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Saturday, 2 January 2016

New Year, Same Old, Same Old...


So, this is it. My fiftieth year on planet Earth. Better make it a good one. My resolutions for this year all revolve around the usual issues: from keeping my weight under control and getting fit, to spending less, and getting my 'personal space' in our house back to how it was when I first took it over.

Three years into the 'campaign' and the great gamesroom clean-up is still very much a work in progress, so I'm hoping I get up the momentum again this year to see the task through to the finish line.

At present, my aims for 2016 are:

HEALTH & FITNESS:
  • I need to be keeping up the exercise (we have a home treadmill now, which is great) and the portion control on my eating as part of my Fit For 50 campaign
  • Probably get my eyes sorted (see below), even though that hits upon two of my greatest fears (anything going near my eyes, and going into hospital).
GEEKY:
  • I want to get back into the habit of reading more, but I've noticed my eyesight deteriorating since I was diagnosed with cataracts, which has led to more business for Big Finish and their audio dramas, and increasing stockpiles of monthly (unread) comics accumulating by my bed.
  • My nominated 'theme' for the year is science-fiction, particularly pertaining to the Holy Trinity of Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who.
GAMING:
  • Carry On Carrying On: Our successful Heroes & Other Worlds campaign continues to fan the flames of my roleplaying passion. As it stands I intend to keep this campaign going until my birthday, and then maybe switch to something else. 
  • Ubiquitous Gaming: Going forward, the only games I can see myself supporting financially are the Ubiquity line (primarily from Exile Game Studio and Triple Ace Games), Cubicle 7's Doctor Who RPG, and (once it's published) the John Carter (of Mars) RPG from Modiphius.
  • Kicking The Habit: I've already trimmed back on my Kickstarter investments from their 2014 levels, especially having been burned on a couple that haven't delivered (and probably never will). One of theseI invested quite a sum in and it has made me way more cautious about who I give my money to now (primarily I now invest in films from established sources, eg. Arrowstorm, and games from reliable companies, such as Triple Ace Games).
  • Purchase Power: As an adjunct to the Kickstarter moratorium, I aim to really cut back on my spending again this year (particularly wargames' miniatures, roleplaying games, DVDs that sound interesting but I know nothing about, and books I'll probably never get round to reading).

4 comments:

  1. Cutting back...a constant battle. I think I've sort of cracked it with RPGs now that I've sold off them bulk of my collection (some even went your way!) but this has partly been because wargaming has replaced RPGs in terms of spending and forums/blogs visited. Oh well. That said I also have my eye on the forthcoming Modiphius games...John Carter and Conan. Trouble is they really churn out the supplements...it ain't gonna be cheap! Need to start saving my pennies for their Kickstarters!

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  2. I have my eye on John Carter, but will judge it on the first book and see how that goes (although there was talk of miniatures which would be rather cool!)

    I've never seen a Modiphius book in the flesh, so don't know what their quality standards are like. At least with the Ubiquity games and Cubicle 7's output I know the standard before investing.

    But we'll have to see how things go...

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  3. I was in on the Acthung Cthulhu Kickstarter (in a big way) which was pretty delayed...over two years. Got my last shipment just before Xmas but had lost interest in it by then. The books are good quality in both in terms of content and the book itself though they are glossy and thin-papered which I always worry about in a rule book which will see some use. But then Cubicle 7s DW books are the same. I guess it's just my personal preference...I like the thick paper and black and white art of Triple Ace Games, to be honest. Don't know about the rules...based on their recent Mutant Chronicles system, I believe...not heard anything good or bad.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean about Kickstarters arriving so late that you've lost interest in the product by the time it shows up at your doorstep!

      I have no issue with C7's books, but Triple Ace (and Exile Studio) certainly make the sturdiest books in my opinion.

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