Happy New Year from the OG – our New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year to everyone! It’s been a tough year all around, but hopefully things will be better in 2022. A few of the OG have been willing to share their Gaming New Year’s Resoltuions with you!

Dale Y – I really hope to be able to travel again and see my gaming friends.  I have not been outside of a 100-mile radius from my house to hit a convention or game day since October 2019!


(anonymous) – I want to be able to playtest games in person again.  Doing stuff online works, but it’s just not the same.

Joe H: Having met my goal for 2021 (playing every game in my collection), I don’t anticipate any resolutions for 2022.  I’ll still try to play all of my favorite games, but – won’t lose sleep if I miss one.  I agree completely with seeing friends, and will aim to do that, but too much of that is outside of my hands – dependent upon work or travel conditions or other factors – to suggest that it’s something I need to resolve.

[anonymous] – create a regular weekly group of four serious players to enjoy legacy and heavier games… note: serious about games, but not without a sense of humor :-)

Simon N: I aim to return to Essen Spiel in October after a two year break.
I will not back any more Kickstarter campaigns.

RJ: I plan on creating a weekly play group, as well and finding the larger closeted community and start connecting players.I’m also interested in scaling down the collection, definitely keeping it under 100, but possibly down to 50.Hoping 2022 opens up safer opportunities for Essen Spiel and to return to volunteering with a company at a big convention.

Chris W: I  hit my gaming resolution this year: at one point, I had no unplayed games or expansions in my collections.  I routinely hit the “no unplayed games” metric, but I have rarely played all of the expansions or promo cards I own. For 2022: I have a series of trick taking games that I’ve been working on that I’m going to release in small, self-published sets.  I’d like to go back to Essen Spiel. 

Ted C: Mine are, paint Descent 3, paint and play through Assassin’s Creed.  Get some folks…to come to West Virginia for some gaming and food.

Melissa R. – I’ve barely played anything in the last couple of years. In 2022, international travel is still looking unlikely, and I’m hesitant to ask too much given the last couple of years. I hope to be able to get to some of the local cons that are re-starting, and to rediscover my 150 game target. A work goal is to design a game, albeit for research rather than publication purposes. And a goal I’ve been kicking around for a while is to start a group that only plays older games, maybe once a month. I’m tentatively thinking pre-2005

Fraser – Find time to play stuff at home.  Switching to WFH for family members has been rather time consuming.

Jeff A – Find/create a design/playtesting group in my area.

Jonathan F – I hope to get fifty currently owned and unplayed games (not counting expansions) played. Card games in particular seem to arrive and then languish in the oubliette.Related to #1 – learn games in advance to be ready to teach them at game night, so no rules fumbles – that is what cons are for. Related to #1 let go of games that I am done withRelated to #2 – less time gamescrolling you-know-where. Present something I am proud of to a publisher (aka not merely a game that I made that is ok).

Rand L – I want to play card games with Jonathan to ease his unplayed list. Maybe he’ll help with some of mine, too :) I hope to grow the TGM mystery boxes, foster greater relationships and collaboration between TGM and PAX, and self-publish a game to present at TGM myself! Basically, increase the exposure and collaboration between Japan and the US — which I think is a shared goal among some of us here.

Tery N – My resolution is the same as it is every year: play all of the unplayed games on our shelves. If I can make that happen, I’d move to resolution number 2, which would be to try to play any game that hasn’t been played in the past year. Oh, and I am also resolving to finally get Gloomhaven to the table.

So do you readers have any resolutions to share with us?

Here’s hoping that 2022 is great for everyone! And as always, thanks for taking the time to read our blog!

About Dale Yu

Dale Yu is the Editor of the Opinionated Gamers. He can occasionally be found working as a volunteer administrator for BoardGameGeek, and he previously wrote for BoardGame News.
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2 Responses to Happy New Year from the OG – our New Year’s Resolutions

  1. huzonfirst says:

    I didn’t have any resolutions that applied to my gaming, so I didn’t include one when Dale requested them. But today, I thought of one with regards to assisting the hobby and posted it when Eric Martin asked for resolutions on the Geek. Here’s what I said:

    In 2022, I want to do a better job of adding game developers to game entries on the Geek. Developers have long been the invisible heroes of our hobby. The job they do is so important–having a professional developer is often the difference between a good game and a great one–and yet, for years, they weren’t even credited. Thankfully, that situation is beginning to change, so I’d like to shine a spotlight on these talented individuals. There’s no field for “developer” on each game’s front page on the Geek, but if you click on “See Full Credits” (right below the Publisher field), it shows a second page that includes fields for all sort of people, including Developer. I’ve used the Edit button to submit developer credits to the administrators for a number of games, but I want to do a much better job of it this year.

  2. Randy S says:

    1. Play unplayed games. 2. Play all games on the my one play list. At least get them played twice! 3. Do a better job of selecting games to buy. Only buy games that I want to really, really play. I’m out of storage space and I can’t play everything I have anyway!

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