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).
- 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.
- 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).