I am writing an adventure based in Middle Earth, for anyone who hasn't read previous posts. I'm having some fun as I put it all together. I'm writing it all down using Google Docs.
Now, if I share the adventure and I don't mind sharing, I just worry that no one else will find it any good though they usually run well for me. No, the question for me is how much do I hold the next DM's hand as I write it?
For the most part, I figure that most "published" adventures are written with the idea of minimizing how much the DM will have to reference the core books, especially the DM guide. Personally, I don't see there being any way of not having the books at hand while running a game, especially if there's any degree of random activity going on.
No, I have decided to write with the expectation that the DM is going to have his or her books cracked open at the ready. I like to leave lots of room for random activity. I am also a facilitator at heart. I don't want to do it for them, but I do want to give them as many of the resources and information they will need to do it themselves.
I also want to give plenty of room for improvisation. What books is the DM using? The core AD&D 1E books? OSRIC? I'll let them decide what rules to follow.
So no, I'm not going to spell it all out for them. I am going to make them use their Random Encounter tables in the book while en route from one town to the next. That's what they are there for aren't they?
I will give them cues as to type of location, weather, geography and so on. I will give them basic information about the main NPC's they will encounter as well.
So, don't expect the typical "everything done for you" type of adventure when I do share it. It will probably look more like an outline. Who knows though, maybe other folks will have fun with it too.