Well, it is with a heavy heart that I’ve finally decided to shelve my Forbidden Jungle campaign indefinitely.
My design never really progressed very far, and I fear that most of the potential players would rather adventure in a more “standard” fantasy world than the lethal Lost World sword & sorcery environment I was planning for Forbidden Jungle. Rather than water it down with high fantasy, I’ve shifted gears and am starting to work on a new, more traditional campaign setting.
Though I am disappointed that Forbidden Jungle won’t see the light of day, at least for the time being, I am actually quite excited about the new world. Like Forbidden Jungle, it’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long, long time. Hopefully I’ll be able to make some real headway in the next few days and will unveil things shortly.
Now that I’ve made the decision, it feels like a weight has been lifted and I am ready to charge in on the new project.
I know that a number of readers have expressed a great deal of interest in Forbidden Jungle, and I’m sorry if you’re disappointed. I am quite disappointed, myself. Hopefully, the new campaign will take shape as I intend and it will be a worthy substitute.
UPDATE: Now that I’ve started on the new setting, a brainstorm has led me to wonder if many elements from Forbidden Jungle can’t be worked into this new world. Much of it would fit very nicely, and doing this would eliminate the risk of the Forbidden Jungle becoming stale after a while, something I’ve felt was a bit of a risk.
At the same time, I don’t want to sell any of the Forbidden Jungle ideas short by editing them down to fit within another environment. This new campaign is going to be intentionally smaller-scaled, and I don’t want the Forbidden Jungle to just become a single encounter area. A couple of the ideas I was working on simply won’t fit within the space I’ve allotted for the new setting, so they’d have to be trimmed way back or ditched entirely. I’m not sure if I want to do that, but I also know that it might be the only way Forbidden Jungle sees the light of day for years. Or for ever.