This month did not go as planned. I had really hoped to get a little further along than I did. I managed to get the three Star Frontiers posts from Death at Rosegard out that I had planned for the month but did not get as far along on the FrontierSpace Ghost Ship Osiris project as I had hoped. I definitely made some progress but it was all behind the scenes and not anything that is in any condition to post here. I’ve put the Sathar Assault Transport project on hold for now simply because I know that if I get started on that, it will draw in all my time and attention and I really want to get the other two projects done first.
A major part of the delay is the fact that I’m currently teaching a computer science class at the local university and that has taken up more time than I anticipated (and will continue to do so for another two weeks). It’s the first time I’ve taught this particular class, and while I thought I was well prepared, there have just been a lot of things come up that have taken extra time to deal with and that has eaten up the spare time I had to work on these projects.
Another small part is that I’ve gotten distracted by another project that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time now – create a complete index of all the Star Frontiers articles published in the Frontier Explorer and Star Frontiersman fanzines, as well as all the original “official” article published in the likes of Dragon, Imagine, etc back in the 80’s. Once the initial compilation is done, I’ll be posting it here. After collecting the articles from the Frontier Explorer and up through issue 7 of the Star Frontiersman (of 25), I have nearly 450 articles. There will probably be about 600-700 once I’m all done. Eventually I intend to put all of that into an on-line searchable database. But that’s a longer term project.
And finally, I’ve picked up a commission to edit an upcoming FrontierSpace module by another author and working on the first part of that has eating a small slice of my time as well. Despite that I am making progress and we should see some new material appear this coming month.
So what’s coming up? Well, the very next item on my docket is an alien robot for the FrontierSpace adventure. Although in thinking about that, I realized that I probably need to flesh out the alien race that built it first. Once that’s done, I’ll have everything I need to finish one of the 5 sections of the Ghost Ship Osiris adventure and will get that all written up and shared with my Patreon backers. So the plans for August are:
- Alien race description
- Alien robot description
- Adventure section (first draft – Patreon only)
If for some reason I finish that early, I’ll probably continue working on the FrontierSpace adventure and mapping out the next part of the adventure (literally, I need to draw a map). That section encompasses the PCs’ interactions with the Osiris mining complex.
So that’s were things stand. One thing that has really stood out the last few months is that there is much more involved in generating content for others to use than material just for personal use. I’ve always known this, but the work in getting the Death at Rosegard material ready to go has really driven it home. I’ve been converting bullet points in my personal notes into prose and formatted text and realized it’s going to take a lot of words to get it all down. But progress is being made.
That’s it for now. Remember to always keep exploring and expanding your frontiers!