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2023!

2023

2022 is done. The past year has to some degree marked a return to more regular gaming for me. After a couple of slow years due to pandemic isolation, I’ve started attending regular BattleTech game nights at one of the local stores and played in a few short roleplaying adventures. I also did a good amount of miniatures painting throughout the year. I finished 100 miniatures: 71 for BattleTech and 29 for Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago.

The miniatures that I painted in 2022

Here on the blog, I started my ’Mech Manuals series and kept that going all year to cover 58 different designs. I’ve enjoyed writing those, but maintaining a weekly schedule meant that most of my blogging time went to them rather than any other types of content.

One place I’m not happy with progress on in 2022 is the Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago campaign that I started with Stefanie. We’ve struggled to make time to play games, so we’re only two games into the campaign so far. I had been hoping to get a lot more games in during the year.

As an unexpected twist for the year, Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter shook up my social media usage. For more than a decade, Twitter had been the main social space where I talked about gaming online. I’ve shuttered both my personal account and the one for this blog, and I’m focusing on other social spaces for now. In the last few months of 2022, I’ve been trying out different options, and so far it looks like Mastodon will be getting the sort of posts that I used to share to Twitter. I’ll also be using RSS, Discord, and Facebook groups more than I did during the first part of last year.

For 2023, I want to continue the gaming upswing that started last year. With a good local group, it will be easy for me to keep getting regular BattleTech games in. Then I plan to do better about scheduling gaming time for Ghost Archipelago so that we can get further into the campaign. Other than those two, my brother Jake is planning to run a longer Dungeons & Dragons campaign set in Eberron that I’ll be playing in. Other than those, I have a bunch of games that I’d like to either try out or play more. Hopefully I’ll find time for at least some of them.

On here, I plan to keep aiming for at least one post a week. I’m planning to keep posting ’Mech Manuals, but the frequency will probably drop so that I can write a wider variety of posts. I have a ton of ideas bouncing around my head, so I’m curious what sort of content you all would like to see from me in the coming year.

By Scott Boehmer

A game enthusiast and software engineer.

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