Writing Update – May 2017

A short update this month, as there are just a couple of things on which I’ve been working.

List of Projects:

  • The Traitor and the Thief – Rewriting sections before going to first readers.
  • The Broken Temple of Yinak – Completed and published.
  • Origin – Awaiting review and decision on how to move forward.
  • The Revenant and the Reaper – Outline completed, working on chapter-by-chapter plan.
  • The Darkness in the Deep – Outline completed, chapter-by-chapter plan completed.
  • Traveller RPG Project – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (see below) completed; final part nearing completion to be published next week.

The Traitor and the Thief

In my initial pass I discovered I had written a couple of sequences that didn’t make sense when taken as a whole, and this required a rewrite of those sections and some switching around of certain events in the book. This has taken me longer than I expected, but I want to take the time to get this right. As the middle book in a trilogy, I want it to be just as exciting as the first and third—I hate that middle-book slump—so if I need to rewrite sections to make it the best book it can be, that’s what I’m willing to do. I expect to be done this rewrite in a couple of weeks, but I’m making no promises.

Other Projects

There has been no movement on the other projects on my list at this point, so there’s nothing much to talk about here.

Traveller RPG: Draconem Sub-Sector

I’m almost completed the Draconem Sub-Sector project for the Traveller RPG. Note that this sub-sector works with any version of the Traveller game, though I’m using the sub-sector generation rules from the original 1977 version of the game. The big difference is that the Third Imperium is assumed not to exist, and that there are space lanes rather than Xboat routes. See my previous posts here and here for more details on this project.

This week, I provide a download that includes a sheet for each world in the sub-sector. Some of these planet sheets are complete, while some still need the Adventure Hooks section to be completed. Take a look and let me know what you think.

If you have adventure ideas for any of these worlds that you want to share, leave them in the comments below and I’ll try to incorporate them into the final download next week. This is a free download, so you won’t get any money or anything for it, except the satisfaction of sharing cool ideas with the Traveller RPG community.

Next week I’ll also upload a full-color sub-sector map with all the details for each planet.

Click here to download the World sheets.


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