Scent of a Gamer

From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.

Looking back at 2017

2017 was a busy year for me in the hobby, with plenty going on at multiple levels. It’s probably been my most hobby-intensive year for a while. Looking back, I can put things into several categories:


I set myself what I felt was an ambitious target of painting 100 models in 2017 and then set about achieving it. I’ve long since divided my painting into a variety of projects. I tacked the target by looking at projects to complete (Space Hulk and the Dark Age Archers) and also looking at ways of getting to the target by painting simpler figures (Bones).


I nominate Grombrindal as my favourite model painted in 2017, with the Space Hulk Librarian a close second.


2017 was the year of the target. 2018 will be the year of frequency, wit my plan being to paint 3-4 times per week, every week. Even if it’s only for 20-30 minutes. I’ll take a new picture after each session and document my progress.


For miniatures-based games this was a quiet year, with only a few games played, mainly Blood Bowl and Shadespire. Next year may be more active with the second edition of SAGA on the way.

Magic: the Gathering also went into a slump for me after the release of their Amonkhet set in April. The card quality took a considerable hit in that set and I responded by stopping purchasing. Play was limited to my monthly casual get together.


Board games took up the slack here though. I played a lot of board games in 2017 from old favourites to new purchases. Whether with my family or with my gaming group, I had a lot of fun with board games over the year. I expect this will continue into 2018.


My trip to the UK precipitated a large purchase of Games Workshop models. I also bought 8 new board games, which is a huge number for me. With the exception of Tiny Epic Quest, which didn’t grab me, these were all hits. Special mention to Celestia, Diceforge, and Sagrada, which I expect will remain in high rotation through 2018.


I expect 2018’s purchasing to be comparatively muted, though if Games Workshop re-release Epic in a form that I like, then I reserve the right to go wild.


2017 saw a slight increase in views over 2016. I think the blog has found its level in terms of readership. I expect 2018 will be a year similar to 2017.


A big proportion of views in 2017 were for articles written then, and which won’t get much of a return audience. My challenge in 2018 will be to continue to write engaging articles, and I certainly plan to enjoy that! The blog may not so much branch out as approach some familiar topics in new ways.


Hope to see you here for the ride!

One comment on “Looking back at 2017

  1. Bookstooge
    January 6, 2018

    Nice recap!

    Liked by 1 person

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