UPDATE: This month has changed!

With the introduction of #Monstober and #Promptober, several of my other writing projects are being moved up a month or two. I’m still using many of my selected game systems in addition to some D&D 5E stats for the involved games. This month has taken me by surprise with these two idea-generating inspirational posts.

This month we’re going to do a few different things as we get ready for the Hallow’s End festivities.

I usually spend a lot of October watching horror movies, drinking pumpkin spiced everything, and putting together Role Playing Game stuff of various kinds. This is about the time of year I really start jonesing to play D&D again.

This year is probably going to revolve more around Dungeon Crawl Classics and/or Old School Essentials by Necrotic Gnome. I’ve kinda decided to leave 5E alone to a certain extent for now. Sorry, family. I’m just frustrated with 5E right now.

My rough schedule outline.

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Medieval fantasy aspirations aside, I’ve got a few other ideas in mind. I’d like to create an adventure for Monster of the Week. I just love this game too much to put it down. It might relate to a larger campaign at some point. I might also take some time out to work on more of the backstory arc for the Des Moines Remote Viewing Society. Dan, Brenda, and Tom aren’t done by any stretch of the imagination.

I’ve also got ambitions to possibly create a found footage adventure for Slasher Flick by Spectrum Games. Again, something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m a big fan of Blair Witch Project and several movies that came after. It’s a fun genre and the system/style of Slasher Flick is perfect for it.

Some of the best episodes of TV shows and issues of comics revolve around Halloween.

The superhero genre is awesomesauce this time of year. Think about it. A bunch of people dressed in spandex, wearing capes and domino masks fit right in this time of year. It’s also right around the time of year I used to work on a lot of stuff for game days and conventions.

I have a couple of adventures written for other games back when that I’m planning to bring over to ICONS. If for no other reason than I’ve been missing true supers adventures as of late and it sounds like fun.

I’m also working on a Halloween adventure for Power Rangers Super Lightning Force. Most of the Power Rangers series seem to have a solid Halloween themed episode, so why not? This year’s villain is going to be bigger and scarier than a skeleton with some neck problems, though.

A lot of my usual stuff will be getting the October treatment, too.


I’m still working on my Hexcrawl campaign, the Ogrenomicon, game reviews, d12 tables, my DCC adventures, new monsters, campaign world building and a lot more. Plan to see a lot of skeletons, zombies, vampires, liches, and all new Un-dead.

I’m also working on a quiet project when no one is home that I’m hoping to launch in the near future if it comes together. It’ll be a lot of fun. I also acknowledge it’s a lot of work.

This is also my favorite time of the year in terms of weather. I plan to walk outside more. I usually meditate outside more.

Speaking of real-life stuff, we might even sneak in an article or two about real life paranormal experiences. I was into ghost hunts and UFOs years before I got back into RPGs heavily again. I still have plenty of interest in beings we can’t see or hear with our meager human senses.

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November is NaNoWriMo.

Oh, this is also when I usually prep for NAtional NOvel WRIters MOnth. NaNoWriMo is usually kind of a big challenge for me. I wasn’t feeling the groove last year in the wake of my “perfeshunall” and personal life being turned upside down after my untimely release from that place.

Having to look for employment, deal with the government, and cope with the stress was just too much. After February’s short fiction exercise, I kinda think I’m ready to give NaNoWriMo another go. Even if I don’t finish, it’ll be a nice project for November.

October is when I begin thinking of plots, creating characters, writing bios and getting some kind of outline together. My strategy is to ease into it this year. While I have a schedule already in the formative stages,

I still don’t know what I’m going to write about. More on that to come. I always have mixed feelings about the darn thing. Augh the angst. 🤪

You can head on over to NaNoWriMo.org for all the details.

We’ll see what else pops up in the month of October. It’s going to be exciting. Thanks for stopping by, as always. I truly appreciate all of you with all my heart.

Author: Jeff Craigmile

I'm a tabletop role-playing game writer and designer from Des Moines, Iowa. I'm the father of four boys and human to three cats.

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