Scent of a Gamer

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

5 board game gifts for Christmas 2022

It’s that time of year again – the time to panic buy a present for yourself or another gamer in your life. But what to get? Just ‘any’ board game … Continue reading

December 4, 2022 · 6 Comments

Reach for the light: a review of Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is a new board game that puts you in charge of growing and recycling trees in a forest. In nature, trees are in competition with each other, though by … Continue reading

April 15, 2018 · 3 Comments

Smiths of Winterforge funded

Smiths of Winterforge, the game of dwarven crafting has returned to Kickstarter and this time has funded in the first 24 hours. The game is a well-paced contest of rival … Continue reading

April 2, 2017

Eighth year of growth for hobby games. In a row

ICv2 have updated their sales charts for early 2017, and there are some interesting movements afoot. For those who aren’t aware, ICv2 has been tracking game sales through hobby stores in … Continue reading

March 11, 2017 · 3 Comments

The Economist on boardgames

The continuing growth in the boardgames market has now reached the attention of the good people at The Economist, in time for this year’s Essen. Their article gives a good … Continue reading

October 4, 2015

Board games event raises over $90,000 for charity

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is not a place you might expect to read abut board games. But here you go. The second Moxtropolis event has raised $91,000 for Hopelink, a charity … Continue reading

July 25, 2015

Hobby industry sales October 2014 update

ICv2 have released their latest industry stats, for autumn 2014. But, hey? Isn’t it spring in the southern hemisphere? Yes it is, but we can forgive the northern-centric language. Or … Continue reading

October 25, 2014

All about Winter Retreat

The original Winter Retreat involved Napoleon and his army leaving Russia when they realised the Tsar was not going to come to terms. A long march through frozen, Cossack-infested woods … Continue reading

July 19, 2014

Talisman Figures

Talisman is one of those classic board games that you play for love. In terms of a modern board game, it’s really not up there in terms of rules, mechanics, … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

CanCon 2013 Report

I spent the week-end in Canberra, partly as a short holiday and partly to visit CanCon 2013. I went by myself in 2012, and came back with the family in … Continue reading

January 29, 2013