So, it's officially 2015... it's that time of the year again where we make stupid promises to ourselves that we've all broken by March. With that, does anyone have any resolutions; I do.
1. I will not buy a single new video game in 2015.
"But why?", I hear you cry. Well I own a total of 410 games as of today, yet my backlog currently stands at over 300 games, 190 of them have NEVER BEEN PLAYED! Da fuq me?! Why do I keep buying games when I literally have hundreds of unfinished and unplayed games? If I assume an average length of 10 hours per game, (sure the average action game or platformer may be less but I have almost two dozen RPGs and about the same in Sandbox games in there too, including the likes of Skyrim, GTA V, etc)... As I say, if I assume 10 hours per game, it would take me over 8 MONTHS of continuous play, playing 12 hours a day, to finish everything. This madness must be reigned in.
I'm never going to quit gaming, but I have my PS3, 360, XBox, 3DS, Wii U, Dreamcast, Saturn, and Vita to play on, as well as a brand new PC here. All the hype of the next year is going to squarely fall on the PS4/XBO and I couldn't give a steaming shit about those overpriced plastic texture pack upgrades. Modern video games honestly just feels like an ingenious way to make me waste money. I don't like 'Assassin's Creed' and I don't like 'Batman: Arkham Asylum'; so considering the industry is basically just either copying one of those games, copying both of them, or somehow mixing elements of these games with 'GTA', I've stopped caring about modern games.
2. I will be exercising more. Specifically, I will go swimming twice per week, every week.
As a disabled man my ability to exercise has diminished greatly. I'm now quite sickeningly overweight, I'm now at my all-time heaviest at 27 stone... that's 378lbs for the Americans out there. I can't maintain any quality of life like this. Sure I can't walk, but it's time I changed my lifestyle to account for the fact that I can't exercise properly and took responsibility for my weight. I won't set myself a weight goal; that would only depress me and I have a tendency to comfort eat, (not helpful I know). I will however be eating smaller portions and I will be disallowing myself sweets and puddings this year. I prefer savory foods anyway, but if I eat high sugar foods I can pack away 1000 calories without even thinking about it.
3. I will reduce my Warhammer armies down from six armies to at most four by the end of the year.
I haven decided which ones are going yet but I can keep these armies going. They're almost entirely unpainted, half the armies are only partially built. I need more focus if I'm going to get any true satisfaction from this hobby. I'm therefor going to be looking into selling at least two of my armies. I'll obviously be keeping Chaos Dwarfs and Warriors Of Chaos as they're my favourites. Beastmen, Orcs & Goblins, Vampire Counts, Ogre Kingdom, and Dark Elves though... I don't need that many.
I'll likely keep Beastmen and Vampire Counts simply because they augment my main armies thanks to Chaos Legion and Lore Of Undeath rules. The others though... admittedly there's some cross-over but I must be able to cut the fat somewhere. I use the same models for Hobgoblins/Goblins in both Chaos Dwarfs and Orcs & Goblins. I use my River Trolls as Chaos Trolls because I never much liked the old Chaos Troll models. Likewise I use my Ironguts as Chaos Ogres for much the same reason. In fact, it's this unit crossover that made me collect so many different armies in the first place. Dark Elves are really the only truly separate army (and even then I've considered converting Cold On Knights for Chaos Knights with Mark Of Slaanesh), that said it's also my oldest army (complete with old metal Cold One Knights etc) so I'm reluctant to just get rid. Hmmm... this will take some pondering.
4. I will end the year with a 4 figure bank balance on my savings account.
This one is pretty huge as I have catalogue payments to make on my new PC which I bought in November. Considering it cost a whopping £1200, it's not exactly a cheap expense but dammit I'm sick of not having a decent computer. Add that to the £700 or so I already have to pay off on other purchases and it soon builds up. So there's that, plus I have bills and stuff. Then there's my tendency to go a bit crazy at Christmas which I need to reign in, (what can I say, I love my friends & family). All in all, I usually end each year flat broke. This year I ended it quite literally completely broken even, I had less than £20 in my current account on New Years Eve. I need to start planning for the future, rather than screwing over future me; past me is an arsehole who spends all his money, doesn't exercise, eats rubbish, and then leaves present me to deal with it; damn him.
In all seriousness though, with me not buying video games, eating out less, and trying to reign in Warhammer to a reasonable amount; this last goal should be manageable.
So... what are you guys New Year resolutions?