A combination of missing the normal cons, plus extended periods of working away, meant that I only played approximately half the number of games I played in 2011. However my choices for this year are:
Game of the Year
Great theme, simple to play, slightly ‘thinky’ but not too much, a bit of ‘take that’ and good fun. Not strictly released in 2012, I first played it at Midcon in 2011 but the international edition came out this year.
King of Tokyo – glorious dice-throwing monster-fighting game
Tumblin’ Dice – yet more dice! (Tumblin’ to be exact)
Bullfrog Goldfield – brain-bustin’.
Con of the Year
This year I managed to miss Manorcon, Midcon and Essen. But of the ones I did attend, it had to be:
The Cast are Dice – great venue, good food, great people, crap hotel (well 3 out of 4 can’t be bad)
Again about 50% down on 2011, mainly due to the crap weather that dominated the year. However we did add Gibraltar, Morocco, Jersey and Norway to the countries we have cached in. So to the awards:
Cache of the Year
Well it had to be GC3Q9RE – Caching Heroes Number 1: Slogger007
Placed by Team PDB&G in my honour. Many thanks to Matthew and family. Of course I claimed the FTF on it!
Easy: the Geolympix in Oxford in July. 11 icons in 11 hours including our first Wherigo and first CITO.
Caching Day of the Year
15th July – 136 caches found in the Nevada desert. Epic!
I’ve read 17 books this year which must be my adult record. The best ones being:
Best non-fiction reads
Cider With Roadies – Stuart Maconie
CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2013 – Roger Protz
Best fiction (in reading order)
Hereward: The Devil’s Army – James Wilde
The Leopard Sword – Anthony Riches
Spartacus: Rebellion – Ben Kane
1356 – Bernard Cornwell
The Wolf’s Gold – Anthony Riches
The Bourne Identity – Robert Ludlum
Roman II: The Rise of Caratacus - KM Ashman
Rich Hall in Cirencester & Simon Evans at the Arts Centre
Best Live gig
- John Otway at the Vic
- Jack White at the Ally Pally
- From the Jam & the Blockheads at the O2 Academy Bristol
- England keep my bones – Frank Turner [OK I know it was 2011]
- Boys & Girls – Alabama Shakes
- Blunderbuss – Jack White
Kindle Paperwhite – goodbye paper!
Year as a whole
Overall 2012 will be remembered as the year of sport:
- London 2012
- Chelsea winning the Champions League
- Swindon winning League 2
- Glaws continuing to dominate Barf
- The Ryder Cup triumph
- England beating India in the test series in India
- Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France.
Not that I voted for the SPOTY, but if I had done it would have been:
- Bradley Wiggins
- Mo Farah
- Sarah Storey
- Alistair Brownlee