Well, here we are again! The start of a new year and time to think upon what I hope to achieve over the next twelve months. While 2017 might not have seen me complete all my goals, it was pretty successful on the hobby front and I hope to carry that forward into 2018. This new year however, will have to be a bit different as I’m also looking to the future and trying to save a bit of extra money, so 2018 will be less about picking up new things and more about refining and working with what I already have. Conveniently this has helped me focus my goals for the year.
The BIG Goals
Tabletop Gaming – Last year I set myself the target of painting and assembling 2,500 pts. worth of White Scar Space Marines for use in Warhammer 40k. Honestly I never really came close but I’m still quite happy with what I’ve got done. The release of the game’s 8th Edition rules really spurred me on in the middle of the year and I’ve enough assembled models to field an army so I’ll continue to push on with getting them painted up. For this year however, I’ve decided to go another route and aim to build a gaming table for one of the games I play. I had originally decided on a table for Warhammer 40k but, as you’ll read below there are other games I’ll be focusing on this year and I may decide to go with one of them. Rest assured that all updates will be sufficiently blogged.
Reading – December proved to be a bit of a busy month and I didn’t get all that much reading done. This didn’t stop me from reaching my Goodreads goal of reading 30 books in 2017 so again, I’m calling that a success. For 2018 I’ve upped my target by 50% and hope to read 45 books this calendar year. A few things make me believe that this is an achievable target; firstly I’m nearly finished the audiobook of Raymond E. Feist’s Magician so it’s likely that I’ll have knocked off one book by the end of January 1st. I’ll also have 24 book club books to read in 2018 so that’ll clear over have the target. Secondly I’ve gotten back into reading Comic Books in a big way over the last few months so I expect to get through a few Graphic Novels in 2018 too, each of which will add to my Goodreads total.
As I mentioned above, I’ve decided to focus on the miniatures games that I’ll be playing in the coming year. 2017 saw the release of a few games that caught my eye, but as someone that’s still finding my footing in the genre, I can’t be trying to do everything. For this reason I’ll be focusing on three games in particular – Warhammer 40k, Guild Ball and Gaslands. I’ve already mentioned where I am with the first of these titles, and with Guild Ball I have sufficient models to field a number of teams, so these games will require minimal financial investment in 2018. Gaslands on the other hand is a game that I’ve only recently become acquainted with but I’ve already purchased the rules and tokens so really my main investment in this for 2018 will be on vehicles and conversion pieces. It’s probably the ideal game to be getting into now that I’m tightening the purse stings.
Beyond the gaming table I really want to get more writing done in 2018. This will take the form of updating this blog more often, getting stuck into the novel idea that I have and writing more for Geek Ireland. This of course is all time allowing but these early months of the year are pretty slow at work so I hope to get a good start through January and February.
Enough rambling, a Happy New Year to all and hopefully come December I’ll be reporting on the success of these goals that I’ve set myself.