Scent of a Gamer

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

MtG artists: James Ryman

James Ryman has quietly illustrated almost 100 Magic cards over the last few years. By the time you read this article, he may well have passed that milestone. You may … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Magic finance 103: Standard

In 101 I talked about the basics, and in 102 I looked at price drivers in an holistic way. Magic’s formats are diverse, and it’s worth looking at the more … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · 3 Comments

Rivals of Ixalan art review

The second (and final) set of the Ixalan block sees groups of competing factions and planeswalkers competing to discover and control the golden city of Orazca. The ‘native’ faction are … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

MtG artists: Lars Grant-West

Lars Grant-West’s first card illustrated for Magic was the card Toxin Sliver, all the way back in the Legions set. Since then almost 100 cards have appeared with his name … Continue reading

December 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Magic finance 102: price drivers

  Prices for individual Magic cards rise and fall over time, creating opportunities for profit – or loss. Here we’ll look at the important drivers of price. Demand for cards … Continue reading

December 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

MtG artists: Ryan Yee

Ryan Yee’s art appeared in earnest in the original Innistrad block in 2011, though a couple of illustrations appeared before then. His cards can always be relied on to provide … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 · 4 Comments

Unstable art review

Unstable is the third “wacky” set for Magic: the Gathering, and by far their best effort in this sphere. The cards have silver borders, meaning they are not usable in … Continue reading

December 9, 2017 · 2 Comments