It has been a crazy month and I’m amazed I got as much done as I did. That said, it was a really good month too.
This month saw the completion of two major items. The first was the Expanded Frontier Map that I’ve been working on for a while. If you haven’t already, you can see the final Player’s Version without the sathar jump routes and the final Referee’s Version with those routes. While there is still more for me to do on the software, the maps themselves are finished.
The other major item was getting issue 25 of the Frontier Explorer magazine out the door and available for download. You can grab it on DriveThruRPG or on the Frontier Explorer website. This is a sathar themed issue and almost every article relates to the sathar in some form or another. While not specifically part of this blog, the Frontier Explorer is one of my major endeavors and can suck up a lot of time in the month before publication.
I also got a post in about the Streel mega-corp describing my vision of the company in my campaign. This was part of the July RPG Blog Carnival and I might start doing more of these corporate write-ups if people are interested.
Finally I had my monthly post with the updated timeline events and I managed to get another installment of the module based campaign series done as well.
Behind the scenes, in addition to working on the Frontier Explorer, I’ve started back in on my writing projects. I’ve mostly been working on my Star Frontiers novel but have also started looking at the sequel to my book Discovery. My uncles were actually bugging me about writing the sequel at a family gathering recently.
There will definitely be the regular timeline post at the beginning of the month and I plan on doing another post in the module-based campaign series this month. So you can expect those to show up.
I’m headed to Sydney, Australia on Friday for a week to attend a conference for work. I’m hoping to get a bunch done on the flights when I can’t sleep. I might also get some work done in the evening if I don’t do too much sightseeing.
While it won’t be a regular post, you can expect to see an announcement for the opportunity to purchase a printed poster of the Player’s and Referee’s versions of the Extended Frontier Map. I posted a poll on the Star Frontiers Facebook group to see if there was interest and the response was positive enough that I will make them available. I have print proofs of the map already so I know that they will look great when finished.
While I really need to finish up the Death at Rosegard and Ghost Ship Osiris adventures, I’m really itching to start a couple of new projects as well. Ghost Ship Osiris was supposed to be the third module released for FrontierSpace but the second one still isn’t out so there is really no rush on that front. Which is why you haven’t seen much on it in the last few months. I will probably put some time in on Death at Rosegard during my trip so I might have some sections of that adventure ready to go by the end of the month. Or at least identify holes that need to be filled.
I’m looking at two new projects and possibly starting one from really early in the blog. The first, and this one will probably happen and get finished by the end of the month, is to take the map I have for the star sector in my Discovery module and give it the treatment that I gave the Frontier map. The major difference is that there is effectively only one jump route at the moment, and the stars are distributed in 3 dimensions instead of on a flat plane. I’ll have to update the printing of z-coordinates on the map, something the software does but which I’d turned off for the Extended Frontier Map. This won’t be a long series of posts, just one with the final product describing what went into it.
The other thing I’m itching to do is create another ship and associated Technical Manual like I’ve done for the sathar destroyer and UPF assault scout. Back at the beginning of this blog, I laid out the plans to do a sathar assault carrier to round out the minis for all the sathar ships. But I’m also considering doing either a UPF frigate, or maybe a civilian ship of some sort. That would probably be a rework and extension of the CDCSS Nightwind, published in the first issue of the Frontier Explorer, with updated maps, and alternate configurations for passengers, troop transport, or other activities.
I’ve also mentioned working on a simple starting adventure for Star Frontiers and that might get looked at as well.
Do any of those possible projects sound more interesting than others? Is there something specific you’d like to see worked on? Let me know in the comments below.
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