For many of these games, I still need to gather together a few bits and pieces, whilst others may require a much larger spend. I thought I’d lay out my current purchasing plans, based on the painting I have planned and the games I intended to play in the coming year:
X-Wing Miniatures Game
I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I intend to play the Heroes of the Aturi Cluster cooperative campaign for X-Wing. I have all the ships I need for this campaign, with the exception of a Rebel Transport, so this is high on my purchase list for 2018.
In addition, Josh wants a couple of ARC-170’s for his Rebel fleet (it’s one of his favourite ships) whilst I want to add a couple of the new Assault Gunboats to my Imperial force. Given that Rogue One is now part of the Galactic Civil War cannon, feel that I should also add a U-Wing and TIE Striker, just for completeness – although the TIE Striker especially is very low on the priority list.
Test of Honour
Whilst there are some new releases planned for ToH through the year, I initially want to concentrate on completing my existing forces. This will mean getting some armed peasants, which will help add to several of the forces, plus the new Ninja box set.
I’d also like to add villagers to the game, as I like the idea of these getting in the way of any fighting that may be going on between warbands.
Having received the initial model release for Forager at the end of 2017, I’m looking at adding to the Peninsular War range early in the new year. This first priority is to assemble small village to fight over, so I suspect a couple of visits to the Charlie Foxtrot Pantile range of buildings will be required.
As for miniatures, you can’t really game this level of the Peninsular War without the 95th Rifles, and I also fancy having some French Dargoons, and the Perry Miniatures Plastic box set is ideal as it includes both mounted and dismounted miniatures.
The scary thing is, once these have all been painted, I suspect that I’m only two plastic box sets away from having a full Napoleonic force for Sharp Practice
Quinton also teased us with the fact that Forager 2 will be released early in 2018. This will include rules for the French Indian War. I already have some figures suitable for French-Canadian Militia plus Huron, so I will have to revisit Galloping Major Wargames to pick up some packs of Rogers Rangers and Mohawk Allies.
Sarissa Precision or Charlie Foxtrot will again supply the buildings for this.
Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
2018 is when I plan to finally get myself back up-to-date with all the expansions for LOTR:LCG. I’m two full cycles behind, which means that I will need to get no less than 14 expansions this year. Couple that with the fact that another cycle expansion is due for 2018, and this could prove expensive…
Runewars Miniatures Game
Whilst I have promised myself that I will not buy any more figures for Runewars until I have finished painting my two current armies, the Latari Elves and Uthak Y’llan are very much on my radar, and I do have plans to get them before the end of 2018.
All the above are expanding my existing games, but what about new games for 2018? Well, there is one major one on the horizon:
Star Wars Legion
Just in case I wasn’t giving enough of my 2018 gaming budget to Fantasy Flight Games, we have this new skirmish game to contend with, which is likely to demand a fair amount of outlay during the year.
The one consolation with this game is that since it’s Fantasy Flight Games and Star Wars, it’s not likely to go out of print anytime soon…
I suspect that everything listed above will take up most (if not all) of my budget for 2018, which will leave little else for impulse buys, or any Kickstarter projects. Where is Gangs of Rome for example? (I’d like to get it, but I think I should prioritise other games that I already play/own)
There is one Kickstarter which I am keeping an eye open for in 2018 – it’s essentially a remake of a game I already own, but Josh is a huge DC fan, so I think this will be a ‘must purchase’ – though I may well ask him to dip into his pocket, rather than use ‘the bank of dad’.