Monday, December 5, 2011

A Humbug This Is

Did I mention how much I dislike December?

The past few years, December and the 'Holiday Season' post Thanksgiving have not very kind to me and I find myself dreading this time of year this time around. For one reason or another, something always happens that is pretty negative. I have been considering crawling under some blankets and not coming up again until after the new year but honestly, as much as I may want to, that is really not my style.

At the same time, I am already off to a crappy start on my 'Post-More-Often-This-Month' plan. It's a definite reflection of my mood. Good mood, many posts. Bad mood, well, you get the gist. It's the 5th and this is only my second entry. And not a very good one I might add. *sigh*


I have been thinking about Science-Fiction gaming for the most part of late, largely of the Traveller variety. A bit of Star Wars-iness has crept into these thoughts from time to time but I really want to keep those elements to a minimum. Looking at more of a hard sci-fi/space opera then a space fantasy. As evidenced by the comments on previous posts some may see little difference between these subgenres but to me there is a distinct difference in feel and the way it is executed.

It's not exactly easy to put those differences into words however. Or at the very least, I don't know that I can convey my opinions on the subject accurately. Perhaps I will try to do so again in the future. In the meantime, I doubt I will get to run this anyway, seeing as how my schedule for this month, which once appeared empty and relaxing, is now getting full rather quickly with stuff that doesn't involve finding free time to game.

Did I mention I don't love December?

Barking Alien


  1. I wouldn't mind seeing a Traveller/Star Frontiers fusion game.

  2. Neither would I. A darn fine idea. Hmmm...

  3. There are definitely subtle differences between space opera and space fantasy - one pays more attention to tech and one pays more attention to social/political issues of the future world.

  4. Now now - you're running games now, you're planning games for the Recess thing, you even tried the Skype thing (and giving it a try counts for something), you;ve run Muppets and Smurfs bot hthis year(!), there's a Muppets movie out in theaters right now, the work thing seems to be steady, and there's a woman in your life. That seems like a pretty good situation. Maybe the blog isn't getting as much attention as in some months but I don't see a lot to be unhappy about.

    Also: 5 more posts and you beat your October score

  5. @Blacksteel - I know you're right on pretty much all counts but past Decembers have me a little gunshy.

    At the same time, my lovely lady is away on a trip for practically the entire month, money is tight (to put it lightly) and the Skype thing...yeah. More on that in a bit.

    Still, it's hard to believe I only had 6 posts in the entire month of October. Surely I can top that.