The Dungeon Runner Dilemma

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By Dustin Tigner
9/24/22 Update

Dungeon Runner is back! Check out the Dungeon Runner Patch Notes for more information.

A while back, a fellow author asked when he could start a second series. This author had a neat idea he wanted to explore, but his current series had yet to be completed. Other authors in the community offered up their thoughts: after three books, four books, whenever you want, etc.

My answer?

I told the author to complete his series before he started another one.

I wish I hadn’t started two series at the same time (Arachnomancer and Dungeon Runner). They compete for time and mental space. They delay the other’s publishing schedule. And it can be hard to keep their worlds and characters separate.

I was sharing my personal experience, advising a new author not to repeat my mistakes. But I had already made a promise to my readers.

I was stuck. I created a series, which to me is an implicit promise that it’ll be completed. There was no going back.

I still believe in this promise. I still believe that Dungeon Runner has a lot more story left to be told. But the format and schedule are not working. Trying to juggle two entirely different worlds is not working.

A serial is meant to have a regular, scheduled update. Once a month would be acceptable. Once every two or three weeks would be exceptional.

Dungeon Runner started with a monthly release schedule. It quickly moved to every other month. Then I updated all mentions of the release schedule to be every three months before finally saying, “After each Arachnomancer release.”

I didn’t want to stop my progress in the middle of an Arachnomancer book to write a Dungeon Runner episode. This would have been quite disruptive to my creative process. But now, releases are far and wide between, and I’m forced to read through previous episodes and my world-building documents before writing anything new.

Obviously, this isn’t working.

What’s the plan, Stan?

Simply put, I will focus on one series at a time.

This has been a very hard decision because I don’t like disappointing people.

Once Arachnomancer is complete, I will return to Dungeon Runner. To be able to give this story my full attention will—IMO—bring out the most creative and fun adventures for you to experience.

Please accept my apology

I know this will be disappointing to many of you. I was excited to write the third episode and was even nearly done with the cover. But I know this decision is the right one.

Dungeon Runner will return and will be better than ever when it does.

Each episode tells a complete story, so if you haven’t read them, grab them now!

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