|Me and my new family|
HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR: Sitting in with a mob of meerkats for my birthday.
After my traditional birthday plans were scuppered, I was very down on celebrating this year until Rachel found the amazing Hemsley Conservation Centre and arranged for me to feed the meerkats (who I later adopted).
I can't remember a time, in recent years, when I've been more zen and happier.
GEEK HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR: This one snuck in under the wire, but it has to be Clare's game of The Whispering Road that she ran for The Tuesday Knights last month.
It was totally out of our roleplaying comfort zone, with a system (or lack thereof) completely alien to what we normally play, and yet it was ultimately one of the most 'perfect' gaming experiences of my life.
And it very quickly dawned on me that this simple system would be perfect not just for mythical fantasy, as we played, but also more eccentric settings such as a Mary Poppins-style game, comic book superheroes, or Doctor Who.
DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR: My health. Not that it has taken a particularly bad turn, in fact, overall, I reckon I'm doing well, all things considered.
But I've found myself prone to several stinky colds (man-flu, if you will) that have prevented me from doing things I enjoy.
Earlier in the year, I wasted my Black Panther ticket because of a cold, but the worst blow came when I couldn't make the preview of Mortal Engines that author Philip Reeve had invited Rachel and I in London.
Not only was I unable to get a sneak preview of the movie, but this would have been the first time we'd actually met Philip in person (as opposed to conversing online).
SPECIAL AWARD OF 2018: Danny Dyer for his commentary on the apocalyptic shambles that is Brexit.