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January 1st, 2010

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10:22 am - Happy New Year!
Happy new year everybody!

I'm still thinking about resolutions, but I've got at least one goal in mind so far: have more fun within the limited gaming time I have.

In other news, I received two books for  Christmas that I'm really looking forward to reading, in the hopes that they further my writing skills so I can get something done and published this year: Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card, and The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall. I haven't touched Characters and Viewpoint yet, but I'm four chapters in on The Marshall Plan and the advice seems pretty solid so far. Having skimmed a bit ahead, I'm looking forward to reading about Evan Marshall's take on weaving plot in a novel, the plot sheet planning tool that he uses, etc. I've always felt I was a good writer but needed to get more organized. Hopefully this will help.

I'm trying to get our current 4e campaign to come to a close. I've got an idea for a sandbox campaign set in an alternative Victorian London, and I'd like to run it using a conglomeration of Savage Worlds Rippers/Core/Realms of Cthulu rules. The hardest part in the planning of this so far is London itself. It's awful hard to get good information on places and locations in Victorian London. Building a fantasy city whole cloth is so much easier. I've been feeling lately that I have to go a linear/sandbox hybrid route, so that there are specific places in the city detailed, specific plots detailed - sort of a narrowed linearity with a bit of the sandbox thrown in (several choices for the players). Anyhow, hope all are having a great year so far!

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Date:January 2nd, 2010 07:16 am (UTC)
The new game sounds pretty interesting! Happy New Years.
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Date:January 2nd, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Same to you!

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