2015 in Review

This year was a bit of a transition for me. My work environment changed a lot, and I finally made the move to management. I spent more time working and less time playing games, or maybe it’s more accurate to say that I spent less time playing board games.

A Critical Hit

If anything, 2015 was the year of RPGs for me. I joined a regular Dungeons and Dragons Encounters group that met every Wednesday night at my friendly local game store, The Crazy Squirrel. This was good for me in a couple of ways, beyond the fact that it’s just plain fun. First, it helped me get out of my comfort zone and made me sit down with people I didn’t know. I tend to stick close to my good friends when it comes to playing games, and this forced me to loosen up a bit. It also gave me a creative outlet that I sorely needed. I’m starting to realize how important it is to my happiness and well-being to always be involved in some kind of creative process. Regardless of whether it’s writing, cooking, building, performing, or painting, those are the times when I feel most connected to a sense of self. I plan on exploring this a bit more in 2016.

Games of 2015
I still played a lot of board games, but not as many as I have in previous years. There were certainly some standouts this year, but nothing hit the table quite like Pandemic Legacy. If you haven’t had the change to play this, you are seriously missing out on a real gaming adventure. Other notable games included Mysterium, Cacao, and Codenames.
About 2016

I’m going to be 50 years old in a couple of months. I choose to look at this milestone as that point in a journey when you have reached a certain distance and altitude where you can look over, with some sense of perspective, both the path behind you as well as the landscape of what may lie ahead. I suppose one could also look at it and say that it’s all downhill from here, but I like it better my way. I can’t change the path I’ve already traveled, but I can take what I’ve learned with me as I move forward. Here’s some wisdom that I have gathered over time:

Keep an eye out for poop in the road so you can avoid stepping in it. If you think something might be poop, it probably is poop.

If you pick up all the cool rocks you find as you make your journey, you will end up with heavy pockets filled with rocks. Enjoy your experiences. If something is that cool, then take a picture with your phone.

Don’t say all of the words that you hear inside your head. Words are powerful and you should use them responsibly.

Look more than a couple of steps down a path before you start walking. There may be an owlbear.

Automate your savings.

People are more important than things, but always keep in mind the rule about poop.

I give 2015 four out of five stars. There were some pretty good plot twists and turns and some reasonable character development. The writing was consistent, if somewhat predictable, but I am leaving the theater feeling like my money was well spent.

3 thoughts on “2015 in Review”

  1. Glad your year was good on balance. It sounds like work claimed more territory, but sometimes that’s the choice that you need to make.

    Who is in your regular Pandemic Legacy group? Is it stable or a rotating affair?

    1. It’s a regular group with my wife and another couple. I would recommend having a consistent group, because as the game progresses, stories develop.

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