Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 thoughts.

Many Blogs do this at the end of each year. I look back to mine from last year and see how I missed out a section and had hopes and dreams that never materialised. So here goes, in no particular order:

PC gaming
I never finished Xcom. I nearly finished it, and meant to complete it, but haven't loaded it since March/April. I bought Northgard and played it a couple of times, but again nothing since February. I bought Starcraft 2 Legacy of the Void in n attempt to complete the narrative of that game. I completed a few missions over the summer holidays and haven't touched it since.  Worst of all, I bought Galactic Civilisations 3, having loved the 2nd one. I do not know when I will ever have the time to play that game. It is not something you can drop in and out of. It is also only playable on my gaming rig, which requires me to sit in my dining room, alone. Not what I want to do. Skyrim? I enjoyed it for a few weeks back at the beginning of the year,  but again haven't touched it since. All in all, I feel like I am at a stage in life where gaming is not a prime concern. I should sell my rig and upgrade my laptop for the odd game on the sofa.

6mm WW2
This project has completely stalled. I based a squad of each nation but the rest remains unfinished. I feel as though I have neither the time or terrain to want to move further along. But at the s me time, WW2 is my first love, and I want to take my Battlegroup rules for at spin finally, or A Sergeant's War, or Bolt Action, or Flying Lead. My brother is building a 15mm WW2 collection with which to play Flames of War, so this has inspired me slightly. I own a handful of buildings that I can finish, but again I can't be bothered.

20mm WW2
This is being mentioned only because I brought some miniatures out to use for a stop motion film as an example for my students. I made a 6 second video of an Airfix jeep driving along. Not super interesting. This project will stay shut down until I have a larger house, or a dedicated wargaming club to attend.

6mm Sci Fi
This is where all the action is. Admittedly I have had only 4 games this year, 3 of Horizon Wars and one of Starport Scum, but I have had breakthroughs with terrain, figure basing and the further development of the Tranquil Stars universe.

I am very excited about Horizon Wars.  After purchasing Laserstorm for my after school club, I will probably end up starting them off with Horizon Wars because I still don't have enough miniatures to form larger armies. I also have a narrative I want to stick with for a little while, which will help me get games in. I also discovered that I can just lay out a game on my lounge floor to get a large battle in. Again, will help me get games in.

Starport Scum: I have a shopping list with multiple expansions of this game on. I haven't bought them yet. Until last night I hadn't played since November 2016. But again I have characters and some storylines I want to explore, which will help me get games in. The rules are great, although last night I had a sudden  panic that I wasn't enjoying them anymore. But I feel like it was ,ore to do with my lack of proper campaign preparation than anything. I have been really thinking about the role playing elements of this game and hope to implement more of those also.

So all in all, I am happy with where my 6mm journey has been going.

OTHER NOTABLE THINGS that don't fall in the remit of this blog:
I became a dad again. That was amazing.
My marriage has matured to a very happy place right now.
I have lost 2.5 stone through Slimming World.
I am feeling more settled at work having been there a year.

This year has been a roller coaster and has ended in a very good place. I look forward to next year.

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