As the March comes to a close, so too does my first wargaming 'focus month' during which I endeavoured to concentrate on one (and only one) gaming genre. That means its time to review what I got done, and what lessons I've learned for next time. In no particular order:
* Firstly, I really enjoyed the focus but it was hard!
* My focus also spilled over into my internet trawling, reading, and movies. The Lad was similarly infatuated. Random Viking "High-5s" around the house are cool (the girls will never understand)
* Having buddies to play our big Age of Blood games was pivotal as it gave a specific gaming outcome during the month rather than just modelling.
* In doing research into a new genre, I came across the net lots of great new blogs, rules and manufacturers. I really enjoyed that aspect of the month.
* I achieved lots of terrain modelling - all of it from scratch - but not much in the way of figures. In retrospect I guess it was really a Dark Ages terrain focused month. That said, I built my A-Frame house, two hovels, finished off the Great Hall, painted and based the menhirs, painted up the well, spit roast and the wood pile. At the end of the month I then had some trees and figures delivered. So overall I'm happy with the what I got done.
*Actually, now it comes to the end of the month, I'm on a roll and don't want to move on at all...so I won't!
- Have all the materials ready for the start of the focus month, particularly as shipping from UK/US to Oz takes 2-3 weeks in general. That means its really a two month process - one for online shopping & shipping, one for doing. That will help extend the newly implemented (by SWMBO) gaming budget which was rather taxed this month!
- Try and do something every night, even if its just a wash, a drybrush or a bit of gluing. Avoiding the siren's call of the www to do this can be a challenge, especially after a gruelling day at work. To do this I need a better setup in the house which minimises mess and storage, but is easy to get to and pack away quickly.
- Having a gaming on-topic gaming event adds great focus and, a deadline to work to, and the satisfaction of putting the fruits one's labour directly onto the table.
Just a few thoughts form the Man Cave, whats your take on 'focus months': fantastic or fad?