Scent of a Gamer

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

Terrain from packaging

This video on making terrain from packaging material pooped up in my feed the other day. Obviously this isn’t a new concept and YouTube has plenty of videos on this … Continue reading

February 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

HellGate – Part 9 – The Bell Tower and the Dust Settlers Sanctum — IRO aka Imperial Rebel Ork

I love world building… I want you to imagine, for a moment, a place where the sun is so intense, for most months of the year, that paint blisters, tin … Continue reading

June 9, 2020 · 1 Comment

Numinous Occulum

If you’re familiar with the strangely-named terrain set from games Workshop, you would notice that this isn’t the full set: I had a hard time assembling this one. In fact … Continue reading

May 30, 2020 · 10 Comments

Arcane Ruins update 1

The Arcane Ruins was a terrain kit from Games Workshop. From memory (which may be faulty) it was released in the late 1990s. Maybe early 2000s. Either way, this set … Continue reading

May 10, 2020 · 4 Comments

Deadzone Battlezone: Outpost 31 — The Other One’s Vault of the Undead

With some extra time on my hands over the Easter weekend, I was able to lay out all my painted Deadzone terrain for the first time; my six by four … Continue reading

April 16, 2020 · 4 Comments

10 years of crowdfunding

The creators of the crowdfunding website Kickstarter didn’t set out to revolutionise tabletop games production. Their ‘creative’ focus was more in other areas – theatre, film, music. However the site … Continue reading

May 5, 2019 · 12 Comments

Terrain… building?

When it comes to wargames terrain I have been a terrain buyer and a terrain assembler, but never really a terrain builder. A couple of Epic bunkers from plans published … Continue reading

March 3, 2019 · 2 Comments

Rampart Kickstarter

I’m a sucker for some good looking tabletop terrain, so naturally my eye was drawn to the Rampart Kickstarter project. This project if for highly detailed plastic terrain, which currently … Continue reading

November 17, 2018 · 5 Comments

Tabletop terrain: dead trees

Games Workshop’s trees are still on of my favourite terrain pieces. So characterful and they give you plenty of options as a modeller. I’ve completed three, which is one box’s … Continue reading

July 22, 2018 · 5 Comments

Tabletop games earn $137 million on Kickstarter in 2017

Polygon has the article, but tabletop games are storming through the Kickstarter dollars right now. Polygon has chosen to compare tabletop with videogames. Clearly the tabletop hobby is not 10 … Continue reading

January 14, 2018

Warlayer 3D tabletop terrain

The 3D printer continues its quiet revolutionising of the tabletop. While you won’t see sharply detailed plastic figures emerge form those devices this decade, what we are seeing is a … Continue reading

December 17, 2017

My gamer’s journey

It all began with Battlecars, a very old board game by Games Workshop. I’d played other games before of course, the usual chess, draughts, Monopoly. I was already a gamer, … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Tools of the Trade

Tabletop Minions recently compiled a video where they interviewed a number of professional miniature painters and asked each of the them the same questions. The answers are as interesting as … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · 7 Comments

5 Musts when running a tabletop games league

Whether it is for card games, board games, or miniatures games, a league can be an effective way to getting players to gather, meet one another, and play lots of … Continue reading

March 19, 2016

Kickstarter panel at PAX AUS 2015

The Kickstarter panel of day 3 of PAX AUS this year was excellent. The panel members had all successfully run Kickstarters for their tabletop games, and this was the focus. … Continue reading

November 7, 2015

Kingdom Death preorder special

The Kingdom Death Kickstarter project closed some time ago. Originally scheduled to deliver in late 2013, the project is on the cusp of delivery now. This project is a great … Continue reading

July 18, 2015

Desert Tablescapes complete

I have now completed all 16 desert-theme tablescape boards. Together they make a single 4′ x 4′ table. I will let the images speak for themsevels. I put the tiles … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · 12 Comments

Not enough stitches: a review of Timeline

Timeline is a simple, inexpensive game from Asmodee. It’s easy to learn and fun to play. The game pieces some in an attractive tin. The goal of Timeline is to … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Dangerous Design

I started the design time series in part because I was frustrated by the lack of good, clear articles about tabletop game design. Since then I have discovered many more … Continue reading

February 1, 2015

So you want to be a tabletop game designer

This is the title of a great article you should check out if you’re interested in designing tabletop games. The article covers the basics and also gives a logical stage-by-stage … Continue reading

January 24, 2015