2020-01-31 How's your campaign?

Have you been running your campaign for a while? I have some questions!

  1. How many sessions have you been playing, more or less?
  2. How long have you been running this campaign?
  3. Have you had long breaks? If so, how did you pick it up again?
  4. How many people are at the table when you play?
  5. How many characters are in the party when you play?
  6. How many players have you had in total over that time period, not counting guest appearances?
  7. Have you had guest appearances? How did it go? Did you gain regular players that way?
  8. What have the character levels been over time?
  9. What classes did the players pick? Did you add new classes over time?
  10. Tell me about some adventures you ran over that time that I might enjoy hearing about?
  11. Have the rule changes over that time? Do you maintain a house-rules document?
  12. Has the setting changed over time?¹
  13. How much in-game distance did the party cover, how big is the area they have visited?
  14. Have you used proprietary setting books? Like, could you publish your campaign or would you be in trouble if you did?

¹ Have you added cultures or regions after years of play because you read a good book? Have your players toppled governments, resettled people, or made other large scale changes to the setting – without that being the end of the campaign?



I blogged about it!

Anonymous 2020-01-31 02:34 UTC


@linkskywalker also posted about it: players and rules, setting

I also blogged about it. 🙂

– Alex Schroeder 2020-01-31 17:12 UTC

Hey Alex, these are great questions! My answers.

Nice to think about the game over the long-term like this. Thanks!

acodispo 2020-02-01 02:03 UTC

I love the idea of starting every campaign with the same few locations and having it develop in different ways, and still carrying over things like non-player characters and town features.

– Alex Schroeder 2020-02-01 07:43 UTC

I blogged about it, too. This D&D 3.5 campaign is just about to turn 10, and the PCs are almost all freshly level 20, having started at 1 (most of them, anyway).

George Dorn 2020-02-01 11:50 UTC

I also have fond memories of Red Hand of Doom and have reused parts of it in later campaigns.

– Alex Schroeder 2020-02-01 12:24 UTC

I've blogged about it.

Martin O 2020-02-01 17:12 UTC

Oh wow, that Grudlow is badass, and using an announcement, and strategy notes on bits of folded paper in the middle of the table, brilliant!

– Alex Schroeder 2020-02-02

Yep, I wrote something, too. It’s up on my blog.

Wanderer Bill 2020-02-01 20:24 UTC

Haha, I love the idea of using punks! As for LBB and Chainmail: Does mixing them work well? And how did you handle the one elf in your campaign, do you find the rules regarding elves to make sense or not?

– Alex Schroeder 2020-02-02

I took a stab, too.

deadtreenoshelter 2020-02-08 03:17 UTC

Darkest Dungeon was too depressing for me!

– Alex Schroeder 2020-02-08 07:54 UTC

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