My previous campaign.
I loved my campaign, especially the characters. Some of those characters I have been working on for years now that I think about it... almost seven years. And I find I can't let go of them, or their world. So what do I do?
There are two obvious answers to this.
1) write a book
It would probably be something targeted to a younger audience, girls in junior high or high school. The characters I created were made in that vain, around the same time I really got into Tamora Pierce. She's a fantastic writer who has a lot of strong, young female characters in her stories. From her I was inspired to make one of the protagonists. With that in mind, the story I will be writing will be for that age group. And I would have fun with it too, since I have technically written some of this before. In high school this was supposed to be a trilogy, and I wrote 2/3 of it. I have a lot I want to change at this point, so it would be a huge rewrite, with a lot of background written before I would start the actual story. The background idea leads to the next idea...
2) create a campaign setting for an RPG
I've ran a campaign in this world, why not use all the characters that made this world the way it is? There is a question if to use a pre or post PC world. Both have a lot of potential, but I think I would rather go pre with some twists. Certain PC-NPC connections became pretty important, and a lot of my PCs are worth immortalizing. The question is with what system? Considering how important politics are in this game, I don't think it would work with the current D&D system. Too much focus on combat. I could also just write my own system but I rather just work with the characters and the setting, and use a good system created by someone else.
And then there's the idea of
3) write both.
This could potentially suck out all my energy from finding a "real" job. I doubt this will even be slightly profitable. But I might just do the crazy thing and actually do both. It's a risk, I know, and I do need a real source of income soon. But if I could help make one person's RPG experience awesome, or give one person a fantastic story... why not?
Over the last month I realized how hard it is to get these stories away. I can't run away from them. I have to write them down. Why not share the story?
Also, if I did the RPG idea, I would definitely keep you all updated here, with sneak peeks and such. I just have to figure out everything.
Someone told me I seemed like a person that needs big projects. And he was right. So now, since I'm out on my own, I need my own big project. This will be it.