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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Time's winged chariot.


  Having now pulled myself around from a long long night setting the world to rights I thought it would be a good idea to review the intentions I posted at the start of 2016.
 Every New Year millions of people must think about re positioning themselves, whether it is physically, socially or whatever. Needless to say the vast majority fail in whatever they set out to do, and having re read my short list for 2016 I am no different.
   I have increased my blog readership, albeit by one new follower. So no success there.
 My avowed intention to have less armies but several smaller armies linked to my main periods also failed spectacularly, although I have sold my Malburian armies and my World War Two armies. Unfortunately I started two new unrelated periods in the interim, and am committed to both. So another failure.
 I did play a lot of wargames, but I would need the diaries of my mate John to provide exact numbers. I do know I won more than I lost, and some of the battles were very interesting affairs. So that would be viewed as a relative success, except I only used my purpose built wargames room twice in the entire year which is definitely a huge failure. What is the point of having large wargames armies and a large table if they are unused.
 So in brief, my short list of intentions for 2016 was a complete failure.
 
 I'm very mindful that New Years' seem to arrive far faster as one gets older and the opportunities for fulfilling some of my wargaming ambitions start to look like dreams that will never be achieved.
  So 2017 has to be a year when I tick off a few of my remaining wargaming ambitions with a clear intention as to what I want to achieve.
 I think Andrew Marvell encapsulated exactly what a lot of veteran wargamers must think from time to time;
                            But at my back I always hear
                             Time's winged chariot hurrying near
                               And yonder all before us lie
                                Deserts of vast eternity.

  So I can only apologise for my downbeat review and promise that I will try harder to achieve some of the goals that I have subconsciously set myself for this New Year.


Something to always lift my spirits. An image of a wonderfully constructed wargames table with masses of figures on it. What better incentive is there, to actually want to be a wargamer.
 Happy New Year to one and all.

10 comments:

  1. Robbie,
    Hardly too downbeat. I guess the failures were for all,the right reasons, plenty of games. Inspiration for new armies, new periods that's what keeps us gamers happy! Maybe try a few solo games on the table, maybe not what was intended but it's a start and like me today let's you try new rules etc. Without feeling under pressure to get things right!
    Graham

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  2. Robbie, 2016 was surely a success as most of your victories were against me or a side with me as part of the 'team'. ;-)

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  3. That looks like the Waterloo diorama at the Rifles museum in Winchester!

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    1. That it is, and a very fine representation they have made.

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  4. Robbie,
    There is always the AMG17 event to look forward to. A feast of eighteenth century gaming. If you're looking to get use out of your table I could always come up and play a few games.

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    1. Paul,
      That would be very nice. As for AMG, that should be an interesting weekend.

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  5. Robbie,when that "winged chariot" catches up with you,can I have your figures?-thanks,
    johnc(william)

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    1. Funny,
      I was thinking the same about you, you cheeky so and so.

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  6. Robbie,if you say the rhyme with a "Brummy" accent,it sounds hilarious!!-that'll put a smile on your face(?)
    johnc

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    1. Im surprised you know that considering the trouble you have with English.

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