The more things change, the more I am pretty much the same dude.
I am a few weeks removed from the previously mentioned hiatus. I am many miles removed from what I began to think of as home. Life, or at least mine, tends to have its various chapters punctuated by changes in physical location. Based on the length of the previous plane ride, we're in for a doozy.
Yes, we are now in the Land of the Rising Sun. We are still working on a few minor details like "finding a place to live", but we are settling in slowly but surely. Despite all the newness, I've still managed to find the time to recon a local gaming group. After hearing an ad on a 40K podcast (clutch timing by the The Independent Characters. Thanks guys!) for the exact area we were moving into, I reached out via email and was invited to join the group on the following weekend. I had a good time and have since been back one other time.
The group seems like good guys and their is a solid contingent of 40K players, so I imagine my standard gaming fare won't change so much as to be recognizable. However, there seems to be quite a few games on offer, including Mordheim, War Machine, and various board gaming, so the dominance of 40K over the last year of dice rolling seems unlikely to continue. Of the sixty or so tabletop games I played this year, all but two of them were 40K, so given the chance, I'd love to branch out some more in the upcoming year.
One thing I'm worried about is the general lack of focus. It seems like many of the guys arrive and begin heading off on their own tangents, including wandering to the corner to play some MMO. That seems an odd choice for social gaming. I guess in this context, you need to take what you can get, but I believe a gaming group is stronger when they can be united behind a few creative ideas. The group doesn't have to be totally homogenous, but it's a lot more fun when everyone gets behind something like a league or a campaign for a bit.
Regardless, I'm looking forward to a bright new year and the opportunity to make some new friends. What those will look like? I have no idea.