Friday, February 19, 2010

Brief Mid-Late February Update

So what have I been up to lately? Hmmm...

100 Street Vendors of the City State is still shipping to subscribers... verrrry slowly, I'm afraid. Shipping depends on my current sales otherwise, which even with the AGP Econopocalypse Sale Mark II, have been remarkably slow. Glacially slow. Such that frankly, my publishing schedule looks like it will be based more on the speed I can ship out subscriber's copies of the previous book than my ability to write the next book...

Speaking of which, I'm currently working on Wilderlands Journal #1, the "All-Wilderlands, Each-And-Every-Page" successor to Adventure Games Journal. I have gotten a slew of great suggestions from fans for articles, and it is slowly coming together.

I'm running a modified Moldvay/Cook B/X Dungeons & Dragons game now on a weekly basis. The current campaign is going to port over to Castles & Crusades, as the kludged-together skill system I tried out for B/X really doesn't work that well. However, as not everyone is going to be able to make the game every session, on "off-nights" when we have too few players to run the ongoing C&C campaign, I'll run a series of B/X one-shot dungeon adventures. Unfortunately, due to my limited time available online, I won't be keeping a campaign blog, though I will try to give you all a bit of info on how the games go...

The campaign is set in the Wilderlands of High Adventure. The game started in the City State of the Invincible Overlord. The adventure thus far has been exploring the Dungeons of the Dragon Lords beneath the Palisade Ruins outside the City State, a megadungeon of my own creation. Yes, eventually it will be published, though due to the limitations of my publishing methods, likely a level at a time... and when I get to it. As it is currently a "living megadungeon" in my campaign, I don't want to reveal too much of it too quickly!

I've also been busy building a new game club for the local area, the Iola Adventure Game Club. Tuesday night is Role-Playing Game Night (currently the C&C/D&D game), Wednesday night is Board & Card Game Night (mostly Munchkin, thus far, but will certainly branch out), and soon we will start up with Magic: The Gathering on Thursday night. Why start up a club, you ask? Well, I had been playing in a regular campaign in Stevens Point, but with our finances being in the doldrums, driving out to SP every week became a financial drain... and being stuck in Iola with no gaming was jsut not an option. So I sought out other players in the local area, thinking it was going to be difficult to find gamers in the middle of a very lightly populated county.

Surprisingly, I've found that there are a lot of gamers out there... when you look! All that's really missing is structure to bring them all together. So together with some of the first gamers in the group, we've put together a regular schedule and site for all games... and more and more gamers are joining every week. Many have only played a few times, or haven't played in years, or are completely new to gaming, but were always interested. What was simply missing to bring them all together was that structure of a club, which, when you read all the old tales of how the hobby got started, is the way it all started in the first place...

So that's about it for now, really. Working on some AGP stuff, running some D&D and C&C, hanging with my gaming buddies, and spending quality time with the love of my life (watching a lot of Akira Kurosawa and Kaiju films, mostly).

Oh, and of course, as always these days, still looking for a day job (which by this point feels like a dragon hunt). Were it not for the state of the economy, I'd say things were going quite well... but then, we are learning to "right-size" our expectations in many ways, not just merely for AGP.

2 comments:

Matt C said...

Glad to hear that you managed to find a game group. I find it rather interesting that you decided to run a Wilderlands campaign when for a long time you were reluctant too. Keep us posted on how well it goes.

Alas my own gaming has been in spits and spurts.

Norman Harman said...

In a couple different cities I've found meetup.com is a good method to organize gamers. Costs $ now though.