Strategic Primer 2017 Review, 2018 Goals

As the year draws to a close, I am again looking back to the goals I set a year ago, and forward to set new goals for 2018. I began with goals related to the Shine Cycle yesterday; today, I’ll consider Strategic Primer, the strategy game I’ve been developing in one form or another for many years, starting with the goals I set back in January.

2017 Goals

These were the goals I set for 2017:

Campaign

For the campaign:

  • Goal: Finish at least three turns, including the present fifteenth turn, in the current campaign.

We finished the fifteenth turn, but got no further.

  • Stretch Goal: (Successfully) recruit at least one more player to join the campaign.

As has happened several times in the last few years, someone I thought might be interested said he would be interested if he didn’t already have too many demands on his time.

Assistive Programs Development

  • Goal: Implement, or definitively decide against, at least a quarter (i.e. at least four) of the items in the most recent “roadmap”
  • Stretch Goal: Implement, or definitively decide against, at least half (eight) of those items.

Of those items, I had implemented four within the first month or so of the year, but my development priorities and plans changed significantly, so further development didn’t address any of the others.

  • Goal: Implement changesets.

I feel I’m closer to having my head around a solution for this than ever, but no actual progress on it yet.

Miscellaneous:

  • Goal: Get the new blog set up and publicly visible, with at least thirteen posts (scheduled) on it, by the end of the year.
  • Stretch Goal: Have at least twenty-six posts (scheduled) on the new blog by the end of the year.

The new blog is not yet up (if it were, this post would be appearing there), and while I’ve continued to adapt old posts from this blog into content for the new blog, progress has been slow.

  • Goal: Finish my initial pass through the advance database estimating advance difficulty and listing (immediately obvious) dependencies.

Nowhere near! In retrospect, this was so large an undertaking that it shouldn’t have been even a “stretch goal,” let alone a “goal.”

  • Stretch Goal: Finish my pass through the old advance database, translating its advances into the current database.

And so I didn’t even start on this.

2018 Goals

As I mentioned yesterday, this year I have estimated how much time each of the tasks on my long list may take and set out a tentative week-by-week plan with a limited time budget. And while I have made a point of including items related to each aspect of the Shine Cycle in each and every week, there were enough other tasks that I had very little time remaining in the budgeted amount for tasks relating to Strategic Primer. Still, what I do have planned is enough that it’s worth announcing goals.

Because my plan for the year doesn’t call for assistive-programs development except as needed to support my running the campaign, I won’t set any goals related to that.

  • Goal: Finish at least one turn, the present sixteenth, in the current campagin.
  • Stretch Goal: Finish at least two turns in the current campaign.
  • Stretch Goal: (Successfully) recruit at least one more player to join the campaign.
  • Goal: Adapt at least 6 Strategic Primer-related posts (not already so converted) on this blog into content for the new blog.
  • Goal: Develop advances and other “data” from the book First Great Inventions enough that I can archive the book with a good will.
  • [Stretch?] Goal: Develop advances and other “data” from the book Men at Work in the Great Lakes States enough that I can archive the book with a good will.
  • Goal: In my process of estimating advance difficulty and listing dependencies, in the general_1 “specialty,” get at least through advance #15+371. (I’m currently at #15+298.)

But we’ll see what happens.

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