Readying an action

So it’s been over a week without much of an update here, gotta admit it seems the past month life has really had me by the dice bags. I’ve been caught in a swell of creating stuff for castle ravenloft, planning a new campaign for the fall, reading the rules compendium front to back and making arrangements to expand my website and put some flyers around FLGS’s in my area. Couple all this with a wishy washy desire to get back into LOTRO and my newly re-acquired lust for playing Halo till the wee hours of the morning and the end result is an absence of blog content!

I’m working on fleshing out a lot of projects at the moment, all gaming related of course so fret not loyal readers. If you poke around the site you might notice some subtle changes to the layout, I’m also toying with a new theme but I may decide against it. What do you think? It’s been an adjustment getting used to making posts for as well as my own, I’m never really sure what to post here and what to post there and so on. I must say though ThadeousC has been great with me about post content and deadlines, and he’s super fun to work with. I think I’ve finally gotten a game plan together though and in the coming months you’ll be seeing a lot more usable content here along with my usual stories, reviews and editorials.

Another thing I’ve been working on is creating some content for submission to WoTC and perhaps a few other sources, the anxiety that comes with the thought of submitting my work is much more overwhelming than I had imagined. Turns out I’ve got a pretty bad case of internet stage fright, I know it seems silly for a guy who runs a blog and tweets all day but that is so much different than putting your name on something to have industry professionals scrutinize. It’s one thing to write a review of a product or a blurb about this and that, but creating something to be presentable at your absolute best is daunting, at least for me.

Hopefully someday you might see my name in print (or at least PDF), and that alone is a bucket list item I’d be jubilant about for a long time to come. I’ve gotten a lot of good and uplifting advice from some friends on twitter lately, you guys know who you are and I hope you also know that even small comments enforcing me to go for it help so much more than you may know. Also a huge part of all this is my wife, whom honestly is the coolest person I’ve ever met, she’s always behind me 100%. Honestly a chubby nerd like myself really doesn’t deserve her at all.

To be more specific on plans I have for the site I’ll be putting up full adventures, new monsters (with proper maths I might add), maps to use, customizable graphics for your game and many other things. I’m also thinking of taking suggestions from the community and seeing what we can come up with, that is if people enjoy my stuff to begin with. The site will soon include a forum for local gamers, as well as serve a dual purpose for more elongated conversations within the D&D community. I fully realize there are many awesome and better sites to do this on (EN World, Loremaster, etc.) so the focus will mainly be on getting Indiana and surrounding area gamers together, but it cant hurt to have a sub-forum for other stuff right?

What do you guys think about all this, am I spreading myself too thin here or is it a dumb idea to implement a forum? What kind of content would you like to see alongside my usual stuff? Is there any you’d like to see go? Thanks for reading and I’ll be updating a bit more frequently starting with 2 product reviews – The Rules Compendium, and the path to keeping this hobby alive and kicking, a little system known as rpgKids. Stay tuned.

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