Scent of a Gamer

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

A mechanically different Civilization

Board game mechanics are impacting the development of Old World in a positive way. No, this is not a reference to the return to the Old World of Warhammer. In … Continue reading

April 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

The Battle Royale returns

A couple of years ago now a fascinating project began in Civilization V. On a huge world map, 61 civs would battle it out for total world domination. The winner … Continue reading

February 10, 2018 · 4 Comments

Japan the Liberator, part 7 of 7

[previous part] [first part] Part 7: Liberation’s End We finished the last part with Japan as one of only three remaining Civs, and only two of those have their capital, … Continue reading

May 21, 2016

Civilzation VI announced

I’m only 1800 hours into playing Civilization V, and they are already announcing the next game in the series? Unbelievable! This may not be a common concern. The announcement video is … Continue reading

May 15, 2016

Japan the Liberator, part 6 of 7

[previous part] [first part] Part 6: Get Liberated! The liberation has begun… almost. A couple of city states are allowed to breathe free once more, while the Japanese army trudges … Continue reading

May 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Japan the Liberator, part 5 of 7

Part 5: The world that fell [previous part] [first part] At the end of part 4, just three out of twenty-two civilizations remained in the game. Along with Japan, the … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Japan the Liberator, part 4 of 7

[previous part] [first part] Polynesia will have to go. That was the conclusion from their behaviour so far. They aren’t going to stop their pesky settling ways, so we’ll have … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Japan the liberator, part 1 of 7

This tale arose from a Civ 5 game I completed recently, and I’ll retell it over the next few weeks. Preamble I selected Japan, and my intention is to keep … Continue reading

April 10, 2016 · 6 Comments

The Civilization V Battle Royale

Civilization V is a deep and fascinating game by itself. Add mods, and the game becomes deeper still, with new factions, map features, and more. Or you can take things … Continue reading

October 10, 2015

Brazil and the White Walkers: a Civ V story

In service of emergent narrative, I have played a few interesting games of Civ V recently. In this game, I played as Brazil and explored no further than South America … Continue reading

August 30, 2015

Civ V factions: Japan

Japan is primarily an aggressive faction with unique units that enable conquest. In addition their unique ability allows their injured units to attack at full strength. Japan can win a … Continue reading

June 27, 2015

Civ V factions: Spain

In Spain we have a faction that is based around aggressive exploration. They have two special units which appear in the same era, and a unique ability that encourages exploration … Continue reading

June 7, 2015

Civ V factions: Egypt

Egypt are the quintessential civilization; often used to advertise the game of Civ. For many people, Egyptian civilization might as well be one word. As a result this faction is … Continue reading

May 23, 2015

Civ V factions: Ethiopia

Ethiopia make good use of the Religion mechanic and provide for a good culture-based game, where your goal is to keep your borders small but your influence high. Preferred landscape: … Continue reading

May 10, 2015

Civ V factions: China

China is a strong, versatile faction, wiht bonuses to trade, science, and a great unique combat unit. This faction will fit into many styles of play. Preferred landscape Pangaea or … Continue reading

May 2, 2015

Civ V factions: Brazil

The Brazilian faction has a unique building that can only be built in jungle. This means that regardless of what map type you play on, you’ll always be searching for … Continue reading

April 12, 2015

Civ V factions: England

The green and pleasant land is represented by Elizabeth I in the fifth version of Civilization, and their two unique units are drawn from the same time period. They function … Continue reading

April 5, 2015

Civ V factions: The Celts

The Celts are an interesting faction in Civ V, with ties to the land and a tendency towards religion and culture. Preferred Landscape Pangaea or Continents. Anywhere with enough landmass … Continue reading

March 7, 2015

Civ V factions: The Aztecs

The Aztecs are an aggressive faction in Civ 5. They performs best in jungle terrain and have bonuses designed to keep them in the fight for longer. Preferred landscape Pangaea … Continue reading

February 22, 2015

Games and Stories

I am more interested in a game that lets me tell a story over a game that seeks to tell a story regardless of what I do. With computer games, this means … Continue reading

May 5, 2013