|This year's bounty of holiday gaming goodness.|
Today Amazon’s wish list remains one of the best tools to guide friends and family in choosing gifts. Gone are the days when I scribbled down desired birthday and Christmas gifts on paper or bookmarked catalogs with notes on items I wanted. Compiling a list today is as easy as a quick search and a click on the “Add to wish list” button.
This holiday started early with a surprise gift thanks to Erik Tenkar’s 12 Days of OSR Christmas, an annual tradition over at Tenkar’s Tavern blog. Fueled by Tenkar’s own sense of generosity and the participation of many gracious designers creating OSR products, the event offers numerous random drawings for OSR-themed goodies in both print and PDF. I entered a few drawings for interesting items I don’t yet have. I lucked out; Lesser Gnome chose me as a recipient of one of their print adventures, so I chose The First Sentinel. It’s at the top of my modest “to read” OSR pile.
I received several books catering to my genre interests, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Mycroft Holmes, Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra, Janet Wallach’s Desert Queen, and Michael Witwer’s Empire of the Imagination.
But games formed the most enjoyable part of the gifts I received this year. My parents once again demonstrated their urge to encourage my gaming by getting me one of the more substantial entries on my Amazon wishlist, Castles of Mad King Ludwig. We visited two of Ludwig’s castles in Germany on family vacations in the 1980s, so it seemed appropriate. My brother also indulged me in my gaming interests, sending me some small strategy games – Blue Orange’s Japanese-themed Niya and Reiner Knizia’s Age of War dice game – and a Klingon B’rel class ship to add to my Star Trek: Attack Wing fleets.
|The Little Guy's homemade Pyramids|
of Mars Attack game.
Now it’s time to settle down for a long winter, getting back in the groove to work on various writing and game design projects, tackling some household tasks, and finding time to enjoy the new games I received. Although I sometimes buy new games for myself now and them – particularly at the handful of conventions I attend – I expect my new acquisitions to slow until the next gift season for me, my summertime birthday and my shopping spree at nearby Historicon this July. Though I’ll admit I’m tempted to work on some game-design strategies with the Little Guy....
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