State of the Blog

Hey everybody. The past few weeks have been pretty crazy, and thus my output has been effected, and fairly random. My wife had our third child two weeks ago, just days after our twins turned 2 y/o. Needless to say, the past two weeks of “vacation” have been extremely busy. The weeks leading up to that were almost as difficult. Needless to say, the past month just didn’t leave me the time that I needed to maintain proper output.

I wanted to let you know that I am not going away, and that I actually intend to switch up my format a little bit. I will be rebuilding my categories list, reducing the number of categories while increasing usage of tags. As part of this, the blog layout itself will change slightly, and I will be going back through my posts and updating their titles, categories, and tags to reflect it.

The new format and primary content are dual purpose. I want practice writing different types of content with different target word counts, specifically to help me get better at producing quality turnover. I am going to start having a standardized, regular set of content releases that will be the primary content I release, making my more random topics supplementary in nature. This lets me ensure that the quality of the content I release improves over time while the type of content does not get stale.

Therefore, I am going to start following a modified set of categories based on the submission categories for Wayfinder 18 (Pathfinder) and Wayfinder 19 (Starfinder). This list is here as much to inform you about my plans as to keep my own plans front and center.

  • Advice: Share valuable information or experiences with new GMs or players. (750 words)
  • Alien Archive / Bestiary: New creatures to terrorize your PCs! (750 words)
  • Fiction: (750 or 1,500 words)
  • Flavor Articles: People, shops, organizations, events, poetry, or other aspects of life in the campaign setting (750 or 1,500 words)
  • Gazetteer: Expand and explore places, towns, or space station levels that have little to no information about them in the campaign setting literature. (1,500 words)
  • Of Chance and Skill: Games, new to or adapted for the campaign setting, to play at your table. (750 or 1,500 words)
  • New Rules: New themes, archetypes, prestige classes, class abilities, feats, or spells for the campaign setting. (750 or 1,500 words)
  • New Equipment: New weapons, armor, augmentations, items, technological items, magic items, hybrid items, or vehicles.
  • Realm Building: Pathfinder RPG Ultimate Campaign contains rules for building armies, cities and kingdoms. This is focused on building upon those rules. (1,500 words)
  • Starship Building: The Starfinder RPG Core Rulebook contains rules for building starships! This is focused on building upon those rules. (750 or 1,500 words)
  • Side Trek Seeds: Side trek seeds are short outlines that provide GMs with ideas, either as side treks for an adventure or as mini-adventures. (325 words)
  • Poetry and Song: Music and poetry often define a culture. (35 to 50 lines in total)
  • Weal or Woe: Two 7th-level or lower NPCs (including statblocks—one potential ally, one potential adversary. Include hooks for how PCs might meet each NPC and how to use them in a campaign. Include a boon that can come from the Weal character and a drawback from the Woe character. (1,500 words)

P.S. I just might be upping my contribution to Know Direction, so keep your eyes peeled there as well.

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