Cmontgo2's 2014 Gaming and Non-Gaming Resolutions
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This geeklist will track my New Year's resolutions for 2014. Feel free to comment and/or follow along!
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1. Board Game: Smoking Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I don't smoke a lot . . . I have a young child and never smoke around him. I don't smoke around my wife. I don't smoke in my house. But I do imbibe in tobacco use when I am with friends, especially when I am drinking alcohol.

Resolved: Do not smoke any cigarettes in 2014.

FAIL. I technically failed this resolution by smoking two cigarettes while I was out with friends in mid-April. Since then, I continue to be cigarette-free, and I plan on continuing to be so. While this is a technical "fail" - I still consider the endeavor to be a victory.
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2. Board Game: Weights & Measures [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Lose 50 pounds of weight. My current weight is 245, so I'm shooting for 195 by 12/31/2014.


FAIL. I technically failed this resolution. My weight today is 203.6. I have lost 41.4 lbs since the beginning of the year. at the end of November (prior to BGG) I was at 196 and change, but since BGG Con I have been off of the program (Weight Watchers). I am hoping to hop back on the wagon after Christmas, but that will not be enough time to put off the necessary weight to succeed. Still, 40 pounds isn't that bad!
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3. Board Game: Caffe Primo [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Quit drinking caffeine and be caffeine-free for at least six continuous months of 2014.

FAIL. While I technically could start this challenge in the next couple of days, I am happily going about the Weight Watchers weight loss program and I've decided to tackle this later. So I'm marking it a fail, rather than pretend like I'm going to stop drinking caffeine on July 1st.
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Continue my GCACW 100 gameplay challenge by completing at least 10 PBEM/F2F games of GCACW.


FAIL. I will not complete 10 GCACW games this year. Including the game played at BGG.Con this year, I will have completed 2 or 3, I think. I had been well on-target for the year, but I cancelled 8 on-going PBEM games, some of them close to conclusion, after the birth of my daughter made it abundantly clear I had to refocus on real life . . . this period was also accompanied by a sudden increase in legal work. I'm glad I tried!
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5. Board Game: The Napoleonic Wars (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:1261]
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Complete the updated VASSAL module of The Napoleonic Wars, 2nd Ed. by 06/30/2014.

FAIL. I have made little-to-no progress on the module, and I know it won't be completed in the next five days. Unfortunately, I think I have to start over, because the map I used I made into a PNG file, which is waaaay too large. I still intend to finish the module, but not before the end of June.
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Complete a VASSAL module for one of the games in this series by the end of 2014.


FAIL. I started the module, but had to finally admit that VASSAL takes too much tedious time to do and what little time I have I do not want to spend figuring out the vagaries of the program. It is an excellent program, though! Don't get me wrong. I love USING it, but I just don't have the stamina to learn how to design games with it. On the up-side, airjudden and I played one of the games in the series at BGG Con 2014 and he liked it so much, he's doing the VASSAL module for at least one of the games.
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7. Board Game: 1805: Sea of Glory [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:2747]
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Play 1 Campaign Game of 1805: Sea of Glory.

FAIL. While I had an opportunity to play a full campaign game, I decided not to do it after the birth of my daughter and a lack of time. Perhaps someday.
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8. Family: 18xx
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Play 2 PBEM/F2F games in the 18XX family.

SUCCESS. Completed two games of this with my wonderful Gelati friends.

Update 12/17/2014: The number is now up to 4, with another ongoing game.
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9. Board Game: Amateurs to Arms! [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:3224]
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Play 1 PBEM/F2F game of Amateurs to Arms!


FAIL. I had this one well in-hand at the start of the year, but my PBEM game - as with my GCACW and many others - were abandoned mid-way through the year for family duties.
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10. Board Game: Flying Colors [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1552] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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Play 2 PBEM/F2F games of Flying Colors.

SUCCESS. Completed three games of this: one at BGG Con 2014, and two PBEM that were training scenarios for new players.
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11. Board Game: Iron and Oak [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:4896]
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Play 2 PBEM/F2F games of Iron and Oak.


FAIL. This one I didn't even *try* to do. I was over-ambitious this year. Unless and until I have regular time to do face-to-face gaming and opponents who want to play the games, I will not get a significant number of games played via PBEM.
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12. Board Game: Napoleon against Europe [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:3192]
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Play 1 PBEM/F2F game of Napoleon Against Europe.

FAIL. Writing this one off now, because I am nearly 100% certain that this won't be done until a couple years from now. Finding the time to learn the rules is not really on the radar right now.
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13. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:100]
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Play 1 PBEM/F2F game of Paths of Glory.


FAIL. Another I didn't even attempt. Learning this game well enough to grasp the nuances will take several plays by itself. I put other games in a higher priority.
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14. Board Game: Rebel Raiders on the High Seas [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:4178]
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Play 1 PBEM/F2F game of Rebel Raiders on the High Seas.


FAIL. Haven't even cracked the box open other than to glance at the components.
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15. Board Game: Space Empires: 4X [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:437] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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Play 1 PBEM/F2F game of Space Empires: 4X, limited to a 3- or 4-player game.


IN PROGRESS. I am into turn 10 in a 4-player PBEM game. This one will not be ending by years' end, so it is probably a fail, but we will see.
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16. Board Game: Unhappy King Charles! [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:1317]
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Play 2 PBEM/F2F games of Unhappy King Charles.


FAIL. Another goal that I had well in-hand with two games progressing well, but abandoned all at once with the others to take care of family stuff.
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17. Board Game: My First Counting Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Inspired by the 2014 Challenge Play 10 Games 10 Times Each geeklist (a goal I have no chance of completing), so I will dial it back.

Complete 3 plays of 3 games, not to include any game previously listed on this geeklist.

SUCCESS. See comments below for which games.
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