Following the reflection on 2017, I also set out some thoughts on 2018 and thought it’d be cleaner and easier if I made it a separate post. One thing that I need to get on top of this year is my hobby collection, I think a cull is in order so that’ll probably be on the agenda over the next couple of months.
As mentioned in my prior post, this was my most played game over 2017 despite the abrupt cancellation by Knight Models. With a recent resurgence in interest among the group, I’m expecting we’ll see this get to the table more over the year. I’ve got plenty of team ideas percolating, and have made considerable progress on my Chinatown themed table recently which I’ll share later.
I managed to pack in six games of Frostgrave over the closing months of 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The fantasy setting, simple campaign mechanics and the variability of forces via spell selection is really cool. I’ve got some campaign ideas and new warbands planned out already, so looking forward to realising these over the year.
Our midweek gaming group has decided to attempt some role playing this year, so we’ll be rolling up characters and delving into some dungeons this year. We’ve decided to use Pathfinder, as it balances crunch with our hesitation to fully learn a new system. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes.
I’ve got a few new games queued up to try out over the year, including Ghost Archipeligo and Dracula’s America form Osprey, as well as This is Not a Test from Worlds End Publishing. My expectation is that we can use our existing miniatures and terrain collection to try out these games, so buy in will only be the $30 or so for the rulebooks.
One thing that I need to get better at this year is tracking my hobby progress. I got a lot done over 2017, but the goals I set at the start of the year fell by the wayside and I don’t have a record of what I actually completed. Goals have been set for the year (paint Massive Darkness set, get Chinatown table of terrain, paint a second Frostgrave warband, and some other items) but I need to better track progress to them and when I’m straying into other areas. Perhaps a monthly blog post updating on what I’ve completed/progressed for the month could keep me motivated. Is that something you’d be interested in seeing?
The blog has been a good experience, with the reflection during and after games it requires honing my thinking. This is both in regard to what I enjoy and dislike in games, as well as providing me a better understanding of mistakes I’m making and how to play better. I’m keen to continue writing for the blog, but I think the pace of posts will be slower this year than last year (I’m still not sure how I produced 56 posts!).
It seems an exciting year ahead for gaming, and I can’t wait to get started.