I can’t believe August is over already. Time has just been flying by.
This month turned out to be pretty good for me as far as posting here on the blog goes. We started with our usual Detailed Frontier Timeline post.
Next up was a post with a sample star system. I had talked about starting a new project and this was the first pass at that. I got very little feedback on that post. I was hoping for a bit more but that’s okay. I actually haven’t had time to finalize the details of how I’m going to present those system but it’s something to work on this coming month.
We actually had two different battles in the Detailed Frontier Timeline this month, one in Fromeltar that resulted in a major setback for the UPF and then another in Gruna Garu that will also cause some problem. The sathar didn’t come out unscathed so the UPF isn’t as bad off as they think but they don’t know that.
Next up I wrote about a campaign idea I have, searching for the Yazirian homeworld. That campaign concept is playing out in the Detailed Frontier Timeline as the journey of the HSS HIstory’s Hope. That was another post I was surprised to not get a lot of commentary on. It looks like it would probably be better as a novel then a game, I guess. But maybe if I actually started soliciting players, people would respond.
Then I had a post looking at the Yachts and Privateers from the “Fast and Deadly” Dragon article. This was actually in preparation for the battle in the Gruna Garu system in the timeline since there were privateers in that battle. As someone pointed out, there was a follow-on dragon article “Yachts & Privateers Return” that basically did the same thing as me and revised the stats for the ships. I’ll need to look at that and see how they revised them differently than me. Considering that was written by Doug Niles, who wrote the Knight Hawks rules combat rules, it definitely deserves a look.
Finally, I had a short post listing all my old posts from the now dead Arcane Game Lore blog that I’ve archived here to the Expanding Frontier. I got everything up through the end of 2014 ported over plus a few others that I had actually linked to here on this blog (and updated the links accordingly). That was about 20% of the posts that need to be moved over so that will be an on-going project.
Behind the scenes, not much else happened. I didn’t work on my websites at all, other than to create a temporary fix for an issue on the Frontier Explorer site that was cause a process to runaway and use all the CPU on the server. I did get my 3D printer set up and running here in AZ as someone wanted me to print them some ship minis but I didn’t do any modeling.
Coming up we’ll have the usual Detailed Frontier Timeline post. There might be another battle this month but I haven’t progressed the timeline far enough to see how things play out. I got a bit behind with the Battle of Hargut (Gruna Garu) and the prep for that so I’m only a couple of days ahead instead of a couple of weeks like I’d like to be. That typically happens when there’s a battle.
I plan on posting at least one new star system, and maybe more. We’ll see how that goes. I’m also starting to get itchy to do some 3D modeling so maybe there will be a new model. No promises though as I’m also traveling a lot this month. I plan to keep up the archiving work on the Arcane Game Lore posts as well. But beyond that, I really don’t know what the month will bring.
I’ve been debating back and forth on the value of these “State of the Frontier” posts. I’m thinking of maybe only doing them every two or three months instead of monthly. Especially if there isn’t a lot of “behind-the-scenes” work going on. Do you find them useful? Should I keep doing them monthly? Let me know what you think.