A little more concretely, I have come to realise that there have been a number of milestones that I got a bit excited about when they happened, and a load more that I am looking forward to, many of which are achievable, but some are extremely unlikely, to say the least. So, in the spirit of distracting myself from doing something more productive, I made a list of some of the milestones I could think of...
- Have an entry for a game on BGG. ✔ This was I Know an Old Woman, in 2015.
- Have someone other than me logging a BGG play for my game. ✔ Same game, though this was a personal friend. It was last year's March Hares that was the first with plays logged by a complete stranger to me.
- Have someone rating my game on BGG. ✔ As with the logging, March Hares was my first game rated by strangers, but IKaOW got a rating first.
- Sign a game for publication. ✔ Nearly a year ago, not one, but two games!
- Have a physical copy of my published game. Still waiting for this, but should be in the next few months.
- Receiving royalties for the first time. Hopefully before the end of this year.
- Have someone with more logged plays of one of my games on BGG than I do. It's actually close on March Hares, but not quite there - I think I need a professionally published game (coming really soon...) to achieve this one.
- Have a game with enough BGG ratings to have a ranking. I believe the threshold is something like 35 ratings, so fingers crossed.
- Have a BGG top 1000 ranked game. I don't think my first two released games will exactly set the BGG ratings alight (not really the target audience), but I can hope for this if I manage to get something released that works well for the hobby game market.
- Have a "1" rating on BGG from that guy who rates almost everything a "1". It's a badge of honour!
- Have a BGG top 100 ranked game. This is one that I doubt I will ever achieve as it is quite an exclusive club, but if it happens I suspect I'll be buying the drinks!
- Have a game published that is a collaboration with another designer. I'm hoping to make progress with collaborations one of these days, so it could happen.
- Be published by more than one publisher. If the plan to start pitching games in earnest this year, I might be able to tick this off in the next couple of years or so.
- Have someone asking me to sign their copy of one of my games. ✔ This has actually already happened -- someone who bought one of the preview copies of Giftmas from us at Essen asked for an autograph. A weird feeling.
- Have a game published in a language other than English. No idea how likely this is, or how soon it might happen, but it's possible if one of my games does reasonably well.
- Have an expansion published for one of my games. Well, Shooting Party is eminently expandable, and I can think of some expansion options for Invaded, so it could happen.
- Have a game I designed reviewed by Tom Vassal. Or any video reviewer really, but Tom would be a kinda landmark, I guess. (Maybe bonus points if he throws the game out the window.)
OK, so that's a bit of time wasted. Maybe now I have that out of my mind I can get on with something else now... :)