January 23, 2006

2006 Gaming Resolutions

by Susan Rozmiarek

Well, with January almost coming to a close, I guess I better make my Gaming Resolutions for a year. Personally, I think New Year resolutions are made to be broken, but I do find that having a goal helps me to focus better. While I donít always achieve my goal, I at least make some progress and thatís a Good Thing.

First, I want to state what Iím NOT doing. Iím not going to track my games played this year. I have done this in the past and after a month or two it just feels like a chore. I thought that Iíd simplify things a bit last year and record my games played at BGG but I totally lost interest in November and quit. Iím not the type of person who likes playing around with statistical data so keeping track really does nothing for me. I sometimes find it interesting to see when I last played a certain game, but usually the answer is depressing. I certainly donít want to know my win-loss stats as that is always depressing!

The other thing that Iím not going to do is promise to buy fewer games which has been a common resolution in the past. What we (Ed and I) are going to do is make sure that we stay within our budget and not allow our obsession to hurt the progress of our current financial goals. This also includes traveling to game conventions. Iím not sure how many games or cons this will mean for us this year, but Iím no longer going to feel guilty about how much we spend as long as the above criteria is met. Gaming is something our entire family enjoys in some way.

So, what are my Gaming Resolutions this year?

1. We have a long list of unplayed games on our shelves, all of which were purchased because they are supposed to be good. Some have been languishing on our shelves for YEARS. Shameful! I would like to get as many of these played as possible. We now have a son who is willing to play just about anything so we no longer have to wait for game day to play some of these. The first ones on the list are the ones that cause me the most shame.

  • Kings & Castles
  • Ad Acta
  • Titicaca
  • Dampfross Ė at least Ed has played this one
  • Shoko & Co.
  • Mare Nostrum
  • Tycoon
  • Princes of the Renaissance
  • Traders of Genoa
  • War of the ring
  • A Game of Thrones
  • 1825 Ė I love train games and have never tried an 18xx game
  • Gargon Ė just a little card game, but why did we buy it if not to play it?
  • Nexus Ops
  • Arkham Horror
  • Im Auftrag des KŲnig Ė another little unplayed card game lost on our shelves
  • Empire Builder/Russian Rails Ė I would have never discovered the ďcrayon railĒ games if Mayfair hadnít sent me a review copy of Lunar Rails. I thought they were long, boring and complicated. Wrong! My newly found love is worthy of its own post someday. These are two in the series that I own but havenít played. I only wish I could convince more people to play them with me. :-(

I will have to average more than a game a month this year to get all those games played. This will be hard to do so Iíll be happy if I just knock a lot of them off the list. Remember being a child and getting a gold star for good work or behavior? Well, that is exactly what Iím going to award myself for playing one of these games! Look for gold stars in my session reports this year.

2. My other resolution is to start up a gaming group in my new neighborhood. Ed and I would like to get more gaming in than just our once-a-month group. We live too far from the other local groups to attend their game nights that often. Weíve lived here for six months and itís time to get off my butt and just DO IT. Unlike many others, I donít feel that playing games like these are perceived as being ďgeeky,Ē especially if you approach non-gamers with the impression of them being a fun ,family activity. At least, thatís been my experience. Many people seem to be looking for an excuse to pull themselves away from a TV or computer screen and socialize with other fellow human beings. The few neighbors that Iíve approached have shown interest. Even if we never play more than the simplest ďgatewayĒ games or dominoes or whatever, it will still be fun, I hope. Look for the results of my efforts in upcoming blog entries here.

Posted by Susan Rozmiarek at January 23, 2006 11:57 AM


Hey Susan, maybe if I make it out to Austin for a recruiting trip we can finally get in that game of Kings & Castles.

Dampfross is also hovering on my "most notoriously unplayed" list.


Posted by: Mark Johnson on January 31, 2006 10:03 PM

I can bring Mare Nostrum and the Mythos Expansion, as they say it improves play, and we can kill two birds with one stone! I've been trying to get this one on the table for a while now. :)

Posted by: Mike Chapel on February 2, 2006 10:31 AM

I applaud your desire to start a gaming group in your neighborhood. I am too shy to reach out like that. I'm trying to turn my kids into gamers instead :-).

I'm new to Eurogames, but I have always been the one in our group of friends to bring out something different to do after dinner instead of watching a movie. In our group, Taboo and Pictionary are considered "different" so I am still trying to figure out which Eurogame would be the best to spring on them.

Posted by: Dani on February 4, 2006 11:50 PM

Mark: I despair of ever getting in a game of Kings & Castles. Besides trying to get in a game with you at the GoF, I've been trying for years to get in a game with Greg Schloesser at Gulf Games. For various reasons, often my fault, it never seems to happen! That would be great if you get to Austin some time, though. You give me a shred of hope!

Mike: I'm up for a game of Mare Nostrum. I'll read the the rules this week. Think we can drag some of the others from their precious Caylus and Antiquity?

Dani: Three words: Ticket to Ride. This is one of the best games if not THE best game in my collection for introducing newbies to Euro style games. Blokus (or Gemblo if you can find it) is good also and looks gorgeous set up on the table. I like to play games with my kids too, but it is also fun to play regularly with adults. See if there is a local group you can join. It's hard when you are shy but you will be so glad you did. Then you'll get to try out lots of different games and pick the ones to get for your family.

Posted by: Susan on February 5, 2006 2:14 PM

Hey, Susan! I'll be happy to play Kings & Castles with you at GG in Louisville. It's a date!

Posted by: Greg Schloesser on March 16, 2006 11:18 AM
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