Awww man...missed a deadline and missed a lot.
Well, no one reads the MTF, anyway, so I'll write it here.
In ascending order, biggest trends in gaming (from my perspective):
3. The Golden Age of the boardgame -- including the clankity consim -- continues unabated and, in fact, grows. GMT is only the brightest light here and "Lock n Load", Mark Walker's shop, OSS, MPP, Decision Games, &c., all compete for the Grogbuck.
2. Game designers and producers are still struggling make peace between Kickstarter the concept and the final retail market. As long as folks want to offer games after they've been published, as I assume most do, they cannot screw later-adopters out of key content. On the other hand, the allure of precious up-front capital has lead to some both magnificent and absurd KS campaigns that funded some truly terrific games on the backs of those of us who cannot and will not wait even for the on-line retailer, much less FLGSs.
1. The Ubiquity of Borg. You will be assimilated. Richard is far more than the creator of C&C in all its forms which is mere inches from getting its Epic iteration out the door -- not to mention the recently-announced Medieval iteration which burned through its P500 like a rocket slet on rails. He's also got the smash hit reboot of Siege of the Citadel (MOAR TOYZ!!!) and Battle of Britain following up on the lovely "Great War" with its tank expansion. He is a grogfather.
PRIME GAMING EXPERIENCES:
3. Fort Kick-Ass at Origins. Any place where "Flick 'em Up" and "Operation Flashpoint: Red Storm" are equally welcome is fair near my idea of heaven.
2. Rediscovering my love of hex-and-counter square button games. With rounded corners on all the counters. And using one of those games to run a KS right here on the Groghead fora.
1. On a personal note, I turned 50 this year. I wasn't too nuts about the notion, but decided, in the end, it beat the pants off the alternative. My beloved did much to make it more merry, including scheduling two solid weekends of gaming. Over those days I saw many friends that I had not seen in some time, many of whom came from very far a way just to spend time in my company. Likely the farthest traveler was my friend Doug with whom I ate pie and wrecked ogres. A pearl of great price for which I am grateful.
Truthfully, given all the angst-y FB memes, I almost feel guilty about how good 2016 was...