A thin layer of dust - the exact origin of which - given the life support systems and artificial climate - is unsettling at best, covers everything in sight.
Adam walks across the room, accidentally stepping on a droid part here, an empty nutrient-pack there, until he reaches the main display interface. He runs his hand, fingers outstretched, over the screens, a forlorn look on his face.
Suddenly there is a low beep, a hum, a series of quiet music notes, and the entire interface from floor to ceiling comes alive.
Looking about every which way, he finally fixes his gaze on Barkley, his paws 'index finger', firmly on the 'Power On' button. A smile beams on his furry, snouted face. Barkley moves his gaze from Adam to the 'Command Chair' and back again, as if to say, 'Go on. Sit down'.
Adam stares as the chair for what feels like an eternity, then sits stiffly, uncomfortably, like being around old high school friends you haven't kept in contact with while at some sort of reunion. Barkley just shakes his head. He saunters over, clicks on the mic, pulls out the keyboard, and points to it.
"Just write. Write...what's on your mind."
Deep breath. Here goes...
I've been away for a bit, dealing with some real world issues that have luckily been resolved and the results include my living in a new apartment, in a great neighborhood, within easy walking distance of my day job.
The added free time (though it has still been at a premium) has given me the opportunity to complete my first, honest-to-goodness, for sale table top RPG product! Well...sort of...
I'm really passionate about RPGs. I mean I love them, and I want to write them, and...yeah. My problem is, there are a whole boat load of other skills that are needed to really do them right, professionally that is, and frankly, I don't really have those skills.
At present, the game is complete and has been uploaded to DriveThruRPG. It takes a day or so for them to approve it I guess. We'll see what happens.
I thought I'd be super happy when it was done, but during the process I felt rushed. It was partially my own fault for announcing to people that I was doing it before it was really done, done, but then people just kept asking me if it was finished, and...well...sigh. It's done now. Hopefully people will like it enough to buy it. The artist in me feel it could be a thousand times better.
What can you do?
Well...Hopefully one thing I can do is make the next product even better. This one was pretty special to me, both because of the subject, and the fact that it's my first, but next one is going to benefit from the mistakes made this time around. I hope.
When I know for sure that it's available, I will link it's page here.
In the meantime...
Barkley and I have a lot of repairs and cleaning to do to get the blog back up and running. We're low on dilithium crystals, there are mynocks and frackles practically everywhere, and the trouble alert keeps blinking '12:00'.
We'll be here working until late, so stop by in the comments and let us know you missed us. Heheh.
Don't worry, we'll be back to normal soon.