On a personal note, 2017 proved to be a good year, but dangerous. Both my wife's and my jobs are going well, she still likes cutting up people to repair them and I still like investing in tech / financial serivces companies. At this stage in our life if one doesn't like what one is doing, one should stop doing it - we're both lucky to be still having fun. 2018 may see me pull back a bit from the Venture Capital front and spend more timing teaching - college kids today are so much smarter than me. We'll see.
Why did I describe 2017 as "Dangerous"? I was involved and injured in two separate rear end accidents. The first occurred in London in the early Fall - as I was stepping out of an uber another car rear ended that uber and pushed it forward a few feet. My right leg was still in the car so I got pulled down and hurt both my ankle and pride. Now there is a really funny aspect to this story. I was being dropped off in front of a law firm we were thinking of using in London - Slaughter & May on Bunhill Row. S&M is a very old-school / proper corporate law firm and the accident happened literally at their front door. You know the stereo-type of lawyers chasing ambulances for clients - it's true! - a sea of lawyers flooded out to assist me. I will say that I was most impressed with the emergency medical services personnel in London - top notch people with great senses of humor. Lets all pray they don't get a lot of practice in 2018. I ended up with a small fracture in my right ankle and a torn sport coat and shirt. I flew back to the states the next day and lets just say I self medicated on red wine the entire flight back.
The damage to my car doesn't look that bad but the whole frame squished like an accordion - I had to kick my driver side door open. As I was walking over to his car to assist him I had the fright of my life as I could see two child car seats in the back. For a few steps I couldn't tell if their were children in them then and those were some very long steps. Thankfully there were not occupied and I was able to get the driver out of his car. At that point, I didn't care about silly cars.
He admitted fault as he was texting but had let his insurance expire. My newish Audi Q7 (purchased last April) ended up being totaled by the insurance company and I've got some rotator cuff damage to my left shoulder (can't raise my left arm fully) BUT no one was seriously injured and cars are replaceable. I'm still out a good bit of money because I wouldn't let my insurance company sue the guy who hit me - he's got two small kids and no money - any lawsuit proceeds ultimatley hurt the kids and what's the point in that? He also has no car as the engine fell out of his Toyota Rav4. +1 for german engineering!
So now I'm in the market for a new car and safety features are at the top of my list. Not surprisingly my son is pushing me to get a Tesla - cause the tech is cool. Not sure I'm ready for an all electric car.
Enough whining from me - what did I paint in 2017 - apparently a lot!
2017 2016 2015
Infantry 494 488 222
Cav/guns 6 14 10
Vehicles 31 9 17
Ships 0 3 0
Infantry 297 101 132
Cav/guns 6 16 0
Vehicles 53 23 11
1/1200 Ships 0 2 2
1/600 Ironclads 0 0 10
Infantry 0 0 0
Cav/guns 0 0 0
Vehicles 10 0 0
I need to paint more cavalry!
In terms of my 2017 goals, my performance was decidedly mixed:
I ran 9 games and had a blast. This was one of my best received convention games and I'm planning to run it again in 2018 only a bit bigger! The game won an award at the con so I'm really happy with the result.
- I built an egyptian themed dungeon terrain for the game using castings from a company called Lunesdargent.
3) Finish in the Top Ten of the Painting Challenge:
Managed to come in first again with over 4K points. Not sure I can sustain that pace for the current Challenge.
4) Attend non HGMS gaming conventions:
Epic fail, 'nuff said
5) Get an Article Published
Fail - have several drafts but nothing published - of course that may be because I never submitted anything to get published!
6) Participate in 4 Tournaments
Fail - I was hopeful that version 4 of Flames of War would re-ignite my interest and, in fact, it really left me flat. I haven't really looked into tournament play since March of 2017.
1) I did fill out one of my 2016 goals - write some wargame rules as the DAK & Dragons / SOCOM & Sorcery games at Historicon were played using a set of rules I wrote (or liberated from other systems). The games went really well and people seemed to like the rules. There is a lot of room for improvement and I'll be working on them over the course of 2018.
2) Spent a good bit of time on a new hobby -woodworking and am trying to link it to gaming via a blog series titled "Woodworking and Wargaming". Since my workshop isn't heated, you'll have to wait until the weather gets a tad warmer before anything new gets posted.
We are very pleased with 2017