Well, I haven't written anything in almost a year. I am not really surprised, life pulled me away from the blogshpere for awhile. Happens.
Well, I did start a game last year, 5e, might have spoken about it, might not.
Two of my players had characters that were part of a game a few years back. They loved the interaction between them two of them and wanted to sort of "reboot" the game. We had a few new players since then and I decided, why not. I de-leveled them to 5--which is good since they were pretty powerful at 8 and 9 in 2e. Had a monk and a thief swashbuckler. At this point, WotC had just recently come out with rules for the swashbuckler path of the rouge. (I think it is a bit broken, yet I let the guy play. He was a human ginsu for most of the game. Might have to change a few of the things if I use it again.)
Overall, I loved the game. We had some high points and low points. There were times I wanted to toss the game and do something else. But, I pushed on and avoided gamer ADD. The game survived the holiday collapse that many games go through and made it until last night.
It was a bit rushed, I felt that I could have done several things differently, yet in the end a good game.
And, because of that I feel a bit sad. I am sure most of you out there have run and completed most of your games. Yet, this was a first for me. Most of my games have always ended half way done, or a false start and never played again. There is a sense of accomplishment, a sense of loss and under it all there is the knowledge that I ran a halfway decent game.
It isn't as if I am going to stop prepping for the next game. I have some great ideas for the next one. Yet, I will be sitting back and letting someone else run for awhile. Been some time since I have let someone run for any length of time. A time to recharge and experience the game from the other side of the table.
Going back over the campaign in my head I am struck by some of the flaws and mistakes I made. And also some of the things I just pulled from thin air that my players loved. And I know that going onward to the next game; a diesel punk D&D, think Rocketeer, Sky Captain and a touch of Bio-Shock all thrown together. But, it is in the early planning stages and we will see how things shake out.
But for now, I will sit back and play. Been some time since I did that. And I know I need it.