Friday, December 31, 2010
2010 Year in Review
Here it is, another end of the year post to throw on the pile! There's nothing more to say really, after looking at the numbers, 2010 was a pretty amazing year in the hobby department, and it blew 2009's numbers well out of the water. There's really beginning to be a real sense of community here too, and a lot of familiar faces show up quite frequently. This just makes me want to do more and keep that vibe alive if you will. Really, if it wasn't for you the readers, I'd have given this thing up long ago, so thanks!
Games Played: 135
This number is up by a solid thirty-three games over last year. The Boardgame Geek widget has tracked every single one of these games too, when you remember to log your games this can be a very cool way to tally things. Hopefully this link to my 2010 games will work! Looking at the numbers I was able to play a game a little less than every three days for the entire year. Remember I only count boardgames, roleplaying games, and tabletop miniature games, I do not count video games in this total!
It looks like the excellent card game Dominion dominated the boardgame category with a whopping 22 plays, Carcassonne coming in a pretty distant second with just 9 plays.
On the roleplaying front Mouseguard and With Great Power surprisingly both came in first place tied at four games each. I have a feeling next year will have a solid leader in this area. If all goes well we will be kicking off a brand new fantasy campaign based on our cooperatively created world of Sarterra, so that should get the lion's share of the rpg category.
Tabletop wargames saw another tie for first place, oddly enough with four games apiece as well; Flames of War and Gutshot go to the fore. Who would've thought that? My little wacky sci-fi and fantasy world dominated by Cowboys and WWII? As neat as this is, it's also a stark reminder that sometimes a little consistency goes a long way, especially in a rules-heavy area like tabletop wargaming. Just four games for any ruleset isn't enough to cut it in my book and makes for the kind of games where you're focusing just as much on looking up the rules as you are playing the game. Hopefully we'll get a title in here that's at least got double the number of plays under its belt for next year.
Miniatures Painted: 201
How many times have I said, "I hate painting..." and the like? I'm thinking maybe I actually like painting a little bit, or I'm a total sadist. Last year I painted 121 figs and I thought I was Über-man or something for such a feat, this year has a good 80 more models than that!
Tracking this number throughout the year is very helpful, and it really does help give me that little extra push when I need it, especially near the end here when I saw I was just ten models from 200 total. Practice never hurt anyone and I've gotta believe that with another 200 figs under my belt, I'm painting better today than I was a year ago. Keeping myself honest with posts like the Summer Queue and Spring Queue also goes a long way to keep me on the right track. Well I can go ahead and tell you now, you won't see a 200-fig year out of me in 2011!
Miniatures Bought: 71
Comparing my miniatures painted to those I bought, my painting efficiency rating is in the neighborhood of around 350%! Minis bought is an easy one to keep in check when you're broke, haha! Having said that though, I still couldn't tell you what all the purchases were. Mind you, the super sale on Karman inflated this number by another 21 models quite recently!
I don't know where this number will be next year either. Working on projects and the like is a good thing, and I get such a feeling of accomplishment too I would like to continue that trend. This means there should be less buying of the 'new shiny' and more working on the models I have in-house and in storage. Best laid plans, right?
So, I got all sappy in the beginning of the post, but indulge me once more. This whole year of success is in large part to y'all out there, the readers who I've thoroughly enjoyed chatting with through comments and the like post in and post out. Thanks go to all my local friends too, who without them these numbers would be a fraction of what they are. Lastly, I have to thank my family, of which this obviously wouldn't even be possible without.
So, gird your loins for a rousing and festive new year, until then!