And so another year has passed. How was 2011 for you? Did you get your game on, or are you drowning in the pile? If the answer to that question is more likely to be the second response, welcome, you are amongst friends.
Following on from the thread we ran in 2011, I am happy to give birth to the 12 month plan for 2012. For those of us not worried about the impending month of prophesied armageddon, this will be a loving, supportive home for the long term, repeat offenders of piledom.
As before, with the help of this thread, we will be committing to a reduction in what has now become our mountains of shame. This thread is designed to support those who need it, and complement Hemidal's awesome efforts in the regular, monthly, pile of shame threads.
It is recommended, but not enforced, that you get yourself over to the backloggery and set yourself up an account. If that all seems too hard, and you are serious about making this 12 month thing a commitment, send me a PM with your lists, and I will happily enter the details in for you. It is recommended you do it yourself, as some of us have found that particular exercise to be part of the process in reducing 'pile'. I know personally, entering in all 126 XBLA titles I had bought stopped me from checking the DotW threads for those particular must have purchases…
REMEMBER: This doesn't replace Hemidal's monthly thread, it just complements it for those of us that want that long term plan in place, some realistic dissenablement and to stop the impulse purchases (links will be added for each monthly pile thread here).
Out With the New and In With the Old
Short Month, Shorten the Pile
Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Pile
A Fool and His Pile
Don't Surender, It's Just the Pile
School's Out, Pile is in Session
Declare a Revolution Against Your Pile
The Dog Days of the Pile
September: The Pile is in Session
October - December: TBA
New this year is the creation of the Pile Charter. This is going to be based on a combination of , and Clockwork's Addendum. I have posted these in the first post of this thread. If you guys want to hash out the finer details of these, I think we can really get a good set of guiding principles for 12 month pile progress.
As we get this finalised, and agreed on, I will then add it to this OP, and remove all of this speculative gunk.
2012, we're coming for you!
Trueheart's Quartet of Contemplation (where it all begins).
Hemidal's Law: Anything that can be added to the pile will be added to the pile.
I love the pile of shame threads, but I'm contemplating starting a support group of sorts that goes hand-in-hand with it.
It would comprise of 4 parts:
1. Listing the games in our collections that we want to finish.
2. Looking forward to the game releases for the year/months ahead and taking note of the games that we're going to buy and at what price.
3. Looking behind to the previously released games and take notes of the games we're going to buy and at what price.
4. Committing to certain games via and making sure we take part in the Pile of Shame threads.
Clockwork's Addendum (alternatively known as the remedy for recurring transgressions). Amend where needed for your own demons
I will not buy any games except what's on The List until the unfinished portion of my collection is at or below 25%.
Addendum A: I will not sell any game from my pile until I've completed it or have determined that I couldn't possibly drag myself through the rest.
Addendum B: I will sure as sin not buy any more JRPGs until I've finished the seven that I already own or am borrowing.
Addendum C: Any new Metroid games announced will automatically be added to The List. Likewise, a North American release of Xenoblade Chronicles will be added.
Addendum D: Exceptions may be granted for Windows Phone 7 and/or 3DS games provided that I've beaten and/or completed the games I already own. I don't really have piles for those platforms and don't want to punish them for my Xbox Live Arcade-related indiscretions.
Addendum E: I should really stop reading the deals thread.
Addendum F: As I won't be buying games that aren't on The List, I won't shop for games online or in stores. Not even "just to browse" as that way lies madness.
But remember Minarchist's musings...
Tackling the pile is a good thing, but taken to the extreme it can impede fun.
Quick Backloggery links for those that want them:
TrueHeart78 • m0nk3yboy • shoptroll • beeporama • luggage • philucifer • Maximus • Minarchist • stevenmack • SallyNasty • imbiginjapan • honeycut1 • mrtomaytohead • Higgledy • AUs_TBirD (a massive pile) • Vrikk • casktapper • walkera • Garden Ninja • Stele • Mantid • Maclintok • filthyspringbok • Farley2k • Demyx • jdzappa • UMOarsman • more...
Courtesy of ShopTroll (source: http://loldwell.com/comics/2012-07-1...)