September seems to be a month full of gaming and writing goodness for me. It’s going to be an awesome month!
It looks like my gaming group will shortly be returning to my Adventures in Shadow campaign set in the city of Languard and the benighted megadungeon of Gloamhold. This is awesome news as I really want to explore more of Gloamhold. Coupled with this is an increase in the amount of time I have available for writing and designing.
As you may know, I’m the kind of GM who likes to be prepared. My increase in spare designing time coupled with our impending return to Gloamhold seems to be the perfect opportunity to write a new module!
That’s why, this September I’ve challenged myself to write a 30,000-word adventure (or perhaps more accurately 30,000 words of adventure as I have no idea how many words this adventure will require). Hopefully, that should be enough for the adventure in question, but it if’s not there’s always October!
30,000 words a day sounds like a lot of words, but it’s only 1,000 words a day (behold, my awesome maths) which should be doable with a little bit of planning. Of course, whether those words are any good remains to be seen!
Forsaken Demesne Blurb
Here’s my placeholder blurb for the Forsaken Demesne of the Demon’s Cultists:
Glowering down over the ruined village of Greystone, like some depraved gargoyle considering its next meal, the former home of the Alanen family once sheltered a depraved demon-worshipping cult of blackest heart and foulest practises. The Alanens have long since retreated into the warren of caves running under the village. Sometimes, though, a nameless, irresistible conclusion drives them out of their cave-home and they creep back to their old home to worship their fell lord in an ancient, bone-strewn shrine.
’Tis But a Warm-Up
But in truth, assuming the writing goes well, the 30,000-word challenge is merely a warm-up for November.
A couple of years ago, I read the book No Plot? No Problem written by Chris Baty founder of National Novel Writing Month. While I’m not planning to write an actual novel I am planning to participate in the program by working on a supplement for the Duchy of Ashlar (or perhaps another larger module set in Gloamhold; I haven’t decided yet).
Shall I Keep You Up-to-Date with My Progress?
At the time of writing (6 September) I’m a gnat’s arse short of 10,000 words. Shall I keep you up to date with my progress? Want to know more about how I’m approaching the adventure’s design? Let me know, in the comments below.
What Should I Write Next?
As I wrote above, I’m not sure what project to tackle in November—an Ashlarian sourcebook or more adventures in Gloamhold (or Languard—I’ve got an idea for some fun side treks). Let me know what you think I should write, in the comments below.