Scent of a Gamer

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

The complete (for now) Nils Hamm collection

My collection of one of each Magic: the Gathering card illustrated by Nils Hamm is once again complete. My last update as almost 5 years ago, in November 2016. Since … Continue reading

September 4, 2021 · 9 Comments

Grim dark Magic

Warhammer 40,000 is getting its own Magic: the Gathering expansion. Even the announcement article on Warhammer Community felt the need to add “yes, really” to the title. It’s an incongruous … Continue reading

March 2, 2021 · 5 Comments

The incredible story of Sagas

Sagas are fast becoming my favourite card type in Magic: the Gathering. They seem to hit the sweet spot between a card that can provide plenty of flavour and backstory, … Continue reading

February 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

The best and worst of Magic in 2020

Tolarian Community College has a good pair of videos up now, as a review of Magic: the Gathering in 2020. The second video was difficult to watch for me. 2020 … Continue reading

January 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

When you like Magic and Warhammer

I first found this image about 5 years ago, maybe more. I think I found it on Cool Mini or Not, and it’s been a long time since I last … Continue reading

January 1, 2021 · 10 Comments

“Say, buddy, can you spare $31,804?”

A video and article from MtG Goldfish caught my eye this morning. It simply posed the question of what would it cost if you wanted one copy of every Magic: … Continue reading

December 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

A cynical approach to Standard

Formerly Magic’s most popular format, Standard has fallen on hard times of late. In recent years it has been eclipsed by Commander as the most popular format. For a series … Continue reading

October 2, 2020 · 4 Comments

Magic’s exclusionary exclusives

When Wizards of the Coast launched their secret lair series last year, I didn’t take much notice. Sure the company was now effectively selling singles to players, but this didn’t … Continue reading

October 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: favourite Magic art

I have made several attempts over the life of this blog to fond a way of talking about Magic art I like in a way that will be interesting to … Continue reading

September 16, 2020 · 4 Comments

Explore MtG art: Howard Lyon

Howard Lyon’s art first appeared in the Lorwyn set and since then he has illustrated over 100 cards. His art has brought to life settings from the enchanted world to … Continue reading

September 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

Dungeons & Dragons & Magic

Magic the Gathering’s set release schedule for 2021 was released recently. here’s the whole thing: The part that interests me most is the Dungeons & Dragons set. I will probably … Continue reading

September 5, 2020 · 3 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday: collecting Magic cards

People collect Magic: the Gathering cards for many reasons. Some like cards that won’t be reprinted, other like to take specific characters. I am one of those who collects cards … Continue reading

August 19, 2020 · 5 Comments

Explore MtG art: Scott M. Fischer

Scott M. Fischer’s art first appeared in the 1996 set Mirage. His work appears more sporadically today, but to judge from his website and other internet presence, he is busier … Continue reading

August 9, 2020 · 4 Comments

Double Masters art review

The latest in a line of magic sets has caused a degree of consternation in the Magic community. For every player looking forward to it, there seem to be many … Continue reading

August 2, 2020 · 3 Comments

Jumpstart art review

Jumpstart is a new magic: the Gathering set, and it’s made differently to the others. each Jumpstart pack is themes, and includes 8 lands. The idea is that you shuffle … Continue reading

July 5, 2020 · 4 Comments

Core Set 2021 art review

Magic’s latest core set is out now, and it’s very much in the vein of Core Set 2020. In years past, core sets have been criticised (and generally ignored by … Continue reading

June 28, 2020 · 3 Comments

Ikoria art review

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is Magic’ newest set. Due to COVID-19 it’s experiencing a staggered rather than simultaneous global release. Asia is receiving the set as originally scheduled, while the … Continue reading

April 19, 2020 · 7 Comments

Once upon a Wednesday #3: selling Magic cards

In 2014 I posted some straightforward advice aimed at anyone looking to sell of their collection of Magic: the Gathering cards. It became one of the more popular posts of … Continue reading

March 25, 2020

Unsanctioned Magic set

The newest ‘Un’ set for Magic is coming very soon. This release takes a different direction to previous Un sets and is released as a set of five decks. There … Continue reading

January 30, 2020 · 2 Comments

Magic’s next Secret Lair: rats

Via Polygon, Magic has announced its next Secret lair tie-in will be a single set themed around the Year of the Rat. This set comes with 8 cards for $40 … Continue reading

January 18, 2020