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2018: A Look Ahead

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As 2017 comes to a close, I find myself evaluating my various board game "challenges" to see if they were "effective". That's not the best way of putting it. I find myself so focused on the challenges that I forget why I have them.

Overall the focus is to obtain fewer games and play the ones I have. I don't think the goals were that successful overall.

2017

Goal One: Gaming Austerity

The focus of this goal is to acquire fewer games. Overall I guess I did. I constantly sold or traded games to get new ones. But I still feel like I have more games that I can play.

Goal Two: Shelf of Opportunity

The focus of this goal is to reduce the number of unplayed games by either playing them or trading them away. The problem with selling or trading games to get new ones is that you get new unplayed games in the process. The shelf didn't shrink. Instead, its contents just changed.

Goal Three: 7x7 Challenge

The focus of this goal is to play the games I own. I did this very well, even though I may not have played them 7 of them 7 times. Given that I like variety, playing a single game 5 or more times in a year is great.

Goal Four: Go To Conventions

In hindsight, this goal served little purpose other than to make me feel bad when misfortune prevented me from attending conventions. It was a silly goal, as I love to go to conventions.

So what goals do I want to set for 2018?

I like the idea of combining the playing games goal with the Shelf of Opportunity goal. I think reducing the number of required plays is okay, as I play a lot of different things (plus I am playing and/or GMing 1-2 RPGs at a given moment).

2018

Goal One: 5x5 Challenges

Five New Games

These would be games that are new to me, having never been played and on my Shelf. Examples include: Great Western Trail, Clank, Battlestar Galactica, a few others, plus any Christmas presents I get this year. If I had to set a list now, it would be:

1 (Christmas present #1-hopefully Charterstone)
2 (Christmas present #2-hopefully The Colonists)
3 Great Western Trail
4 Clank!
5 Battlestar Galactica

Five Old Favorites

These would be games I own and have already played. If I had to pick my five right now, they would be:

1 Terraforming Mars
2 Scythe
3 Steam, Rails to Riches
4 The Networks
5 Champions of Midgard

Goal Two: Collection Management

A: Play What I Have

The rule of this goal is to not acquire new games until my entire shelf of unplayed games is empty (either through play or trade/sale). As of today, these games include:

Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
Honshu
But Wait, There's More!
Best Treehouse Ever
Civilization
Friese's Landlord
Tiny Epic Galaxies
Zoo Ball
Battlestar Galactica
Great Western Trail
Space Empires: 4X
Last Friday
Tiny Epic Quest
Jump Ship!
Stowaway 52
Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game

B: Limit New Games

The purchase of new games is limited to SIX games for the year 2018.

Exemptions to the purchase rule include:
E Games I receive as gifts or prizes.
E Kickstarters (I don't back many games, and there is no guarantee of delivery).
E Games on preorder or en route.
E Games obtained through trades.
E Expansions to games I own.

I think these revised goals will help me keep my collection at a size I am happy with. They will help me focus on enjoying what I have instead of yearning for what I don't.
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So, I am coming up on my three year mark of heavily re-investing into the board game hobby. Most articles I have read state that new or renewing board gamers usually start out consuming board games strong. Then at about the three-year mark they run out of steam.

That's probably me.

I have bought SO many board games in these three years, many of which I have sold or traded away without a lot of play time (some without any plays). I realize that my desire to play all the games outstrips my time time to play these games. It is frustrating, especially when there are so many board games coming out each month. And many of them are really good. It is a good problem to have if you are a hardcore board gamer, but I have come to realize that I am not. I play a couple games a week on a good week. Some people played more games at BGG Con than I played in the last two years combined. I am very much a casual board gamer.

This also holds true to video games and, to a lesser extent, RPGs. Given my druthers, I would prefer to play RPGs over board games and video games. But even so I rarely play more than one RPG a week on average (with the past couple of months being an exception). I guess it is a product of getting older, having a full-time job, being married, being the parent of two kids, and (for me especially) having other interests.

I definitely feel the three-year mark of my hobby. I am tired of chasing the new hotness, especially since I have a lot of unplayed games and played games that have only been played a couple of times. I know certain challenges, like the 10x10, are designed to get you to play more of your own games. My own 7x7 challenge helped with that, but several games on my list of most played games were purchased within the last twelve months. I feel that, should I do a board game challenge next year, I need to pre-select games to be played rather than let the plays fall where they may.

My Austerity and Shelf of Opportunity challenges were designed to prevent a lot of purchased-but-unplayed games from stacking up. They have not succeeded on that front. Sure, I have eliminated many games from my unplayed shelf, but I added to that pile as well. And while I didn't buy many new games without first selling some off, it still feels like I added to the clutter. Again, I feel I need to retool these challenges for next year if I choose to do them again.

Overall, I own too many games and play not enough of them. I am trying to figure out if I need to pare my collection down. I am also trying to figure out how to get more game time in. I am hoping to get to my FLGS for some board game nights. That all depends on my schedule and my family's needs. I also want to host some game days at the house from time to time.

Further, I want to submit more stuff for the Our Turn! podcast. I feel like there are so many podcasts, blogs, etc. out there that discuss RPG items. I find it hard to find a niche to discuss on Our Turn! I would love to discuss diversity and inclusion in gaming, but it is not an area in which I am an expert. I don't want to devolve into a review segment, especially since I don't consume a lot of different RPGs these days (my hundreds of PDFs purchased at DriveThruRPG plus my personal library give me plenty of material to draw upon). I have a few ideas, but nothing seems like it is "worthy" or "good enough" for publication. I guess that is the perfectionist/impostor syndrome sufferer in me.

Finally, and perhaps the lead of this article that has been buried, my anxiety has been bad lately. I feel stressed and overwhelmed more and more these days. It is not any one thing, but rather it is a culmination of things. Current events, work, home life, feeling of self-doubt and worthlessness... all of these add up to a big psychological burden. It has gotten to the point where I feel like getting back on long-term medication, something I don't like. However, it may come to that. Perhaps my brain chemistry it just out of whack and needs some assistance. There is no shame in that, my fellow readers. Sometimes you are dealt a hand (in this case, genetics) and you just have to play it out. I am hoping to discuss this with my counselor this week and maybe make an appointment with my psychiatrist's office to follow-up.

Please, please, please... if you feel down more than up, even if it has been going on for a few days or for what feels like an eternity, make an appointment with a mental health professional or talk to your physician. Talk to people you trust and get recommendations on professionals. Call a hotline. Just reach out. You may feel helpless and along. You aren't. Depending on the source, it is estimated that 1 in 5 people have a "diagnosable" mental and/or substance use disorder in any given year. 20%... that is a sizable group. Even though things have gotten better, there still are stigmas attached to mental health disorders. Don't listen to them. There is no shame in having a mental health disorder. There is nothing wrong in getting help. In fact, you should be commended for your strength in recognizing an issue in your life and seeking help.

If you have a friend or family member who is suffering from a mental health disorder, be there for them. It can be hard sometimes, and you need to ensure your boundaries are maintained. But be there as much as you can for them.

Okay, really didn't mean to make a post about mental health, but there it is.
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Home Stretch

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It just isn't my year for conventions it seems...

Oh, hey there. Sorry for the long hiatus. These past weeks (months?) have been busy and hectic. I was really looking forward to a good weekend at Nuke-Con. Unfortunately, my hotel bed had no mattress support. It was like all my weight was being balanced on my hips. Sucked. Had to come home early just to sleep.

But, I did get to play D&D Adventure League on Friday night, with Claire Hoffman as a DM for one of the sessions. She is the Assistant Content Manager for the D&D Adventurers League! It was very cool to meet her and play in her authored game. I played a tabaxi bard, who leveled up to a bard 2/sorcerer 1 by the end of the day. I really like the tabaxi and the bard/sorcerer multiclass combo.

I hope to talk about my con experiences on Our Turn in an upcoming episode.

Meanwhile, I want to touch on my 2017 Gaming Goals for a moment:

I. My 7x7 Challenge--In Progress

I have played 4 games at least 7 times. At least 3 more are at 4+ plays. I should make this.

II. My Austerity Challenge--In Progress

I have done a lot of trading and selling this year. I am still only at 5 purchases out of the goal of 6. I should make it.

III. My Convention Goals--Failed

This is the big disappointment for the year. I could not attend the Great Plains Game Convention due to strep. I attended ConStellation unofficially for a couple of hours. I did not make it to PretzCon. And I only enjoyed one day out of three for Nuke-Con. I am sad, but my gaming outside of conventions has increased. So I will take that as a small victory.

IV. Shelf of Shame--Success

More that the five required games moved off the shelf. I have played and traded away many. Sadly, they were all replaced with more. It is time to do some trimming of the collection.

Since I am still dead tired from the lack of rest, I will break for now. I hope to update more later.
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The Darkness IS Massive

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Yesterday, I received my pledge for Massive Darkness. It is indeed massive, to the tune of 7.8 kgs. Aside from the Lightbringer pledge, I also purchased the Ratlings set (because I love me some rat-people, whether they be wererats, skritt, skaven, or what-have-you) and the Zombicide: Black Plague Crossover set. It all looks cool. The minis are decent, somewhere about in quality as Reaper Bones. I was really excited about the game when I made my pledge a year ago, but now I don't know if I will enjoy the game play per se. I could certainly use the minis in any fantasy RPG I run. I will probably decide if I want to keep it all within the next few days.

(If anyone wants to make a serious offer on the above plus Zombicide: Black Plague, Hero Pack #1, and Wulfsburg, I would entertain it.)

This weekend is Labor Day in the U.S. I am looking forward to a holiday weekend, as work has me swamped with things. Hopefully I will get to visit family as well as partake in TWO D&D games. I have to say, Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition is probably the best edition yet. It is not perfect, but what RPG is perfect? If they would just make an official tweak to the Ranger class, most gamers would be happy.

Speaking of swamped, I have not been able to make any contributions to Our Turn! as of late. I really hope to get a couple of things recorded soon, as I am tired of them rattling around in my head. I have ideas and advice to share; I just need to get it out there.

I am selling/trading several games in my collection. If all goes well, I should be trading my Star Wars: Armada collection for Mansions of Madness Second Edition, Space Empires 4X, and some cash. I hope to sell some other things off in preparation for acquisitions at Nuke-Con in October.

Hope all is well with you, good reader.
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GenCant 2017 Wrap-Up

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I had a great time at GenCant 2017. First, it did not coincide with the county fair. Thus my 4H duties did not conflict with the event. Since I didn't get to any of the spring conventions that I had planned to attend, I made sure to enjoy GenCant as much as possible.

Both Friday and Sunday, I got in a play of Monopoly Gamer. I really like the game, as it takes less than an hour to play. There are some balance issues with the characters, and there is a lot of "take that" and randomness. But overall it is a fun game.

I played D&D on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday I was the DM for the "newbie" group, for lack of a better name. I had several things prepared and gave lots of options in the game. Ultimately, the group decided to take on a gang of slavers. Thus I got to use my Slavelords modules. It converts to D&D 5E relatively well. Some of the fights seemed harsh, but it turns out a party of five fifth-level PCs can handle it.

Sunday, I got to return as a PC. My regular RPG group began C1: The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan from Tales from the Yawning Portal. The module seems really well researched, and the descriptions and art are well done. However, the presence of
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poison gas in the air
made us feel we needed to rush and find an exit immediately. Thus we skipped any rooms that felt unnecessary. I am sure we are missing out on cool things. Once we find a safe camping spot, we will probably feel like exploring.

I made one GenCant purchase: Battlestar Galactica along with the first two expansions. I really liked the series, and I really like the hidden traitor/survival theme of Dead of Winter.

I hope everyone had a great GenCon, GenCant, or non-Gen weekend.
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Third Quarter Update

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Time for an update on my yearly goals:

I. My 7x7 Challenge

My top 7 played games this year:

Colt Express--9
Terraforming Mars--9
OctoDice--7
Bärenpark--6
Eminent Domain--5
Outfoxed--5
Burger Up--4 / The Networks--4

I think I get get 8 more plays in during the rest of the year. But who knows? Bärenpark got 6 plays in less than 3 days. This list may change a bit before 2018.

II. My Austerity Challenge

This has gone off the rails a bit, as I have traded and sold so many games (including my large Star Wars: X-Wing collection) I am flush with cash for buying games. But here is my update:

1 Colt Express
2 Unfair (formerly Gloomhaven, which has been sold)
3
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6 Legend of the Five Rings LCG (Preordered.)

I plan on selling more games before Nuke-Con to get more cash for that convention.

Speaking of which...

III. My Convention Goals thumbsdown

I have technically failed this, as I missed the Great Plains Game Festival due to strep throat. But that really isn't my fault (I didn't go licking public bathroom door handles or anything.) I do plan on going to Nuke-Con to play and run games.

IV. Shelf of Opportunity

I have played more than five games from my shelf, and I am even getting most of my new acquisitions played as I get them. This goal has been met.

I am starting to think about next year's goals, even though the new year is still about 5 months away. I want to keep my net acquisitions fairly even, and I want to get all games on the shelf played. I think I want to add RPGs to the mix, as I have several new ones that are unplayed.
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The Dungeon of Bearhaven

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Hello again. I hope the summer is going well for you. As for me, it has been very busy. I hope that I can get more board gaming in my schedule for the near future. For now, I have been playing a lot of RPGs.

Our regular Sunday night group continues its foray into the Forge of Fury. As a DM, I find the dungeon to be a bit boring. It is a low-level affair, so it is a pretty basic dungeon. There are some very dangerous traps here and there, but the combats are mostly uninspiring. Bosses seem to disintegrate after two rounds of combat. I find it funny that the authors have three+ rounds of strategy outlined in the combat. They never make it that far. Also, the idea of retreat seems ludicrous. Last time the boss acted, they had over 50% of their HP left; that was their last action, as they died before they got another action. So I am finding that I am skipping combats from time to time, instead focusing on role-play moments and other neat opportunities in the dungeon.

I also have a second D&D game going about every other Saturday. This group is comprised of non-RPGers who wanted to learn D&D 5E. I am running the beginner box adventure. I have to say that this group is a lot of fun. They are excited about the game. They want to learn more and improve their characters and their game play. It's an exciting change when compared to the usual group of RPG veterans who are slogging through dungeons with little in the way of excitement. I look forward to the next game.

As for board games... I sold Gloomhaven. Now, I can hear you. Yes, that seems a bit off. It is one of the top ten board games on BGG. It is truly a Euro RPG in a box. So why sell it? Well, the set-up and tear down times were downers. Plus it is hard to compete with an actual RPG, where we can focus on story and make up our own scenarios. So it wasn't getting to the table. As there are plenty of other people wanting to play this game, I figured I'd give one an opportunity to enjoy this awesome game.

I did use the funds to get two new games: Barenpark and Exodus: Proxima Centauri. Barenpark seems like a theme and mechanics that my family and casual gaming friends would enjoy. I look forward to that. E: PC seemed like a game that offered a lot of the things I love about Twilight Imperium, but it is a shorter game. I hope to get these to the table soon.

I have also participated in two discussion topics for Our Turn: Women on Gaming podcast. In Episode 38, we discussed two-player games. In the upcoming Episode 39, we discussed space-themed games. Both sessions were fun to record. The space-themed games episode will be a bit longer than usual. Hopefully one can tell how much we love the theme and the games we discuss. I hope to get an RPG segment submitted tonight for Episode 39. There are a lot of cool space-themed RPGs out there. I plan to to talk about three that have been around a while, at least around in some shape or form.
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Looking Forward

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It has been a while. I have had a lot go on in my personal life, and finding time to blog has been difficult. Lately, there has been a great deal of stress. To help combat that, I want to write about things I am looking forward to in the gaming industry.

First: The new Star Trek Adventures RPG from Modiphius Entertainment is on the horizon. The PDF of the core rulebook was released on July 6th. This is the latest in a long line of RPGs for the Star Trek IP. Sadly, even though I have owned many of them, I have only played the FASA version. It was a solid game, but so much has changed in the RPG industry since it was released in the 1980s. I am looking forward to reading the rulebook for Star Trek Adventures and giving it a play. I am interested to see how Modiphius's 2d20 system works.

Second: Fantasy Flight Games announced on June 27th the upcoming release of Genesys: The Roleplaying Game For All Settings. I have been waiting for this to happen. I really like the FFG Star Wars RPG system, and I have always believed that its narrative dice system could be applied to any genre. Clearly, I was not the only one who thought so. I believe this will be the system of choice for FFG to release new RPGs using their own IP. These could include the Android universe, the Runebound universe, and Legend of the Five Rings. I am greatly anticipating the release of Genesys.

Third: Nuke-Con. The first weekend in October means it is time for Nuke-Con. This convention has been around for over twenty years. I started attending about seven years ago. I have met some great people over the years, and I have been introduced to many cool games. I cannot attend many conventions, especially the major ones, so I am sure to attend Nuke-Con every year. I am still undecided whether I plan to run any games this year, but I will sign up to play as many games as possible. There will be a Car Wars Division 15 tournament, sponsored by NOVA (New Omaha Vehicular Association) who has organized a Car Wars event at Nuke-Con almost every year. I joined an ongoing Masque of the Red Death campaign last year. They meet every year at Nuke-Con to continue their game. I hope to get to try out some of the newer RPGs released this year.

So that is what I am excited about. What are you looking forward to in the coming months?
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Kobolds Served My Luna Burger

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I am back from a small break. I had a couple of busy weeks, both with work and personal life. That's how things go.

Recently, I have played a couple of games of Eminent Domain. I really like the theme, and it adds some neat mechanics to deck-building like role selection & following/dissenting. The play length is pretty reasonable, especially when you get the hang of it.

I have also played a few games of Burger Up. Still like this one. It seems deceptively simple, but there are enough tricky decisions to keep hobby gamers interested and entertained. I did obtain the expansion, Burgers of the World. It seems to add some interesting options, but I feel the game is fine without it.

As for acquisitions, there have been very few. With some board game trades and sales, I did get a couple of new things. Way long time ago, I owned a game called Landlord. It was pretty fun. Sadly I sold it during a move. I learned that it was re-released as Friese's Landlord. I felt compelled to own it again, as I have fond memories of it. I like the new art on this printing.

I also heard about a couple of interesting solo games from Gamewright called Cardventures. They look and feel like Choose Your Own Adventures books from the 1980s. I picked up both Stowaway 52 and Jump Ship!. I hope to give those a play soon.

On the RPG side of things, it has be a bit depressing. The D&D gaming group did not convene for two weeks in a row. It shouldn't bum me out so much, but it does. RPGs require a level of commitment with attendance. Otherwise, groups tend to fold. Illness and life commitments I understand, especially I have those to deal with myself. But with enough of those spread out among the group, it gets frustrating. Now this Sunday is Father's Day, which will most likely cause a third week of no RPG gaming. I am trying to find an alternate night, but it is looking unlikely at this point.

I only acquired one RPG item recently: The Curse of the Statuettes Adventure Pack for My Little Pony: Tails of Equestria. I really want to try this game out, both for a review and for the experience.

I submitted a podcast segment yesterday. More on that as it becomes public.

Finally, I am getting through the Kobold Guide to Gamemastering. Everything I have read thus far makes me want to recommend this to every GM out there. Hopefully I will finish it this week and get a review prepared soon.
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Zen and the Art of Goblin Coffee

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I hope everyone had a great weekend. For me, it was relaxing. After a few months of scheduled activities, it was nice to have a weekend mostly free of scheduled events.

On Saturday, we visited our neighbors who also enjoy board games. They recently acquired Tokaido and wanted me to teach the game. As it is one of my favorites, I was happy to oblige. It is such a relaxing gaming overall, with the occasional blocking that can sour some plans. I also taught them Burger Up, which is growing on me with every play. It seems like such a simple game, but there are plenty of meaningful decisions. On two separate occasions, I found myself passing my turn because I could not make any of the orders happen faster than the other three players who had them nearly complete, but I liked my hand enough to keep the cards.

Sunday was another session of D&D Yawning Portal. We encountered skeletal fungus farmers, a bugbear hunter, and goblin wine-makers, along with plenty of twiggy monsters. We now have seven characters in the party. The DM is stepping up encounter difficulties as we go. Now that we are all 2nd level, we are not so squishy.

I traded in some games this week to a gaming store. I gifted my daughter a copy of the D&D Player’s Handbook. We used the rest of the credit to get some Ms. Marvel graphic novels. I really do like the new Ms. Marvel. I highly recommend it. I also used up the last of my money from the sale of my X-Wing collection to pick up some old-school RPG PDFs on DriveThru, VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game, and Burger Up: Burgers of the World. I have been awaiting the reprint of VivaJava for some time. I hope to get that to the table soon.

My goals for the coming week include working on podcast stuff and to read some of the Kobold Guide to GMing. Hopefully I can squeeze all of that in between many meetings.
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