A Year in Review

In January of 2015, I set some personal goals and a laundry list of goals for the blog. This is a look back at where I met or failed to meet my stated goals. Available time and a lack of tech savvy may have played a part in missing the mark on some of the stated goals. I will also post the results of two RPGGeek.com challenges I participated this year. These look backs are fun and can be very informative. I thought my goals for 2015 were rather attainable when I was writing them so, let’s see where I ended up!

Our Goals:
Publish 300th post (Exceeded – Published 350+ posts)
Publish 25 reviews (Did not meet – Published 16 reviews)
Publish 10 interviews (written and/or recorded) (Did not meet – Published 7 Interviews)
Record 10 live game sessions (Did not meet – Only recorded 1 Public Game)
Establish 1 regular monthly column (Topic/Content TBD) (Did not Meet, 1 failed attempt)
Bring 1 new blogger onboard (Did not Meet)
Continue to develop the Banter Show (Did not Meet, have mixed feelings about this)
Continue to develop and promote the Defender Gaming Initiative (Still in work)

What is there to learn from the above? First, I am not good at setting realistic goals apparently. Second, I need to pare down my ideas of what might actually be attainable when deciding what my 2016 goals should be. Third, I need to get even more tech savvy in 2016!

RPGG Challenges

The 2015 RPGG GM Challenge ended with me just barely meeting the minimum standard of 5 games. Kind of crappy for the guy who organized the challenge, don’t you think? Nonetheless it was fun to run new systems!
d10-1 Adventures in the East Mark: Basic Rule Set – 1 January 2015 – VOIP
d10-2 FiascoThe Bookhounds of London – 5 April 2015 – VOIP
d10-3 Trail of Cthulhu – 26 June 2015 – Storm-Con
d10-4 Night’s Black Agents – 26 June 2015 – Storm-Con
d10-5 Call of Cthulhu (7th Edition) – 22 Nov 2015 – VOIP

The 2015 RPGG Challenge: Play Five RPGs You Have Never Played Before (Each At Least Once) was a smashing success again this year. In fact, I beat my 2014 end of year total with 29 new (to me) games played this year; one more than last year!
d10-1 Adventures in the East Mark – Run on 1 January 2015 – VOIP
d10-2 The Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men – 1 January 2015 – VOIP
d10-3 Don’t Rest Your Head – 3 January 2015 – VOIP
d10-4 Scarlet Heroes – 18 January 2015 – VOIP
d10-5 Les Ombres d’Esteren – 31 January 2015 – VOIP
d10-6 Viking Hack (Playtest of a Labyrinth Lord variant – 31 January 2015 – VOIP
d10-7 Pirateas – 22 Febraury 2015 – VOIP
d10-8 Lexicon – 30 March 2015 – PbF [Game completed Mid May]
d10-9 The One Ring – 3 April 2015 – VOIP
d10-1d10-0 No Country For Old Kobolds – 12 April 2015 – VOIP
d10-1d10-1 Og World (DW Hack, playtest) – 19 April 2015 – VOIP
d10-1d10-2 Night’s Black Agents – 16 May 2015 – Contessa Spring Break (VOIP)
d10-1d10-3 Trail of Cthulhu – 16 May 2015 – Contessa Spring Break (VOIP)
d10-1d10-4 Call of Cthulhu (7th Edition) – 17 May 2015 – Against the Flames Solo Adventure
d10-1d10-5 Castles & Crusades – 26 June 2015 – Storm-Con
d10-1d10-6 Swords Without Master – 12 July 2015 – VOIP
d10-1d10-7 Night Witches – 5 September 2015 – VOIP
d10-1d10-8 A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying – 23 Oct 2015 – VirtuaCon
d10-1d10-9 Pocket Danger Patrol – 23 Oct 2015 – VirtuaCon
d10-2d10-0 Mythic Mortals – 24 Oct 2015 – VirtuaCon
d10-2d10-1 Mutant Future (Thundarr the Barbarian) – 24 Oct 2015 – VirtuaCon
d10-2d10-2 The Warren – 18 Nov 2015 – VOIP
d10-2d10-3 Murderous Ghosts – 27 Nove 2015 – VOIP
d10-2d10-4 Escape from Tentacle City – 29 Nov 2015 – VOIP
d10-2d10-5 Dungeon World – 2 Dec 2015 – VOIP
d10-2d10-6 Dance of the Damned – 6 Dec 2015 – VOIP
d10-2d10-7 DayTrippers – 12 Dec 2015 – VOIP
d10-2d10-8 HeroQuest Glorantha – 13 Dec 2015 – VOIP
d10-2d10-9 Lasers & Feelings – 29 Dec 2015 – VOIP

I also participated in Epidiah Ravachol’s play #51in15 initiative and was able to easily meet the goal of playing 51 different games in 2015. Here’s a list of the games I played.
51. Ascension (2 player version)
50. Gambling? I’m In!
49. A Song of Ice and Fire
48. Mythic Mortals
47. Danger Patrol
46. Mutant Future
45. Night Witches
44. Swords without Masters
43.  Brewmasters Card Game
42. Vivajava Dice Game
41. Most Glorious Comrade
40. Castles and Crusades
39. Boss Monster
37. Geek Out
36. By Fire and Sword (miniatures game)
35. Fief
34. September’s Eagles
33. Spectaculum
32. Call of Cthulhu 7e (Solo adventure)
31. Trail of Cthulhu
30. Night’s Black Agents
29. Combat Commander
28. D&D 5e
27. Keltis
26. The Quiet Year
25. Og World (DW Hack, playtest)
24. No Country for Kobolds
23. Firefly Card Game
22. DCC RPG (Well of Souls funnel)
21. Fiasco (Bookhounds of London playset)
20. The One Ring
19. Lexicon
18. Numenera
17. Pirateas
16. Fear Itself
15. Down in Flames: WWII – Guns Blazing
14. Commands & Colors: Ancients
13. Viking Hack (Labyrinth Lord variation)
12. Shadows of Esteren
11. Labyrinth Lord
10. Twilight Struggle
9. WWII Assault
8. Pendragon
7. Washington’s War
6. Warfighter
5. Thunder Alley
4. Scarlet Heroes
3. Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men
2. Don’t Rest Your Head
1. Adventures in the East Mark

Not a goal, but some fun data. My RPG Geek account indicates that my top 5 games systems played this past were:

Game Qty
Labyrinth Lord 11
Les Ombres d’Esteren (Shadws of Esteren) 7
Numenera Cypher System 5
Call of Cthulhu (7th Edition) 3
Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game 3
Dungeon World 3
The Quiet Year 3
The One Ring 2
Trail of Cthulhu 2

I enjoy setting goals and then trying to meet the objectives. In some cases I am successful, but in many cases, I am not. The takeaway here is to better plan my goals in 2016, Do more of what I like and less of what I don’t like.

Here’s to a wonderful 2016!

~ Modoc

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