Thursday, October 17, 2013
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
Irene asked me recently why I keep a list of books I have read, and, by extension, why I track miniatures games I've played and miniatures I have painted. Modern management theory suggests that if you don't measure something you can't manage it. I don't buy into the business theory of the week, but it does make some sense...
Games 54h 54f 40h 40f 25h 25f 20h 20f 6h 6f
2009 19 1 4 13 2 (6) 48 36
2010 17 1 12
2011 17 3 1 5 (4) 12
2012 35 3 2 58 17 24
2013 28 7 73 (4) 3
h: horse f: foot (): chariot horses
(Note: blogger is eating my table formatting...)
I ended up with my notebooks from 2009 through 2011 in my hands this morning, so I decided to tabulate my game and painting records from the past few years. I hadn't realized that 2010 had been such a bad year for painting.
This year has been pretty good, at least compared to other recent years, and I hope to have a few more things finished before the end of the year, so it should be better yet.
Last year was the year of the Kickstarter deals too good to pass up. When that stuff arrived this year, my backlog of unpainted miniatures went from being something reasonable to something frightening. Getting the painting numbers up in response has been good, but I don't really want to do the math and figure out how long it would take to paint everything.