"Sir, some of your miniatures appear to be unpainted..."
So the smoke’s cleared and we’re getting used to living in 2019. Many tabletop gamers have already made resolutions, the chief of which seems to be to paint all the miniatures they currently own before buying any new ones. Which is about as likely as Abaddon deciding that he actually quite likes the Imperium and laying down arms, or the Rainbow Warriors getting their own Codex. Still we make these promises to ourselves… but in the back of our minds we know that we’re never going to keep them.
Which is why I’m all about realistic resolutions this year. I want a few quick wins, of course; some of these are really easy to fulfil, which will make me feel a bit more optimistic about the more challenging ones. So without further ado, here are my tabletop gaming resolutions of 2019.
One - win a game with the Morticians
Our local gaming group has been focusing on Guild Ball a lot recently, and thanks to the patient tutelage of Grantt and Martin, I have finally (sort of) learned how to play this game. I even won a couple of matches with the Masons, including one bonkers game which saw 5 goals in one and a half turns. So now I’m ready to go back to my team of choice, the Morticians, and try to do the same with them. Wish me luck!
Two - play more Kill Team
Yeah, this one should be easy. I’ve played a couple of games and really enjoyed them. Now I’ve got my gribbly Nurgle Primaris painted up and ready, with some Poxwalkers on the way, I’ll be ready to throw down at a moment’s notice. I'll just be running them as regular Plague Marines, of course, but that's fine. They're tough enough!
Three - Fit in more big games of 40k
As I’ve said in other posts, I’m a big fan of 8th edition. I think it’s slick, fun and cinematic. But due to work and family commitments, and the lure of other games, I couldn’t quite manage more than a couple of 2000 pointers. They were glorious, though, and I need more!
Four - Get stuck into Rangers of Shadow Deep
Frostgrave taught me that you don’t need complex rules to have a good game. Because it’s system was straightforward, the emerging narrative could breathe, allowing players to focus on the story being told. Also, I’ve never belly-laughed so many times during a tabletop game before. The new game by Joseph A. McCullough, Rangers of Shadow Deep, looks amazing and we’ve already published an in-depth review. I can’t wait to get stuck in.
Five - Embrace X-Wing 2.0
He's less cramped than he would be in a TIE Fighter.
I’ve got a massive tub full of X-Wing ships that I’d love to get back onto the table. X-Wing 2.0 is seeing a lot of play locally, and all I need to do is get an upgrade kit, dust off my crudely customised models, and smash some Imperials. I had concerns about the narrow meta of first edition, but 2.0 looks much more open to me, and as a Star Wars nut I really should be getting back into the cockpit.
Six - Dominate the Underhive (or survive for a few games, at least)!
We’ve got a Necromunda campaign in the works and my Delaque gangers are ready to throw down! I’m preparing a backstory at the moment which I will share in due course to explain why some of them look like vampires and others hide their faces within sinister black helmets.
Seven - Forge keys like a boss!
KeyForge made me smile so much towards the end of last year. I’ve been keeping an eye on some of the awesome channels out there such as KeyForge Club, and feel like I might just be ready for a tournament.
So how about you? Do you have any tabletop gaming resolutions for 2019? Let us know. The crazier the better!
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