I wrote my last #dungeon23 room today!
I have no idea what I’ll do with the Black Furnace next, if anything, but I’m proud to have finished it.
This is only my second or third dungeon ever, and by far the largest I’ve ever created. It’s a rough draft, but everything starts out as a rough draft, right?
I’ve got nine levels mapped by hand, 365 rooms all typed up, and plenty of notes. There’s still lots to create (monster stats, treasure, encounter tables, etc.), but with a couple hours’ work I could start running this tonight and just develop the later material as the party delved deeper into the dungeon.
I’ll have to fight inertia to avoid the default option for what to do next — which is doing nothing, the all-too-common default option! The logical thing to do would be to revise it and publish it as a megadungeon. But I’ve been playing a lot of DCC RPG lately and loving the compact, gonzo dungeons featured in its modules, which suggests another option: trim 50%-75% of the Black Furnace’s rooms, making it a merelylargedungeon rather than a megadungeon, and revised and publish that version.
For now, though, I’m just going to take a beat. The Black Furnace has been my daily companion for a year, and I’m ready for a little break.
Happy new year, Yore readers!