders for the next couple of weeks. This is due to uncertainties around delivery timelines. Is … Continue reading

April 20, 2021 · 4 Comments

The curious case of the Cursed City

It started as a fairly ordinary Saturday morning for me, which became stranger as it became apparent that something was up with supplies of Warhammer Quest: Cursed City. Specifically: there … Continue reading

April 17, 2021 · 15 Comments

A good year for Stonemaier

ICv2 reports that Stonemaier Games had a 40% sales increase in 2020. This would be a notable performance in an ordinary year, but 2020 was anything but that. Sales of … Continue reading

April 11, 2021 · 6 Comments

ICv2: retail steady through the pandemic

ICv2 have released their sales charts for fall of 2020. If you subscribe to their Internal Correspondence magazine then you’ve had this data for months. If you’re a website reader … Continue reading

March 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

3D printing, piracy, and Games Workshop

Midwinter Minis posted an interesting and provocative video a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t respond right away, because I wanted to take my time and think about it. I … Continue reading

March 20, 2021 · 25 Comments

Grim dark Magic

Warhammer 40,000 is getting its own Magic: the Gathering expansion. Even the announcement article on Warhammer Community felt the need to add “yes, really” to the title. It’s an incongruous … Continue reading

March 2, 2021 · 5 Comments

A close look at Kickstarter in 2020

An informative article recently went up on Medium, which takes an in depth look at Kickstarter in 2020, with a particular focus on tabletop games. The headline feature is that … Continue reading

January 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

Dragonlance… remastered?

Like a lot of people my age – people who were nerdy teenagers in the 1980s, I read and loved the original Dragonlance trilogy by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. … Continue reading

January 27, 2021 · 11 Comments

3D printing and adoption

3D printing is rapidly approaching the point where it will gain traction in the mass market, or be forever relegated to a niche hobbyist toy. Sean is currently writing a … Continue reading

January 24, 2021 · 14 Comments

A tale of two videogames

I stumbled upon a fascinating article at Kotaku, detailing the different reception of two indie videogames. One was a commercial success, the other a failure which left its creator out … Continue reading

January 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: the billion dollar hobby

In late 2016 I posted this article about the size of the hobby industry. Industry coverage has been a constant over the life of the blog, so it’s bene interesting … Continue reading

December 23, 2020 · 3 Comments

Achievement unlocked: Games stores supported

Another interesting business interview at ICv2. This one is with a shop owner who runs Pastimes Games and Hobbies. As with their other interviews there’s plenty to learn here for … Continue reading

December 19, 2020 · 2 Comments