Scent of a Gamer

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

What I talk about when I talk about miniatures

This article started as a list of lessons I learned while painting all the miniatures in my collection. However I ended up focusing on the last point so much that … Continue reading

April 23, 2023 · 38 Comments

My top Commodore 64 games, 1-10

Now we get to the top 10. If you missed the previous articles in this series you can view them here: 11-20 21-30 31-40 For this last list I will … Continue reading

February 11, 2023 · 7 Comments

My top Commodore 64 games, 11-20

Welcome back to my look at my top 40 Commodore 64 games, to celebrate 40+ years of this system, the one that cemented my lifelong love of videogames. 11 Parallax … Continue reading

February 4, 2023 · 10 Comments

My top Commodore 64 games, 31-40

The Commodore 64 turned 40 years old in 2022, and to celebrate that achievement I am going to list my favourite 40 games on the platform. This was my first … Continue reading

January 21, 2023 · 13 Comments

Deep Space Nine in 2023

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ran from 1993 to 1999, but it’s still available to watch thanks to the wonders of the internet, plus DVDs, if you’re into that. I … Continue reading

January 14, 2023 · 7 Comments

10 years, 10 articles

I started Scent of a Gamer in January of 2013, so the blog is now in its eleventh year. This articles takes a look and one post from each of … Continue reading

January 8, 2023 · 16 Comments

2023 round of Black Library open submissions

Each year Black Library, Games Workshop’s publishing arms, runs themed open submissions. As the same suggests anyone with aspirations to write in the universes of Games Workshop are welcome to … Continue reading

December 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

The bad thing about goals

Yesterday I wrote about what I saw as the positives of setting gaols. While I think the positive outweigh the negatives, the negatives are still there. All paint, no play … Continue reading

July 3, 2022 · 8 Comments

The good thing about goals

Having achieved a recent goal spanning several years – painting all my miniatures – I have been thinking about goals. Why have them? Are they useful? What are the downsides? … Continue reading

July 2, 2022 · 11 Comments

It is done

Two thousand, three hundred and forty-five. This is the number of painted miniatures I have now. Zero. This is the number of unpainted miniatures I have now. I’ve been thinking … Continue reading

June 25, 2022 · 22 Comments

A Warhammer 40,000 primer for Magic players

With the unveiling of four Commander decks themed around Warhammer 40,000 I decided to write this primer for players of Magic who don’t necessarily have any previous exposure to the … Continue reading

May 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

What it’s like

There have been numerous attempts to describe the lives lived by the Chaos Space Marines of Warhammer 40,000, who dwell in the Eye of Terror, a realm where time and … Continue reading

February 19, 2022

3 Tips to reduce your unpainted pile

Do you remember a time when you had a manageable number of figures to paint? I know I don’t! I started in the hobby by splurging on several hundred figures, … Continue reading

January 23, 2022 · 22 Comments

Looking ahead to 2022

You will (I hope!) be happy to know that Scent of a Gamer will continue in 2022. I shared my overall thoughts on the blog’s 2021 performance yesterday and today … Continue reading

January 2, 2022

The blog in 2021

2021 was the second year in this blog’s history that overall views were lower than the year before: But I don’t consider this to be bad news as such. The … Continue reading

January 1, 2022

Enjoying the golden age of miniatures

As someone who has been buying, painting, and playing with miniatures for over 30 years now, I’m feeling relaxed and happy. If there’s a model I can think of, someone … Continue reading

December 19, 2021

The November experiment

Last month I decided to experiment with increasing the volume of posts I was making to the blog. I have no ambition to increase this permanently, but I wanted to … Continue reading

December 1, 2021 · 7 Comments


This is one day of the year when, regardless of what else may be happening, I will take the time to pause, and reflect. Not loudly, or ostentatiously, because that … Continue reading

November 11, 2021

A strange tale of Magic and mushrooms

A few years ago, someone won a $5,000 Magic tournament while high on mushrooms. Then they wrote a highly entertaining article about it. I missed the article when it first … Continue reading

October 24, 2021 · 5 Comments

Black Library open submissions

Black Library are having another round of open submissions – between 27 October and 9 November this year, you can submit a 50 word short story proposal along with a … Continue reading

October 3, 2021 · 3 Comments