2016 in Review

2016 in Review

These review posts have proven incredibly useful when looking up stuff, so I'll continue this tradition. (2015/2014/2013)

Happy new year 2017, may it be better than 2016 :)

Non-Board Games I've played/bought

  • WoW - Resubscribed a month before Legion launch, played a lot for ~3 months, now a little here and there
  • EVE Online - been subscribed for a while, played some
  • Diablo 3 - seasons are fun, played for a week at a time at some times
  • Marvel Heroes - have only actively played in the first half of the year
  • Guild Wars 2 - I stopped playing at some point during this year, but when?
  • Mass Effect 3 - Finally started part 3, not finished
  • Dishonored - gave in when it finally cheap enough on Steam. Fun, but unfinished
  • Faeria - bought early access for a few bucks, then it went F2P anyway
  • Broken Sword - played one of the best adventure series ever again after nearly 20 years
  • SW:KotOR2 - just for completeness sake
  • Pony Island - Holiday sale, yay, awesome game
  • Stardew Valley - not my copy, but after a quick look it looks as good as promised

Books I've read

Oh, that's a short one this year I guess. After my kindle was stolen in February and I was commuting by bike all spring/summer/fall and also didn't really go on vacation at the beach... I kinda didn't read a lot.

The pile of shame - books I wanted to read

Movies I've watched

Movies I didn't manage to watch

  • Warcraft
  • and the 2014 and 2015 lists still stand, minus Edge of Tomorrow

TV Series I've (re)watched

  • The Shannara Chronicles - pretty good
  • Stranger Things - a bit too creepy, but overall awesome
  • Bojack Horseman S01
  • Crossing Lines S01-S03 - first two seasons were awesome, stopped watching the third pretty soon
  • House of Cards S01-S02 - didn't think I'd like it, but I did
  • Sherlock S01-S03 - waiting for S04
  • Scorpion S01 - S02 soon, just landed on Netflix a few days ago
  • The Grand Tour S01E01 - not too bad, but I guess not my cup of tea

CDs I bought

  • Gloryhammer - Tales from the Kingdom of Fife
  • Gloryhammer - Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards
  • technically I bought a few Game OSTs, e.g. Shadowrun Returns
  • nothing at Amazon this year, wow

Other stuff I bought

  • Nexus 5X in July - replaced my Kingzone N5 that stopped working reliably after 10 months :/
  • Fire TV Stick - was on sale and works better than the 360
  • a hardtail MTB - Rocky Mountain Vertex 930 (2015 model) and some equipment
  • Garmin eTrex 20x handheld GPS - for cycling, used it a lot
  • again a PSU for a laptop
  • new graphics card - Asus ROG Strix RX 470 - well, the old one died
  • a fancy office chair for the home office
  • Kickstarter/Indiegogo - nothing

Comics I read

Social network usage

  • Twitter - no change - regularly, not overly much, more reading and answering than writing
  • Facebook - no change - maybe a few more posts, regularly messaging with a few people
  • Instagram - made an account and trying to post photos there instead of random places


  • IRC - daily use, default communication channel for many people I communicate with
  • Jabber - practically dead this year
  • Email - same as usual
  • Slack - using it for work via their IRC bridge, but still have the browser open for the bonus things besides chat


  • Costa Rica and Cuba in February/March
  • Austria in July, September, and December

Online services

  • Subscribed to Netflix in autumn and still watching stuff

Programming languages used, roughly in order of hours spent

  • Java - work, not so bad
  • Python - work and a few private things, deployment and packaging is still hell
  • Go - work and a few small things, still learning
  • Rust - still learning
  • Clojure - still tinkering with multiplex
  • bash - still too much
  • PHP - work, I'm quite indifferent right now
  • Lua - work, could've been more

Podcasts I listen to

A lot less than last year, but still basically keeping up with those:

  • ATP - I'm not using any Apple products and still listen to these guys sometimes.
  • Under the Radar - short and kind of interesting views from app developers
  • Battle Bards - "A musical journey through MMO soundscapes"
  • some real gaming podcasts, but even less regularly