One thing that comes to mind is that Castle War has whetted my appetite for making historically-based games, however loose that basis is, and I have recently been enjoying reading history books, so I will plan to make more games based on historical events that I read about. I have decided to keep a notebook with me when I am reading in case of sudden inspiration (this really is something I should/could have been doing beforehand) and I am sure that will result in a few notes being made. Making this into a slightly more measurable objective, I'll plan to make at least three of these ideas into playable prototypes through the year. The number three always seems a nice one for this sort of thing.
|This has nothing to do with game design, but it turns out I enjoy drawing puffins.|
Something I've not been so great on over the last year or two is actually making prototypes available in a print and play format -- apart from the ones I make for contests, that is. There are all sorts of reasons for this, but if I did so, it would mean that I always have games in a state where I can send them to interested parties. I'll do better at this in 2019. Shall we say three games that are not contest entries will be shared online (probably via a "work in progress" thread on Board Game Geek) through the year?
In the non-gaming part of my life I have a project on the go that I am refusing to admit is a new year's resolution: I have bought myself a sketch book and have been drawing something in it each day, with the intent to keep going for as long as time, patience, and willpower allows, and just drawing whatever I fancy on each occasion. So far, so good (at the time of writing, I'm on twelve in a row), and if you want to see my very amateurish art exploits, I'm sharing each picture on Twitter, on the principle that telling people you are doing something makes it more likely that you will do that thing.
I am also planning to continue getting training and practice in proofreading and editing skills. I see this as "game design adjacent", a skillset that is useful to game publishers and may allow me to help people out more. Plus I enjoy it and developing new skills is always worthwhile in itself.
But first up, Castle War and Scurvy Crew both need a little attention, so I'll be getting on with them, and there's a 2-player game contest on BGG that Castle War might be a decent fit for, if I get my arse in gear...