Thursday, September 23, 2010

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming...

To bring you this special news bulletin...

I once again apologize for my infrequent blog entries but life outside of gaming, reading comics and blogging about gaming and reading comics has been especially active.

I am now a full-time, professional dog assistant trainer to be more accurate but I love it and I am learning so much. I was in an apprentice program for almost a year before I received this position and it was well worth the wait.

Now this doesn't mean I haven't been gaming but it does mean I have less free time to develop new material and work on projects I am not actually running. Hopefully as I get into a routine I can get back to those somewhat neglected projects.

A few other notes...

I was at this amazing dog training seminar, a two day affair, where on the second day, each of the less experienced members of the training staff had to teach a behavior to a class consisting of the senior training staff. I was so nervous I slept less than I usually do (which quite possibly means the universe owes me some sleep as part of a cosmic balance sorta thing since I have insomnia to start with). I had never actually taught a class before and decided to take some ques from how I run a game. I mean, teaching a class and running an RPG session have a lot in common, no? Stand up (I rarely sit when I GM) in front of a group of different people, get their attention, keep their attention and explain what it is we're going to do during the time we're together.

You've got to inform, entertain and be approachable so students (or players) can feel good asking questions. You have to convince the intrepid to take their time and the timid to give it a try. You have to 'work a room' and get everyone excited so you can all share in a great experience. You need to be knowledgable about the rules. You need to have fun.

In the end everyone that I did a great job and I have to say I'm pretty proud. 'Proud' is not a word I am always comfortable with and yet this time I have to say it feels damn good.

Anyway, more DC Adventures talk on the way as well as a revisiting of one of my all time favorite games ever...a present for a friend's birthday...Galaxy Quest!

See you soon,

Barking Alien


  1. Is it just me, or is Galaxy Quest one of the coolest(most fun) movies ever made?

  2. Its not you!

    That movie rocked ass and showed that a comedy can have a solid story, character development and even a good deal of action.

    Love that film.