2024 Look Ahead

As 2023 comes to a close I want to take a moment to share my plans for the coming year.  Fair warning, however. The paragraphs to follow are chock-full of inside baseball and boring details into the way my mind works.

I started my RPG catch-up about two years ago. That’s a long time! I suppose that’s to be expected. After all, RPGs are famous for being longer games. Well, I’m currently playing the last two games on the RPG catch-up list; Golden Sun and Vagrant Story. I expect to have these finished during the month of January. Once these two titles are knocked out, the majority of pre-2002 RPGs on my backlog will be checked off the list. Yes, there’s still a handful tucked away in the darkest corners of my backlog list. But these will trickle in as time goes by. My point is, the big important ones will be all caught up and any future games in those series will simply fall in line with my regular chronological playthrough reviews.

So, without the RPG special project, what’s going to fill that void? I don’t think I’ll be taking on another genre-specific project anytime soon. I think instead, I may take some time away from focusing on a “special project” and direct my energy at whittling away at my chronological backlog until the summer. Perhaps with a handful of random games thrown in. Then, I may pick up some series-related projects. For example, one series that I’ve never played or discussed on this site is Megami Tensei. I get messages and emails all the time from people recommending this series to me. Part of the reason I never added it into any of my earlier projects is because the earliest games in the series remain exclusively Japanese. But, now that I’ve embraced emulation to a degree, playing English-patched versions of these games is something I’m heavily considering. (It certainly doesn’t seem like we will be seeing official Western releases any time soon). There’s also a slew of Japanese-exclusive Wizardry titles that I want to explore. On the other hand… There’s a bunch of classic retro titles I wouldn’t mind catching up on either. (Don’t laugh, but I’m looking at you, Donkey Kong!) Who knows what I will decide on. Either way, 2024 is sure to be a fun year for the blog.

Currently my main backlog status is the year 2002. This is the GameCube, Playstation 2, and Xbox era. The next console generation doesn’t hit until late 2006. At my current rate, I don’t foresee me breaking into that generation for another year or two at least. I wish I could go faster, but I balance my game time with work and family. Still, it’s going to be tons of fun exploring all of these great titles.

Aside from games, I plan to ramp up the movie/show reviews and the music reviews as well. So expect more of that in 2024.

On the Nerd Fuel front, I have to admit that it’s getting harder to find new coffees to review. At this point, I’ve talked about nearly every seasonal variety and brand that interests me. So, I may start branching off into other genres of “nerd fuel” – stay tuned.

For my TTRPG reviews, 2024 is going to be an interesting year! One D&D is coming. Will WotC keep their word and make this “refresh” compatible with existing 5E products? Time will tell. But even if they deviate, there’s going to be plenty to talk about. Tales of the Valiant is coming and the OSR movement is stronger than ever. I can’t wait to see what’s in store..

Old Game Hermit

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