As with most miniature gamers who take up blogging, today is the day to write about what we acomplished and did not accomplish during the year.
For myself, all I can say is that 2014 was a huge success for me regarding gaming. Seeing how in 2013 I only had 2 blog posts, and 3 in 2012, to already finish 2014 with 85 posts is an accompishment all by itself.
On to the actually gaming.......
At the end of January 2014, I was introduced to a farely new 28mm WWII game called Bolt Action. Seeing how I always loved the WWII era and have been waiting for a ruleset to catch on world wide, I jumped right into it. A long time friend of mine (Tim @ Cursed Treasures) was bringing back his 2 day event "Gathering in the Desert" for 2014 and it was going to be Bolt Action (previously LotR). I had 3 weeks to get an army built, painted and ready for the tournament. I acomplished getting 1000 points of Soviets completed and had a great time playing in the event and catching up with some old friends. My son had also played in the event with a borrowed army and also had a good time. It was now time to get him an army built and painted so we can get some more games in.
I finished 1000 points of US for him, plus we managed to get a German army done and also added some new units to our armies. I was able to get in 21 games for the year, most of them were in the first half of 2014. After the summer my gaming and blogging took a little hiatus and I was concentratng once again on my personal health and exercising more.
We still have a lot more models to paint up and complete for this game, hopefully we'll get them done in 2015.
X-Wing really surprised me in 2014. At first I did not want to get into 'another' miniature game with all my time contraints, but I am glad that I did. My son was playing the game for most of 2013 and finally on my 40th birthday in March of 2014 I had him give me an introduction to the game. Boy did I really like the game. First off, there is nothing to paint (sure you can paint the models if you really wanted to, but I feel Fantasy Flight Games did a really nice job on the pre-painted models). Second a standard game is 100 points which is to be played in 75 minutes. This was a huge plus for me. I really do not care to spend 3-4 hours playing one game, so to get a game in just over an hour was a huge benefit. And finally it's 'Star Wars'....
I managed to get 20 games in for the year (with the last game being yesterday afternoon) and I see many more games for 2015.
This was a bust for me. I had some hope to revive this game in 2014 and managed to get 2 games in. I also dug out a lot of my old models and started to touch some up, but the summer came and once again this game slid from me. The time and money to get a unit completed in this game is starting to get ridiculous with Games Workshop pricing.
Flames of War
Another bust. I also had some high hopes for this game seeing how I already had some models for this game. I had my friend (Rob @ Drunken Samurai) re-teach me the game and also managed to get a game in with my son. But seeing how at the time I was really into Bolt Action, another WWII based game (and in 15mm scale) was starting to look slim. When Bolt Action released their Tank Wars book, my son and I did manage to use our Flames of War models to play some of the Tank Wars games.
Dungeons & Dragons
In August of 2014, Wizards released Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. I always wanted to really get into D&D and did manage to find a group back in 3E, but that did not last long. Before I bought any books for 5E, I went to find a group to play with. I managed to get a hold of a Dungeon Master playing at Desert Sky Games who offerered to run a campaign for me and two of my sons. We then also recruited another player and the adventure began. We are now playing every Sunday from 12pm-2pm at Desert Sky Games and I am really enjoying playing 5th Edition.
Well that is about all for 2014. Stay tuned for tomorrow's post on what to expect for 2015.