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Happy New Year!

Another year over, a new one just begun. 2008 was the year of our road trip to the USA and saw the publication of kb98  ’s book The Rough Guide to Videogaming as well as 4th Edition D&D. We became godparents to Taliesin and the living room got decorated (which turned out to be a much bigger and more hands-on job than we expected). Palace lost out in the play off semi-finals – again.

I managed to read 27 books this year, four less than last year, but still more than one every two weeks. Here’s the list:

1. Making Money by Terry Pratchett
2. The Walking Dead: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman
3. Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
4. Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
5. Bad Luck & Trouble by Lee Child.
6. The Walking Dead, Book 3 Safety Behind Bars by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard
7. The Walking Dead, Book 4 The Heart’s Desire
8. The Walking Dead, Book 5 The Best Defense
9. The Walking Dead, Book 6 This Sorrowful Life
10. Nothing to Lose by Lee Child
11. Pies & Prejudice by Stuart Maconie
12. Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen
13. Storm Front by Jim Butcher
14. Alan Partridge: Every Ruddy Word: All the Scripts: from Radio to TV and Back
15. Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend.
16. Empress by Karen Miller
17. Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik
18. The Scar by China Mieville
19. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
20. Persuader by Lee Child
21. Elfquest by Wendy & Richard Pini
22. Byzantium by Judith Herrin
23. The Enemy by Lee Child.
24. The Walking Dead Book 7: The Calm Before by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard.
25. Bad Traffic by Simon Lewis
26. One Shot by Lee Child
27. The Rescue Man by Anthony Quinn

The Scar by China Mieville was my favourite book of the year, hands down. I reckon a bit more variety is needed this year - at least I’ve run out of Lee Child books. If I had to pick an album of the year, I think it would be Seventh Tree by Goldfrapp. Track of the year: One Day Like This by Elbow.

I also read a lot of RPG supplements. As well as the 4e core books and supplements like the new Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, I got through a lot of Pathfinder stuff and I’m sure I’m going to carry on following the Pathfinder Chronicles line next year (the Legacy of Fire adventure path looks right up my street) despite Paizo’s decision to stick with 3.5. I also took part in four excellent Open Design projects – Six Arabian Nights, Blood of the Gorgon, Tales of Zobeck and Wrath of the River King – which were great fun. Wrath will feature in the Parsantium campaign and bits from the others may well appear too. On top of all these, I bought a DDI subscription and continue to subscribe to Kobold Quarterly. I don’t really have time to keep up with all this stuff but it’s hard to know what to give up as it’s all good!

My D&D resolutions for 2008 were:

- To develop the city of Parsantium enough to run a campaign there.
- To run or play something other than D&D this year.
- To play in someone else's campaign rather than just GMing.

I managed all three of these – huzzah! The Black Horse Parsantium campaign has started, we played in ulthar01  ’s Trail of Cthulhu game, and I’ve played in three D&D campaigns this year: ninthcouncil  ’s Kaidan campaign (3.5), z45tu7  ’s Throne of the Gorilla King (4e) and Andy’s Keep on the Shadowfell (4e).  I’ve really enjoyed being a player again and love my characters!

I think we were all a bit surprised at how different 4e was from 3.x – even more different than 3.0 was from what had gone before. The good news is that it plays well – the powers make it fun to play a 4e PC, whatever class – and that I’m going to be able to tell stories set in Parsantium using the setting. We finished Keep on the Shadowfell at 3am this morning, a fitting way to end 2008 and start 2009! We still have one session of The Banewarrens/Lands of Intrigue campaign and one session of Bastion of Broken Souls/Freeport campaign to finish, and that’ll be it for 3.x for now.

My D&D resolutions for 2009 are:

-    Get the second Parsantium campaign going with the Freeport campaign group
-    Run something other than D&D (Feng Shui? Adventure? Spirit of the Century?)
-    Play as well as GM some more
-    Get something I’ve written published

I guess I'd better carry over the one from 2008 about riding my bike more and getting fitter too...

Happy New Year everyone!

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