In which our intrepid hero evaluates his WoAdWriMo progress.

I’ve been meaning to write another blog entry on WoAdWriMo for several days now, but I figured that if I had time to write, then I should probably devote it to writing Chaddma’s Legacy instead.

I actually started writing a blog entry about a few days ago, but it swiftly just became a rant about how Sydney people are a bunch of whiny little suckholes when it comes to the weather.

(Synopsis: 75km/h winds are not hurricane-force, 14°C is not cold, and just because we’ve had four-and-a-half times the average rainfall for June doesn’t mean all of it fell in the catchment, so stop yer bitchin’ about the desalination plant, you nauseating NIMBY morons.

I should note for anyone who hasn’t been reading this blog for too long that I was born and raised in Canberra.

Imagine building a cut-price knock-off of Washington DC, populating it with 360,000 or so New Yorkers, raising them on reruns of Are You Being Served? and Blackadder II and giving them a decent public education system—that’s Canberra.

Now, imagine that Canadians won the tender to build Los Angeles—that’s Sydney.

Anyway, enough of that. Let’s get back to WoAdWriMo…)

At present, I have a bit over 15 pages of solid text done, plus three completed handouts and notes on half a dozen more. We’ll round it up and say 16—and that’s without layout, maps, flavour text or most of the graphics. Or, for that matter, game material: I could easily get a few more pages out of it when I plug in the stat blocks.

(I’m still debating whether to include “read-aloud” text. I hate the stuff—I feel that most GMs are intelligent and creative enough to fill this sort of stuff in themselves. Then again, there’s 30-odd years of spoon-fed tradition to contend with…)

And that’s still just Act I, sans climax—I still need to detail the big fight at the end with the mooks and then do the haunted temple. Thankfully, Acts II & III will probably be less text-heavy. Much of Act I consists of setting up leads and foreshadowing for the later Acts.

(See here for an outline.)

A few months ago, I promised to help Mim K/W out with her work’s end-of-financial-year stocktake. I realised a couple of days ago that the stocktake is this coming Saturday, and given that I’m doing most of my writing for Chaddma in the wee hours, this means that I’m effectively going to lose two days at the keyboard. Still, we could use the extra cash.

Thus, I can confidently say that there is no way in hell that Chaddma will be finished by the end of the month. However, I’m going to work as hard as I can to ensure that the overrun is as small as possible.

Which, I guess, brings me to what I should do after Chaddma is finished. I’ve been thinking of doing theme months on the blog. I have a series of five gaming-related posts to work on, and July will be (unofficially) “Get Chaddma Finished and Up on Treasure Tables, then Make a Respectable Start on Chaosium’s Halloween Adventure Contest” Month.

August, however, could well be Opinion Month. It’s been a while since I’ve done a post on politics.

Given that I’m no longer a member of a political party (nor do I work for a politician any more), and that there’s a federal election coming up sometime later in the year, August might present a good opportunity to vent my spleen. I plan to continue with my usual irregular fare, but if I can think of 31 things to complain about, then I could do an issue a day…

Anyway, I’m off to bed for a couple of hours’ shut-eye.