Scent of a Gamer

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

A history of the Red Templars, part 1

The Red Templars were founded as the chaos of the Horus Heresy was fading from memory into legend. The first mention of the chapter comes some 1,100 years post-Heresy, when … Continue reading

June 19, 2021 · 4 Comments

28 Magazine volume 4 submissions open

Submissions are now open for Volume 4 of 28 magazine, the magazine for painters and modellers dedicated to the Warhammer 40,000 universe in its darker forms. The article gives you … Continue reading

November 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Without internet

A few weeks ago, our internet went down, and it was a week before we got it back up and running. If you’d told me a month before that I … Continue reading

August 23, 2020 · 10 Comments

Want to write Warhammer horror fiction?

There’s a new opportunity to submit short stories to Games Workshop for their consideration. This time they are giving plenty of notice, as the submission window opens in October. If … Continue reading

August 21, 2020 · 4 Comments

Publishing memories

Back in the 1990s, Games Workshop ran their Citadel Journal, a magazine published in-house but filled with articles written by fans. This kind of activity was the kind of thing … Continue reading

August 1, 2020 · 8 Comments

The creative break

I’ve been working at home for some weeks now, and if there’s one flaw I’ve noticed it’s that lunch breaks can get easily crunched into nothing. When I was at … Continue reading

May 22, 2020 · 5 Comments

30 days of write

When this article goes up, I will get an alert from WordPress telling me I’m on a 30-day streak with posting to this blog. Since posting the industry update from … Continue reading

April 27, 2020 · 7 Comments

Ludonarracon 2020

Ludonarracon 2020 will open later this week, running from April 24-27 this year. Okay, I’d never heard of this before either, but Ludonarracon is, as the name suggests, a celebration … Continue reading

April 21, 2020

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 · 20 Comments

Volume 3 submissions for 28 Magazine are open

I hope you took the time to check out Volume 2, but submissions are now open for Volume 3. If you were grabbed by anything in the first issues of … Continue reading

February 26, 2020 · 1 Comment

Writing weird: tips from Failbetter Games

Failbetter Games, the creators of computer game Sunless Skies and also the browser game Fallen London, have teamed up with PC Gamer to provide tips on people looking to write. … Continue reading

January 16, 2020

The blog in 2019

Last year I was looking at a blog which had declined in views over the year, and feeling satisfied with that. I had decided to focus on interaction over views. … Continue reading

January 4, 2020 · 17 Comments

Loyalist Space Marine name generator

The latest Space Marine codex encourages people to create their own legions, but how to name them? If you’re struggling for inspiration, then try this name generator, developed for loyalist … Continue reading

October 12, 2019 · 13 Comments

MtG Arena walks back changes (again)

It’s becoming a pattern. Magic Arena devs announce some changes which are obviously detrimental to the community, apropos of nothing. After an outcry, they walk back the changes. Some have … Continue reading

September 15, 2019 · 4 Comments

Comrades in arms: an open Black Library writing challenge

If you’ve ever wanted to write for Black Library, now is a good chance to start. From 26 August to 23 September, the Black Library will be open to short … Continue reading

August 25, 2019

A series ends, a story continues

The fifty-fourth book of the Horus Heresy series was released this week. The Buried Dagger tells the story of how the Death Guard finally fell to chaos. For those wondering … Continue reading

February 24, 2019 · 1 Comment

Bard’s Tale II walkthrough part 11: Lagoth Zanta

If you missed it, go back to part 10. With the segments of the scepter in your grasp it’s time to get your party over to the Temple of Narn, … Continue reading

February 3, 2019 · 3 Comments

Bard’s Tale II walkthrough part 10: The Destiny Stone

(if you missed it, go back to part 9) The final dungeon before the final showdown with the evil Lagoth Zanta is here. You’ll find the Destiny Stone in the … Continue reading

February 2, 2019 · 2 Comments

Bard’s Tale II walkthrough part 9: The Grey Crypt

(if you missed it, go back to part 8) The Grey Crypt is not found in any city; instead you’ll find the entrance in the Wilderness Once you enter you … Continue reading

January 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

1,000 posts later

A message from WordPress popped up on my last weekend, informing me I was now at 1,000 posts for this blog. The milestone took my be surprise, as the last … Continue reading

January 27, 2019 · 15 Comments