I didn’t do too well with my plans of posting a monthly wrap-up, so I thought that maybe I’d try something a little more manageable; a wrap up of the year that was.
2018 was quite a year for me personally. My wife and I moved from one city to another, I finally made the decision to get out of teaching and into another profession which, after roughly five months of very little work, happened. And I’m so much happier because of it. Oh, and I started getting paid to write articles on geeky stuff for Gemr.com. Awesome!
Before all that though, we visited my family back in Australia. It was my wife’s first ever trip there and it was wonderful showing her around the places I used to hang out, show off Sydney CBD and some of the smaller places you wouldn’t know unless you were a local. It was a wonderful trip.
A lot of big things happened in the geeky realms too. Avengers: Infinity War was as amazing as everyone hoped it would be, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse proved to be the surprise success, and possibly contender to Most-Awesome-2018-Comic-Book-Film-After-Avengers. Honestly, the film is amazing (no pun intended). Sonic Mania Plus added lots of fun to an already amazing game, and we finally received HD re-releases of Shenmue 1 & 2.
However, the year was not without it sad moments. Stan Lee passed away at 94 years young, possibly the biggest celebrity loss for me personally since the passing of Elisabeth Sladen in 2011. We received a female Doctor in Jodie Whittaker’s 13th incarnation which in and of itself is fine, however, the season proved to be the most lukewarm of any sine the revival. Oh, and the show is taking a year off during 2019. Greaaat.
But enough of this depressiveness! The real reason for this wrap up is to talk about the geeky/ collector-y things I achieved in 2018.
To start with, let’s look at books. GoodReads does a reading challenge each year in which users can say how many books they’d like to read over a 12 month period. For 2018 I put my goal as 30. I didn’t quite make it as I read only 27 – although I did start in late March so…yeah.
Not each of the books I completed; the Batman: Knightfall graphic novels I didn’t really gel with, and the same can be said for The Cautious Amorist. Surprisingly though, I really enjoyed the Sonic the Hedgehog collections of children’s short stories (yes, they count!) I thought they’d be fun but I was surprised just how much joy I derived from them.
I’ll aim for 30 books again for 2019.
In 2018 I played 27 games across the X Box One and PC. A few, such as Rise of the Tomb Raider and Broken Sword were replays. I gave up on Beneath a Steel Sky as I was expecting a very different game to what I got.
Sonic the Fighters I technically didn’t play as I just messed around with it. It’s…an interesting game to say the least. I also wasn’t able to complete Enslaved: Journey to the West as one of the levels bugged out on me and was unpassable. I’d played it for several hours by this point and didn’t fancy going back and re-doing everything. As for Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, I’m not so much playing it as exploring it, mostly for my D’ni Art Archive project. Still, I figured I’d include it.
2018 was a great year for collectables! Arriving at my parent’s home in Australia I was greeted by a horde of comics that had arrived for me over the last few months after leaving before my standing order ended, as well as the contents of my Frew Publication Phantom collection.
Yes, 2018 was a pretty good year for geekery. Sure, there were a few personal issues (work) but for collecting and geekying out it was great. Now I’ve a new job that I enjoy and a steady income it looks like 2019 might be even better!