Scent of a Gamer

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

Commander 2020 art review

The 2020 Commander release features five decks, a return to the number of decks in the initial Commander releases. In recent years, 4 decks have been offered. This set is … Continue reading

April 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Blog stats and decisions

I’ve already spoken about the overall performance of this blog in 2019. However stats are little more than wallpaper unless you use them to inform your own decisions. After taking … Continue reading

March 7, 2020 · 17 Comments

Miniature painting with Dana Howl

A couple of new miniature painting videos popped up in my YouTube suggestions recently. Unlike other such suggestions, this one was useful and welcome! Dana Howl goes through some intermediate … Continue reading

November 9, 2019 · 6 Comments

Enjoy with care: a Magic Arena review

Wizard’s latest digital offering has now been officially released. After years of stumbling in the digital sphere, the company has finally come up with a game which is engaging and … Continue reading

October 6, 2019 · 2 Comments

Right content, wrong product: a SAGA Book of Battles review

The SAGA Book of Battles is a supplement of over 50 pages dealing with how to organise and fight battles across the various SAGA settings. The book is organised into … Continue reading

August 17, 2019 · 6 Comments

Core Set 2020 art review

Core sets tend not to have a theme or specific setting, though in the case of Core Set 2020 I get a distinct impression that the realm of Theros is … Continue reading

July 13, 2019 · 4 Comments

Age of Magic faction review: The Horde

The Archetype SAGA Age of Magic doesn’t define your armies for you, but gives you a theme to follow. The Horde lets you put down lots of models on the … Continue reading

June 29, 2019 · 7 Comments

Age of Magic faction review: the Great Kingdoms

The archtype The Great Kingdoms faction lets you represent an organised army from a nation state, knightly order, great empire, or something similar to that. From a human kingdom, to … Continue reading

June 22, 2019 · 5 Comments

SAGA Age of Magic review

Age of Magic is the long-awaited fantasy supplement for the SAGA game system. I had to wait a bit longer for mine, as the faction dice sold out almost immediately … Continue reading

June 15, 2019 · 9 Comments

Atmosphere: a review of Sunless Skies

Sunless Skies is a new game from Failbetter Games, which puts you in the position of captain of a flying steam engine in a Victorian-esque world of wonders and terrors. … Continue reading

April 28, 2019 · 5 Comments

People just liked it better that way: a review of Istanbul (the board game)

Istanbul is board game which places the player in the role of a trader. The game is a race to trade into the required number of rubies before anyone else. … Continue reading

February 24, 2019

Size matters: a review of The Big Kopinski

What compels the visual artist to draw? Editions Caurette have a new art book: the Big Kopinski. This book is mainly a collection of sketches from artist Karl Kopinski, and … Continue reading

February 16, 2019

Places to go: a review of Elsewhere by Jesper Ejsing

If you have always wanted a quality art book in your house, or if you’re looking to add to an existing collection, take a look at this Jesper Ejsing art … Continue reading

February 9, 2019 · 3 Comments

Ravnica Allegiance art review

Ravnica Allegience showcases the shifting allegiances in Ravnica, guilds are changing their stance and this is causing strife not only between guilds but also within guilds. Overall this leads to … Continue reading

January 26, 2019 · 2 Comments

Battle Ready Bases

Basing is something that came to me late as a gamer. A bit of green flock and a goblin green base rim were standard for me until about 10 years … Continue reading

December 16, 2018 · 6 Comments

Blackstone Fortress unboxing

I collected my copy of Blackstone Fortress today and cracked open the box to see the sweetness within. The box art is repeated inside on a print, though in my … Continue reading

November 25, 2018 · 2 Comments

Magic Arena starting decks reviewed

When you start playing Magic Arena, you will soon have 15 decks to choose from, or mix together to make your own decks. But what to do? What decks are … Continue reading

October 20, 2018

Magic Arena open beta review

Magic the Gathering Arena has emerged into open beta and is ready for general play. It’s a good way to play Magic if you previously played the game but find … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · 6 Comments

Sometimes you can go back: a review of Bard’s Tale Trilogy

The original Bard’s Tale game was released in 1985 and challenged the player to take a party of adventurers out into the city of Skara Brae and save it from … Continue reading

October 13, 2018

Guilds of Ravnica art review

Magic’s latest set is released this week, and is the first of three sets which all take place in the popular setting of Ravnica. Ravnica is essentially one enormous city, … Continue reading

October 6, 2018 · 2 Comments