Scent of a Gamer

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

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 · 7 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 · 24 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

1 Hour Q&A with Midwinter Minis

There’s an extended Midwinter Minis video up on YouTube now, which features over an hour of Guy answering questions from his Patreon supporters. Some of these questions are repeats of … Continue reading

December 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

“Say, buddy, can you spare $31,804?”

A video and article from MtG Goldfish caught my eye this morning. It simply posed the question of what would it cost if you wanted one copy of every Magic: … Continue reading

December 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

Local Game Store tips with ICv2

ICv2 has a feature called ‘Busines 3×3’ where they ask gaming store owners to talk about 3 things they do well, three things they wish they hadn’t done, and then … Continue reading

November 19, 2020 · 5 Comments

Blood Bowl 2020 contents

Games Workshop revealed the contents for the 2020 edition of Blood Bowl on stream over the week-end. If you missed it, the recap is… there’s a lot in this box: … Continue reading

October 19, 2020 · 10 Comments

The 8-bit documentaries of Kim Justice

Every so often, the YouTube algorithm suggests something that I might actually want to watch. So it has proved with the Kim Justice channel. This channel contains well constructed documentaries … Continue reading

October 18, 2020 · 6 Comments

Heroquest to return?

A website countdown prompted tis entertaining video from Bardic Broadcasts: While I never watched a Bard video I didn’t like, this one got me thinking a bit more. What would … Continue reading

September 21, 2020 · 3 Comments

9th edition Codexes revealed

Another week-end, another set of previews from Games Workshop. One impact of my allowance is that I get more excited by individual character models than by regiments, since those are … Continue reading

September 14, 2020 · 6 Comments

The best selling board game during a pandemic is…

Yes, it’s Pandemic! Irony aside, Pandemic is a good choice of board game for those either stuck inside or simply choosing to spend more time at home. It’s a cooperative … Continue reading

August 29, 2020 · 4 Comments

The great wargaming survey 2020

The great wargaming survey for 2020 is open. If you’re not already aware of this, the magazine Wargames Soldiers and Strategy runs an annual survey which is open to all … Continue reading

August 3, 2020 · Leave a comment