So Frankly...

So Frankly...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My Personal Yearly Summary

I'm back.  A few days ago I wrote about the gaming group and what we've played this year, but now I want to review what a great year I have had gaming.  Doing this helps me appreciate what a good year I have had, and maybe it's interesting to you.  And maybe it will show the variety of games that are available today.

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This was a much better year than last year.  I played twice as many games in 2013 as in 2012 - or nearly so. Last year I played 65 games.  This year I played 127.  Much of this is due to the regularity of the gaming group meeting, which didn't happen in 2012.  Furthermore, I was able to play a few more games during the time I was laid off.  One of the guys in our game group gets off early from work at times, and we were able to get together for a few games.  That was great, and with my new job, it might be able to continue at times.

The truly amazing thing is how many titles I was able to play: 47.  That is more titles played in a year than any time since I started recording my plays in 2008.  Of those, nearly 20 titles were games I had never played before.  This isn't the most new games in a year, but that is probably going to get harder to do as my gaming career goes on.  What excites me about these numbers is the variety of games that I played, and the variety of gaming experiences that I had.

By far, the highlight of the year was playing Dune.  This was one of the greatest gaming experiences I have ever had.  But there were more.  I was able to play some classic games like El Grande. Shogun and YINSH.  There were a few mediocre games, but no real duds this year, which is remarkable.  It was a great year.

There are a few of these games that I need to play a few times before I review.  But that brings me to my goal for 2014, which is to do a better job at reviewing games.  I only reviewed six games this year, which is pretty sad.  I feel as though I owe all of you, my readers, an apology.  This year, I specifically plan to do at least one review a month.  That's still not a lot, but I will try to grow that number as the year goes on.

What are your gaming goals for the year?

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