Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Thoughts for 2008

Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. I know I did. But that's all in the past now and we must look ahead to the new year. What's on deck? Let's ponder...

On the freelancing front, we have Domains of Adventure which I'm (supposed to be) writing for Highmoon. We did get the first one out the door: http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=50939 I'm due to pen the second locale any time now (sorry Daniel, you know how this time of year is). I think that's it for freelancing.

Tricky Owlbear has consumed the bulk of my writing time of late and deservedly so. I finished BtM: Skeleton and Scot has it for layout. Shortly to be finished is BtS: Sanctuary and then I think I'm moving onto BtM: Gargoyle and, as mentioned above, the next locale for Highmoon. The Owlbear's plans have changed since 4th edition's announcement and, quite frankly, aren't in any kind of finalized state yet. I'd like to keep supporting 3.x edition if there are any buyers (at the moment such consumers are in hiding it seems). There won't be any Campaign Theme Packs as mentioned in the TO blog but I'd still like to pen an OSRIC adventure or two to test those waters.

Speaking of adventures, I'm thinking of re-tooling the Invasion: Freeport outline for a neutral city and 3.x adventure but am unsure it would come together before 4th edition PR really grabs people and holds onto their wallets tightly. Just too many uncertainties for the pdf biz right now. And what do I think of 4e, you ask? Not sure. There are many things I don't like the look of right now (Realms changes and wacky spellcasting being the biggies) but any of them could change until the game is released. Will Tricky Owlbear support 4e? I'm not saying yet but would be foolish to not do so if it proves as popular as 3e.

In non-rpg news, my new job as a lab tech at a pharmaceutical company is still not going badly. Do I see myself there for an extended period of time? Nah, but it's a good stepping stone to greater things. I'm even keeping my foot in the drug store, having worked for David the Sat. before Christmas and doing so again this Sat. morning. It was nice seeing some of the customers again and seeing what's been changed in the store itself. Am I still glad I left? You bet.

Now it's time to get back to relaxing on this New Year's Day. I'm reading some Timothy Zahn Allegiance, his newest Star Wars offering set between Ep IV and V. Even before starting this book, I've had a hankering to reread the Heir to the Empire trilogy and maybe even Margaret Weis' Star of the Guardians books. Guess I'll pile those on the growing "to do" list for '08. :)

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