Progress Report

I feel like I’ve gotten so much done in the last two days!!!

This may change based on whether my son wakes up from his nap?/early bedtime in the next three hours. I’m counting everything I could accomplish otherwise as part of my recent productivity.

I’ve DM’ed for my usual group twice now and my brothers + husband like three times. Is it okay that I’m using that as a verb? Being a DM was scarier with all adults, but it isn’t as scary anymore. It’s actually getting to be a lot of fun. A lot more fun than I thought I’d be having with it this early on.

I still have a lot of adjustments to make as DM/game creator. My players will all be Level 2 when we start next week and I don’t have a firm grasp on what challenge rating the three of them can actually take on and what kinds of things make it interesting for each of them. I’m still floundering about as a DM, but two of my three players have past experience doing this same thing and are happy to help. Next week I’m going to start tracking levels with milestones instead of experience, but I’ll probably also use experience as a guide since I’ve never gotten a character up past level 6 and I feel like I need more of a gauge to determine when they should level up. I’m excited to be able to level up everyone at once, though. Personally, I don’t like having half the players level up one week and the other half the next. From a player’s perspective, at least.

I didn’t get anything figured out last week, but I got a lot written up yesterday. I have a long ways to go. I have ideas for who the big bad boss will be for the next few levels but not much more than that. I need to get on that because they’ll probably meet this character in the next two or three sessions. In the meantime, my goal has been to give them stuff to do that feels important but in reality is mostly meant to have them explore and learn more about my world. That’s how it’s supposed to be done, right? Heck, I don’t know. My husband sounds genuinely impressed/like he’s been having fun when I talk to him about how these sessions go, though, and that’s more than I can say when I talk to him about my books.

To be fair, he is more of a game player than a reader.

I’ll be writing up Chapter 2 of our Campaign Diaries when I’m done with this, if all goes well. My players didn’t get very far yesterday, but that’s perfectly okay. I didn’t have the next encounters properly mapped out and I was worried I’d have to improv some scenarios that I wasn’t ready to do yet. Instead I got everything sorted out when I got home after our session, and now I’m even more excited for what’s to come.

I still have a lot more to do. I thought about working on all that right now, but I suspected that if I don’t get these posts written today, I’m not going to write them this week. Tuesday is my blog-writing day.

Speaking of which, if you’d like to read my more personal blog, you can find that here.

I’m also trying to find a balance between working on immediate campaign/plot fodder and larger scale continent-sized stuff. By next week I’ll try to draw up a rough draft of the map so you can see where and what I’m talking about, but for now… whatever. The country this takes place is in huge, and it’s taken decades to get this size. I still need to figure out what the boundaries were before and what the different territories were called and who lived where and how they interacted. I also have to figure out what/who lives north of the big scary mountain range, on the other side of where the Level 1 Campaign starts. And then there’s the capital in the southern corner on the other side of the other, smaller, mountain range. I’m basing it off of the Incas and I have a basic idea of who the king is and how the religion works and that’s about it. I also know they’re working on ‘beautifying’ the country itself and they’ve been pretty efficient so far, but I haven’t made plans to describe what they’re doing or what they’re going to do next and how it will affect my campaign.

Plus… I haven’t even named the country yet. Haha.

Fun fact: I started reading “The Conquest of Peru” by William Prescott III before I decided to start creating a campaign of my own. I guess that’s where some of the inspiration came from. Or maybe it’s a coincidence. Just kidding. I don’t believe in coincidences. Anyway, now I’m reading this book for homework instead of just for fun.

My heart aches when I think of all the other books I bought to read for ‘fun’. I just want to read and learn from them all, right now. I have two whole bookshelves full of interesting books, like, “The Birth of the Modern,” “The Nile,” Years of Upheaval,” “Men, Ships, and the Sea,” “Physical Electronics,” etc. So many books. But I just happened to decide to read “The Conquest of Peru next and now I’m stuck with it. Man.

I’ll get to them eventually.

Oh, I’ve also started learning accents so I can be a more enthusiastic DM! I love the idea of giving each character an authentic accent and really playing them, but I feel like I suck at accents and it gives me an anxiety and so I really hold myself back, which is disappointing. Right now I’m learning an Irish accent, since the town of Downhill where the campaign begins has Irish origins and people. I probably won’t get to Swedish or Afrikaans before they move over to the next town, unfortunately. And, fun fact! I’m currently learning Spanish, German, Italian, French, Greek, and Irish. My fluency levels are in the same order from most to least. I only have actual experience speaking Spanish, though. I need to find me more bi/multilingual friends. It’s also a slow process for the last four languages, since I work on them for two or three weeks at a time and then switch to one of the other five.

It’s been a while since I copied down spells and monsters onto index cards for the sake of internalizing them faster. I plan on switching back over to that when I hit writer’s block with the campaign, or otherwise need inspiration. Taking the time to do that really helps me think about how they could be useful in my setting.

My son woke up. He came crying from his room and now I’m sitting at an awkward angle with my laptop balanced on my knees while he sleeps on my chest. He’s getting a little big for me to multitask while holding him.

Anyway, that’s probably good for an update. I’ll get to Chapter 2 now! If I can. Stay tuned!

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