Being busy with 5e speculation actually had me skip over the little gem about the changes to the 2 page tactical adventure layout.
I'm happy and saddened by this.
I'm happy because with my adventure writing, I tried my very best to stay with the 2 page layout system. Because of this I had to severly shorten some of the areas of my adventure. Sometimes leaving out details that were semi important, leading me to have to find a way to incorporate those clues elsewhere in the adventure. I hated doing it, and large swatches of text were deleted to fit things on 2 pages.
Then the change to the official adventures were changed out.
I agree that there isn't as much information put into a 2 page layout, especially when you are introducing 3 or 4 new types of never before published monsters. And I fully believed that it boiled down adventures to digestable encounters and took away from large area exploration. Sometimes, it's just cool to come upon a underground waterfall.
On top of that, I like to put information on how the monsters should fight. Many times intelligent creatures should flee if they know they are in a losing situation, perhaps even raise an alarm.
The sad part is, I have already gutted large portions of text and ideas from the adventure in order to fit the 2 page convention. Now I have to go back and see if I can put back what I had already excised while still keeping it sounding as good as it did the first time I wrote it. Remove things from places I don't want them and put them back to where I got them.
It's like editing what has already been edited to fit back to what I originally wanted. It's frustrating and liberating all at the same time. I'm just going to have to sit down and do it as soon as possible so I can continue. I really wish to get this done before the next opening of the flood gates for submissions.
Speaking of submissions, I have put upon myself a large near in surmountable amount of work to get done before the next round of submissions are closed. Even if I get about 15% of it done I will have at least 1 adventure a couple of one off encounters and 2 or 3 articles on vermin. So here is hoping summer in Vegas wears off quickly so I can stop going out and having fun, and start sitting in the house and writing.