Ends and Beginnings (of years)

One of the reasons why I did the Flushies this week is that it let me write a slew of posts in advance so I could take some good time off to spend with my family.  It was a great Christmas, thanks for asking; We celebrated both at home and at my parents’, and our 1 and 2-year-old really got into opening gifts and handing out lots of hugs.

Because my family knows me quite well by now, I wasn’t the recipient of traditional gifts for adult men, like slacks or 401Ks.  Instead, it was a geek bonanza, with everything from Bacon Floss to Star Wars LEGOs to the Lord of the Rings extended edition on Blu Ray.  Apart from Batman: Arkham City (which my parents got for me), the only games I got was a Steam deal I purchased for myself to get four adventure titles for a little over ten bucks.  A new headset and solar keyboard are going to be the only new additions to my MMO arsenal, but to be honest, I already feel like I’m rolling in an embarrassment of riches this past year and am certainly grateful to have what I do.

Probably the best MMO gift handed out was from me to my wife — a copy of SWTOR for her to enjoy.  I’m not quite sure how into it she’ll get, since she hasn’t traditionally gotten big into MMOs, but her brother and I are playing it, and she was intrigued from a short stint playing in beta.  So we’ll see on that front.

All in all, it’s been a great year.  Not the easiest year in the world, but I have no complaints.  I’m blessed with a wonderful family, love my work, and have a terrific hobby that puts me in contact with all sorts of cool people like yourself.  Yes, you, the person reading this!  Why not drop a comment down there and introduce yourself if you’ve been lurking here?  Join the Bio Break family!

2011 was a little sad in terms of games shutting down, like SWG and LEGO Universe, but it added two powerful titles to the MMO roster — RIFT and SWTOR — and kept the ball rolling on many, many other promising projects.  I’m hoping that 2012 will be a gangbuster of a year that will bring the genre to a new, exciting level as the competition heats up and everything continues to develop.  Unlike some, I’m really not down on the industry but am and have been enjoying the ride it’s provided thus far.

I’m working on making my resolutions for next year in my private and gaming life, and thought I’d share with you a few ideas that I’m mulling over:

  • A continual strive for balance between gaming and non-gaming activities.  I want to be more okay with taking a night off here and there from gaming, and I’m contemplating a schedule that has five normal nights of whatever I want gaming, one night of no gaming whatsoever, and one night of “lesser played MMOs” gaming where I fire up one of the neglected titles on my desktop and give it some love.  I’m also open to finding and participating in a virtual D&D-ish group online for one of my nights.
  • I really want to add daily exercise to my routine, so I’m going to make and stick to a rule that I cannot game unless I get my exercise in first.  Period.
  • I want to look for more opportunities to group, to help others, and to overcome my solo-only tendencies.
  • SWTOR: I’m going to stick with my Operative until she’s 50 and has finished up her storyline and done a good chunk of the content.  Then and only then will I give myself permission for alts.
  • LOTRO: I need a new goal in this game, and I think that’s probably going to come from leveling up a new character OR by engaging one of the lesser-played (by me) aspects of the game, such as PvMP, dungeon running, or yodeling.
  • Guild Wars: My remaining goal here is to stay in touch with my guild and keep an eye out for GW2.
  • If Vanguard goes F2P, I resolve to give it a go.

It’s a good start, don’t you think?

7 thoughts on “Ends and Beginnings (of years)

  1. Elinnea December 30, 2011 / 10:08 am

    This year you got me to start watching My Little Pony by talking (and singing) about it so much on your LOTRO livestream, so I feel like that qualifies me as included in the family. 😉

    I too will be thinking about my gaming/rest-of-life balance and regular exercise this next year, so I wish you well with your goals. Have a happy New Year!

  2. Rorik December 30, 2011 / 10:13 am

    Merry Christmas Syp. I got Star Wars ToR for my wife too after she kept looking over my shoulder when I was playing the beta. She didn’t know if she’d like it more than WoW where she is a serial alt leveler. Lets just say she hasn’t been playing much WoW lately. When I asked her something like “So, you actually LIKE having a story to be involved in, huh?” her reaction was “shutup” which was her way of saying “yes and now I’m addicted to it”. If your wife likes it as much as mine does, then will be money well spent.

  3. ArcherAvatar December 30, 2011 / 11:17 am

    Hearing about your family and your holidays together gave me such a warm, wonderful feeling. Thank-you for sharing that.

    Mrs ArcherAvatar and I enjoyed a very quiet and cozy holiday together, and for me personally it was just a tremendous gift to still be around and kicking. Tough year with the “heart event” last January, and at the end of November diabetes was added to the list of ways my old body is breaking down after years of impersonating superman. (It was a pretty good impression for awhile there if I do say so myself.)

    If I may, I would really love to add something to your new year’s resolution list… I saw already that you’re going to try to exercise daily, and I really want to encourage that. Something as simple as just a 30 minute walk every day can make a huge difference. What I would like to add to that is please, whenever possible, please reduce the amount of sodium in your diet. I’m speaking from personal experience here; salt is a killer. Oh, and if you are smoking, for crying out loud, you’ve got to knock that idiocy off immediately! I definitely didn’t do myself any favors with that particular piece of stubborness.

    You’re a new father so I’m certain you’ll understand exactly what I mean when I say, you’re not just doing the exercise and healthier diet for yourself. You want to be there for those beautiful children, and their children too.

    None of us are promised tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be conscious of behaviors that will make your tomorrow (if you get it) a more pleasant one. There are some very good things about getting older that are worth sticking around for if you’re able to. Irresistibly cute little ones running around who think Grandpa is the coolest guy on the planet… being able to play video games all day if you want… there’s more, but those are my personal top two.

    There’s an old Irish blessing I would like to pass on to everyone reading this, and I mean this as sincerely as is possible;
    “May the best of your past, be the worst of your future.”

    😉 If you say it rapidly in passing you’ll get some interesting expressions on the faces of some folks, but once they have a moment to work it out, they’ll understand what a nice sentiment it is.

  4. bhagpuss December 30, 2011 / 4:21 pm

    I got a roadkill fox and lots of stripey socks. Happy New Year to all!

  5. rowan December 30, 2011 / 4:26 pm

    @Archer. That is a wonderful sentiment. Thank you.

    @Syp I don’t follow as many blogs as I’d like, but I always try to stop by here. Thank you for making bio breaks entertaining. 😉

  6. Utakata December 30, 2011 / 5:09 pm

    I have always been meaning to ask: Why do you and Scott Jennings always change the design look of your blogs? I keep thinking I’ve landed in the wrong place half the time. 😦

    …other than that, I always come here after annoying Massively. It’s always great to come to a place that has a clear and wonderful insite into MMO’s and other geekery. I hope you plan to keep it around for awhile.

  7. Capnhoppy January 3, 2012 / 1:23 pm

    Your LotRO goal should be to join us on Smite Nights more often!

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