What is the Dungeon23 Challenge? According THIS GIZMODO ARTICLE Dungeon23 is a challenge to create a dungeon room everyday of 2023. The challenger’s goal wasn’t so much as to get people to create a mega dungeon, but to get people to create something every day. In that spirit I have taken the challenge and bastardized it to my own ends.
I didn’t see this article till the last few weeks December. I immediate thought it was a good idea and I’ve been preparing for the project for the last week or so. I didn’t find out about this challenge until after I set my goals for 2023. I thought I could use it to fit my goal to get back to streaming on a more regular basis.
I thought I would talk about my goals with this project
I have three goals I’d like to achieve with this project in 2023
The main goal is to create a condensed dungeon focused campaign by the end of 2023. If I end up doing none of the video aspects of this project and still manage to finish writing a campaign in one year, I’ll be happy.
The secondary goal is to stream me creating this content on Twitch. By the end of the year I plan on streaming on weekly basis.
The third goal is to create videos from my streams to upload to YouTube. I have no set goal on how many I would like to have done by the end of the year. This is the least important of the three goals.
With the heavy use of random generation I’ll be using in this project it’s really hard write much about the campaign but I have spent hours working on a framework to build from.
I know that the setting will be on a large island that was once one huge city. The ruins of this city are on every part of this island, an island which can take several days to travel from end to end. The civilization who built the ruins are long gone and are nothing more than myth or legend.
The Island was cut off from any naval travel from the main island for hundreds of years. The curse which caused storms to surround the island was removed by a group of adventurers around ten years ago.
There will be at least one major hub city, the Capital City, which is also the only real harbor to note on the island. I don’t have many details about the city or government yet. This is the first thing we’ll be generating on stream.
There are also many particularities on the island. The most notable one is that, despite its relatively compact size, it has many different natural environments. You can walk into a desert from a forest into a swamp all in the matter of half a day’s walk. There is often very little rhyme or reason for when one environment begins and another ends but they are relatively well established and predictable. The island’s inhabitants have never had to worry about an environment changing and their wheat farms suddenly becoming a desert.
I’ll be honest, there is some anxiety associated with Streaming, but it’s something I’d like to tackle this year.
Streaming on Twitch will be the main vehicle for public interaction with this project. My goal is to create the bones of the project online, mostly through a combination of random generation and genuine real time inspiration.
I did a test stream of the content I’d like to make for his project back in December and really enjoyed it so I have high hopes for this project.
Over the course of the year the content will naturally go from random generation of content to the creation of plots, encounters, campaign stories and more creative content. By the end of the year I hope to have gotten to the point that I’m streaming once a week.
The YouTube videos for this project will heavily depend on what kind of content I capture while streaming.
Most videos will be of me generating random content ideas for the overall campaign. This will be especially true for the first half of the year. When I get into less random generation of content the video format will likely evolve
Later videos might end up being a video of me describing one or more previously generated content ideas. I would write a script that explains what we’d like to create from those ideas, go over some goals of the content we are creating and describe how we’ll work on it through the accompanying stream. I will then condense the stream into an interesting video using the intro that I scripted
I’ll be working with Praxius on this project, a good friend for over twenty years. We’ve been playing table top games together since high school and we both have a love for creating.
We have frequently talked to each other about our personal projects, from campaign worlds to our own tabletop game systems, but never have we really worked on a joint project. We decided it was time.
I will be the one streaming, making YouTube videos about this project and writing the occasional blog. Praxius will be focusing on taking what we create on stream and using that as an inspirational spring board. Dale and I are both creative people, but I’ll be the first to admit he is better at detail work, which is something I struggle with. I think we will do a good job at complimenting each other’s talents.
Can I Get A PDF?
So, you’re interested in getting your hands on this upcoming masterpiece? Well, you’ll be in luck, Praxius and I have a few ideas.
Ultimately we plan on selling the campaign we create from this project but we would like to do some sort of bi monthly content drop as well. For these drops we would focus on random elements of the project, develop them a bit more, keeping in mind that it can be inserted into any campaign. Sort of magazine like.
For my part I will probably give away some of the work we do on this project for my monthly supplement I post on my Patreon in addition to any content we sell.
Looking To The Future
I’m excited to start working more on this project. It gets my creativity flowing and scratches that Dungeons and Dragons itch.
Truth be told, a lot of my excitement is coming from being able to work with my friend Praxius. I’m not sure if I could succeed alone on creating a finished campaign supplement.
Even though I am very excited to work on this project, I still need to keep in mind my main content, my LARP content. I still need to keep my YouTube content a priority, as well as my podcast content. This is probably tertiary project and goal for the year.