02 January 2010

Goals for 2010

Many of the gaming blogs I follow have posted some sort of 2009 year-in-review as well as lists of goals for 2010. I think I posted some gaming goals a while back, but I am fairly certain that I failed to achieve any of them. I only painted a handful of figures this year, and didn't complete any projects. I didn't really play any games, either. It's a bit discouraging, but if games are the biggest thing I have to complain about I am probably doing all right. In spite of my downer outlook on life in general, we were able to do a lot of good things in real life this year. Our kid is healthy and growing, we bought a house and have space now to have people over, the day job is pretty steady and provides for our needs, we've got a decent extended family on both sides, I've got a motorcycle in my garage, and the old lady and I have been married for five years now without much for me to complain about. But back to gaming and 2010.

I am sort of at a loss as far as what to plan on as far as gaming goes. I know I will probably not be around for the last third of the year. The first half of the year will be mostly filled with school, both university classes and military training. I purposely signed up for some easier classes this semester as things are going to be a little crazy. That leaves me without a lot of time to devote to games, maybe an evening here and there or a few weekends. I think I will try to set some moderate goals.

I need to finish painting the Razorback for my Space Marines. I was going to finish it this week when my friend came over to work on games, but we wound up playing computer games instead of working on figures.

The group of Easterlings only needs a few things done to it before I can call them finished. I'd like to get them moved off of my desk and out of my hair. I've got a whole battleforce of Easterlings still left to paint, but I want to finish the box of twenty I started a long time ago. On a similar note, my Moria Goblins need to have a Cave Troll painted before I can call them finished. I also need to pick up a few more of the metal figures for them, but it's not a priority at the moment. I'm trying to focus on projects for which most of the work has already been done.

Assuming I get through that stuff I'd like to get that unit of Warhammer Fantasy Dwarf Slayers put together and at least slap some primer and basecoats on my 1000-point Dwarf army. Getting through all of that will be a minor miracle, so maybe I'll stop there.

My main goal for the year is to get some reading done. As a younger person I was a voracious reader. I'd read books all day and then hide in my room at night and read more books with a small lamp or flashlight. Somewhere along the way I lost that appetite for reading and I've noticed a steady decline in my vocabulary and mental capacity over the years. I feel a bit of urgency as far as getting that back, so I would like to fill some of my spare moments getting into some real books. I'm not particularly talking about gaming books, but history books dealing with my periods of interest and maybe some game-related novels would be a good start.

I don't have the playing of actual games on the list as I am not sure I'll set aside any time for that. Once I get my Dwarves put together I would like to play around a bit and pit them against my Skaven, but outside of that I don't have anything concrete planned.


  1. I really enjoy your blog!

    It is an insight into your really life not only your gaming life!

    Myself, I only paint a few figures I set goals but never meet them! I am into other things now running being one of them, though I will always love toy soldiers!

    Remember and I know you already know there are much more important things!

    Anyway keep blogging it is interesting, cheers


  2. I felt the same way about reading, and have been downloading books onto my phone from free book websites. In the past 3 weeks I have read three books. It's convenient because I can read in bed or in the bathroom or wherever and I don't have to lug a book around with me. yay!

  3. Maybe we should go to the library sometime. It could be one of the nerdiest dates we've ever been on.

  4. Nerdier than the Comic Con?