Friday, September 11, 2009

The fate of the Tombs of Hultep Khoa

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.


Chatty DM said...

I said it and I'll say it again.

I will buy it! I'd also would like to playtest it with my group... whenever you feel ready for it.

Timeshadows said...

Many prayers for her speedy and full recovery, as well as for your financial situation.


Randall said...


I'm so glad to hear that it's "not life-threatening cancer" and hope that whatever is wrong with your wife can be discovered quickly. Not knowing is very draining.

Bronze Age Sumer sounds like an interesting adventure theme. Although what I know about Sumerian history is very minimal.

Anonymous said...

Oh, now, Michael, just because I have been sharpening my teeth for days, chomping at the bit, straining on my leash, I mean, really, what is the worst that can happen?

Player of Kee said...

My upbringing is very restrained as well, so I see where you're coming from!

Having a Donate Button is perfectly respectable. My sensibilities tell me that it is gauche to whine incessantly and beg people to press that little button.

But having one on your blog? Not tacky at all. IMHO.

Chad Thorson said...

I'm glad your wife's prognosis is at least better. I hope she has a speedy recovery.

As far as the gaming stuff, you should be charging for it anyways! :D

I'd also love to playtest anything you do, I'm only about 2 1/2 hours away.

Michael S/Chgowiz said...

@ChattyDM - thank you!

@Timeshadows - thank you, that's our prayer as well. :)

@Randall - what I know is surface knowledge - I need to steep myself in the religion and understanding of their culture.

Not knowing is very draining to her moreso. I'm really hoping we figure it out soon.

@ancientvaults - that's OK, there's not going to be any arguing from my end. These are my proposals, if the Board doesn't want to move forward, then that's the way it will be. I feel strongly enough that we need to something more than what we (TARGA) is currently doing - which is nothing. Sooo... we'll see. My head is still not fully back and I am probably less inclined to argue about it.

@Kee - well, we'll see, but thank you for the kind words.

@AtomKid - thank you! It's not good enough to charge - the cognoscenti put me to shame. But if I can make some beer money with the Tombs of Hulkurasag, then I'll be happy.

And you are always welcome to any of my games. :) All of you guys.

Anonymous said...

Tally another who will purchase your adventure.

trollsmyth said...

Awesome. Bronze Age Sumeria doesn't get nearly the love it deserves. I can't wait to see it.

(And I if I can serve as a resources in any way, please don't hesitate to let me know.)

Best wishes for speedy recoveries and a return to gaming for all. :)

Anonymous said...

Best Wishes to you and your wife, Mike.

Your Tombs module was one of the best things on the S&W forum - the new direction sounds interesting, good luck with it.

Putting a Donate button on the site is fine, it's not like you're forcing people to cough up their dosh.

AndreasDavour said...

Sounds great to hear that your wife's illness is less immediately serious than you feared. I hope you both will get to loose some of that stress of unknowning soon.

As for sumerian fantasy, you know I've said before it's as cool as it gets. I'd love to see more of that kind!