First a very Happy New Year to those of you who follow my ramblings. As I start the tenth year of this blog I must thank you all for the support over the years. I do it for my own satisfaction, but it is nice to know that you take the trouble to read it.
Jan and I have just returned from two weeks with my son and his family in the UK. He lives in a lovely village called Rothbury, which is north of Newcastle. It is a lovely walking area, and we usually explore the nearby hills and valleys. However this year we have both suffered from flu, which cast a shadow over the festivities. Fortunately we got Christmas Day over before Jan went down. However New Year was a very quiet occasion. It was a particular shame because the weather was sunny and even mild (by local standards) and would have been ideal walking conditions.
We have now returned to sunny Spain. My cold is much better, though Jan is still suffering. Tomorrow I lead our first walk of the New Year, and we settle back into our busy and enjoyable routine.
An occasional break of routine is a good opportunity to consider objectives and priorities. Here in Spain we have a busy routine and little opportunity, or desire, to just sit and think. Without the distractions and the opportunity to work on the campaign or wargame there is plenty of time to do just that. Particularly if you don’t have the energy to do anything physical.
This year I had more time than usual to read wargame blogs and forums. At this time of year many do a review of the past year, and outline plans for the New Year. This often involves taking on a new period, scale or project. Many plans will not mature, but I do envy them the enthusiasm of planning.
I have not bought a new model soldier in more than 12 years, nor have I painted a single figure in that time. Having developed my campaign system I have spent all of that time wargaming, rather than collecting or painting. I have no regrets about this. Instead of hours painting figures I spent hours each week running the campaign, wargaming the battles and updating the campaign blog.
However I do miss the excitement of new projects. I have no interest outside of the Napoleonic period, so a different period is not a possibility. I have no desire to replace my figure collection, I have already done that at least four times over the years. I have no interest in new wargame rules, all have proved a disappointment over the years. This is probably due more to me than to the rules themselves. Because we wargame so often we quickly find the flaws in new rules, or perhaps I should say rules with which we do not agree. We then adjust the rules, which lead to further problems down the line. Using our own house rules allows me to adjust them as necessary to provide the type of game we enjoy. Because I have written them I am better placed to anticipate any resulting problems.
I have tried new projects over the past few years to create wargames outside of the campaign. Although it is great fun working on the project, the games have always disappointed compared with the campaign games.
It’s a nice problem to have. A bit like wealthy people complaining that they are bored with their lives. But I still feel a little envy when I read about a fellow wargamers projects for 2019.