New Year, New Content!
We’ve got a new regular feature where we’ll share our thoughts about Tabletop Wargaming and hobbying. We’d like to introduce Peter Kuebeck who’s an avid gamer, painter, hobbyist, dad and all around good dude. Peter has come on board at GameMats.com as a regular contributor.
Today Peter shares his thoughts on HOBBY RESOLUTIONS!
So, now that we’re past the Holiday Hangover period, have all returned to work and finally unboxed all of our gifts, it’s time to get down to brass tacks. It’s mid-January, after all, and we need to sort out our hobby resolutions.
“Huh?” I hear you cry. “Hobby resolutions? Really?”
For painters/modelers/hobbyists, having resolutions for the coming year of hobby activity is just as important as, say, resolving to eat better, get out more, or do that stair-stepper thing every day. (Or every other day. Three times a week. Whatever.) It’s a good way to focus and to organize what kinds of things you want to accomplish for your wargaming, your role-playing, and so forth.
The issue for you, likely - as it is for me - is “Where the heck do I start?”
I feel your pain. Really. Because I, like just about every other hobbyist out there, suffer from Hobby Backlog Syndrome. Doctors define Hobby Backlog Syndrome (or HBS for short) as a sort of paralysis related to having way too many hobby projects to do, and having no idea what should take priority. It can lead to procrastination, wailing and gnashing of teeth, and - worst of all - hobby burnout, which nobody wants.
There are some keys to setting hobby resolutions for the year. First and foremost: Don’t go overboard. By this I mean, as you’re making a list of potential projects that you’d like to be resolutions for the year, don’t have a list of 20 things. Maybe have a list of three to five. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself becoming as overwhelmed by your list as you are by your hobby projects.
Second: Keep your resolutions manageable. Don’t, for instance, make your resolution “Finish painting all of my unpainted miniatures.” And you might want to stay away from some of the hobby challenges on social media to complete one mini a day, or to complete 500 minis in a year, unless you’re really driven to take part. Otherwise, if you fall behind, discouragement can set in. Fast.
Third: Keep your resolutions fun. Make sure they’re something you WANT to do. For instance: Have you never competed in a miniature painting contest at your local gaming store? Maybe 2018 is your year. Is there a set of minis that you’ve always wanted to paint? Or maybe a technique you’ve always wanted to master, or at least improve your skill at? This is your chance!
Let me give you an example from my life. In 2016, despite it being a pretty crazy year for me, I resolved to do something I’d never done before, but had always wanted to try: To build my own gaming board. I planned it out, read up on how to do it, and bought the materials (this involved, for instance, a trip to the hardware store to buy a 3x3-foot plywood board and have it cut to size, something well outside of my comfort zone). It took lots of work in the evenings and on weekends. I listened to a lot of podcasts as I glued and painted and sanded and poured resin and did 100 other things. It was my lone hobby resolution for 2016. But the focus and the hard work paid off. By July, it was finished. Well ahead of schedule.
And I still had five whole months to paint minis.
So get out there, make your list, check it twice. Whatever hobby resolutions you choose this year, I wish you the best of luck.
About the Author;
Peter Kuebeck is a writer, gamer and award-winning mini-painter living in the Midwest. He wages a constant battle against the ever-growing tide of unpainted minis in his basement, and occasionally GMs role-playing game sessions with friends. Catch his hobby shenanigans on Twitter at @popculturecube