A podcaster and guy I admire, Brian Brushwood, once said the following in December of 2012:
“Resolutions are stupid, soft, and gooey.
Written, specific goals however are awesome and the closest thing to real magic that exists in this world.”
I took that to heart and decided to turn my resolutions into actual goals that I wanted to achieve in 2013.
I didn’t fully succeed in any of them, I don’t think, but I’m pretty sure I got closer than I ever had in any previous years. One of them I did carry over into 2014, where it did finally happen, which was to leave my job and move to Colorado. The former didn’t happen on my own terms, hilariously enough.
I haven’t really done this for a couple of years. My life was a bit too chaotic with change and setting a goal beyond “survive with my sanity intact” seemed unreasonable. But now with 2018, I feel like I want to start it again.
If you’re still with me, I know what you’re thinking: “Brandon, this is a WoW Blog, why are you talking about this here?” It’s a legitimate question, and the answer is “Because I don’t really have anywhere else to put it that’s all my own. If I put it on facebook, it’ll just get lost in the constant stream of nonsense and kid photos that is my wall and I’ll never find it again. My other personal blog hasn’t been updated in years, so it seems akin to necromancy to post it there.”
I have some gaming goals I’ll list here as well, just to keep it somewhat game related. But for now, let’s start with the personal stuff.
1. Work out at least once a week – This might not seem like a lot, but for someone like me who HATES sweating and doesn’t care to move around a lot, this is a huge hurdle to overcome. There’s also the problem of trying to schedule it around work and family duties.
2. Blog at least once a week – I want to write more. The only way you improve something is practice. This is a WoW, and sometimes other games, blog, so I’ll likely spend a majority of the time talking about those topics, but I’m not going to say that everything I post here will be strictly game content. It’s my joint, I can do that. If you’re not interested, skip over it. I won’t be offended.
3. Stream at least once every other week – I enjoy streaming on Twitch (shameless plug: http://www.twitch.tv/Oldmanfranks) and would do it every day if I could pull it off. The problem, as always, is time and motivation. Timewise, between work and evening stuff with the family, I usually only have a couple hours at night for anything that’s just me and my wife, and a lot of times we’re watching TV together. Motivation wise, well, I shouldn’t have expected to get a huge number of viewers when I began this, but my attempts resulted in a big old zero viewer count most of the time. By setting this goal, I’m giving myself a different kind of motivation: It doesn’t matter how many people are watching, you’re doing this for yourself and to meet your own goal.
4. Read one new book a month – I used to devour books, but life changes and you have to change with it. I find myself not as drawn to the written word as I used to be, simply due to what a time commitment it feels like. So I’m committing to finding the time to enrich my mind once again.
I should put out that for the purposes of this goal, I am not counting comic books (be they single issues or trade paperbacks) nor any book I read to my children before nap/bedtime. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with either of those, but this goal is focused on longer books with the vast majority of their content being words, not pictures.
I’ve already finished my first book, Blessed Are The Misfits by Brant Hansen, and I highly recommend it to anyone who finds Christian Church culture to be absolutely crazy and can’t figure out why they don’t fit into it. I’ve also got Old Man’s War, Ready Player One, and The Way of Kings (first book in the Stormlight Archive) as my next books.
All of these are absolute BASELINE. If I can do more than this, I want to do it, and I’m going to do my best to not fall into the mental gymnastic of “banking”. So if I read two books in January, this does not give me a free pass to read nothing in February, I still want to try to read something that month as well.
Let’s move on to my gaming goals. I’m going to split these into three categories: World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Other Gaming
World of Warcraft
It’s hard to set realistic goals for this game knowing that Battle for Azeroth is likely to be released this year and not knowing what the game’s systems will be like. So my goals are, for now, based on the end of Legion and being prepared for BFA’s release
- Finish the last two class storylines for my level 100+ characters – I had this goal set up earlier this year to complete all the class stories for my level 100+ Horde characters on my main realm, including everything needed to unlock their class mount. I have one more character to complete that on, my Demon Hunter, and I’m adding my sole Alliance character, a Warrior, as well.
- Complete whatever requirements are necessary to unlock the Allied Races – So far the only prereq seems to be reputation related, but I’m not sure we know the full details. Is it realm-specific? If I’m exalted with the factions on a Horde character, will my Alliance character on another realm need to get those reps maxed as well? If so, I want to get that done as well.
- Kill Argus on Normal mode with my raid team – I’m being specific because I’m not going to count LFR kills, nor getting carried by guildmates. Sure those are cool if they happen, but I want do this with my friends, my team.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
I keep coming back to this game, because let’s face it, it’s truly amazing for Stories, at least in the base game. Time will tell if they can make the Eternal Empire story more compelling again or if they will return to a Republic vs Empire focus. Either way, I’m prepared to have fun with it.
I thought about including the goal of “complete the class stories of my low level characters” as a goal, but I made them to enjoy their stories, be they from the same or different perspectives as my previous forays into the class. So I’m going to not set that as a goal, because I don’t want to rush through them. So instead, I’ll create the following.
- Complete KOTFE and all released KOTET story content on my core three characters (Bounty Hunter, Jedi Knight, Sith Inquisitor) – These three are my core favorite classes and the central characters to my overall shared narrative. Getting all three of them through that much content is a tall order, but I think I can do it, because it will be from three different story perspectives and three different personalities.
- Complete the Shadow of Revan content leading to KOTFE on at least two other level 55+ characters – This one’s also lofty because, well, that’s also a lot of content to get through on top of the first goal. I’ve got 4 choices here (Jedi Consular, Imperial Agent, Republic Trooper, and Smuggler) so I have some choices.
- Figure out how to fit my new 8 lower-level characters into the overall shared narrative – In SWTOR each base class has it’s own unique class story that you play through. Each Base class also has two different advanced classes, which have different gameplay, but they play through the same story as each other. So if I’m going to assume that all of these characters exist in a shared overall narrative, I have to iron out how they all fit together, their shared relationships, and who has “canonically” completed the story milestones you encounter. This one is somewhat nonspecific, I realize, but I don’t know how to phrase it in a measureable fashion
I’m stretching myself here, and I know it. Playing two MMOs when you don’t have a lot of gaming time is hard enough, but adding other games into the mix? I’m asking for trouble, I know. But I’ve neglected my PS4 for too long, and if I give myself goals related to it, I’m hoping I can reconnect with the joy of console gaming I used to know
- Finish Witcher 3 (including the DLCs) – This is crazy and I know it. Witcher 3 has a LOT of content to get through and maybe asking to finish it is a bit nuts, especially since I have it on my PS4 and I don’t have a setup to combo it with streaming (at least for now). But I really do want to try getting through this amazing RPG.
- Beat the two Megaman games from Megaman Legacy Collection Volume 2 that I haven’t previously played (or more, simply, complete Megaman 9 and Megaman 10) – I love Megaman games, always have, but I’d never played these two, since they were only released as buyable downloads. Now that I finally have access to them, I want to make time to play them both, hopefully to completion.
So these are my goals for 2018. What do you guys think? Also I encourage you, when looking at what you want to do with 2018, set yourself in a position to succeed. Be specific, think about how you can make progress throughout the year, and set a measureable objective so you know when you’ve succeeded.
Good luck and I’ll see ya’ll later!