If you’re anything like me, the beginning of a new year usually has some kind of gaming-related resolution attached to it. Paint more, buy less, write more blog posts (ha!)… and then by February the shine has worn off and it’s back to the usual habits. This year, I made a different, more meaningful resolution – to play more games. Specifically, a game for every week of the year. This seemed both measurable and achievable, so armed with a little journal to record each game, I set off on a quest to make the most of my hobby in 2018.
2 Chain of Command Games
If there was one game I wish was more common in my area or gaming group, it’s Too Fat Lardies’ Chain of Command. I find it exciting to play, more realistic than its other counterparts, and I love that it’s not about taking the best army list or figuring out how to “break” the game mechanic to win.
The first game was played at Cold Wars as a hosted multiplayer game. The second was a demo game I tried demoing for my friend Wes.
8 X-Wing Games
Nearly all of these small games were played very early in the year. Again, I really like the core mechanics of the game and the unpredictable guesswork in the maneuver sequence. One of my fave games of the year was a big multiplayer battle where I was able to take out a C-ROC Cruiser with a massive barrage of proton torpedoes (before getting completely obliterated but hey!). Needless to say, I have not touched the game since the new edition was released.
12 Flames of War Games
Or more precisely, 9 FOW games, 2 Team Yankee games and the all-important 52nd game of the year, a ‘Nam game. Being the most popular game played in my group, I’m surprised I didn’t play more of this, but I’ve got a feeling I’ll be playing more next year, especially now that my friend Tom and I have got our ‘Nam forces ready. I’m also eager to put my airborne troops back on the table with the rumored new book coming next year. Oh and then I need all the Stalingrad stuff too…
13 Bolt Action Games
After three years of pleading with my pals to get into Bolt Action, some of them finally caved! We enjoyed a good “tale of four gamers” style escalation league over the summer, giving me the opportunity and motivation to finally build my Japanese forces. In addition, I played in a couple of tournaments that packed several games into a single day, racking the game count up fast!
17 Warhammer 40,000 Games
I still can’t believe this. I played more games of 40K in 2018 than the last ten years combined. I could pin it on a number of reasons: GW totally turning around how it engages with the community. The insane rate at which they release new products. The ease of finding an opponent every week. Those all help, but the number one reason for me is simple, I absolute love the latest edition of the rules. They’re relatively simple, but more importantly they’re intuitive. I’m not constantly referring to rule books or having to remember a complex series of steps and special rules.
Don’t get me wrong, I still find myself frustratingly crushed at tournaments with MathHammer, but I find myself coming back for more quite regularly.
And a Partridge in a Pear Tree
Of course, I’m not stopping to play games for the rest of the year. My 53rd was another 40K game and I’ve still got a couple of weeks before 2019 beckons with a new set of goals. Watch this space to find out what they are!