Very soon I may have to change the name of this blog from Barking Alien to Barking Super.
In the past two weeks I've run two different Supers RPGs with more players joining each time. I will be running a game at the Compleat Strategist on the 3rd of March demoing a brand new Superhero game about to hit the market (very likely with a haymaker depicted next to the POW!).
While I intended to focus this blog primarily on Science-Fiction gaming, fate and the personal preferences of my players and I have resulted in Comic Book Superheroes becoming the default RPG genre for myself and my group.
I couldn't be happier (OK, maybe if we were playing a Star Trek campaign I could be), while at the same time, I am feeling a bit frustrated as these past outings have not been my best. I won't lie, I take a lot of pride in my games and my approach to running campaigns and anything less then a really, really good session can kinda crash my mood or harsh my mellow. I don't know why but I love that phrase. Harsh my mellow. I am such a hippie.
Now one of the new players, the aforementioned, all-around great guy Corey, is bowing out of the campaigns. The game conflicts with another game he really wants to be in and with a wife and kids, his free time is both limited and precious. I totally understand that. Does it bother me that he'd rather spend that time playing someone else's game and not mine? Yes. Actually, it hurts quite a bit. However, I kind of saw it coming.
Corey fit in awesomely as a member of our group of friends and I'd hang out with him any day. If he wanted to see a movie or have a beer, I am right there. I believe that our play styles or perhaps our ideas about what makes a good Supers game didn't perfectly gel. No ones fault. These things happen. I would much rather it be this then we were jerks to each other and didn't get along as people. That would truly have sucked.
The final outcome is that I now have two new players, though exactly what we're playing from this point forward remains to be seen.
I do know, it will be super...