3rd Annual New Year's Resolution Challenge - 2015
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It's time again for The New Year's Resolution Challenge!

This isn't a contest per say, but a place to publicly proclaim all your wacky resolutions for the coming year.

Choose a game, put up your goals, encourage others, and update us throughout the year! Some find it convenient to post their own lists as items here as well.

I'll start things off with a list of unreasonably ambitious goals.

To see previous year's challenges:
New Year's Resolution Challenge - With Rewards and Prizes
2nd Annual New Year's Resolution Challenge - 2014
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My resolutions are very similar to last year... One of these years I'll manage to complete some of them!

- Play more Dungeons & Dragons - I like it, the kids like it, I just need to make the time for it. If possible, even get my confidence up enough to start up a group of adults to play after work.

- Write more - Scripts, D&D Adventures, blog posts. Write. I used to be a pretty decent writer.

- Exercise regularly and eat better - Standard stuff. I want to lose weight and be in better shape. Who doesn't?

- Finish a short film - I've been working on a short film for several years, and with some effort, I know I can put it together this year.

- Learn Unity - This is an outside option. I've got a lot going on so this may take a back seat. But I would like to try making a 2D arcade-style video game at some point.
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Another year and another set of Resolutions to have a crack at

I was down to 1 out of 5 last year so I really need to stay focused and get back to at least 60%

Here we go…

Health Goal - Drop from 91Kgs to 85Kgs in 2015

Ok I haven’t made this weight goal in the two past years but in 2015 this is the goal I want to work on as health is so important. I finish up this list and head outside to get it started…

I have begun to take part in Park Run, every Saturday morning. That's 5Kms a week plus any other walking/training I might do. Hoping this will have an impact.

Goal - FAIL

So I ended the year at about 93 Kgs, which is 2 Kgs in the wrong direction. It wasn't a great year for me health wise but I have begun to do Park Run, which is a 5Km run every Saturday. Hoping that I can arrest at least the direction my weight is heading in 2016.


Finance Goal - To buy no more than 10 new games in 2015

I managed this last year and want to emulate it again this year. To be clear this is for no more than 10 games over the $40 price point (that’s AUS$40). Auction items that are cheap and small games don’t count.





Status - Takenoko (Valentine's Day present) kiss , Among the Stars, VOLT: Robot Battle Arena, The Great War, Jamaica, Rogue Agent, Imperial Assault Minis Batch, Shogun (Queen Kickstarter), Lanterns: Harvest Festival (BorderCon Present) kiss , Arcadia Quest (Present for middle lad) meeple

Well in theory that leaves me with no purchases left. However 3 of the 10 were for others...so I may need to modify this goal for 2016 to be purchases for myself.

Ok prepared to call this as I have bought another game or two via auctions and such for +$40.

Goal - FAIL


Game Playing Goal - To Play 5 Big Box Games from my collection that are currently unplayed and to get 5 solo game titles to the table (played or unplayed)

I wanted to mix this one up this year. Big box games include physically larger box games or those that take 2+ hours to play. Of course they are often both.

Some of the contenders include -

Tide of Iron | Merchants & Marauders | Imperial Assault | Hyperborea | Sid Meier's Civilisation | Attack! | Stronghold | Triassic Terror | Kemet | Age of Conan | Clash of Cultures | Descent 2e | Conquest of Nerath | Risk Legacy | Fortress America | Horus Heresy | The Witcher Adventure Game | Warrior Knights |

Can you see the problem here?

I also saw next to no solo gaming in 2015 and want to arrest this sudden development.





Risk: Legacy - The Ongoing War has begun!, Imperial Assault

The Hunters

Goal - FAIL

Again this one is a fail. In truth this year my game time was dominated by games I needed to review to get traded. Hoping for better things once my New House is built and I can invite dudes over more and leave solo games set up for multiple plays.


BGG Goal - To write 30+ Reviews for BGG in 2015

Always a great goal and one I will aim for again in 2015 having missed by the 1 review last year.





Status: Escape: Curse of the Temple, Elevenses, Lords of Waterdeep, Machi Koro, Camel Up, Smash Up, DC Comics Deck-Building Game, Snow Tails, Monstrous, Splendor, Masters of Football, Amun-Re, Concept, Chopstick Dexterity MegaChallenge 3000, Palazzo, Batman Fluxx, Adventure Time Fluxx, On the Underground, Pandemic: The Cure, Lanterns: Harvest Festival, Too Many Cinderellas, The Witches: A Discworld Game, Biblios, Rolling Japan,
Strozzi, Star Realms, The Cave, Pandemic, Wig Out!

Goal - Unlocked!!!

I made it - 30 reviews for the year! Given I also started writing a Blog for an Online Retailer this year I am happy with this return.


Mental Health Goal – To not go onto the internet after 9:30pm every night of the week!

This one is really about making sure I plan ahead and give myself that mental health break of no screen time after 9:30pm and ensure that I get the sleep I need.

I give myself 5 lapses for the year…Each lapse removes a star.



Goal - FAIL

Just too hard but a goal that has still had some benefit.


Reading Goal - To read 15 books in 2015 and track them on Goodreads

This ties in somewhat to the above goal. I know that reading is good for my mind, I love reading and I certainly sleep better when I read. I have rediscovered reading and novels in recent years after a long time away from them. I received 14 new books in the Science Fiction Masterworks series and that will be my starting point.







Books Read - The Forever War, Time Out of Joint, The Sirens of Titan, The Stars My Destination, I Am Legend, Ubik, A Case of Conscience, The Lathe of Heaven, A Scanner Darkly, Gateway, Childhood's End, Ringworld, War of the Worlds, Flowers for Algernon, A Maze of Death

Goal - Unlocked!!!

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I'm really enjoying the Sci-Fi Masterworks series. I should be able to get through another 2-3 books this year still.

Additional books read - Tau Zero, The Demolished Man, The Fifth Head of Cerberus,


Love Goal - To complete the Mice & Mystics base game quests in 2015

We dipped our toe in the water in 2014 with 5 plays of this great co-op game and with the painted miniatures Annie really enjoyed it. I hope to finish Tales of Sorrow with her this year, we have x quests to go but of course more plays than that may be required if we fail to complete some.



Calling this one too as there is no way this is happening. Once the news house is built we can leave it set up to break up sessions if need be.

Goal - FAIL


Community Gaming Goal - To attend the local Games Club at least 5 times in 2015

I really dropped the ball last year, feeling so tired from work on Friday nights. Time to get back into the groove.



Attended: January, March, June

Goal - FAIL


Crazy Act of Gaming Goal - To create a 12 hour+ Antoine Bauza Gaming Marathon

This one only needs to occur once in the year. It is in honour of 7 Wonders being our Most Played Game of 2014 and the fact that we tend to love Bauza as a designer. Having received Samurai Spirit for Christmas (plus Babel and The Little Prince) and with the Tokaido Collector's Edition on the way soon, we have 5-6 Bauza titles to make a great marathon of it!

Goal - FAIL

Lack of gaming space this year made this one too difficult.


Minimisation Goal - To jettison 15+ titles out of the collection

This is all about my need to downsize and get some of the 'Meh' out of the collection. 700+ games is way too many so here's hoping that I can move some on to homes where they may receive more love.







Status - Augustus, Zooloretoo: The Dice Game, Escape: Curse of the Temple, Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice Game, Big City, Elevenses, Innovation, Lord of the Rings LCG, Lord of the Rings LCG: The Hunt for Gollum, Sushi Go, Smash Up, Snow Tails, DC Comics Deck-Building Game, DC Comics: Heroes Unite

Goal - Unlocked!!!

Plus shedded...Amun-Re (shouldn't have), Desperados of Dicetown, Continental Express, Chopstick Dexterity MegaChallenge 3000, A Fistful of Penguins, Palazzo, On the Underground, Pandemic: The Cure (would look to re-acquire but Pandemic: Legacy should fit the bill), The Witches: A Discworld Board Game (collector's edition), Strozzi, The Cave

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Item 1: Play all games with 0 plays
Item II: Play all games with only 1 play
Item C: Play all games with only 2 plays
Item Gamma: Play all crap games with 0 plays
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I always have WAY too many goals that I have no hope of accomplishing, but this year I am limiting myself. I hope to participate in less 5ks and only do ones I haven't already scheduled (which is like 4) that are dog friendly so I can take my pup along for exercise too.
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