Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Tarot Adventures continue

Today's entry isn't about the Kickstarter, its about something far more important, the story!

Good evening everyone.  As you know, I've had my crowdfunding campaign for the second book in the Tarot Adventures.  The second in a series I've planned as twenty-two books in length. It is, perhaps, needless to say that this is an ambitious project.  But in all things involving writing for fantasy the story is what is important.

So today I want to touch on the story going on in the Tarot Adventures a bit, beyond what is published on the pages dedicated to those individual books.

Tarot Adventures, Book One: The Draw of Glenfallow ~

When I wrote the first draft for this adventure I was focused on writing something that was setting neutral and easily portable into most fantasy campaigns.  When I write I like to give NPCs more than just stats.  I like to make them characters with a role to play in the story that is unfolding.  So to was the case with TDoG, Pieron had a key role in the story beyond being just the story hook.  I had written in example dialogue and provided background information for the game masters to use.  Players became invested, to varying degrees certainly, in Pieron. This became obvious as I was going over the feedback from the play testers.  {For more details see previous entries}

With the Tarot Adventures being created as a series, I came up with a number of adventure ideas to mold into a cohesive narrative.  So that is where we are today.  The Draw of Glenfallow has been well received by a number of people (see comments on the KickStarter page for Comet over Echo Rock for examples) who are now looking forward to what comes next.  So what comes next?

Tarot Adventures, Book Two: Comet over Echo Rock ~

Comet over Echo Rock pits the players against monsters whom Pieron wants dealt with.  They have an opportunity to further ingratiate themselves with the new lord, become more well known as heroes, and can begin to garner wealth and political clout.  Monsters in a silver mine have a very real and negative impact on a newly seated lord's wealth and credibility, so they have to go!

What about after CoER?  Well, Death comes to Glenfallow is the working title I'm using.  That book is being designed for characters of 3rd to 5th level, which is a level range that has a lot of possibilities to it.  Story hooks are planned for the side quest I've written (which I hope to put into Comet over Echo Rock if we can reach our last stretch goal). Look for a grim adventure that tests the player character's mettle and the player's ingenuity.  I think its going to be one of those adventures people play through and remember with a sense of triumph.

I hope you'll look at the KickStarter and/or Indiegogo campaigns for Comet over Echo Rock and get your copy by supporting the project.  Please do share the link to help it reach as many gaming tables as possible.  I hope that one day I'll find people talking about their shared experience of playing through the Tarot Adventures and how they overcame the adventures.  I'm writing adventures and material that I want people to enjoy, to remember, and come back to.

Thanks for joining me on my adventure into writing and self-publishing.  Remember I welcome your questions and comments so please do post them below.  I hope that if you are wanting to write and publish your own material that this blog provides you with some useful insights along the way.

Thank you all and I hope to see you next time!

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