A while back I wrote down some thoughts on games I wanted to run during 2017 and provided a short list of those I thought we could realistically be able to play this year.
We are now playing Masks of Nyarlahotep (Call of Cthulhu 6th edition), which is a mega-length campaign that would realistically take a year or more to complete. In our youth, this wouldn’t be a problem since we played several times a week and the “recruitment process” was like:
“-Do you guys want to play D&D this afternoon?”
These days it’s an online mail/Google Docs/Texting affair to (i) set the next play date, (ii) get people to say yes or no and (iii) decide the location. Basically, you have decided about a month in advance. So much for spontaneity…
These ALC™ (adult life complications) is why I try to think of my more recent games as TV-show seasons, thus being able to break the story at a convenient point in order to be able to play something else without scrapping the previous game entirely and we can always come back to Season 2 of the game when we feel like it.
Games that I’d very much like to run like tomorrow include:
- Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2e/Zweihänder (The Thousand Thrones – dark fantasy)
- Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition (Ravenloft – Gothic Fantasy)
- Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition (Greyhawk – vanilla fantasy but with my own darker touch)
- Castles & Crusades (Aihrde/Haunted Highlands – vanilla fantasy but with my own darker touch and with a nod to old AD&D)
- River of Heaven (basically OpenQuest in space – Hard SF in the vein of The Expanse TV-show)
- Call of Cthulhu 7th edition (to try the new system – maybe run a short adventure to get a feel of the rules)
- Delta Green (the new edition, but also the old CoC 6th edition)
- Achtung!Cthulhu (CoC 6th edition WW2 coolness)
- Dark Streets (Renaissance d100 variant set in 1800s London – Victorian Horror galore)
When we wrap up Season 1 of Masks of Nyarlahotep (probably after the New York chapter that has now swelled out infinitely – I mean, I’ve got side treks and ideas that have come up due to the PCs actions, that would fill a year of play if we wanted – I will run any one of the games in italics above. It will probably be “Curse of Strahd” for 5th ed D&D, but Warhammer is a strong contender as is both Delta Green and River of Heaven (although, for those I have to write completely new adventures, so it’s easier at this point to run a published adventure, mainly due to my exponentially increasing workload).
Life was definitely easier when I was a teenager…