Happy New Year from both of us here at Never Say Dice. For many, this is the time of year for reflection and setting goals. It's time for New Year resolutions. A lot of people set themselves up to kick a bad habit. Some use it to start a new healthy habit. Others have lofty goals to reach, like being able to hug their families again or to geting a new job. Remember when setting your goals to make them SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound). Whatever goals you are setting, smart or not, don’t beat yourself up if you aren't able to achieve them! Many start, many fail. As we often say here at Never Say Dice, trying is the first step to failure. For our part though, here are the Never Say Dice resolutions for 2021! - A
A: My first goal for 2021 is to play in at least a one-shot TTRPG, if not a regular campaign, and I'd like this to happen by September. I'd prefer to do this with friends, but may have to settle for getting out of my comfort zone and doing this with random internet people. I’ve been into RPGs for a large portion of my life. I played through college, and afterwards, the time for it seemed to dwindle to almost nothing. I’ve been fortunate to DM a few regular games, and am overjoyed to be currently running a game for some friends. I miss playing though, and the last game in which I was a player left a sour taste in my mouth. I felt forced into a lone-wolf character, and the development didn’t go anyplace I wanted. An eventual falling-out with the DM from that game didn’t help, either. One thing this pandemic has done is force a ton of people to launch their own digital campaigns, and it's time I jumped aboard a ship and started playing in addition to DMing.
My second goal for 2021 is to finish the main storyline for a video game. In the past year or so, I’ve started no less than 8 “new” games, and finished none of them. I think I’ve made the most progress in Yakuza, Breath of the Wild and Marvel's Spider-Man. I think finishing at least one of these by the end of the year would be a great goal. Yakuza was recommended by Bugsy, and the storyline has been enjoyable, but I’ve found the play difficult. Breath of the Wild has been an adventure with my older son, and I’d like to finish it with him. However, like with many games, I’ve gotten to a point that is frustratingly difficult for me, and set it aside for a while. Spider-Man’s side-quests have forced the game to suffer the same fate as Zelda. I started it early in 2020, and it felt like I was learning gaming over again. I think to really start off the new year, I’ll hold a poll to see which one people think I should finish.
The third gaming-related goal I’d like to accomplish is to build up a backlog of at least four posts for the blog by our first blogiversary (March 14th.) I think both Bugsy and I have the full intention of making it to at least that one-year mark. I don’t know how posting will go in the beginning of the year, but I know in the fall and early winter it was often difficult for either of us to get a post out due to our day jobs and other commitments. It would be nice to have a solid fallback, in case something gets the better of us, so that we can continue to send our thoughts to you dear readers. So, I’ll need to go play some games, brainstorm some topics, and put pen to paper. (Or is that "keys to boards?")