It’s a new quarter, and a new Commander’s Intent. Let’s look at the goals I set back in July and see where we are:
- Maintain the excellent energy level we’ve had since returning from North Texas RPG Con. This will include the establishment of a regular gaming campaign for those Dragoons in the Austin AO who are not currently in CPT Covarrubias’ Star Wars game, if practicable. Hey, we have almost nailed this one. This past Drill we had 8 players in a Dungeon Crawl Classics game. That’s not only a second campaign, it’s a possibility of a third.
- Reaching out to Dragoons who haven’t made a meeting in some time. We miss those personnel, and would love to get some more regular games going. That can only happen when we start seeing more regular folks at meetings. It’s great to see so many faces, but consistency is important if we’re going to get actual campaigns up and running. 1LT Raul Trevino has been named Company Commander of Able Company, and in this capacity he has started to reach out to all the Dragoons we haven’t seen in a while. He’s doing an excellent job of moving this directive along, and we’ve had a consistently good response to his efforts.
- Reaching out to our prospective new Dragoons – folks who have showed interest in the unit since North Texas RPG Con. Again, 1LT Trevino has done a great job of this. We just had two new members enlist, and a couple of consistent visitors who will hopefully become Dragoons soon.
- Working with Student Life to continue the Level Up! events and perhaps even another Game Day. 2LT Hench, LCPL Clevenger and I hosted another game day at the school – this one an X-Wing event. We had a lot of fun.
- Attempting to send a team up to LongCon in November to help this small OSR Con get up and off the ground. This one remains to be seen. Lots of work going into Extra Life makes it iffy to tell just yet.
- We have lined up guest game designers to talk to the membership at future events – Cheryl Rae, designer of the Alchemy board game in July, Jeff Dee and Manda of UniGames, designers of CaveMaster and Mighty Protectors/Villains & Vigilantes and Bethorm among other games in August, and James Spahn, designer of Hero’s Journey and White Star in September. Cheryl and James had some issues, but Jeff and Manda (Home Guardsmen at Sandgate) were GREAT speakers, really giving us some great RPG information!
- Keep working on our “go kit” for convention support. Character sheets, business cards, name tags, etc. Not only have we gotten caught up on nametags for the most part, the Possibles Box has been started and and three – THREE – go-boxes are under construction to have ready-made recruiting kits and gaming materials for the RDG.
- Work on getting all hands into Con Minimum if they are interested in representing the club. We have seen several new people in their Con Minimum at meetings. Looking good.
- Get our “shiny” up to snuff for upcoming awards ceremony. This one has not gone so well. Right now we are running a member poll to get the pulse of the membership. That poll’s results will be discussed at the 17 OCT Staff Meeting. Depending on the results of that survey, we will begin spending time on this. Our traditions require a certain amount of shiny, and we have some new people to train.
So, we’ve gotten some movement on some of our goals. CPT Covarrubias got our new unit patches, one of which is to be issued to each active memeber. I am ensuring all active members have a name tag. Additional patches are $5 each, and nametag replacements or extra are $9.00, so don’t lose them!
Remember official Con Minimum uniform is a black polo- any poloyou choose. Go inexpensive. Go comfortable. Do what you are able to do. The polo, plus your nametag, plus your rank insignia equals convention minimum. Black legwear is highly encouraged, as are boots or black shoes, but neither are required. If you want to represent us officially at an event, the polo with nametag and rank insignia is all you need. The wear of this or a unit t-shirt or full uniform is also highly encouraged at meetings. It is great for morale and team-building.
Let’s continue to build the team. We’re all Dragoons engaged in the same goals – fun, freindship and a bit of community service on the side. We do it well, and we look good doing it. Let’s keep that up, hooah?
Jeffrey A. Webb
Officer Commanding, Royal Dragoon Guards