January 2, 2012
It's time for wargaming new year resolutions again. And I don't know about you, but 2011 was a real non-event of a year.
I think that the Grey Knights Codex killed Warhammer 40K for a lot of people. Blood Angels definitely didn't help and as for the Imperial Guard blasting everybody off the board with a 'leaf blower' list, the game just hasn't been much fun.
But finally, the Necrons awoke and everyone's interest in the hobby seems to have returned, because there's a new army that isn't a different colour of Space Marine.
It also means that Tau, Chaos and Eldar aren't far away from receiving a new Codex as well. Albeit in a year or so.
So with wargaming on the rise, Warhammer 40k 6th edition on the way and hopefully a huge tournament network (TableTop Nation) that's easily accessible, 2012 could be a great year for gamers.
This brings me on the first of my New Year resolutions...
Attend More Tournaments & Play More Games
Last year I attended 2 tournaments and didn't have the best experience at either of them.
However, having seen the Throne Of Skulls tournaments and other fun group get togethers, I'm looking forward to playing more fun tournaments rather than all out competitive tournaments.
I also haven't been playing any 40K regularly with James, Marc, Luke or anyone else for that matter. So wargaming has been really restricted to simply building and painting stuff, which is a shame.
So for 2012 I intend to attend a tournament of some kind every other month. I miss the socialising, I miss the weekends away and most of all I miss playing lots of games against a variety of opponents and armies.
Build Two Armies
If there's one thing I have always suffered from when playing Warhammer 40K, it's my attention span.
Tempted by new shiny stuff, I tend to sell what I had and start a new army and the cycle begins again.
But I'm getting too old for this nonsense. I'm nearly 30, have a fantastic job, girlfriend, house, car and need to focus my attentions on other things. Real life things.
So after some lengthy input from James and Marc, I have decided to settle on Tau Empire as my Warhammer 40K army and High Elves as my Warhammer Fantasy army.
These are the two main systems that everybody plays and I'm not really bothered by the other games out there. So I can happily get on with the hobby and just play some games for fun with these two. That gives me plenty to paint too!
It's a tough thing to stick to, because there are always new armies and new temptations, but as I'm getting older I find that I just have less and less time for hobbies. So I mustn't waste it.
Speaking of which...
Better Time Management
I waste so much of my time idly surfing the internet. Worst of all, I seem to get so easily distracted that I can spend half an hour on here and only then realise that I came on here with something important that I intended to do. If only I could remember what it was...
So anyway, my time needs to be focussed and better spent on building and painting my armies. So I have set up an iGoogle page as my home page with all the feeds from the most important websites in my life.
This way I can just scan the feeds and see if anything interesting catches my eye. When I'm done I can just turn off the computer and walk away.
So What Are Your New Year Resolutions?