I really enjoyed writing yesterdays post. It was fun. My recent posts have been about campaign ideas, but I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something that would convey the mood of the campaign, as well as record some ideas and inspiration.
Initially I was stuck, and had no idea how to start. I knew I wanted to write about some of the ideas I had for Kinship, but I didn't want some boring notes. Then I had the idea to write it from the viewpoint of a character who finds themselves in Kinship. I think it worked well.
It was also very synergistic. Once I started writing, the ideas started rolling, and it was a stream of consciousness journey. I came up with new ideas for NPCs and locations. The snake farm/miniature golf idea is something I thought of on a road trip. I recycle a lot of ideas.
The character/NPC at the roadside attraction needs more work of course. I just added him for the creepy he brought. Is he good? Evil? Does he just really like miniature golf and snakes? Unfortunately, he doesn't get a lot of business on Highway 13. Of course he doesn't pay rent either for the property, well, maybe not in cash. *Cue evil laughter.*
The whole idea of Kinship came to me years ago. I had some notes I had written, but they were on a different hard drive. The computer was dead, but I had a good feeling that the data on the drive was still intact. I NEEDED those notes. Well, I found another old computer and installed the hard drive, and recovered the file. Success!
Reading my notes, there's one line that I wrote, that made me laugh. "No dragons... unless I change my mind." Kinship doesn't even need one dragon.
Well, not all of it was gold, but it's still useful. I had written down some notes about the college, and it's faculty of one. The college has an unusual curriculum, and a strange student body. More on that later...
Once I got most of yesterday's post written, I did some proofreading, and made some changes. I added a couple of things to beef it up a little. Now, I can take weird, roll it in strange, and sprinkle it with bizarre, but sometimes you don't want to go too far. I could have included ninjas, but they just didn't fit. It would have been too much.