Despite all the political outrage, the celebrity deaths, and all the other hoopla that seems to have labeled 2016 as a year of horror, I have to admit I had a pretty good year last year. I lost some weight, landed a girlfriend, went fishing a whole bunch, and I did a lot of tabletop role playing, mostly Dungeons & Dragons. Still, looking back on 2016, I have to wonder if I lived up to the gaming resolutions I set myself for the year.
Mostly, I did. I was Dungeon Master in quite a few games last year. I played with a whole bunch of new people, making some friends. I tried some new character types, at least new to me. I might not have expanded my horizons into other games besides D&D as much as I would have liked, but you can’t have everything.
But it’s a new year again. 2017 has kicked off and I’ve made a number of new resolutions for this new year.
Playing the games I want in the new year
One big goal this year for me is to only play games I want with people I want. That doesn’t mean every gaming session was awful for me in 2016, but I did find myself more than once suffering through one boring game or another. To be fair, if you game as much as I do, at least a couple of times every week, it’s not likely every single game is going to be fantastic, but one can always strive. So, I’m hoping to have better games, both those I DM and those in which I play a character. Basically, I want to make sure I’m having fun.
Getting to know you
Maybe not you, specifically, but why not? I want to reach more gamers, to play with them, to get to know them. Besides being fun and interesting, such can also help me keep abreast of what affects and interests the tabletop gaming community. Other than Facebook, I’m not real active socially online, but maybe that will change in 2017. Maybe I need to be more active on not only the Nerdarchy Facebook page, but also in the Nerdarchy forum. Also, I’d like to point out that in my articles when I suggest readers leave comments, I truly mean it. I want to hear what you’ve got to say. Just because you might not agree with something I’ve written, that doesn’t mean I can’t learn from you.
Okay, this isn’t strictly a gaming resolution, but it is related. Not only do I write for the Nerdarchy site, but I’m also a fiction writer by trade, and in 2016 I slacked off quite a bit. Oh, I finished a novel and some short stories, plus all my articles for Nerdarchy and a few other odd jobs here and there, but I really need to get in gear, not only for financial reasons but also for my own mental health. I don’t like being a slacker. It’s time to get to work. For you, the Nerdarchy reader, this means not only more articles from myself (and I hope you like at least some of my articles), but it also means I’ll be taking more of a hand behind the scenes here at Nerdarchy. Recently I took on some extra duties here to allow the Nerdarchy crew more time doing Nerdarchy stuff (like videos and contests, etc.). I suppose my title, if I have one, would be something like “content manager” or maybe “article editor,” but either way, I hope to bring my 20 years of experience as a journalist to the site as both a writer and as an editor.
Trying new character types
This is something of a repeat of a resolution I made last year. In the past, I’ve been known to play mostly human rogues with some fighting ability, but in 2016 I expanded on that somewhat. In 2017, I’d like to continue this trend. For instance, I don’t think I’ve every played a gnome. Maybe it’s time. I also don’t think I’ve ever played a paladin. Maybe I should try a gnome paladin? Other ideas will come to mind, I’m sure.
Attending events in 2017
I’m no millionaire, so it’s not like I can travel all over the globe, but I would like to attend more gaming and gaming-oriented events in the new year. Even if I only stuck to my own region, there are plenty of conventions and other events which would fit the bill, so I need to look into more of them, and it’s not impossible I could do a little travel. Again, this could help me do a better job here at Nerdarchy, but also it would likely be a lot of fun.
So, there are my gaming resolutions for 2017. I’m sure I could come up with more if I put my mind to it, but for now, that’s enough. If something comes to mind in the future, maybe I can write about it. Otherwise, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing.
Besides, I could always stand to lose a few more pounds.