I can’t believe that this blog is over a year old (although mostly neglected for a chunk of that because I suck) and that I’m sitting here writing yet another New Year’s post. Oddly enough, I’m writing this one on January 2nd, same as last year. I swear that wasn’t intentional, but patterns and numbers and oh God I’m about to go full “A Beautiful Mind” on everyone if I keep going, so let’s get to the good stuff.
Last year I asked everyone to make it their resolution to be a nicer, more community-minded player, something I also took to heart for my own gaming practices. It can be difficult to adhere to at times, especially when you’re frustrated because everyone else around you seems to be cut of the same douchebag cloth, but when you’re legit being so helpful that people whisper you “thanks,” it’s kind of worth it. Knowing you brightened up someone’s day even slightly or set a noob on the path to epic win just feels good, man.
That being said, I still think that the bulk of New Year’s Resolutions are complete bullshit and that we reach for things way too lofty or just plain impossible because we feel pressured by the media to do so. You can still reach for the stars, just reach for some a little closer than Rigel-7, if you know what I mean. I, myself, have decided to go with a New Year’s Bucket List instead, because I’m a special bunny.
OVERLORD BUNNY’S NEW YEAR BUCKET LIST
(NOW WITH SIGNIFICANTLY LESS SODIUM)
I will learn how to knit. Seriously, I don’t know when or how knitting became A Big Thing, but it looks awesome, and as someone who grew up buried in blankets, hats, and all manner of things hand-knitted or crocheted by my grandmother, I can attest to the fruits of this witchcraft being worth the effort.
I will get one of each class up to 90. As it stands, I’m one Druid and one Mage away from achieving this goal that has no real merit other than increasing my knowledge and understanding of class mechanics in the event that this is the year Blizzard-sempai finally notices me. The level 1 alts are already in place on Lightbringer, ready to climb the ranks just as soon as I finish my Holy Paladin.
I will restock my Etsy store. It’s empty right now, but I’ve got some plans to change all of that. I just need to sit myself down, turn on a Disney movie, and say “Self, craft like the wind.”
I will make good progress with my RPG Maker project. I had the latest version of RPG Maker gifted to me by a wonderful human being this Christmas and so many words of encouragement and anticipation thrown my way for what I might do with it that I feel it is my duty to create something awesome. I don’t know if I’ll get a full-length game finished, but I’m going to aim to at least get a decent amount of work underway.
I will finish my Civilization V mod. Months ago, I’d started in on an expansive Warcraft mod for Civilization V. At the time, I only had the Gods & Kings expansion, so I wasn’t able to develop for Brave New World. Thanks to the Steam Autumn Sale, I have brought myself up to speed and can now restart development for the fourth time! Don’t mind that grumbling noise you hear, it’s done out of excitement and a love of the craft, I swear.
I will spend more time on my scripting languages. Right now I’m focused on Python, but I’d also like to add more XML/LUA to my arsenal — finishing the Civ V mod is a great way to practice that — and anything else that could potentially be useful. Knowledge is power, especially when it’s powering a game.
I will write more feature articles. I had to take a couple of months’ hiatus from BlizzPro, but I’m back and at least chipping in on the news desk (and, of course, I never stopped doing the HearthPro Podcast). Now that things are starting to slow down again on my end, I’m hoping I can jump back into the world of feature writing, either by picking back up with Behind the Lore or contributing a few comedy articles I’ve had kicking around in my head.
I will eat more tacos y burritos. I need no justification for this. Only God and my intestines can judge me.