I wanted to give a brief rundown of my year as a gamer.
At the beginning of the year I had two New Year's resolutions:
- I resolved to begin logging all of my plays. This I did mostly do. I know that there are plays I forgot to log, and that is ok, but it has become a habit for me. That was my goal with this resolution.
- I also resolved to complete a 10x10. I didn't get it done. Not even close. It is true that the pandemic did take several trips from me, trips where I had been hoping to play a lot of games. It is also true that I got into a bit of a lazy rut during the worse of lockdown where not even gaming looked good. But, ultimately, me not completing my 10x10 was 100% my fault. I should have been able to get it done.
In 2020 I played, so far, a total of 90 plays with 21 unique games.
This year I bought, won, kickstarted, or preordered a total of 18 games and 3 expansions this calender year. This was the year of my first kickstarter, #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) That was the perfect first experience for a kickstarter. It delivered a beautiful product, and only a few weeks late in spite of a worldwide pandemic.This is also the year that I discovered online retailers. I had always just bought my games on Amazon. But, this is the year I started using GameNerdz, Cool Stuff Inc., and, Miniauture Market. I would say that my experience with these retailers, especially GameNerdz, have made so that I never look on Amazon first. Amazon is now the place I will go if I can't find what I want anywhere else.
As I look back on this year, I think that I have grown a lot as a gamer. This is the year I got into historical games. GMT changed for me, I went from shaking my head at their artistic choices, to actively seeking out their games. I remember earlier this year telling someone, I think it was @philryuh, that I had no interest in realistic space exploration in games. Then I watched a teach and play of #High Frontier 4 All and bought it, along with the three expansions that they have designed so far. I am further very interested in #Leaving Earth and #SpaceCorp. This is also the year that I went from aggresively disinterested in "real train games" to very interested in "real train games." In fact, my current number 2 of all time is an 18xx. This is the year that I went from mocking those who spent over $100 on #Roads & Boats to wondering if I should be buying it. Honestly, if the box wasn't so big, I would have bought it. There are still parts of our lovely hobby that I am disinterested in. But, that being said, I think that this year I have learned to enjoy the experience of playing a game and exploring its systems instead of just looking for the "fun" in games. I think that where I find my pleasure in gaming has perhaps shifted a little bit.
So, I mentioned that I feel like I grew in terms of games that I am interested in. Their are, however, two categories of games that I have liked very much in the past, but have slipped a bit for me, especially this year.
The first of those category is Euro games. I still like euro games, I will even seek specific games in this category out. I used to love euro games. Those used to be my favorite. But, more and more, and am interested in theme, even to the point of simulation. I find the euro games that I seek out are those that are tremendously thematic. I love #Agricola (Revised Edition), that is a euro game, and I find it tremendously thematic. So, this is the year that I really stopped being interested in a euro because it is a euro. I still have love some themeless euro's, #Puerto Rico for instance, but the bar for me to buy a euro is now higher. Again, that is not saying that I hate euros. I just bough #Underwater Cities not long ago. I don't expect it to be a thematic game. But, with what I have heard about it, I expect it to be a great game.
The second category that has slipped are coop games. As a general rule, I don't want to play coop games multiplayer anymore. I am fine playing them solo. I am fine playing some of them multiplayer if there are new players, or if the other players really want to play a coop game. But, for me, when I buy a coop game, I want to only play it solo. I need to justify my purchase on the basis of solo only play.
This is the year that I also went from being a solo gamer by necessity to being a solo gamer by choice. I used to think that whenever I have other players around I will stop solo gaming. But, this year, I went to wanting to play games solo. I still want to play games multiplayer. But, I also actively want to play game solo instead of multiplayer.
Lastly, and maybe most importantly, I think I joined BGA in October(ish) of 2019. This is the year that I have feel I have formed friendships and been accepted into a community of the fine folks here. I love interacting with y'all on the forums, in the dm's, via email, and all the other ways we have connected. I know that these virtual friendships can be a little ethereal. But, that doesn't mean that they haven't been super valuable to me. So, thanks to y'all, you know who you are, so I will only name two of you. @philryuh and @trentellingsen, thanks for making and running this community. It is thanks to you two that all of the rest of us can enjoy each others friendships and support.