So... I pitched my module idea to a publisher who liked the concept of the tomb and a 4 level dungeon already finished, but wanted it non-Egyptian and wanted to stick to their trade dress. The concept I pitched for how to present this module is very different. This publisher was really cool and I totally appreciated his comments. I think, though, I want to test my idea badly enough that I'm going to take LotFP's route and self publish. I don't know how this will go, but we'll see.
One change, though, is that this is going to change from an Egyptian themed adventure to a Sumerian/Bronze Age themed adventure and it will start including some aspects of an alternative Bronze Age that literary influences will play a part of. My first objective is to do a bit of reading on Sumerian history to get a bit more into that mindset - that may also mean a trip to the Oriental Museum in Chicago - one of my most favorite destinations.
So the dungeon's name has changed - it is now the Tomb of Hul-Kur-a-sag.
This will be my Next Big Project once I get my head back together from the scare of my wife's illness. You're probably going to see a lot more stuff being written about that age period as I do my research.
Speaking of my wife, she's doing as well as can be. We know that the issue is not life-threatening cancer, so the huge sucking black hole in my soul has gone away - which was one of the reasons my head was not into gaming. We still have to go to specialists to find out what *is* wrong, but we're going thru that. She's still not at work, and we're dealing with the loss of income the best we can.
Which brings me to a possible change to this blog. You see, my whole concept for this blog, aside from sharing my love of playing solo S&W/OD&D w/my wife and my OSRIC/AD&D campaign, was to share free stuff in the love of the game. But... I'm thinking of hanging a donation button on it, given the change in my finances. I have really mixed feelings about that. One, the generosity of friends can never be underestimated -- but I was brought up with some strict sensibilities towards money and propriety and that factors into how I feel about the donate button. I don't begrudge anyone else doing it, but I'm still wrestling with it myself. Not that I expect to get rich, but the fact that I am reaching a hand out to my virtual friends and readers ... it's not pride, it's that is the exchange of what I do here really fair to ask for money? I know, shut the *bleep* up, Chgowiz, and suck it up...
I am so going to get eaten alive tomorrow by the OSR-cognoscenti at the TARGA conference call.