Today is the last day of the calendar year. It started with sheer luck and chance. Lady Bear was still beside me sleeping peacefully. We woke up and listened to some music together as I started my day with a glass of Du Bois maple whisky. I then had my early breakfast of rouladen, mash potato, beef peppered gravy, and spaetzle. Coffee followed as I turned on Battle Chasers: Nightwar and played a few hours as we got closer to mid morning. I paused when Lady Bear provided a bowl sized cup of home made ramen for brunch which I chased down with a bottle of Innis & Gunn: Bourbon Cask Dark Ale to fuel the clean up of my brand new Szalamandra.
Tonight I will venture into the home of a best friend with another best friend. We shall say goodbye to the year before leaving for another mates home. He is away on duty while his wife hosts us to ring in the new year around a table of some easy to play games.
I'm sad to say that I've missed quite a bit with the pace of work, life, and the sheer amount of travel I've had over four months. I've missed out on some great movies Movie Bob has a good list to look at below. Movie wise I was very happy with the cyber punk entries with Ghost in the Shell and Blade Runner 2049. Star Wars: The Last Jedi was another good film but I have a post on what I would have changed. This movie is making it clear that this film was for my nephews to love and follow in the same way Star Wars: A New Hope was for me when I was old enough to watch it.
I've started to read the Expanse series completing the first three books over the last couple of months. I've also caught up on the Injection a new series by Warren Ellis. Lady Bear helped me out by finding the two volumes I was missing of Kenichi Sonoda's Gunsmith Cats. Kirkman's Invincible is coming to an end. Volume 24: The End of All Things, Part 1 was due out last week and I've not yet picked it up from my local comic shop Entertainment Ink and I'm not in a rush to read it since the final volume is not due out until the end of March. I was very happy with the Infinity manga Outrage, if you're a fan of the game or cyber punk manga this is a read for you to pick up. Lastly I gave Ancillary Justice a go and it was a good book but I'm not going to read any more of the series.
I've played a few games, Dying Light is the most recent completion even though it's a few years old. It's worth picking it up this is the zombie survival game we've asked for. The DLC The Following is worth every penny. I finished the current run of the Dishonored franchise at it was awesome. Mass Effect: Andromeda was disappointing as was Lego: Marvel Avengers but I finished the Lego game and I've not gone back to Mass Effect. I also came back to Dues Ex: Mankind Divided and played through quite a bit of the DLC that I never got around to. Dex was another game that I latched onto and quickly played through. I must admit to spending more time on my Steam Account instead of my XBox but that was purely logistics due to my travels.
I went to GENCON 50 and Rumble on Route 66. GENCON was the first time I played with fully painted minis and the work I did on those minis sparked a paint scheme I've been able to keep up. Simple and slick looking with the touch of my custom bases my Nomads look awesome. This year at Rumble I will have another fully painted force including my Szalamandra I mentioned above.
I traveled with Lady Bear a few times this year, who I'm supper happy to still call my life partner. We've started the process to purchase a house and we will be closing the deal in May (long story about the long wait). When I'm finished all the planned travel this spring I'll be moving into our new home. I'll need to do some work around the house including building the shelves and creating my ultimate gaming space in the basement. 2018 is scary looking but it comes with some hope and happy moments.
2017 may not have been the year we wanted but it was a year that changed the way we look at things and how we valued things. Lady Bear is reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay on the couch as Alt-J plays in the background. I feel lucky to have a job and afford everything I have. I feel blessed to live in Canada where we are not facing the same issues and troubles that many other nations and people face.
2018 I hope you're better than last for the folks that did not have it as good as I did. I hope the world feels a bit less crazy and folks act a bit kinder to each other. I hope the losses are not so harsh and the gains are long dreamed off lofty goals. I hope you are able to find folks as we close up the year, and reach out to each other with the positive rather than the negative.
I hope you all have a good year.