Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 Focus and Some Predictions

I thought it would be interesting to jot down what I want to focus on and what I think might happen in the gaming world this year.  At least it would be interesting to me.  I'll check back here at the end of the year and see what actually happened.  Wow, my first year long project!

Adjusting the Focus
Last year was the "Year of Unpainted Lead".  I produced a lot, but also bought a lot and didn't do anything with it.  That is the total bane of my existence.  Unpainted models are my kryptonite.  They sit in my painting room, emanating their weakening force on me.  Before long I'm laying on the floor, clutching my head and screaming.  So I want to get back to my happy space in 2012, completing a project before buying a slew of models for the next "big thing."

Well, that was relatively painless.  I think it's good to select a single focus and work on that.  But here are a few other things I want to get done in 2012.
  • Dust Tactics: I really liked this game and the models.  I want to get these painted and play more games. I hope to expand my collection too.
  • Terrain: I did more terrain last year than I expected.  But this year, I want to add more and varied pieces to my collection.
  • WWII in 28mm: I've put this aside for a while.  I expect it will pick up again for me this year.
  • Warmachine/Hordes: I've been saying I love those models and want to collect them again.  Let's see if I can make that happen.  Maybe I can even play a game.
  • 15mm: This scale is appealing for solo gaming and even non-solo games.  Some friends are considering HOTT this year, and I want in on that.  Terrain becomes a slight problem, as I don't have any buildings or trees at that scale. But storage and cost is delightful.
  • Skirmish Games: I'm almost cheating by putting this here.  I'm not really entertaining the "big game" anymore, with exception of maybe HOTT. 

  Now as for predictions, well, I'm sorry to have strung you along this far only to reveal that I don't have any great insight into the gaming world of tomorrow.  I know, it's just like that scene from the Wizard of Oz.  But let me share my hunches, seeing how you worked your way this far down the post.

  • The new edition of Warhammer 40,000 will totally ruin the game and render it unplayable under any circumstances whatsoever.  You'll never play it again.  Evah!
  • The new 40K rulebook will be about 10 pages of rules and 380 pages of fluff and painting instructions. Someone will drop the new rulebook on his foot, crushing it, and sue GW for an undisclosed amount.  As a result, model prices will be increased.
  • The new Hobbit movie will rekindle interest in the LotR SBG.  This will hopefully result in more models and updated or reissued rulebooks.  It will hopefully also result in a shorter name, like "The Hobbit Game".
  • The update to LotR SBG will totally ruin the game and render it unplayable under any circumstances whatsoever.  You'll never play it again.  Evah!
That's it.  We'll see if the results of my vision quest to bring you 2012 predictions holds any water come December.  Have a great 2012 everyone!


Jance Nave said...

Jerry, I gotta say, you are a comedic genius on blogs. And I hope you're right about 40k (except the price hike), cause that could mean more people play "The Hobbit Game". I'm calling it that from now on. Count on it.

Jerry said...

Thanks Jance! Glad you enjoyed the post. I'm looking forward to another great year of the Hobbit Game!

Tim Kulinski said...


Once again man you bust me up! Only negative thing I have to say is don't do it man, HOTT is not the game you think it is, it is evil 15mm stuff, your 28mm stuff will hate you!!!

Drunken Samurai said...

Good stuff, Jerry! I think this will be a good year for gaming and I am looking forward to reading your thoughts.

Jerry said...

@Tim: I know it's 15mm, and I'm in negotiations right now with my 28mm stuff. Hoping for a break through soon.

@DS: Thanks! I'm feeling good about this year with a lot of potential for both old and new games.

myincubliss said...

Don't succumb to 15mm, they call 28mm God's True Scale (tm) for a reason...

myincubliss said...

...although I suppose you could play HOTT with 28mm... when your opponent (whose just fiished setting up an epic 15mm host) asks what you're doing, just smile knowingly and say '...they're giants'.

Jerry said...

God's True Scale... wow, I'll have to remember that one. I guess I could have tons of giants given my collection of 28mm. I don't have any fantasy based 15mm, for now.