With 2016 rapidly drawing to a close, it’s time once more to look at my hobby resolutions for the coming year. As usual, I’m going to start with a quick look back at last year’s resolutions and how well they have been accomplished.
Paint more! I don’t know a miniature wargamer that does not share this resolution, but I really need to make it work. I’m not even that fussed about what I paint. It could be Batman miniatures, Malifaux, Dystopian Wars, or whatever takes me fancy… just paint something.
Wow, starting off with failure on this one. I just have not painted much at all. When I actually settle into doing some painting, I’m fine, but I just can’t seen to settle into it these days. I do play fewer miniatures games, which is probably part of it, too. Either way, I did a little bit of painting, but not enough to call this a success by any measure.
Continue to work through the pile of shame – particularly the larger, impressive-looking games that have sat dormant for too long. I am looking at games like Rex, Twilight Imperium and Merchant of Venus here.
This has gone a lot better. Of the three games listed, I managed two of them, plus a whole lot more that were not listed. I worked through a good portion of the pile this year and tried a lot of really great, new games. Some of the highlights this year have been Twilight Imperium, Star Wars: Rebellion and Ladies and Gentlemen. A rare success in these resolution posts!
GM some more RPGs. Being a player is fun, but I much prefer the role of GM, and I think I am better at it. I had a lot of fun with my Vampire: The Masquerade group and would love to branch out into new systems. This could be in person or online over Skype, but it needs to happen.
Wow, another success! Got a lot of roleplaying in this year, including some Dread, Paranoia, Dungeons & Dragons, Dresden Files, Scion and more, as well as starting a Stars Without Number game that will continue into the New Year. I didn’t manage to get a Skype game going, which is a pity as there are friends in other places with whom I’d love to play, but I can only do so much! Another surprising success!
This year, one resolution is going to remain pretty much unchanged, whilst others are a little different. Let’s set some goals:
- Paint more! Yeah, I know, but if I keep saying it, it might just happen. Again, paint anything. It could be some Malifaux or Infinity. It could be a board game, for all I care, just so long as it is something. C’mon, man…
- Blog consistently. Blogging has actually helped me stay focused this year, assisting me in meeting some of my goals. I’d like to do manage to do it a little more consistently in the coming year. I don’t need to write a huge amount, just a post or two a week between here and my other blog, No Rerolls. On that note, I’d like to get back to the idea of No Rerolls being a group blog and get some more writers on the go. I’d like to drum up some more traffic for No Rerolls as well, as it’s just not getting read as much as I’d like.
- One thing I’d really like to do this year is to put together some print and play games. These don’t have to be big games, but I’d like to put something together. These could be games that someone else has designed, or it could be something of my own, like a reskin. I’ve done this before with my Adventure Time edition of The Resistance, which I was happy with. Let’s build on that!
I considered putting in another resolution about working through my pile of shame, but I feel that I am into the rhythm of that one and am managing it well. This year’s resolutions are perhaps a little harder than last year’s, as they do require, in each case, a more focused and deliberate effort. I don’t want to start out with negativity or defeat, but I do want to accept the challenge I’ve set myself.
Roll on 2017!