A new year…
Here’s what I’d like to accomplish gaming-wise this year:
- More gaming with family.
I have a feeling this will always be one of my goals. As my oldest son gets more and more competent with reading and math, he’ll be able to participate more and more in family games. This year, I’d like to get him interested in minis gaming. I think we’ll give Song of Blades and Heroes a try.
- Continue to paint.
This goal seems to get trickier every year. I always have a few weeks where I paint like crazy and then do nothing for the rest of the year. This means that I wind up having to relearn how to paint every time I sit down with the brushes. Unfortunately, that’s just the way my life rolls right now. I’d like to paint at least 52 minis again this year.
- More gaming with friends.
I’m separating this as its own goal this year. I have colleagues that play games, church friends that play games, and my own gaming group which is largely open to extra gaming. I have so many games on backlog that I really need to get them played–if for no other reason than to see what can be cut from the closet of doom.
- Adjust to life with a virtual Mangler.
The biggest change in gaming this year will be with the absence of one Mangler. Robert (NecronBob) is in the process of moving out of state. As we gear up for a new campaign tonight, we’ll be attempting to bring him in through Google Hangouts. This marks an exciting, and a little frightening, change to our gaming dynamics, and we have no idea how it will work. As Robert takes on new professional duties, his time to game may shrink, and the attempts to virtualize him as a gamer may be just a stop-gap measure. I hope not, though. I’m already saddened that it looks like we won’t actually finish The Great Campaign, but I’m more distressed by the possibility of losing a good gaming buddy. Robert is a stabilizing force in our gaming group–counterbalancing the more chaotic and destructive tendencies of Billy and Paul. (Colt makes an admirable effort in defraying these tendencies, though.) More importantly, though, I feel like I’ve learned a lot from playing in Robert’s games. We’ve stumbled our way together through playing some more narrative games (like Burning Wheel), which opened me up to another whole side of RPGs, and I’ve learned a lot about how to “Say Yes” as a GM from playing in Robert’s games. I’ve had a lot of fun becoming the Prince of Chicago, taking down the Hulk with nerve pinches, creating the legacy of Baldulf, and taste-testing void beasts. Here’s hoping Virtual Robert remains a part of the Manglers for a long time more.
- Two more campaigns.
While I still have a long list of games I want to run (Night’s Black Agents, Trail of Cthulhu, etc.) I have two games planned for this year: The One Ring (which we start tonight) and Dwimmermount (which may never actually see the light of day). I plan on running TOR as a short campaign–mainly focused on the Tales from the Wilderland book–until Dwimmermount releases. Then I want to run it using ACKS. The potential wrench in the system would be the release of D&DNext (or 5th edition, or whatever they call it). We’ve played every other version of D&D and I don’t see us skipping this edition.
There’s a lot of gaming to be done this year. Let’s get to it.