Archive for December, 2016

I have high hopes for 2017.  Some things I wish to do:

  1. ¬†Connect with local game shop Montag’s in Pearland, TX.¬† I have been going for a while here and there, but I want to spend more time and money there and meet like-minded individuals.
  2. Control Kickstarter spending.  Only 6 for 2017 will be the goal.
  3. Buy less boardgames – I buy them and then shelve them….
  4. Play more of the games I want to play.  DCC for rpgs and Imperial Assault, xwing/Armada.
  5. continue to play DCC on Fridays with family; possibly branch out to another game OR start a second DCC campaign.
  6. pay less attention to Facebook.
  7. find an online game and return to Payday 2 type of play – that game was amazing and so damn fun and everyone played it.¬† Need a game everyone wants to play.¬† I’m not sure this is possible.
  8. Read a dozen more books.  One per month.
  9. Don’t play games I don’t want to play.
  10. Find my place in Scouts with a lesser role but enjoy my time with my son (who is now a Life scout.)  Being treasurer for 9 years now is starting to wear on me.
  11. Enjoy a family vacation in New York or Disneyland.¬†¬† I’m actually leaning New York.¬† I want my family to visit this iconic place.
  12. Play 40 rounds of disc golf
  13. perfect my job performance.  worry and stress less.
  14. find creative endeavor……¬† (I don’t know what this means.¬† I try things and they go away.¬† but I must have an outlet and this blog isn’t it)
  15. continue to recognize further the negative aspects of social media while embracing the positive aspects.
  16. Get down to 195 lbs.  (currently at 202)

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2016 was possibly my best year ever.  It was close to near perfect, and it seems unlikely that life could get better.

Here is a rundown of my year:

  1.  Went to see Alamo with family
  2. Went to BTSR Boy Scout Camp with family
  3. Figured out new job and am finally good at it
  4. went to Washington DC with family
  5. played Dungeon Crawl Classics with family every Friday for last 6 months of year
  6. both kids are at high school now which makes mornings so easy
  7. gave up irrational premise that I have to ‘like’ or ‘heart’ social media entries or watch / click links suggested to me
  8. realized that my time is as valuable as anyone’s and rejected invitations that had a high probability of failure or did not fit in with my schedule
  9. played about 40 rounds of disc golf
  10. read a dozen novels

Notice that family comes up quite a bit here.  It has been an amazing year for family.  As my kids grow older, I recognize the special gift of every activity with them.  They will not be here much longer.

#7 and #8 are important.¬† I must be careful; by reducing flexibility I am doing less things and confusing some people.¬† However I have more than I can do and my time is of the utmost importance; nobody’s time is more important than my own despite what some people think.¬† I’m really weary of late people and people who cancel.¬† Everyone has stuff that comes up; but when it’s predictable and common, there is a problem.¬† Consistent respect for my time will yield more commitment from me.¬† I have a bit of bitterness here that I hope to turn constructive in 2017.¬†¬† I hope to be able to explain better and to keep control of my own destiny instead of permitting others to muck things up.¬†¬† We did this at the Ren Faire this year; we did it our way and it was wonderful.¬† We announced what we were doing and then we did it on our schedule.¬†¬† I expect to do this more however that means I have to coordinate more.

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I love new year resolutions.  My first one is proper management of Kickstarter for 2017.

In 2016 I backed 40 Kickstarters at a total cost of $1,366.

It’s a rather alarming statistic.¬† I think that the problem was exposed to me last week when I got a reward, and opened it, looked at the contents, and then promptly shelved it.

It’s just wasteful.

So in 2017 I am going to strive to back only 6 projects.¬† This may be unrealistic.¬† Some of the best stuff comes from Kickstarter.¬† For example, I have loved Zombicide: Black Plague which has been a joy all year.¬† (now I”m done with it forever.)

Two of the projects are already decided; I will back the upcoming DCC Lahnkmar box set at a very high level and I will back the Dice Tower as well.

That leaves only four; it will be very hard.

If I could go back and pick only 6 for 2016, looking at the ones I picked I would have gone with:

1.  Dice Tower РI watch too much of this not to support it
2.  Massive Darkness РCMON is doing some great stuff
3.  Mutant Crawl Classics РDCC is my favorite RPG, so this is a natural
4.  DCC Holiday Module Рsee above
5.¬† Xia – looks so great.¬† I hope it’s fun
6.  Mistborn: House War РI love me some Mistborn and have a good bit of the Crafty games stuff

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Here is an image of me setting up for last night’s session. I have my RPG cats and something to drink.

Excited to Journey to the Center of Aereth with the family!

We have watched Journey to the Center of the Earth (the James Mason one) and are ready to go.

The first session was well received.  I played some nice cold ambient sound and then some cave sound and it was nice.  Everyone had a nice time.  I cherish these sessions.  I know that I will look back upon them so fondly for the rest of my life.  Thank you Goodman-Games.  My family loves the DCC game more than any other rpg by a large margin.

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So I got the Imperial Assault Skirmish mats in, which I didn’t know existed until very recently, and they are wonderful.

There are three, and they are the current tournament list, so as the list changed I hope they release more mats.  Obviously demand will dictate this but I think this is a popular game and am hopeful.

My biggest complaint with Skirmish was assembling all the pieces into a map; it was a real pain and this removes that issue completely.

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The mats themselves are very colorful and good, but also very very thin.¬† I guess that’s ok.¬†¬† We will see how they hold up.¬† They come with the two scenario cards with them which is great, and the little map you see on the left side shows the two starting areas.

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