What’s happened so far
October’s been as productive as September hasn’t been. I’ve managed to lay a lot of groundwork, and it paid off in October nicely. Honestly, it’s been awesome to get a bunch of actual stuff done. And it’s been a decent breadth of stuff as well. Turns processed, some updates with art, some long-awaited art posted. Even some writing done! So now the next step is to continue the advance into November.
What’s happening next?
The Sunday process is continuing on at a decent rate, with things getting back to something that resembles a proper cadence. Kind of going with the whole theme this fall seems to be setting. The time off in October was definitely well spent, and I’m hoping that the time in November is just as well spent. I might shift to take care of a few other little things here and there, but all aimed towards making things happen.
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 2021 that are coming back, but a some of them are going to be brand new ones as well. As before, some of them are one-and-done, while others are big projects. There’s a couple more tasks on it this year compared to last, but a bunch of them are more housekeeping tasks; easier one-and done things that can be pounded out sometime in the year.
So enough banter. On to the list!
1) Complete turn processing for all empires up to turn 175
As of November 01 I’ve gotten all empires up to turn 150. Still a far cry from 175, but it’s been some substantial movement in the last month! I think 160 is looking more and more realistic by the end of the year.
2) Update/Archive all the Sketch Sunday Worldbuilding
No progress on this one yet either, but I suspect that now that Sketch Sundays are slowing down, this will start to pick up the pace. I’m going to see about setting a day aside in my November break to work on this.
3) Finish playtesting and balancing for Scenario Book 1 – The First Contact War
In lieu of having everyone disappear and not actually do any playtesting as per request (which is a shame!) I’m going to see about running some potential games on the discord server this fall over the holidays. I’ll also try to be running some games at the local game nights to see if I can get some more playtesting data. We’re back to running monthly game nights, so all the better to test!
4) Finish the writing work for Scenario Book 1 – The First Contact War
Not started yet.
5) Introduce and post completed artwork
Those two Sintillan pictures (three actually!) have been finally written up and posted.
6) Go do a second pass on the artwork for Scenario Book 1, incorporating new details and design concepts over the past year
My current artist has completed all of their exams and work, and after a little bit of very well earned relaxation, they’ll be going back to the artwork that I’ve commissioned. So hopefully in time for Christmas. Maybe. We’ll see!
7) 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. Need to reach out to some of my friends/contacts, see if they know anyone.
8) Rename systems/planets that do not fit the universe setting
Not started yet. A few of the systems/etc. have been identified, and renames have been worked out for a few of them.
9) Look at the Solar Starfire Freight Handling Rules
Not started yet.
10) Set up a redundant deWulf data backup
I’ve reached out to a few colleagues for some useful information for a NAS, which was very enlightening. I’ve got a better idea as to both price point and potential equipment options. It might have to wait a little bit longer before I bite the bullet. Maybe Black Friday or Boxing Day. We’ll see…
11) Update the deWulf Story Document
The currently available deWulf story document on the website is, to be honest, really old. It was originally done as just a backup log, but with it out and on the website it does have some amount of actual attention. So the plan is to split it into three parts and then give it some short synopsizes on the website to explain (and more importantly warn) readers what’s going on in each of them. Mind you that’s not warn them of anything really questionable…. it’s more like my early writing is kinda… rough.
Which is another reason why this is so far down the to-do list.
12) Review Sketch Sunday
Well, I’ve run out of sketches. I’m still going to keep sketching, but Sketch Sunday as an ongoing thing is probably going to be dropping by the wayside. I’ve got an updated post scheduled for later this month that talks a little bit more in depth about this.
13) Designing a Space Navy series
Article 5 has been completed, and article 6 is all that remains to be done!