The wheel turns, and a new year sneaks up on us like a cunning ninja of time. It’s traditional to make resolutions, just as it is traditional to break them in January. Here is me, doing the former. The latter will come later, no doubt.
It usually does..
Here are my role-playing resolutions for 2012, posted for posterity just so you can poke me and laugh in the coming months.
Play fewer games, better
This is right at the top of the list, in bold. In my mind it’s also underlined and has red stars around it, but that would look silly in a blogpost so I’ve used imaginary pixels. Clever things, imaginary pixels.
Anyhow, yes. It’s usual to want to play a wider, more diverse range of games but this year (with one exception, below) I want to hunker down and master the games I have rather than flit from one game to another and have mastery of none. It feels like I’ve done that too much this year, trying out any new game that passes by and not really reaching a satisfying playpoint with any of them.
My prime goal for 2012 is to utterly and completely master 4e D&D, DC Adventures/Mutants & Masterminds, De Bellis Antiquitatis and Warhammer 40k. There will be blogposts along the way.
Get into Pathfinder
Here’s the exception to that goal. Does it count as breaking a resolution if it’s another resolution which breaks it?
My impressions of Pathfinder to date have been mixed. I have played in two short sessions (neither of which set the world alight), read the core rules from cover to cover and followed Paizo’s site with great interest. So far I’ve seen nothing in Pathfinder which 4e D&D doesn’t do better (sorry flamers, my opinion, my blog) yet it has a fan-base possessed of almost smug superiority. This clearly means I’m wrong in my assessment and next year I want to find out what I’m missing.
I plan to grab the Beginner Box, grab a fresh bunch of players and start at level one. Who’s with me?
Design a superheroes version of Warhammer 40k
Wait. What? What???
Picture the scene. A sprawling cityscape. At one end swagger countless thugs, tricked up Humvees and worse, goaded along by the Legion of Evil Supervillains. At the other stand SWAT teams, the US army and all the members of the Super-Hero League of Justice. It’s a large scale mass combat superhero smackdown!
The goal is to create army lists for both DC and Marvel’s heroes and villains, along with some of my own devising. There will be heroes and villains, SWAT teams, robots, military vehicles, aliens, thugs and sundry low-powered mutants on all sides of the ethical scale.
I’m using Warhammer 40,000 because it’s a system we’re familiar with, and it supports all of the key elements a superhero wargame requires – massive firepower, flying troops, variable damage effects, urban warfare, etc. It’s also good for everything from small skirmish-type games to massive Crisis-level battles.
This is Batman and his allies versus Ra’s al Ghul and his ninjas on the streets of Gotham. It’s all of the Marvel Civil Wars. It’s Superman & co against Brainiac’s robots. It is Ragnarok all over again, and more Mutant Wars than you can shake an adamantium claw at It is all this and much, much more!
I plan to call it Thor’s Hammer 40,000. Don’t judge me.
Don’t worry about editions that don’t exist
5th Edition D&D is doubtless coming, and y’know what? I don’t care.
Rather than speculate about something we don’t have yet, my resolution is to emphasize what we have now, and worry about the future when it comes. Blogging about an edition of a game that you can’t even buy right now is just wishing your life away, and what’s the point of that?
Of course, speculation is fun, and this is a resolution I fully expect to break this at least one (or ten, or twenty) times over the coming year. But I am going to try my damndest not to, and focus on the positive in what we have now instead. This is a fantastic time to be a gamer with no shortage of terrific games, scenarios and ideas coming from the industry and the fan-base alike. I would much rather focus on the good things we have now than continually look over at the next hill.
There you go. That’s my RPG Resolutions. What’s yours?
Watch out for those Time Ninjas!