Friday, December 31, 2010

Gaming Goals for 2011

Resolutions and a glimpse at the future...
'Tis the season for reflection, introspection, and looking ahead. In the spirit of the season, we decided to post our gaming goals and hopes for the upcoming year, and outline some games we're hoping to play in the next year. We thought it might give you all some insight into what we are thinking about, and also might help us to have something to be "accountable" to and refer back to as the year progresses. Without further ado, here's our goals for 2011!

Katie's Goals:
1. Play harder and harder games, and learn new ones all the time. Like games that are even harder than Settlers of Catan.
2. Learn to read while I’m playing games, especially hard ones. To play the toughest games you have to be able to read, so I’m practicing
3. Play 100 different games with my family.

Games I’m excited to try out this year:
Monsters Menace America, Mississippi Queen, RoboRally, Runebound

 Jack's Goals:

1. Dice!

2. Cards!

3. Un-hunh! Yep.

4. Robot!

Randy's Goals:
Ah, 2011... what will you hold for me? I don't have a lot of gaming hopes, but I think that they're pretty significant. First, 2010 unfortunately had very few roleplaying sessions for me. One hope for 2011 is to play in either a Pathfinder or D&D 3.5 campaign. Yup, I've been missing it. Pathfinder's Advanced Player's Guide has whetted my appetite for that. Additionally, I would like to in either Burning Wheel, Savage Worlds, Mouse Guard, d20 Modern or Shadowrun campaign. Something different. As for board games, I'm making my goal helping Katie fulfil her goal. 100 different games in a year? That girl has ambition! I'm looking forward to that.
 And I have another goal... getting my own game finished and ready for publication. I've had a card game in the works for a couple years. I made a playtestable copy about three years ago, and I (as well as Angie and Julian) thought it was pretty fun. It just wasn't ready yet. I shelved it to work on another project collaboratively that ultimately didn't get very far, and since then I have pulled it out every now and then to tweak some mechanics, make some drawing for cards or add some text. Now, I'm itching to make it something. I'm not going to expand on it right now, but it's a wild west shootup with a quirky theme. I'll share more later.

Angie's Goals:
1. Have a monthly family-friendly board game night, rotating between families. We've been talking about it for a while (you know who you are!), let’s get it going!
2. Start and maintain a regular weekly family board game night with my kid(s). We decided on Wednesday nights, so I'm excited to see this through and get a regular thing going that we can all look forward to. A mid-week pick-me-up and opportunity for us all to focus on family time and not the hectic nature of our typical everyday life. At least for long enough to get a game or two in.
3. Help Katie reach her goal of playing different 100 games. Does anyone know how to put a counter on our blogger page so we can keep track online?
4. Find a game I can play with Jack, and teach it to him. Any ideas?
5. Keep reading and writing about games (books, articles, blog posts). Figure out a way to actually get people to reply to our blog posts and get more involved… (wink wink nudge!)

On the horizon- What we hope to be playing this year:
New games we would love to play in 2011 (A.K.A. Angie's Wishlists....)
Board/Card Games: 7 Wonders, Sid Meyers Civilization: The Boardgame (the Fantasy Flight Version), Innovation, Puzzle Strike: Bag of Chips, Alien Frontiers, Dominant Species, Earth Reborn,  Yomi: The Complete First Edition
Puzzle StrikeYomi: Complete First Edition7 Wonders Board Game by Asmodee EditionsDixitCivilization: The Board GameEarth Reborn

Video Games:  Little Big Planet 2, Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age 2, Pokemon Black/White, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Portal 2,  Paper Mario 3DS, Sly Cooper 4 (no release date, I’m just wishing…)

LittleBigPlanet 2Mass Effect 3Dragon Age 2 - Bioware Signature EditionPokemon - White VersionPokemon - Black VersionPortal 2

As a final 2010 bonus...

Angie's 5 Random Board Game “Top 5” Lists for the upcoming year:
1. Games I missed and hope to try: Battleground Fantasy Warfare, Railways of the World Card Game, Summoner Wars, Steam, Dixit
2. Loooong games I want to get played: Le Havre (with new unplayed expansion!), Descent, War of the Ring (and new unplayed expansion!), Twilight Imperium (3rd Ed), Duel of Ages
3. Games I want to play more of: Galaxy Trucker (don’t own this one, Julian will have help out!), Space Alert, Agricola (and expansions!), Glory to Rome, Through the Ages
4. New-ish (to us) games that need table time: Grind, Mtg: Archenemy, Memoir 44 expansions, Starcraft, Battlestar Galactica
5. Games that might deserve a 2nd chance: Evo, Keythedral, Torres, At the Gates of Loyang, Nexus Ops

You may here more about these topics and games from us in the future, feel free to ask questions or talk up any of these games or lists. Also, I would love to play these games with YOU, so if you're local and interested, drop me a line!

That's All Folks!

Thanks for reading our blog, we'd love to hear from you. We know you're out there, so post a comment would ya? Share your ideas and opinions, ask questions, suggest topics, or just let us know you're there! Thanks!

Also, check out a personal list of "gaming wishes" for the upcoming year from our fellow gaming blogger Julian at Cool Factor 5. This is another in the series of challenge posts I keep talking about, and I'm always excited to see how differently the same topic list manifests on these two blogs. It's something we're planning to continue into the new year, maybe with some new twists and surprises added in. :)

Happy New Year from our family to yours!


  1. We would definitely love to game with you all more than we have. When? We'll have to work on that! -- Felicia

  2. Sounds like a plan!

    I hope you all have a great year!

  3. *waves hand in air* Ooh! If there's room in the pathfinder game, let me know! I have a character I've been wanting to play for years. Also, I'd be interested to play Descent.

  4. @Felicia: We'd love to game with you guys, too! I'm honestly extraordinarily bad at scheduling, so I'll let Angie coordinate something with you.

    @Tom: Thanks for visiting! We love the Dice Tower; it's an inspiration to us!

    @Joel: Cool! There is nothing yet planned, but I would really love for someone to run this other than myself. I would consider a co-DMing gig. What's your character idea? I've been dying to try a Zen Archer Monk (Pathfinder APG). Or something else I haven't tried. I'd do D&D too, but Pathfinder is definitely the preference. I'll let you know as soon as I know something.

  5. Half-orc barbarian/rogue. Ugly, but ended up with blonde ringlets from his human side. Therefore known as "Goldilocks", pun intended.

  6. That's great! I'll see what I can do to make it happen!

  7. Awesome. We've known each almost a decade and never managed to RPG together. I'm looking forward to it!

  8. Count me in! I'm up for anything. Once things calm down just a tad, I'd also love to run D20 Modern or such.

  9. @Joel: Wow... really? Yeah, I guess we haven't. We're gonna need to remedy that!

    @JT: That's three so far! Yeah, I'd like to do d20 modern, too.

  10. Dixit is a great game, hope you get to it.

  11. Any way of getting a bibliography of the books in the picture with Angie?

    1. Sure! Send me an email at growingupgamers at gmail dot com and I'd be happy to send you a list of my favorite books on game design (which may or may not include those pictured, I've read a lot of books on the topic before/since then!) I've long wanted to write a blog post on the topic, but since my head injury I haven't really been able to focus well enough to write blog posts :(. It's still on my "to do" list, and I'm hoping to get back to blogging again soon, but in the meantime I'd be more than happy to send you a quick list of recommendations :)

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