September 2021 Sitrep

What’s happened so far

September rolled in and hit about as hard as I was expecting. It’s the first month of peak, and it showed. It’s not normally too busy for myself, but with all the disruptions everyone’s looking for alternate ways to get things moved. That means I’m working to figure out the paperwork, and with a due date of ‘yesterday’ to boot.

While not too much progress was made on the actual writing work, I did get a couple really good ideas for some details for worldbuilding. Some of them won’t be showing up for a LONG while, unfortunately. But good details are good details. Especially when they not only dovetail with what’s already been set down, but offer some really fertile ground for expanding on them. Yeah, that’s a bit of a tease, isn’t it? 🙂

What’s happening next?

I’ve blocked out the rest of the aftermath of 3rd Elysium; I know more or less how the last battle is going to happen. It’s just a matter of crunching out some numbers to see who’s left before I actually write it (I need to have an idea of the magnitude of losses before I actually write the battle). But that’s at most an evening of dice rolling, and it doesn’t require the same kind of setup that the earlier battles have. To be honest, the aftermath is kind of a seal clubbing, but that’s how some battles end up being. I expect to have it all done by the time my November vacation time rolls around.

2021 Goals

These goals are approximately in order of priority and in order of precedence (IE have to do #1 before you can do #2). There’s some goals from 2020 that are coming back, but a lot of them are going to be brand new ones as well. It’s also a longer list as well, but some of those entries are one-and-done tasks that shouldn’t be as hard as others to complete.

1) Finish 3rd Elysium

The conclusion is about 1/3 written, and at least 2/3rds blocked out. All that’s left is actually processing out the ideas and writing.

2) Complete turn processing for all empires up to turn 160

With 3rd Elysium completed, this is now being looked at. Turn 160 is perhaps a bit aggressive given the time left in 2021, but at the least 150 is plausible.

3) Do a full overhaul and update of my map (as seen on Fleet Management Mk2) so it’s all on one well-organized map WITH space to expand

Done! See it’s own post for more details.

4) Write up a new Mk2 commissioning contract

Cracked open the documents and did an initial review. Definitely some useful information here; will be aiming for a proper review process as part of my November break.

5) Update my internal deWulf Story Document

No new progress here.

6) Finish playtesting and balancing for Scenario Book 1 – The First Contact War

I’m hoping to do a pass of the scenarios and start looking for play testers next month.

7) Finish the writing work for Scenario Book 1 – The First Contact War

No progress here.

8) Introduce and post completed artwork

All previously completed artwork has now been posted and is on the website.

9) Go do a second pass on the artwork for Scenario Book 1, incorporating new details and design concepts over the past year

Nothing new here, but that’s to be expected as there’s artwork and other things still outstanding.

10) Start fishing in my contacts to find someone who can do proofreading for Scenario Book

This task is sitting low on the to-do list for fairly obvious reasons. Need to be done writing and my own edit pass before the work can get handed off to an editor.

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