Hogar's Journal

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Hi,

I've had some traffic on my blog through this Forum so I thought I'd let you know that I've a bit of an edit of the first third or so of Hogar's Journal.  If you are interested in having a read from the start you can take a look here.


I have also uploaded  the latest encounter here. for anyone who might have been following it.

If you have not played H1 Keep on the Shadowfell or H2 or Thunderspire Labyrinth but intend to please be aware that the blog does contain spoilers, although the encounters themselves were heavily altered by our DM so it wont give yu much of a heads up on what enemies to expect.

Please take a look and if you're so inclined let me know what you think.  I'm really eager for feedback.

Also does anyone else do this sort of thing?  I expected to find a lot of this sort of thing on here but having searched have struggled to find much.

Thanks for reading.
http://hogarthehalforc.blogspot.com - Hogar's Journal A dramatisation of my regular game.
I haven't done a journal blog.  But on occasion I do post something to give my players context before we begin a campaign. 

A friend and I have considered creating a compilation of material from the next campaign and trying to do an open license book with it.  This makes me consider doing something of the sort though.


Interesting idea, I'll probably do a bit of reading when I have more time and give you some feedback.

You can just follow the links to my profile and check out my blog if you are interested, nothing to long there.  Mostly just bits and pieces.      
...and in the ancient voice of a million squirrels the begotten chittered "You have set upon yourselves a great and noble task, dare you step further, what say you! What say you!"
Having read Stories from the Mist and The Singing North I think you should give it a go.  You are certainly able to capture a mood.

The issue with writing a book based on a campaign is, I think, that any good story needs a protagonist.  In any campaign all of the players will probably consider themselves the main protagonist and if you as DM (I assume) decide to write it up you'll need to choose one in order to give the book any sort of direction.  

The advantage of choosing a first person perpective, whether in the form of a journal or perhaps a memoir, is that makes that decision obvious.  It  enables me to ignore lots of other player's turns that Hogar doesn't see.  I chose a journal because it enables me to blog on an encounter by encounter basis without having to wait for an end to the campaign that might be years away in real time.  The disadvantage to this is that I'm bound to meander over the years rather than have an obvious plot driving the storyline.  

If you decide to start publishing please let me know. 
http://hogarthehalforc.blogspot.com - Hogar's Journal A dramatisation of my regular game.
I have also added another chapter to the blog

hogarthehalforc.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/1...

After this we will be leaving Thunderspire and onto to a homebrew campaign of my DM's design! 
http://hogarthehalforc.blogspot.com - Hogar's Journal A dramatisation of my regular game.
I've read a few of the journals, you do well with the writing.  I don't know if this is just the actual lines of the enemy but try to avoid cliche statements.  I think the journal has potential, just take a little more creative license with the dialogue.  The rest of it was well written. 


Mostly I'm speaking about worn out lines like I've been expecting you, dispose of them, etc.  For better or worse generations of writers before us have worn these expressions out to the point where they rarely pack the punch the author is looking for.  


For the purpose of the journal ( I don't know if you are doing this or not) altering some of the events or dialogue may produce a richer text.  Theres really no harm in changing something to make sure you are avoiding cliche plots or dialogue.  


Your description of the cauldrons was very good, transitioning from one aspect of the cauldrons to another and then back to the room was flowing, so kudos on the descriptive language.        
...and in the ancient voice of a million squirrels the begotten chittered "You have set upon yourselves a great and noble task, dare you step further, what say you! What say you!"
http://hogarthehalforc.blogspot.com - Hogar's Journal A dramatisation of my regular game.
I've read a few of the journals, you do well with the writing.  I don't know if this is just the actual lines of the enemy but try to avoid cliche statements.  I think the journal has potential, just take a little more creative license with the dialogue.  The rest of it was well written. 


Mostly I'm speaking about worn out lines like I've been expecting you, dispose of them, etc.  For better or worse generations of writers before us have worn these expressions out to the point where they rarely pack the punch the author is looking for.  


For the purpose of the journal ( I don't know if you are doing this or not) altering some of the events or dialogue may produce a richer text.  Theres really no harm in changing something to make sure you are avoiding cliche plots or dialogue.  


Your description of the cauldrons was very good, transitioning from one aspect of the cauldrons to another and then back to the room was flowing, so kudos on the descriptive language.        




Thanks! 

Yes that text was almost verbatim what appears in the H2 encounter.  For a blog/fanfic I don't mind a sprinkling of cliche personally, but I take your point.
http://hogarthehalforc.blogspot.com - Hogar's Journal A dramatisation of my regular game.
Updated.  The first part of my DM's new homebrew campaign.

hogarthehalforc.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/1... 
http://hogarthehalforc.blogspot.com - Hogar's Journal A dramatisation of my regular game.