Mnmlst Gmr

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"It's not hard to design a game that works, the real challenge is making one that people want to play again and again."--Martin Wallace
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Dear However-Many-Subscribers-I-Have-Left:

Hi there! How are you? Good, I hope. I am well. I am busy, and I am tired.

I sat on this decision for a little over a month, but it occurred to me that the title of my blog is no longer appropriate. When this blog began life, my gaming life looked very different: I was not a full-fledged dabbler, but I still dabbled a bit. Now, not so much. I have spent the last few months really settling into a gaming routine, discovering what I liked to play, and discovering what I like to talk about & think about. This has had an effect on my boardgaming, personal, and professional lives, believe it or not. So a few things have become more or less finalized in that time:

1.) My tastes are fairly set
2.) My collection is stable
3.) I now have two regular & distinct monthly groups, with a possible occasional third (!), for multiplayer play
4.) I have two regular opponents for 2-player games
5.) While still not my dominant hobby, gaming now occupies more of my leisure time than it has in the past; not so casual anymore, really

Off the table, I have also settled into my role as BGG's Unofficial Game Scold. Not sure how that happened, but here we are.

But perhaps most importantly, I have fully worked out how my gaming hobby intersects with my work in both research and activity, and how my gaming intersects with my targeted effort to simplify my life now that I have a child. These are all important things, and the tone of the blog changed from casual dabbling to more focused entries that tackle topics where these distinct things might overlap (incidentally, I have had a very nice GeekMail conversation with one reader who pointed out that I never did write about anything I mentioned in my opening post; those drafts are still sitting in OneNote, half dressed since February). I also, through the regular chatting on my GCL, have come up with more coherent thoughts on my relationship to gaming as a hobby; many thanks to them, as I feel like I've grown a lot in the last Almost Year, and that would not have been possible without their patience and endurance. So, thank you Meatballs.

Therefore, at some point this week, I will officially change the name of this blog. So this is mostly a warning that an unfamiliar name will pop up in your subscriptions at some point, but that it's still this blog. I guess I'm rebranding. But truthfully, I took advantage of the Wandering Thought nature that a blog affords and, well, I wandered. Wandered right into something that I wasn't expecting, but kind of liked once I got there. So I'll stay.

The last few months have seen 1-2 posts per month, and that seems to be the baseline. So welcome to my New Old blog, soon-to-be-called "Mnmlst Gmr," and I hope to see you in the comments.

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