Scent of a Gamer

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

Painting board game miniatures with Dana Howl

I know plenty of gamers who get very enthusiastic about board game Kickstarters the the miniatures they come with. HOwever those people get less enthusiastic when it comes to painting … Continue reading

November 7, 2021 · 3 Comments

The Witcher board game on Kickstarter

This board game looks to be based on the books rather than the computer game or TV show: This looks like a good interpretation of the world – although I’m … Continue reading

May 28, 2021 · 7 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

The board game buyer’s guide

Are you looking to buy board games, but you’re not sure what to get? As the giving season comes upon us, it can be hard for those who know someone … Continue reading

December 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

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

Trogdor on Kickstarter

The latest board game to catch my eye on Kickstarter comes from the creator of Homestarrunner which I think you either get or you don’t. Trogdor the board game sees you … Continue reading

July 28, 2018 · 3 Comments

Birthday trees!

For my recent birthday (45, since you ask!) I managed to dial back on the models. I think this year’s target of painting as often as possible is going quite … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · 5 Comments

What should Santa bring? part 2

Have a look over part 1 if you missed it. We continue now with board game first ideas for those in the 12+ age range. As before each game links … Continue reading

November 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

What should Santa bring?

The giving season is upon us, or already over if you’re one of those people who has their gift-buying sorted over a month in advance. Your job now is to … Continue reading

November 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Clean sweep: a review of Broom Service

In Broom Service you play as a witch, making and delivering potions to wizards in towers across the lands. Points are scored for delivering potions, with harder to reach towers … Continue reading

November 11, 2017 · 4 Comments

The light stuff: a review of Sagrada

Sagrada is a fun game of dice drafting and pattern matching, based on the concept of building a stained glass window. The game comes with a number of patterns for … Continue reading

October 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Mythic Battles: Pantheon on Kickstarter

Following their successful Conan game, Mythic Games have returned to their original ancient Greek mythology setting to release an new and improved game, Mythic Battles: Pantheon. This game benefits from … Continue reading

November 5, 2016

The wrong kind of chaos: a review of Goblins, Inc.

Goblins Inc. is a game for four players that takes about an hour to play. Players form teams of two and compete to first build and then battle with a … Continue reading

September 12, 2015

Silence of the chips: a review of Splendor

Splendor is a relatively new game that is often touted as a great ‘gateway’ game useful for bringing new players into the board game hobby. The game comes as three … Continue reading

August 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

You shall go: a review of Forbidden Stars

Forbidden Stars is a new board game from Fantasy Flight Games, set in Games Workshops’s Warhammer 40,000 universe. It will take 3-4 hours to play and works best with four … Continue reading

August 2, 2015

Kingdom Death preorder special

The Kingdom Death Kickstarter project closed some time ago. Originally scheduled to deliver in late 2013, the project is on the cusp of delivery now. This project is a great … Continue reading

July 18, 2015

Not enough stitches: a review of Timeline

Timeline is a simple, inexpensive game from Asmodee. It’s easy to learn and fun to play. The game pieces some in an attractive tin. The goal of Timeline is to … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Gaming Weekend

This weekend was gaming week-end, so at the start I was feeling more or less like this: By the end of Sunday I’m feeling tired, but I stated Scent of … Continue reading

February 15, 2015

Good box, bad box

One convenient feature of board games is that they are self-contained. Everything you need comes in the box. Unpack the box, play, pack the box away. In recent years many … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · 7 Comments

Gifts for a Gamer

It’s that time of year – right before Christmas and you still have no idea what to get the gamer in your life? Don’t panic, or you’ll end up buying … Continue reading

December 20, 2014