HOBBY LOG
Winter Camp XXXI - 2007

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On January 7, 2008, Steve began design work.
I think my basic idea is that there are lots of event cards, each of which can score you points in one of three categories. Your goal is to create a Winter Camp that matches the expectations of the perfect camp. You can play events in the current time or you can go back in time to play events and change the expectations of Winter Camp by holding events in the past that then shape the future differently.

On January 7, 2008, Steve began design work.
I think my basic idea is that there are lots of event cards, each of which can score you points in one of three categories. Your goal is to create a Winter Camp that matches the expectations of the perfect camp. You can play events in the current time or you can go back in time to play events and change the expectations of Winter Camp by holding events in the past that then shape the future differently.

On November 26, 2008, Steve checked his progress.
Things did not go well over the summer and winter. I have done a very bad job of saying no. I did manage to play quite a few unplayed games and gave away a few more, but I still have about 60 or so games or expansions I've never played. That's roughly 13%.

On February 11, 2008, Steve completed a month of saying NO to new games.
Not one new game since making the pledge. Given my usual acquisition rate, that's pretty amazing.

On February 1, 2008, Steve resisted another great Tanga offer!
This time they had 5 RPG books for 10 bucks, at least two of which I have coveted for more than a year. I was tempted, but then realized I'd only cleared a few games (3) off my list and stopped.

On January 27, 2008, Steve overcame his toughest gaming No yet.
One of the game websites was having a sale. A card game called 'Whipped' for only a penny. I managed to not buy a copy.

On January 25, 2007, Steve completed 2 weeks of saying no to new games.
It wasn't easy. There were a lot of great bargains on sites like www.tanga.com and others. The big challenge may come next week when Barnes & Noble starts marking down games they stocked for Christmas.

On January 11, 2008, Steve made a resolution.
It won't be easy, but I am resolved not to buy any new board or card games until I have played all the board or card games I own now. I have some games I got for Christmas and a few I've purchased myself that I haven't played yet. I'm not going to buy any new games until I have played all the games I won now. This includes playing my copies of games where I've only played someone else's copy.
There are a couple of caveats:
1) I can sell or trade a game and it comes off the list of games I have to play before buying something new.
2) I don't have to play a game where I have multiple copies (like Chess) unless there is a significant difference between two versions.
3) I can buy expansions for games I already have (notably Heroscape) as long as I've played the game.
4) Pre-orders don't count (I think I have two games pre-ordered).
5) New free games don't count as purchases.
I think this will keep me from buying any new card or board games until at least mid-year.

On January 10, 2007, Steve continued Saying No
Tanga had a great deal on Tannhauser, selling it for about 40% off the normal cost. I passed.

During January 1-9, Steve ordered nothing from Tanga
They had several interesting games at great prices, but I have a lot of unplayed games I just got for Christmas, so I've been saying No.

On January 9, 2008, Steve explored Saying No to Kristie
She asked me for some help finding her shoes. I didn't actually say no, but I didn't move to look right away either. It didn't work out very well for me and I ended up looking for the shoes even though I didn't find them.

On January 8, 2008, Steve Donohue continued Saying No
Yet another game-free evening this time because I had a troop meeting and then needed to find some food.

On January 7, 2008, Steve Donohue began Saying No
I said no to gaming because I had other projects on my plate that needed to be finished first.

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