Happy New Year’s Eve! I thought about doing an “end of the year” recap but decided that I’ll save those types of retrospectives for the anniversaries of the site going live, so you’ll see that post in late April/early May. For this post I’m just going to look at December.
If you look back at my State of the Frontier post from November, you’ll notice immediately that I only finished half of what I had hoped to do, namely the PGC Records Vault adventure location. I actually got exactly zero work done on the Ghost Ship Osiris adventure.
There were a couple of reasons for that. First, the records vault project ended up taking a lot more time than I had anticipated. As I’ve said before, it always surprises me how much work it takes to turn my notes and ideas in to a finished form that I feel is usable by others. Maybe I’m putting to much detail into things. You’ll have to let me know.
Another issue was the holiday season. All the extra activities that go on this time of the year definitely cut into the time I have to spend on these projects. I need to remember that fact for future years and either build up a backlog of posts, plan lots of small things, or just accept the fact that I’m not going to get much done in December.
The final struggle I have with getting the Ghost Ship Osiris project done is that on a fundamental level it doesn’t call to me as strongly as some of the other projects. While I’m a fan of FrontierSpace, it just doesn’t hold the same place in my heart as Star Frontiers. So it’s often easy for me to put that project on hold when a Star Frontiers related one pops up. And it just goes to show that I’m not really doing this for the money since of all the projects I’m working on that one is a commercial project that will generate some revenue.
I have managed to keep the Star Frontiers timeline going as posts from @StarFrontiers on Twitter. That project will continue foward for several more years regardless of what happens otherwise. I’ve been having fun with that. Some of the posts this last month were activities from the online game I’ve been running. Unfortunately, the December sessions of that game fell victim to holiday activity conflicts and the timeline has caught up and passed the players so unless they manage to get in a some serious time jumps, their activities won’t be showing up any more.
So what is coming up in January? We’ll start the year off with an update of the timeline, posting all the events of the last month which include the first of the events occurring in sathar space.
Then I’m going to buckle down and work on Ghost Ship Osiris. I’m all caught up on my Star Frontiers projects, or at least they are at a good stopping point so I can focus on this. At the very least, I want to finish the room descriptions and describe what happens when the PCs arrive at the outpost for the first time. I don’t think I’ll get much past that in January as I start teaching a class at the local university that will take up some of my free time.
While I’m working on the Outpost Osiris description, I won’t have much to post until its finished. In the intervening time I have a little critter I cooked up for my on-line game that I’ll be sharing. Additionally, several people have expressed interest in seeing more of my starship construction system so I’ll be posting bits of that for people to comment on as well.
I’m sure something else will come up to distract me but I’ll try to keep to this plan and only add more stuff rather than swap things out. I might actually get my play by post game started this month but we’ll have to see. If you have any thoughts or ideas as to things you’d like me to work on and post here, let me know in the comments below.