2022 Resolutions

As Rich and I prepare for our ‘Most Anticipated of 2022’ episode of History on the Table, I’ve been chewing over my goals for the wargaming hobby, the podcast, the website and our cobweb ridden YouTube channel. But as I parse through an ever-increasing pile of wargame shame it’s hard not to peer over to the mounds of unpainted Necromunda: Dark Uprising figures or the Call of Cthulhu tomes.

While doing so, I thought it may be fun to make some 2022 resolutions and pledges for all the non-wargame stuff that we like to talk about on History on the Table. Below you’ll find my 2022 pledges for non-wargame gaming, RPGs and reading. If you’d like, feel free to drop your own 2022 hobby pledges and resolutions below.

Miniatures and Board Games
Resolution: Play More (Any) Games!

2021 marked the year I took the plunge into the deep world of miniature gaming, sort of. Although Kill Team, Warcry, Warhammer Quest: Cursed City, and Chain of Command all sound like outstanding games, I have yet to actually play any of them. A large part of that reason is I have lots of squads, kill teams and bands that sit half painted or only primed.

Kill Team should resolve itself soon as I’ve made a trade for some painting services, and I am very much looking forward to fielding a Sisters of Battle team in 2022. For the rest of the miniatures, here is what I am pledging for 2022, in an effort to play more (read as any) miniature games in 2022:

  • Finish Untamed Beasts for Warcry
  • Finish basic squad of Finns for Chain of Command
  • Finish Ylthari’s Guardians warband for Warhammer: Underworlds
  • Build, prep and paint a basic spread of WW2 terrain
  • Prep, paint, and play Oak and Iron

It would be far too easy to run wild here and say I want to paint and play Cursed City, Necromunda, Fear God & Dreadnought, Warhammer 40k and Age of Sigmar, but that’s just won’t happen with my capabilities. It is far more realistic to pick off a few nearly finished products and start to enjoy some of these games that sound so promising.

Here are a few other games that I am making an effort to get to the table in 2022 that won’t require hours of prep and painting:

Role Playing Games
Resolution: Focused Play

My 2022 RPG resolution is the converse goal to miniature gaming’s and that is less and more focused GM’ing and playing. Here again, sure I’d love to run several different campaigns with sporadically occurring one-shots when the mood strikes but as a relatively new role player, I have found that more focused and selective gaming makes for more enjoyable and meaningful game play.

Image from Hellboy: The Role Playing Game Kickstarter

With that in mind, I’d like to tidy up a few ongoing games, bring them to a close and focus on the following in 2022:

  • Prep and run Call of Cthulhu: ‘Have You Seen the Yellow Sign?’ as part of ongoing Call of Cthulhu 7th edition campaign.
    ‘Tell Me, Have You Seen the Yellow Sign’ (“Yellow Sign”) will be the first up in the hopper in 2022 as we just closed out ‘The Iron Ghost’ bringing the players to New Orleans (barely). I’d like to wrap up an ongoing Outer Banks mystery game nearing its end before firing this one up though.
    Yellow Sign has been on my to-do list for some time as it comes highly recommended as a must play classic Call of Cthulhu scenario.
  • Prep (after receiving soon, fingers crossed) Hellboy: The Roleplaying Game
    A Hellboy based RPG is a bucket list item for me and I was ecstatic when the recent Kickstarter campaign was launched. I have some small concerns, but overall, I’m optimistic that the additions the team have made to the 5e system will deliver the experience I’m looking for in a Hellboy game. I plan on prepping this by supplementing in extra material from Hellboy Roleplaying Game and Sourcebook (GURPS) before I kick an ongoing campaign off.
  • Play in a character and role play heavy Call of Cthulhu game.
    I’ve really enjoyed my brief time with Call of Cthulhu 7th edition so far, especially as a GM. Unfortunately, my only experience as a player was a very enjoyable one-shot that left me craving more. As I listen to Call of Cthulhu actual plays, I’m left wanting a player experience involving heavy role play and character involvement (which I think really bolsters the Cthulhu experience). Rich mentioned he had something in the works, we’ll see!

Resolution: Explore New Stuff and Revisit Some Favorites

Like many, I’m sure, I always set some sort of ‘read more’ goal. For 2022 I’d like to branch out in what I read, hitting on some new authors and topics. At the same time there are some personal favorites that I plan on revisiting next year. So, without much more of a preface, here are my 2022 reading resolutions and goals:

  • Read 52 books
    My goal for 2021 was 45 and I made it just in time wrapping up my 45th book on December 29th. Let’s go for more! I don’t beat myself if I fall short of reading challenge goals like this but I think it’s fun to keep count and to try and move that number up each year
  • Read books by new authors
    I have three authors in mind. Both Gordon C. Rhea and James Holland have been mentioned on History on the Table in the past and both will be new to me in 2022. Dan Jones is another author that has crossed my radar recently and I intend to check out some of his Middles Ages books next year.
  • Read about new topics
    Napoleon is not only a topic that has escaped the game table but something that remains unread by me. The Campaigns of Napoleon by David G. Chandler seems to be one of the most recommended for Napoleonic reading, so why not dive into the best?
    Maybe most surprisingly is Finnish history. As much as I like to talk about Finnish wargames, Finnish history is a topic I haven’t really read much about and I intend to fix that. I plan on focusing on both the Northern Crusades into Finland as well as Finnish WW2 history with the following books:
    • The Northern Crusades by Eric Christiansen
    • A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 by William R. Trotter
    • Finland at War: the Winter War 1939-40 and Finland at War: the Continuation and Lapland Wars 1941–45 by Vesa Nenye, Peter Munter, Toni Wirtanen
  • The Great Hellboy Re-Read
    With the RPG approaching I intend to revisit one of my all-time favorite comic book series Hellboy by Mike Mignola following this guide with the gorgeous Library Editions. I started to last year or the year before but pumped the brakes when the 5e RPG was announced. I plan on doing some type of coverage on the website, so keep an eye out and feel free to read along.

Finally and briefly, a large amount of work remains to be done, but in 2022 I want to finish all work on and print Scar and Scarf. Although I’d like to be further along in the formatting and layout process, I’m happy where things sit at the end of 2021 and I’m optimistic Scar and Scarf will be a 2022 reality. More details to come.

With that, I want to wish each of you a happy New Year from History on the Table. Here’s to 2022!