Friday, October 29, 2010

I’ve written a 294 page 4th Edition D&D adventure, broken into 7 chapters. I’m looking for a DM with 4th edition experience to read it and provide me with some feedback. Of course I’d be happy to send you a copy if you are not experienced with 4th edition, or if you are not a DM. I’d be thrilled beyond words to hear that someone wanted to run it, but for now, I’d be more than content with a little feedback.

If you are interested send me your e-mail address and I’ll e-mail it along to you. Due to the images in the adventure the entire size is over 20 MB, but I can send it in a few chunks if that’s helpful.

This writing project has taken me about a year. I used to be an avid D&D Dungeon Master. Writing for computer games gradually took over for me about 10-15 years ago as my gaming friends scattered around the states and as I got married and had kids. About a year ago, I quit writing modules for Neverwinter Nights 2. It just took too much time away from my family and the progress was quite slow. It became more about programming and less about storytelling and true gaming. I did pick up the core rulebooks just over two years ago, and excitedly listened to the initial 4th edition podcasts on It helped me get a better sense of the game mechanics, but nothing substitutes for actual game play. Unfortunately that's just not in the cards for me now.

I could have written a balanced 1st or 2nd edition module without half trying, I have loads of experience. However I felt very compelled to write 4th edition material. I remain most concerned about game balance. I have a wealth of experience writing and running games, but none with 4th edition. They seem to have some idiot proof formulates suggested in the DMG, but this is what I worry about this the most.
The first two chapters are fairly well edited thanks to my wife. Chapters 3-5 have had light editing from me, but need more editing. Chapters 6-7 are in need of some cleanup, but despite the typos, and other grammatical problems, I’m sure someone could wade through them.

Again, if you are interested in taking a look at what I’ve done please send me your e-mail address and I'll get it to you. If someone is actually interested in running it after taking a look, please let me know how it goes.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hythum for 4th Edition D&D is complete.

It's done. Written. Finished. Ok, the last three chapters have not be edited at all. Chapters 3-7 need editing from my wife. Chapter 7 is very short (10 pages) and weak. It could use a better treatment, but it's done. I will take a good long break, without editing 5-7 for some time. I have no idea if anyone will use or even read all of this crap but its done. For a quick and easy warm up project it's taken me over one year to write. UGH! and Hooray all at the same time.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Chapter 5 is finished

Chapter 5 of my writing project is finished. Two more chapters to go. Chapter 6 is simple, and chapter 7 is quite short. I need to pull together some maps for Chapter 6 and set up a new word document to work in.

I have edited the 1st 4 chapters, and my wife has re-edited the first 2.

An internet friend of mine who is a very experienced and skilled GM has graciously agreed to skim the first few chapters as time allows. He's a busy fellow and what I've written is long, so I am thrilled that he will take a peak. He's got a copy of the 1st four chapters. I'm guessing it will be a few months or longer before he can skim them, but I am very appreciative of his time and willingness to look it over.

I don't know if anyone will read or play what I've written. I've questioned weather I will finish it or not. Given that there are only two chapters to go, I feel a sense of accomplishment and renewed energy for the project.


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Chapter 4 of 7 is finished

Chapter 4 of 7 is finished. Chapters 1 and 2 have been edited. Chapters 3 and 4 will be edited in the next week or so by my lovely wife. (Thank you wife.) Presently it's about 200 pages long.

Onward to chapter 5.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


I've got about 180 pages written and I'm definitely past the half way mark for my writing project. My wonderful wife has graciously offered to read and edit what I am writing. It is SORELY needed. There is a gentleman I know, a very experienced 4th edition DM who offered to read what I was writing. That was over a year ago, and he had no idea it would be this large, but when I hit 2/3 I may ask if he'll look it over.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Paper and Pencil Project

I have been writing a 4th Edition Paper and Pencil version of Hythum since last Fall. I'm through the first 3 and half sections and it clocks in at nearly 150 pages, I'm guessing it will be 200 - 300 pages when I'm done. I'm not quite sure where to post it or how to distribute it, or if anyone will ever read or use it.

I wrote to Hal over at last Summer/Fall and asked if he'd look at what I was writing. He was nice enough to agree, but I had no idea it would wind up being this long. I don't really feel like I can hold him to his kind offer, but when I get more done I intend to ask him and perhaps send it along.

It's in dire need of proof reading which is not my strong suit. My wife has offered to proof it, but D&D content is unusual to say the least and it may be difficult for her to get through it.

I've been travelling on vacation with the family so its been a few weeks and with the onset of summer I'm outside more and writing less.