Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Back Again

"The Sarlaac found me somewhat indigestible, Solo" - Boba Fett

I sat down today to think about why my blog has had a lack of posts the last few months.  And then it hit me: my D&D experience lately has been mostly playtesting and providing feedback on things I can't share.  So instead of trying to write, I just stopped writing, though I didn't stop thinking.

My name is finally in a printed product, which was kind of a small goal of mine since The Trinket Lord got published online last August.  You can see my name in the credits for "Murder in Baldur's Gate" (at the bottom of the Playtester names).

I finally finished up my Vellyn primer and sent it the group of players who seemed most interested.  As the last playtest packet comes out in the next week or so, we will have a character creation session, and from there we will try and get a game session in on weekend a month or so.  At least, that's the plan for now.  The group consists of people who are completing their second degree, so we're all pretty busy with all the other things life is throwing our way.

Aside from Vellyn, I plan on taking a break from DMing and letting my brother take over for a little while.  He's somewhat drow obsessed, so I expect to be fighting a lot of spiders and dark elves.  I even offered to buy the Urban Underdark tiles for him to build some new dungeons and such, but he told me he would just rather use the various poster maps I have in my collection.  Fine by me, but I thought I was being generous offering to buy new stuff!  If anything, I'm eager to see where the adventure will lead, especially since last time my brother DM'ed, we ended up fighting orcs that were being manipulated by drow....

I'm also working on my next pitch for when the submissions window opens.  Since my acceptance of The Trinket Lord in April 2012, I've gotten no other bites.  I've probably had 15 pitch rejections since then, but in all honesty, that's just the nature of the business and it will make getting my next article all the more meaningful.  As of right now, it's looking like I will just have one pitch I will be throwing out for the D&D Team to devour and decide if it's right or wrong for what they're looking for.

In closing, I share with you all a random piece of advice: find the perfect set of D&D dice for somebody and surprise them with a gift.  You will make their day.  Honest.  Then enjoy it.

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