Dear Santa 2014
You know this, but I know you are a busy guy, and have tried to make this easy for you, so... here goes..
2014 has been a great year, we have been blessed with a daughter, she's 5 months old now and looks at her brother with love and delight.. or is it terror ? in her eyes
Wesley now has a sister ! Maybe she can reach into his world and bring him out of himself !
I've been a gamer for 30+ years, in that time, I've played all sorts, from Euros, through D&D and on through hex and counter wargames and back to Euros. I have played in small groups, large groups, and in the last few years, mainly 2 player with the love of my life, and these days...
There is a large board, we can lift out of the way, on which I can game, usually in the evenings whilst on baby watch... solo wargames, Mage Knight, anything that grabs me really. I can store it away from small hands, cat paws and the nose of a nosy Border Collie
So, space to play is not a huge issue.
I want you to look at my wishlist and use it as a guide, that's all. If you have a different idea, then by all means give it a go. Over the years I have been surprised and delighted by the thoughts put into gifts sent to me from you, Santa, and have tried hard to return that in my gifting to someone else.
There may well be games on my wishlist that are out of print or too expensive, don't worry, they are there as a guide and a reminder to me, as well as a hint as to my desires.
So, even before you look, and in anticipation of a guy, with a smile, on Christmas morning, watching his kids play with the boxes and ignoring the contents... I hope that you, Santa, and the Santa clan, have a great Christmas, a Happy New Year and that 2015 brings you all the best that it can !
bah IT'S CHRISTMAS !!!
Thank You very much for the copy of BattleLore 2 !!! That's pretty much top of my wish list and will keep me busy and happy for a long time to come... now, to paint or not to paint.. that is the question...
Hope your Christmas was good ! and best wishes to you and Mrs Claus !
Thank you for the gift ! I never even got to see the box it was shipped in... Mrs Albion whipped that box out of sight so fast I never even saw it... apparently, I don't have much under the tree next week, and that would make 'a nice surprise' - pointing out that I NEED to know what it is.. incase I need sleeves etc etc... didn't work...
So, once again, THANK YOU... and have a Merry Christmas and think of me, ripping into the box, sometime, early Christmas morning !
Thank You Santa for writing to me. I was starting to think you were the strong silent Santa type
Can I open my gift when it comes... or do I have to wait until the big day ?
Well, that was annoying.. my letter to Santa vanished.. i'll try it again.
Here's a run down of the past few years..
2008 - Moved to the USA and got married
My own Texas Rose ! the things you can find online !
2009 - Broke hip just before Christmas, working cows with my father in law - he turned a herd back on me and I got run down..
2010 - March - our son was born ! World meet Wesley..
2011 / 2012 - Wesley confirmed as autistic.
2012 - I finally managed to get a non ranch based job !!
..2013 - Little Texan #2 due to arrive. ETA June 12th.. or so
So, from the good old days of 2008 - We have got busier and busier.. Time for gaming has dropped and dropped. Games have become solo affairs - anything that can be stored (out of reach of small hands), usually on a 3' x 2' poster board out of the way, if I have something I want to continue over a few days.
I grew up on Wargames and RPG's. My love for those hasn't changed very much at all. Mrs Albion, enjoys Ticket to Ride, and all the variants, but she's so tired that collapsing on the sofa is her target in the evenings.
Solo games, and games I can make solo-able are my thing. Lots of time spent on the C&C series, and LotR LCG. Games I can play in a few hours. I'm sure you get the idea.
And finally Santa, my wish list is simply that, a wish list.. maybe you have different ideas / suggestions - if that is the case ! Go for it!
I'm old school.. I'll wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS !