A Gnome's Ponderings

I'm a gamer. I love me some games and I like to ramble about games and gaming. So, more than anything else, this blog is a place for me to keep track of my ramblings. If anyone finds this helpful or even (good heavens) insightful, so much the better.
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Watching my gaming habits change

Lowell Kempf
United States
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I don’t exactly belong to the Cult of the New. I belong to the Cult of the New to Me.

There is just something about learning and playing a new game that I really enjoy. I enjoy a well-written set of rules and I enjoy putting that set of rules to life by playing the game. It makes impulse-buying games a definite threat to my wallet and my storage space.

Fortunately for me, I don’t have to get the newest kid on the block. I just like to learn a game that I’ve never played before. That means I can help feed the monkey on my back with used games, print-and-play, and rule sets for games that use things I already own, like Ice House Pyramids. And, of course, my friends’ game collections, although I have ended up with one of the largest game collections in my circles.

Every year for the past few years, I have made learning fifty new games part of my new year’s resolutions, along with losing weight, taking more job training classes and finally reading the complete works of Jane Austin. (That last one has proved the hardest)

Now, it used to be that that was more like a breaking mechanism, to make sure that I didn’t go too out of control And, I used to exceed that quota by August on a regular basis.

However, over the past year, I have gotten engaged and taken on additional work duties. The spare time just isn’t there anymore. More and more adult responsibilities have filled my life.

To be honest, it’s not bad. Actually, it’s pretty good. I’m actually the happiest and most satisfied that I think I’ve ever been in my life. Pop culture lied to me. Growing up is a lot of fun.

It does mean that I’m not playing as many games as I used to and it also means that I’m spending more time playing games that I already know, as opposed to trying to learn a bunch of new games every week. That’s actually pretty good too since that means I’m getting a better return out of games I’ve bought.

Despite the changes in my life, I recently looked at my logs and I realized that I am still going to learn at least fifty new games this year. Having a fiancée who like to game helps.

My life has changed and the place that gaming had in my life has changed. Still, it’s nice to know that it’s still there.
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