Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Game Plan 2019

Having had a quick look back at 2018, it's time to make some plans for 2019. Now, these aren't written in stone plans... they're kind of like the Pirates Code: "They're more like... 'guidelines'".

Board Games


First off, last years challenge was ill-defined and we just picked games we wanted to play and didn't really consult the rest of the family and it ended up being a mix of games I wanted to play with the family and games I wanted to play, but probably not with the family... so I'm kind of separating things into two separate challenges...

10x10 Family challenge

These are 10 games we've agreed to as a family to play TOGETHER at least TEN times in the next year:

Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress
Terraforming Mars
Century: Golem Edition
Castles of Burgundy
Shadowrun: Crossfire
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Race for the Galaxy
Power Grid Deluxe

Personal Challenges

These are a few more boardgames I'D like to play over the next year - some I might play with the family, others I might play with others...

10x GMT COIN Series games - not any one specific game, I'd just like to play 10 of them. Ideally I'd like to play the ones that I OWN a few times (A Distant Plain and Fire in the Lake). This might be expanded into just "GMT games" as I wouldn't mid playing Twilight Struggle and Labyrinth again as well... and, to be honest, ten COIN games might be a bit much...

10x Phil Eklund Games - not going to say which ones. I have a lot of them. I love them. Didn't get to play ANY last year. This could be High Frontier, Bios: Genesis, Bios: Origins, Bios: Megafauna, Pax Porfiriana, Pax Pamir, Pax Renaissance, Pax: Transhumanity (which is actually Matt Eklund... but whatevs...), or any other game designed by Phil Eklund.

Board Game Afternoons 

I used to organize board game afternoons on Saturdays - to play some of the longer games I have. That kind of fell by the wayside last year. I'd like to get it going again! Or maybe Sundays...?


We'll be going to ToonCon. I'll be running a game there. Couldn't say what that would be yet. If I had to decide TODAY...? I might say Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress... but it's a long way off, so...

Miniature Games

I'd like to PLAY some 40K.... and Kill Team... a lot of the games I logged last year were games that I organized and ran for other people - mostly the kids and their friends... I want to push toys around and roll the dice myself a little more often. I could probably add that to the challenges; 10x Kill Team and 10X 40K!

I'd like to run a campaign of Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress...? I mean, it's on the 10x10 list... Is it a board game or is it a miniature game...?

I would like to get some OTHER games on the tabletop this year - it would be nice to revisit a few of the Andrea Sfiligoi/Ganesha Games (Song of Blades and Heroes). I'm also pretty excited about the release of Rebels and Patriots - now just about all my favourite periods are covered by a Dan Mercy/Michael Leck game...

Game Weekend

There will probably be a campaign weekend in February. It will likely be Kill Team.

Role-playing Games

I'm pretty super-excited about the Call of Cthulhu game my friend Bruce is planning to run in the new year. It's going to be set in Arkham in 1928. I'm playing a professor of geology at Miskatonic - I'll have a completely separate post about that - once I've finished working out my character.

I'm also really excited to run a game of Wrath & Glory... or two... I'd love to run and "only War" campaign - Tier One - all the characters are Imperial Guard soldiers. I'm also enchanted by the idea of running an Inquisitorial campaign.

It would be nice if we could continue playing a campaign that Finnegan runs. The Star Wars Edge of Empire games were fun - and so was the Dungeon Crawl Classics game he ran earlier in the year.

The Girl says she'd like to run a role-playing game too!

Not sure where we'll find the time for all this - but hopefully we'll all get a chance to play and run a few games!


I'm planning to seriously cut back on the buying of miniatures and try to focus on getting paint on the stuff that I ALREADY HAVE!? Seriously, I WAY overspent my budget last year. Austerity measures will be put in place!

My first priorities are finishing up the Rogue Trader and Blackstone fortress miniatures - so I can get playing those games! After that, I'd like to focus on finishing up the Tallarn and Valhallan Astra Militarum forces I have - and maybe getting to work on all the Eldar I've collected up over the years. I would also like to finish up Amanda's Battle Sisters and get at least a battalion detachment of her Drukhari finished up. In addition to 40K armies, I have a LOT of 40K terrain - mostly picked up as part of Kill Zones boxes of Kill Team that I'd really like to finish up!

There are a few things I MIGHT pick up - if they actually come out! If there was an Inquisition expansion for Kill Team - like the Rogue Trader one - with a bunch of new minis including and inquisitor and acolytes and other stuff - I would totally be in for that. I can't even imagine what other Kill Team expansions or Kill Zones they might come out with - so far it's been mostly repackaged stuff that they already have... I'm curious to see how much more totally new stuff they might come out with...? Not saying I'm going to pick any of it up (other than an Inquisitor set) but I'm curious to see what this next year holds.

Games Workshop has been rebooting a lot of their old specialist games of the last few years - Blood Bowl, Necromunda, and most recently Adeptus Titanicus. I'm not going to get into any of those. I already have a TONNE of stuff for both Blood bowl and Epic. (I'll admit Necromunda is tempting... at least I could now just buy the rulebook and play with the stuff I already have). The one game I would probably get into if they rereleased it (and I kind of hope they do) is Battlefleet Gothic!

In terms of NON-GW/40K stuff, I would like to paint up a couple of companies for Rebels and Patriots (British and French for the Seven Years War). I have a hankering to paint up a few more ECW units for The Pikeman's Lament and a couple Dwarf units for Dragon Rampant.

We did also back the Hellboy Kickstarter (another game that kind of blurs the line between boardgame and miniature game...), though Amanda said it should be set aside and be a collective Xmas gift for the family - and we're going to play it over the holidaze next winter (though I am allowed to open it up and take a few miniatures out to paint them when it arrives - so that they are hopefully all painted by December for us to play with them!!)

Oh, and there's those Mice & Mystics figures I still haven't painted...

The War Room

I was supposed to clean out and renovate the basement games room this fall/winter. There was little movement on that project until the Holidaze. Things will move forward a little more quickly in the new year. Not sure if it will be done in time for the Game Weekend in February... but hopefully some time before the summer!

I do realize this is a LOT of stuff I'm planning... and there is no way we're going to get to do ALL of it... but, dag-nabbit, we're going to have some fun TRYING!

Coming Soon to Tim's Miniature Wargaming Blog: 

Ummmmm....? There are Blackstone Fortress and Grey Knight miniatures on the workbench - could be any of those... 

Hopefully we'll start seeing some miniature game reports going on here again. 

I think I am going to do a little post about my Call of Cthulhu character for the new campaign starting soon, as I've been having a lot of fun working out the background for him. 


  1. We actually played Terraforming Mars and Century: Golem Edition this afternoon... If only Finnegan had joined us, we could have ticked two games off our 10x10 Family Challenge!

  2. Looks like you're going to have a very busy year Tim! Have a great 2019!

  3. Thats a list for 2019! GW definitely seems to be in your good books,which Im sure will be fun,oh and I bought my wife who hates games" Marrying Mr Darcy" for Christmas after reading about it on your blog,both she and my daughter really liked it and we'll be playing it again,I happily came last!
    Best Iain

    1. Oh! So glad to hear they liked it! We've really had fun playing it. Haven't tried out the undead or Emma expansions yet - hopefully we'll get to that amidst all the other games SOMETIME this year!!