A quick look on my BoardGameGeek account shows I had a good year of gaming, despite largely taking the summer off.
I managed 24 games in the Borg family (mostly CCA and CCN). Added to this were another six Worthington games using a hex grid. There were also a small number of one-off games at the club and Bruce’s house and at home.
What strikes me most is that I have clearly forsaken traditional dice and measuring gaming (excepting perhaps Maurice with its lovely card-driven activation). I was surprised that I didn’t even play a single game of DBA or HoTT this year. And, you know, I don’t miss it at all.
This makes me wonder if we’re seeing a generational shift in tabletop rules. I’m not predicting the end of dice-and-measures rules. This approach has lots of momentum and adherents—just like desktop computers do… .
But the ease of teaching and play and opportunity to flavour rules that come with card-driven mechanics (and, to a lesser degree, hex-based playing surfaces) is hard to deny.
In terms of painting, I expect I'll crest about 1300 figures this year. Not bad given the summer and autumn painting doldrums.
I’m planning to go back to finish an HO-scale town I started last winter. To kick this along, I’ll also be doing up some 1/72-scale cops and robbers. But the big project will be a 1/72-scale Persian army I picked up at the MayDay auction.
I also have some more 1/72-scale Germans and some Greeks to attend to and I’llstart rebasing my AWI and War of 1812 guys. I also have a few things to thin out of my collection. And if I get time, I plan to pain my Battlelore playing pieces. And I have a few commissions I’ve agreed to take on.
Games-wise, likely more CCA, CCN and perhaps more on my Riel Rebellion game.