I know this is a little late but I just want to wish anyone reading this a very Happy New Year. Thank you to those who have subscribed to my little blog, and apologies for not having written much lately.
Where does all the time go?
2013 was a brilliant gaming year for me with plenty of fun to be had. This year I want to build on this and get even more from the hobby whilst engaging more with new and interesting gaming folk. With this in mind I’ve been hard at work creating a blog schedule for the year. It’s an alien concept, scheduling blog posts, but if I have a rigid schedule then I’m more likely to stick to it. That’s not to say that I’m going to write a post for the sake of it, but I will be posting more regular reviews and I hope to start posting ad-hoc board gaming news when I hear of anything interesting coming along.
So, to start the year as I mean to go on, I’m going to list my top five gaming wins for the year. Not games that I’ve won, but game or hobby related accomplishments that really made 2013 so much more interesting for me.
- I started going to a monthly gaming group over in Cardiff at the wonderful http://www.firestormgames.co.uk I’ve met some great people there, the staff and gamers are all extremely friendly, and the gaming area has large enough tables to set up some of the more epic games.
Being of a, somewhat, nervous disposition I admit I was extremely unsure about taking the leap and going along. But; if you’re reading this and you’re on the fence about joining a group then the only advice I can offer is: “Give it a try!”
- 2013 saw a lot of my unplayed games hit the table. Many were very good, but one of them really stood out from the crowd. Mice and Mystics by Plaid Hat Games simply oozes everything I love in a game. A rich story mixed with interesting decisions and a variety of great characters. But why would playing Mice and Mystics hit my top five gaming events of the year? Because, dear reader, not only did I fall in love with the game during 2013, I also became an official play tester for the next expansion The Downwood Tales. I can’t tell you how excited and proud I am to be testing such a great game.
For those who are interested, I’m going to cover more about this amazing addition to the series another day, but I can tell you one thing now, it’s got even more of everything that made the base game so damn fun!
- I attended my first ever gaming convention, The UK Games Expo. I only spent half a day there, but I had a good time, spent way too much money on some great games, and fully intend to go again in 2014. I’d also love to go over to Essen, but only time will tell as to whether I can manage that.
- I recorded my first and second podcast episodes earlier in the year. I’m not sure I’m cut out for podcasting but over the coming year I’ll try my hand at it a few more times and then decide whether it’s the life for me. “Yo ho, yo ho, it’s a podcasters life for me…” Anyway… moving swiftly on…
- I recorded my first game-related video, the unboxing of Nothing Personal by Tom Vasel and Steve Avery. It’s had a lot more views that I ever expected, 380 instead of 1, so that made me happy.
So, that’s my personal top five game-related wins for 2013!
If you did anything that you thought was particularly exciting last year then feel free to post about it in the comments. Perhaps I can use it as a target for making my gaming 2014 even better than 2013!