A New Years Message From Me To You

Happy Holidays!

I just finished shaving off my holiday hair, and setting my alarm for the first time in two and a half weeks. Demoralizing!

I hope (if you celebrate it) you had a good Christmas, and a great new year! What are your board game related resolutions?

For me, it’s to stop buying so much, learn and play the games I own, and get rid of the guff! A lot harder than it sounds.

Looking back on 2019, it was a year of shifting priorities. I started the year with a large focus on my blog and work. At that time I viewed success with my work and my blog more important than spending time with my family. This caused an undue amount of tension in the household, and eventually something had to give. Unfortunately for you guys it’s been my blog, and for the long time readers you’ve probably noticed the increased distance between posts.

The upshot of this is that I’ve learned to love having a family, and I haven’t been this happy in my relationship since before Jay was born.

I’m preparing for 2020 to be insane for me work-wise. My company is shaping up to start a massive project sometime later this year. But my work for it has already begun. And somewhere in the last couple of months, I lost the investment I had in the success of the business, and became committed instead.

If you don’t know the difference between the two there’s a good story about the chicken and pig who want to open up a bacon and eggs restaurant. The chicken is invested, the pig is committed.

The affect of this is already noticeable. For instance, my original plan for my two weeks of leave was to write and publish a bunch of reviews. Instead, I’ve done very little outside of catching all 400 Pokemon and reading as many work related books I can get my hands on.

Which by the way, if you’re involved in software development or management at all I highly recommend:

  • Radical Candor
  • The Elements of Scrum
  • Agile Retrospectives: Making good teams great
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Accelerate

As this project continues to ramp up, I can imagine I’ll be spending a lot of time both at work, or thinking about work. Which will create for some very sparse months on Roll to Review.

However, I’m super positive about it. If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask. I looooooove talking shop.

Back to board games, I’d love to do a wrap up 2019 with a best of list sometime soon. But unfortunately my 3 most anticipated titles of the year probably won’t arrive until end of January. Empyreal: Spells and Steam, Wavelength, and On Mars are all officially in transit and having to wait on them is killing me.

Talk Soon!


David Norris

Lover of dogs, books, comics, movies, anime, television, video games and most importantly board games. My site is all about the latter, and my journey through the glorious hobby.

4 thoughts on “A New Years Message From Me To You

  1. Glad to hear things are going a lot better. Family and “regular” life is much more important than blogging (unless it’s your sole source of income, of course), so I’m glad that you’ve made that decision.

    Here’s hoping for all the best in the new year and even more success with the job and with your family!

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  2. David, glad to hear your family situation is better; I enjoy your reviews, but the blog seems last in importance right now which makes sense. My resolutions are very similar to yours, although I think the Kanban EV KS is coming this year? On Mars arrived at my doorstep just before Christmas and………WOW. I’m ready to play and hope to get it to the table shortly. Did a solo of SpaceCorp just finished last night — it is a very Euroish space exploration game, but lots of fun. I wish you and your family the best in the new year!

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    1. I completely agree about family! However, I’m not sure if it’s just me but I had an extremely hard time giving up my independence with the arrival of my son. For now, it’s been good though! Thanks for being a long time reader. 😀

      I’m really looking forward to Kanban, and to a lesser extent Rococo deluxe edition. I’m pretty jealous of your early arrival of On Mars. I’m ready to get lost in that world!


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