Okay, so I’m not sure that I want to make resolutions–because that word sounds more binding than I like. But I do want to list some things that I’d like to do (or do more of). “Self-suggestions,” we’ll call them. (Chris Caffery of TSO/Savatage fame said that he was only making resolutions about the things he wasn’t going to change this year, and I like that idea, too, but I’ll stick with self-suggestions for now.) These are largely gaming related, since that’s what I mainly focus on here. I’ve got some “real life” goals, too–exercise more, procrastinate less, etc. But that’s all the mention they’ll get here.
1. Play more games with my family.
I often forget that my most readily accessible players live with me. I have a backlog of 2-player boardgames I want to play with my wife, and my oldest son is really interested in gaming. As he learns to read more, he’ll be able to play more and more games that match my interest level, and I need to tap into that.
2. Paint more miniatures.
When I actually dedicate my free time to painting instead of web-surfing, I can get a lot painted in relatively short order. But I definitely want to finish up my Assyrian DBA army, and finish up the Ambush Alley minis. And paint the dog-thing that my kid gave me for Christmas.
3. Stay dedicated to Pendragon.
The Rotgut Manglers and I have a great chance to build an epic story with the Great Campaign, but only if we all stay invested in it.
4. Play games with people outside my group.
I love my group, but I also had a lot of fun over the last couple of years when I got to play with others–playing Cell Gamma with some folks from the Yachting Club and playing Mah Jongg with some students. I also know some folks who like to play games, but I’ve been hesitant to play with them–mainly because of the difficulties of playing with adults when children are around. But I think we’ll try to invite those folks over for a game night this year.
5. Read more.
My project to revisit American history by reading Presidential biographies has stalled, and my goal of reading through Appendix N has also stalled. Carving out 20 minutes a day to read for pleasure should get me through at least 1-2 books a month.
6. Update this blog more regularly.
I played a lot of games this year that never got reviewed out of sheer laziness. Once a week is my new goal–either as a post about a new game, book, movie, etc. or an update on my other site for the weeks when we play Pendragon.
That seems like enough to keep me going for another year.