Contrary to our hopes, the pandemic was still going strong in 2021, so my gaming had to accomodate. As RPGs are easy to play remotely and I have a lovely and highly motivated group, it is no wonder that I played a lot of RPGs. At the beginning of the year, D&D was the system of choice, but we finally got a bit tired by it (I’ve been playing D&D continuously for a couple of years now). Fortunately, a friend offered to DM Shadowrun, a RPG I never played. Despite my initial irritation caused by the crunchiness of the rules, I got into the mood very well, thanks to Jan’s gamemastering and the group’s embracing of the world and mood of 80s cyberpunk.
RPGs aside, this year was definitely the year of Sharp Practice. Not only was it my most played game, I also started a new project and painted a lot of figures – about 350 napoleonic French and Austrians. Best of all, together with Sigur I played (and finished!) a campaign. This project also fueld my passion for research, resulting in a lot of book purchases, a number of blog articles on terrain and very enjoyable history-themed walks.
In the summer, our boardgaming group met in the garden, mainly playing The King’s Dilemma and playtesting What a Mecher!, Virago’s BattleTech variant for What a Tanker! I also participated in two Kriegsspiels and ran one myself (as well as a less successful play-by-email game).
The year itself had ups and downs, but I guess this is what you get in a pandemic. Fortunately, gaming was a great way to distract me from the real-word madness and to meet up with friends, even if it couldn’t always be in person.
As always, I’m very grateful for all my gaming partners near and far. Thank you girls and guys, I’m looking forward to seeing you next year!
I also want to thank my readers for their interest in this blog and their kind comments – you really keep me inspired to keep on writing.
I have no idea what next year will bring and I don’t want to make any plans. I’m still highly motivated to continue with the 1809 project, so you’ll probably see more of that. I’d also love to have a summer gaming event in the garden again – I missed this year’s edition very much. And Sigur, Virago and me definitely want to celebrate the TooFatLardies anniversary – hopefully, with some kind of Lardy games day. Let’s keep fingers crossed!
Have a Happy New Year!