Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rocket to Saturn CD Release (Finally!)

That's right, after more than a year, the concept album "Black Hole Blues" is finally done. It tells the story of the men of Rocket to Saturn, who find themselves shipped far from home, lose their girlfriends to time dilation, and finally say "fuck it all" and fly into a black hole.

Our CD release is May 1 at the Riot Room (formerly the Hurricane) with Rocker Lips, Them Damn Young Livers and sci-fi burlesque from Two Gun Tease (billed as "hot and nerdy").

So if you like a twist of science fiction with your rock'n'roll, Rocket to Saturn might turn you on. Why not give us a visit at or

We're already hard at work on the next album, and I'm pleased to say I'll be singing more on the next one. My favorite song of the new batch is Assault on Black Star, with music (mostly) from Hymie. Nice to have a guitar-playing drummer!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Gonen's World RPG Update

In between running a Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay campaign and a Dark Heresy campaign simultaneously, I've been plugging away at what I hope is the final manuscript for Gonen's World: The Roleplaying Game. Chapters one through three are now complete.

I need some volunteers to give it a good once-over! We're very close to being finished. More than 10 years of development is finally coming together. I can't tell you how good that feels.

Although our group's Gonen's World campaign has progressed far beyond the "default period" of the Classic Age - that is, the reign of "Good Queen Farin" - I'm looking forward to running a Classic Age campaign once this final version of the rules are finished...although Gonen's World will never be "final." That's why I'm calling this the "Penultimate Edition."

I hope to begin posting some material over the next few weeks, and hope to bring some folks on board as editors. So if you're interested, drop me a line!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Life on Mars...Greatest Ending Ever?

It sucks when a great TV show gets cancelled, but it's nice when the showrunners know it's coming and can finish the story.

ABC's Life on Mars, based on the British show of the same name, had its final episode last night. I don't want to give anything away, other than to say this: talk about a surprise! I haven't watched the British show so I don't know how it ends, but the ending of the American version may well be the most satisfying conclusion to a TV series I have ever seen. I wish I could tell you about it but I won't.

Oddly, reviewers have blasted the ending as unrealistic. But given the premise of the show - a cop from 2008 gets hit by a car, wakes up, and finds himself in 1973 - I'm not sure where realism comes into play.

All I will say is that if you haven't seen Life on Mars, it was probably the best thing on network TV this season and I'm sorry to see it go. But least it had a longer run than Firefly.

Jason O'Mara is a great actor and I hope we see more from him. Personally, I think he was born to play The Flash.