Last year, I didn’t get around to posting my year in review until June, so I’m way ahead of the game at this point (insanely so, if you consider that it took me 18 months to post my 2013 frugal gaming year in review). I’m trying to stay a little more on top of things though, so here’s to turning over a new leaf. Like last year, I’m going to break this into several sections: Frugal Gaming (which will most likely be it’s own post), Games Played, & Hobby Progress. So let’s get to the good stuff:
Taking a page from last year, I’m going to save this information for another post (it’s bound to be too much information to put here and I haven’t completed my analysis yet). Stay tuned for this info, or check out my Frugal Gaming page for the year and make your own conclusions.
Hint: I spent far too much on Magic: the Gathering.
My goal has settled into playing 12 games per year or an average of one per month. It’s sad to think of how much money I have tied up into this hobby and I only manage to play a single game of it per month–and I really have to work in order to accomplish even that much. I guess them’s the breaks though.
The good news is that I did manage to complete my goal (only barely, finishing up the last game with just a couple of weeks to spare–given a dry spell of no games in either October or November). If you’re interested in the actual games/battle reports, you can find them at the links below:
Unlike last year, I did get to play my marines a bit more (Exactly 50% of my games), so that’s an improvement. Like last year though, I’m not going to do a huge amount of analysis on my annual games–instead I’ll choose to do a larger wrap-up when 8th edition rears it’s head.
Apoc didn’t make any appearances in my gaming plans this past year, but I did manage to finally play with a super-heavy in a “Friendly” game (sorry Sam). Again, we’re hoping to change the Apoc thing, and we’ve already got a plan to change that in January, so wish me luck on that front.
I’ll admit that things on the hobby front were quite slow.
Really that’s not all that much less than I did last year, but the fact that I did all of my buildings last year makes this really pale in comparison.
As light as my painting results were for the year, my modelling results were far less productive:
- Basing Scouts
- Assembled Deathwatch Marines (which is something I really did years ago, I just finished up two models)
- Based my Legion of the Damned
- Based my Tyranids
- Found out that Castrol Super Clean does wonders for stripping plastics
- Converted up Space Hulk Terminators (actually, I had Joe do this for me)
This isn’t entirely indicative of my modelling progress for the year, as I did assemble quite a few Tyranids that I wound up painting above (in fact, most all of them were assembled this year). Still, that’s not a very vast selection of modelling progress.
I don’t think I’ve been doing a great job of tracking my blog progress in these annual updates, but I figured why not? It’s hobby related, right?
In total, I’ve done 81 blog posts this year (including this one), so that comes out to 1.5 per week, which is a little less than my goal of posting once every Monday and Wednesday. Still, as this is my sixth year blogging, so I’m proud that I’ve managed to keep it up this long (for those keeping track, it appears this is my 595th blog post according to my records).
I also managed to a little website adminstration after laying dormant for a few years. This summer I updated the DNS for the site, changed the background (which I’m still not thrilled with), and even did a little reminiscing about traffic. If you wanted to read more about any of that, you can do so here.
Otherwise, WordPress does provide some stat reporting that people may find interesting. You can find that information about 2015 here. Some high level facts:
- According to them I had 53,000 page views
- My most popular post was the one on stained glass
- Most people find me from natfka.BlogSpot.com
- Of my top ten commenters, Thor lead the pack, but Greggles actually tied him when you consider that he was both #2 and #4, so thanks to both of them. And while you’re thinking of it, go check out there blogs:
Thanks to everyone who stopped by, posted a comment, or gave me a $500 tip this year (for the record, the last group is still holding strong at 0 members, in case anyone was dying to be the first….)
It was a fairly light year as far as the hobby progress goes, but at least there was progress. If I didn’t have a blog, I’m certain that this would’ve been one of those years where I did nothing. 40k has been very cyclical over my lifetime though: interest in it ebbs and flows, so with any luck I’ll regain interest and make some more progress next year…