Thursday, December 17, 2009

Your 2009 Gaming Resolutions- how did you do?

Well its the week before Christmas so there is not much point in delaying the inevitable follow up to my post last year about Gaming Resolutions. If you took part in this examination of your own self discipline..tell me how you did!, After Christmas I'll follow up with a new set for 2010.

I counted mine down for 2009 from easiest to do, to the hardest..lets start with the easiest

#10. No more new games!. This one is no brainer I've got more stuff on my plate then I have time for already..need to pick and choose whats going to give me the most bang for my already spent money, time and energy. I need to take the family on a real vacation this year and buy a new car so money is going to be super tight...this one is a no brainer. Definitely!

No brainer or not, I broke this one big time, with the Release of War of the Ring (which I bought the rulebook and lots of new models and movement trays for) and Space Hulk, Since I only played two games of War of the Ring this year and I played two missions from Space Hulk..the cost vs return on both of these is pretty much a failure..although I will definitely play more Space Hulk. I should mention I did play some Blood Bowl too, and while I havent bought the core game and made my team out of existing stuff, its still a new game!!

Result #10- FAIL!

#9. Get my Empire army finished and fleshed out up to 4000 points and at my highest standards, including some of the new releases later this year. Definitely going to happen, very few models once I'm ready for Adepticon, (going to finally paint my Flagellants as I need them for Escalation)

Yay!..I succeed here big time, with Special Characters I can push the 5K envelope with Empire, I definitely have 4K fully painted to my standard..with few models waiting for paint, I have two guys on the bench getting done this week!

Result #9 - Epic Success!!

#8. Get my Chaos Daemons in good looking playable shape at 2250 points, to a standard I am not embarrassed to take to a tourney. This is going to happen shouldn't be tough, 3/4 of the way there already for our upcoming campaign.

Meh...I still didn't get thru painting the rank and file troops I wanted to finish up for this. I did get some new Daemon Models, like my FW Great Unclean One..whose 95% done (pictures soon) but overall..I can't meet my own criteria here, so I have to call this one a minor failure..besides with exception of a 1000 point tourney I played in,I played all of maybe 3 games with DoC this year. So sure I have 2250 with options playable for DoC good looking is another story.

Result #8- Minor Failure!

#7. Play more Lord of the Rings.. get my Mordor force painted up to 750 points. Highly Probable, I'm motivated, and its already about half done.

Definitely played alot more LotR SBG, While I didn't get my Mordor painted to 750 (its only at 600) but I did get an entire other Army, my Grey Company, completed to 350 plus display base. and it even won a Best Appearance award at a local event so I'll have to call this one a success!

Result #7- Success!!

#6 Get some other Historical games happening by finishing my models and terrain for Legends of the High Seas and Old West. Try to organize the locals I know and get a few afternoons of Historical skirmish games happening. This is doable, low model counts, stuff is built, based, primed..Bill built and old west town, I have a pirate town and ships.

Had my first event for Legends of the High Seas in May, in which I did get ton of new models and terrain painted, LotoW never happened but we talked about it and I look forward to playing this soon. I have to call this one a Success on the basis of the High Seas event alone

Result #6 Success!!

#5. Get my WAB celt army built and fielded..get at least some models painted, try to play at least 1/2 dozen matches this year when the 2.0 rules come out. Harder, but also doable. about 70% built, nothing painted..should finally get my back ordered WF models soon...the high model count and low numbers of local players will make this tough to focus on.

Uh Oh, the new rules are in celts saw no action other than proxy models for WFB for other people..I have huge amount of Wargames Factory Celts and Romans and Warlord Games Celts sitting in boxes...I need something to kick me in the ass a new rulebook..I still have the desire its finding the time. for 2009 WAB was a total Failure...
Edit..although I did play a couple games!

Result #5- Failure!!!

#4. Build the Flames of War stuff I bought and try to get some games in. Hard- having built one stand of guys..the high model count and tedious painting make this a tough one, I do know guys to game with but I need to get out of the house another weeknight in order to do so and that could be problematic but I do already own everything I need..this ones a coin flip.

LMAO!! another Epic Fail!!!!. havent touched a thing!

Result #4 -Epic Fail!!!

#3 Make progress on either my VC, Dwarf or Orc and Goblin WFB Armies I have mostly sitting in boxes on shelves, at least do something with one of them (most likely VC). Dubious with all I have going on, but not out of the question, late in the year if its going to happen, I'd like to paint up some VC models just to see where its going.

Ok, I am sensing a pattern here, I didn none of the above although I did get rid of 90% of my Dwarf stuff, I did Start both Lizardmen and Warriors of Chaos its not a total failure,- just a failure of the above armys..still its a fail.

Result # 3- Fail!

#2 Dip my toe back in the waters of 40K, either with a small Marine list (if I still have them) or gulp! with a new army like Imperial Guard. Doubtful, but optimistic..I haven't sold my marines but I am not really trying, so buying the new SM codex and playing a game is easy. The rest really depends on how cool the new I.G. stuff is. Having both an Empire for WFB and Guard army for 40K is appealing but the high model count and all the Tanks aren't as the time sink to get it done is a full time hobby. I do like the idea of a plastic valkyrie and a bunch of drop troop -like commando guys..but I have no idea what they do or if they are even worth building...this is pure speculation. so anything goes here.

Ok, Ok, ridiculous I even proposed abject and total failure...I've crossed 40K off my list of things I am likely to play period, unless you want to count Space Hulk. It didn't happen, I wont keep pretending its going to.

Result # 2- Epic Fail!!!

#1. Stop buying terrain, until every other terrain project I've got that is WIP is done! LOL!, never gonna happen but I am going to try..I just had to say it.

Believe it or not despite my record of failure for easier tasks, I am calling this one a success. While I did buy new Terrain this year, and yes before I finished what I had backlogged. I did manage to assemble and paint just above every piece of the new and backlogged stuff I had through out the course of the year. While Its not all painted to what would be final but its usable. While I still have things like my Hirst City tiles for my Osgiliath Table to do..they don't count as me buying anything end I currently have 5 tables in my basement and a ton of terrain!
If you include my Realm of Battle table, and all the terrain I got done for Historicals I cranked out a ton of terrain this year!

Result #1- Success!

In the end I only accomplished 4 out 10 of my Resolutions successfully..there's a bit of an argument between success and failure on #8, and #1..but basing these on my own criteria splitting 50/50 is fair..still a 40% success rate isn't winning me any awards...hope you guys did better!.

coming soon, Reflections on 2009, and Resolutions for 2010!


Chicago Terrain Factory said...

I would not call #5 an Epic Failure - we played at least 1 game of WAB together. May have even been two.

John@Plastic Legions said...

LOL! were those this year?, I thought our WAB games were in bad...ok..I'll have to unepic that!

Felix said...

From my dakka post:

1. Set up my debit paint-to-save-to-buy accounting system to stay to some kind of budget and increase the amount of happiness gained from a completed piece. I plan on writing the rules out for this, but it basically boils down to, paint something, save that much money in a debit account, use the debit account to buy more minis.

Never got around to this. My goal changed from "debit-paint-save-debit" to "paint 500
miniatures." The goals were kind of mutually exclusive.

2. Settle on an Eldar Army Harlequin scheme and try to get halfway through it by 2010.

I did figure this one out after a while. Shock and horror, it was to paint it almost the same
as the rest of my Eldar. Wow, that was hard.

3. Complete, expand, and game with the tri-elf armies for Fantasy: Wood/High/Dark.

I only managed one or two games with my High Elves, and only got halfway through with
my DArk Elves. I did end up expanding my Wood Elves in time for Adepticon, but never
got around to running the Eternal Guard list that I was plotting in my head.

4. Play my main factions every other time. Protectorate of Menoth for Warmachine and Wood Elves for Warhammer Fantasy.

The past year has been a crazy Privateer Press year for me. And mostly I've been using my
Trollbloods because they're just easier to carry around than the infantry heavy Protectorate
bags that I carried (almost all metal!)

5. Increase the number of quality Articles and Army Profiles in the Dakka Articles system. I'm no Taskmaster, unfortunately, as that would make the Articles system feel like my job. I'd like to keep my work and fun separate.

Oops, failed. I usually have a choice between hobby time, gaming time, and editing time. Add
being a Press Ganger and it's surprising that I got as much done as I have. Don't know where
we'd be without people willing to put up their own Army Profiles (my favorite is still the Fremen
one, sorry Dakkites!)

6. Play outside of my comfort zone or at least try games that I have figs for but never played. Things I'd be interested in include: Infinity, AT-43, Warlord, Uncharted Seas. Games I don't have minis for, but would love to try include: Elfball, Descent, Okko

Total failure. I was sick on the days I was going to learn these games at Gencon, and running
the Warmachine/Hordes events meant being a constant opponent for those days when there's
an odd man out on game days and mentoring new players.

7. Write fanfic that doesn't make me roll my cynical eyes. Yes, even at stuff I write for myself. Start plotting some serialized fiction for the Articles system.

Wow, I forgot I had plans for this. Will need to re-visit that notebook.

8. Paint more regularly rather than in fits and spurts. Settle for getting something done rather than pushing my days and nights to get it all done.

I'll call this one a success. After this year I think I have a feel for my painting tempo, my
modeling limits, and the benefits that just sitting and painting have for my overall
well being.

9. Learn more from the battles that I play, have more fun even when I lose, never forget to shake a hand or make the experience more pleasant for all involved.

I like to think that I succeeded at this.


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