The purpose of this blog is to act as a repository for all the Dungeons and Dragons (4e) writing that I do. In this, it will be divided into multiple sections. The first section is a running commentary on my current game. In this section I will on a weekly basis describe my current campaign and what happened in the latest session. Expect this to be updated once per week, as I DM a weekly Friday night game. It might also expand to include world-history, background information, and further details of the campaign in progress. This will be the “Dirt on D’Erte” tab.
In the coming days, look for blog posts covering the first 6 sessions of our new campaign, as the characters make their way through Keep on the Shadowfell. I hope to also include a few posts going into the general details and history of the campaign world D’Erte.
The second section is called “Tabletop Tableaux” and it will provide dungeon mastering tools in the form of encounters, backgrounds, backdrops, characters, villains, monsters, locations and adventures. I have a fondness for the ‘delve’ format, and I plan on stocking this section full of good playable encounters with a minimum of prep-work for any DM to snatch up and use. I also have plans to add skill challenges, traps, hazards, and other things as they spring into my mind.
Current work in this section include two delves I have created: “High Noon on Ant Hill” and “Kenku Tor” for 1st level characters. My goal is for this to be the largest section of the blog, with updates multiple times per week. Putting the polishing touches on these encounters will be the challenge of this section. I may end up breaking out a tab for concepts and rough ideas at some point in the future. This is new for me, so much will depend upon trial and error.
The third section will be called “Campaign Conversions” and it will be here that I tackle the converting of older material into 4e, as well as re-imagining, re-interpreting, and re-booting any other previously published material. I have no intentions of marketing or profiting from anything I do, so for that reason, I am placing zero focus on copyright fuss. It is probably illegal, I know, but I have always been a law-breaking rebel. No reason to stop now.
The main focus of this section, in the beginning, will be to detail the modifications I have made to Keep on the Shadowfell. In the future, I will presumably tackle Pyramid of Shadows and Thunderspire Labyrinth in a similar fashion, as that is the current plan for my heroic tier campaign arc. This will tie in with my current campaign, and will be spoiler-fied for those few who play in my game, none of which will probably ever make it this far into my strange realm. If my campaign plan holds true, further play-conversions will include Hammerfast, Against the Giants, and others.
Other conversions I am working on, which are not tied directly to my campaign, include The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh, and a mash-up of Dark-Sun with the old 1st Edition “Desert of Desolation” super-adventure.
Finally, I will devote a section, titled “Miscellaneous Musings” on subjects not related to my D&D design work. This will include reviews, rants, news, opinion, and anything else I feel the need to spout about, and is not specific to the genre. It is basically a catch-all, and we will see how much value it adds.
I have a fifth section I am considering, and that is for creative writing, but it may be a while before I am confident enough in the blogosphere to add this section to the site. I have some unfinished writings that I am proud of, and would like to see a wider audience in order to hopefully pressure me into writing more, and possibly even (gasp) finishing something!
So that, in a nutshell, is where I plan on taking this blog. It is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, all as a part of that over-arching goal of “organizing my life, and maybe making some sense of it” that seems always to slip further away, no matter how much progress is made.
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