Monday, August 24, 2009

In the Windmills of My Mind

Here's a little bit of what's been going on in my life and on my mind since last I was posting regularly.

I have had the pleasure of seeing my nephew more often then I expected and enjoyed every minute of it. He's awesome. Now if he would just hurry up and reach the age where he can understand an RPG rulebook...

I am taking apprenticeship classes to become a professional dog trainer. If I could do anything with my professional life outside of gaming it is this. I just love dogs.

My mention of Ace of Cakes last post reminded me that one of the things I've wanted to do for a very long time was, for my 40th birthday, get Charm City Cakes to do an 'in scale' Green Lantern 'Lantern' cake. Unfortunately, they were not taking orders during or even sometime before and after my birthday. And, you have to place the order 6 months to a year in advance (or at least you did at the time I checked). Damn. Well, there's always 50...

I am currently running two games, one regularly, the other slightly irregularly.

The first is a monthly, year long campaign of Mutants & Masterminds, destined to end this December. Like any true superhero rpg was have a cast of colorfully costumed do-gooders, numerous evil villains and a world conquering high tech organization, time travel, alternate histories, mystical menaces from the past and at the end an alien invasion.

The second and more "whenever we can pull it off" of the two, is a Ghostbusters game run using a homebrewed combo of the original Ghostbuster RPG by West End Games and Memento Mori's very sweet game, InSpectres.

Next year I want to run something else to replace my M&M game and for the life of me I can't decide what. Leading the charge of my idea cavalcade are The Wizarding World (a homebrew Harry Potter universe rpg), the new and ridiculously awesome sounding Eclipse Phase from Catalyst Game Labs, a Western with a just a touch a' steampunk and supernatural stuff to reckon with (system unknown) and maybe, just maybe, Ars Magica.

While I'd really love to get back to my favored gaming genre of Science Fiction/Space Adventure, only Eclipse Phase has really wowed me in the recent wave of SF games to come out. If anyone has any recommendations I'd be happen to listen.

Ok, that's all for now, hopefully you'll see a more regular contribution from me once again.

Later Days,

Barking Alien


  1. I just picked up InSpectres myself a few weeks ago and it looks great! Definitely one of the more interesting and accessible "indie" games out there. Been thinking about using it as a take off on a "Most Haunted"/"Ghost Hunters" type adventure, one the wife may actually participate in (her first!)

  2. Sorry for the repost, site went wonky for a moment...

    Its been a lot of fun running this game, which I will detail in an upcoming post. 'Ghost Hunters', a favorite program of mine, is indeed a big influence on the investigative elements of the campaign.

  3. I don't know how old your nephew is, but there are a number of RPGs designed for kids on the market. I'd make a recommendation, but I think you know what it will be ;)