NEW THREAD FOR 2014 IS LIVE (go go Gadget Hotlink)
Welcome to the 12 month pile plan. How was 2012 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.
What games that you own now do you want to have completed by the end of 2013? What bold predictions will you make, what goals will you meet, what failures will you endure? Only time (and this thread) will tell for sure.
To make it easy on yourself, we've got a few guidelines and a few tried and true methods to help you out. Feel free to use these to aid you in the pursuit of self cleansing. And if you have a better way of doing things, feel free to share with the group.
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. They have a really great FAQ that covers how to mark the status of your games, but, 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 of increasing 'pile awareness'. I know personally, entering in all 126 XBLA titles I had bought one year stopped me from checking the DotW threads for those particular must have purchases…
Garden Ninja has also been hard at work creating a tracking spreadsheet for those that want to get really down and dirty with their respective piles. Discussion in thread, but remember, more features equals less time for him to tackle his own pile or other pet projects.
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).
Welcome Back, Keepers of the Pile
You Know You Love the Pile
It's Pile Madness
The Pile, It Ends
Mayday! This Pile is Going Down
Summer Pile, Happened So Fast
Grills, Fireworks and Clearing the Pile?!?
Clear Them Out, While You Still Have a Chance
Time is Running Out, Better Clear That Pile
October - December: Turn Out the Lights, The Pile is Over... For 2013
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 shop for games unless I actually plan to buy something and play it right away.
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, carried over from 2012:
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...