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

My top 5 computer games, 2010-2019

The most recent decade has been an interesting one for me in terms of gaming. In some ways I’ve spent a lot of gaming time looking backwards at older games … Continue reading

December 29, 2019 · 2 Comments

My favourite computer games of 2018

When I think of gaming, my mind goes to the tabletop more readily than to the computer, however I’ve played a number of enjoyable computer games this year, and it … Continue reading

December 29, 2018 · 3 Comments

A Bard’s Tale IV update

The fourth part of the classic CRPG series The Bard’s Tale was funded on Kickstarter last year. I’m not a backer, although the series has a special place in my … Continue reading

October 2, 2016

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

My top 5 computer games, 2000-2009

The early 2000s continued my dive into strategy games, with a bit of action on the side. This was the decade that online play finally became a relevant feature, and … Continue reading

October 3, 2015

Battlefleet Gothic gameplay trailer

Battlefleet Gothic is another of Games Workshop’s well-loved and sadly unavailable miniatures games. Still the upcoming Battlefleet Gothic: Armada computer game should serve as a vicarious pleasure. The game centres … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · 4 Comments

Brazil and the White Walkers: a Civ V story conclusion

I’ve written the second and final part of my Brazil story, and you can find the Imgur album here. I hope you enjoy and forgive my mild obsession with chocolate! … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · 3 Comments

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

Doomdark’s Revenge playthrough

Doomdark’s Revenge is one of my favourite computer games, but it is not frinedly to new players. In this game it is quite easy to spend your time wandering around, … Continue reading

July 12, 2015 · 6 Comments

My top 5 computer games, 1990-1999

The 1990s were a crowded decade for me with computer games. The transition from school to university combined with still living at home combined to halcyon days in terms of … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Penny Arcade, computer games, and kids

As a parent, this is a subject important to me. Computer games can be a wonderful source of creativity and adventure. Yet they remain at least somewhat stigmatised, and many … Continue reading

April 11, 2015

Longevity in computer games

I’ve written before about the notion of being a ‘one game’ gamer. Putting so much time into a single computer game that you don’t play any others is not something … Continue reading

March 29, 2015

Are you a ‘one game’ gamer?

A recent article at Kotaku looks at a rising phenomenon; gamers who only play one game. While this is not a new phenomenon it appears to be more common than … Continue reading

January 24, 2015 · 8 Comments

Infinite possibilities

Procedural generation is a system whereby new game experiences are generated by algorithms rather than scripted in advance by programmers. Translated this means the computer is given the parameters and … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

Civ 5: A Hell of a Game

This seemed like an appropriate moment to talk about why I enjoy Civilization 5: I’ve put a lot of hours into this game. As you might guess, this is the … Continue reading

April 6, 2013

Going Wild

It’s not been two hours since I funded a project, and something else on Kickstarter has caught my eye. Wildman is a forthcoming RPG – assuming it gets funded of … Continue reading

January 19, 2013

Happiness is a Game Reborn

One of my favourite computer games of all time, Lords of Midnight, has recently been re-released. As befits a game originally available on the 8-bit Spectrum 48k and Commodore 64, … Continue reading

January 18, 2013