Late May Update—A Bit of Life Chaos
You may have heard that I've taken a job at Wizards of the Coast on the D&D/Forgotten Realms team. However, I'm not doing game design, I'm managing a database of lore and continuity so when Wizards needs to send info to a licensee (like a video game company), they can export the necessary data, and the licensee doesn't have to read sections of dozens of books from the past 30 years. My designer brain is completely my own, but I admit that having a full-time job does cut into my available time to write for Five Moons (in other words, I can't get 8 hours a day in on Five Moons writing, although between packing and moving I haven't had that much time free in a day in quite a while).
You may not have heard that my wife Jodi and I are getting an amicable divorce. Although that doesn't directly impact Five Moons, it is a bit of a distraction.
So what's next?
I have about four pages of armor and other equipment to write for the playtest. I'm devoting some time to that this coming Monday (Memorial Day, May 25th). And I have about six pages to write for the magic items chapter, just enough to present the basics. I'll be working on that over the next week or two (fortunately, my commute to Wizards is by bus, so I can squeeze in some writing time while in transit). Then, rather than sending it off to a graphic designer for a week to make the playtest document all pretty, I'm going to smash them together in Word and send out the PDF as soon as I can physically click the necessary menu items.
FYI, the finished parts of the playtest document currently add up to about 35,000 words, or about 40 pages. With the remaining pages for armor, equipment, and magic items, that'll bring us up to about 50 pages.
Thank you for bearing with me through these delays. I am looking forward to the playtest and what everyone has to say about the system.