Last year I wrote a post about taking my gaming more seriously has a hobby. I did pretty well through August but then lost track again.
There were a few things that contributed to this. First, in September I launched a big project at my day job that ended up taking a lot of time and energy. There wasn’t a lot left to pursue gaming.
The second thing, however, was actually a game, Age of Empires Online.
I was looking forward to AoEO for several reasons I talked about before. So I purchased the Egyptian premium content on launch day and got started playing. And just like that, my goal of completing one game a month for 2011 was shot.
AoEO is an MMORTS. It’s that MMO part that killed things for me. I was enjoying the game but not making much progress towards “finishing” it. My idea was to count it as a game finished when I hit the level cap of 40. However, that turned out to be a bigger task that I hoped. I lost momentum around level 15 and quit playing. And that loss of momentum coupled with my job translated into very little gaming for the rest of the year.
And finally, I lost my excitement for K & M Tavern. My original plan led me to attempt to build the back-end myself. This caused a few frustrations that made it a chore to create content. So I lost my desire to work on it.
So I decided to scrap my original plan for now and treat K & M Tavern as a straight blog. I installed WordPress. I created a post schedule. I even created drafts for the first several posts. I can feel the momentum growing again.
I thought about different things I could do to keep the content fresh. I enjoy writing when I get into it but it’s hard for me to get over that initial hump sometimes. So I decided to try creating videos.
I recorded several videos for Super Meat Boy that I will be posting through out the next several weeks. I really enjoyed that process so I am going to keep it up. My goal is to record an entire playthrough of SMB. It will be a challenge but I’m going to try.
I will be ramping up my posting over the next several weeks. I am gaining momentum with my gaming again so I have several things I want to share. I am excited about what this year has for K & M! w00ty w00t!