I was just looking at my last State of the Frontier post from April 2021 and saw that it started with “I’m back!”. Which is how I was going to start this one but decided that might be bad form and I already talked a bit about that in my Back to Blogging post in May. Although this time I hope to be back for more than a single post.
I didn’t get as many posts up this month as I had planned but it’s a start.
My first project was to get the Detailed Frontier Timeline posts going with updates here on the blog and the daily posts going again on Twitter. That was a success. I started the month off with a Detailed Frontier Timeline post that covered the events I had posted to Twitter in May as I got the posts going again. Behind the scenes on this project, I did a bit of organization of my notes and got a bit ahead of my posting so I have a bit of buffer in the events I’ve figured out. I missed a few days posting to Twitter this month but got those caught up so everything is on track. I was looking at the full timeline document it is up to nearly 44,000 words. That’s almost the length of my novella Discovery. And there is still a ways to go.
The only other post I did this month (besides this one) was a look at the feasibility of firing the Knight Hawks rocket weapons from a ship on the surface of a planet. This was prompted by a discussion on the Star Frontiers Discord server. The topic caught my attentions and it was fun to look at the details and explore the idea a bit.
Behind the scenes I’ve started working on finishing up the deck plans for the HSS History’s Hope but I only finished one more deck and didn’t feel that that deserved a post by itself.
The other thing I’ve done is start looking at the websites that I host, most specifically the one for the Frontier Explorer. I’ll probably be focusing on getting a new version of that site up in the next little while.
The next post will be on Saturday (July 2) and will be a battle summary from the Detailed Frontier Timeline. I post those battle summaries on the days the tweet goes out about the battle. It’s a small fight, and there probably won’t be another one for a couple of months but there are some battles, including a big one, that are building so if you follow the daily updates you might see them coming. Shortly after that post, I’ll get the summary timeline post up for all the events that happened in June.
I’m hoping to finish the deck plans for the HSS History’s Hope this month and get the rest of them posted. I decided to not make videos of the map making process in the interest of time so it will just be the maps, but I think the the videos I already posted on the process are sufficient to demonstrate how I do things. Related to this, once I get the plans for the ship done, I’m considering running a campaign based on the travels of that ship in the timeline, basically having the PCs be the crew on the mission the HSS History’s Hope is undertaking in the Detailed Frontier Timeline. If that’s something you’d be interested in playing in, state tuned.
I’d like to get back to 3D modelling but I think that is going to have to wait at least until August as I’m temporarily relocating to another state at the end of July until Christmas time (my wife is going on sabbatical and I’m going with her along with our two youngest kids) so a lot of my free time next month is going to taken up by cleaning the house and packing.
The other major thing I am going to focus on is the revamp of the Frontier Explorer website. I hope to make significant progress on that next month.
There are some things going on in the wider community but I’ve purposely decided to not comment on them here on the blog. I might mention some things in my State of the Frontier post next month, especially to provide links to useful resources. But for now, I’m not ready to do that. Again, stay tuned.
That’s it for this month. It wasn’t as packed as I had wanted it to be but it’s a start and I am getting back into the flow of things once again. Look for more in the future. Stay safe and have fun.