August 9th, 2017

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#RPGADAY, day 9

What is a good RPG to play for about 10 sessions?

All of them. I’ve stopped caring about long-term, open-ended campaigns. Instead, I want a focused narrative experience in which the goals and motivations of my character align with the story arc.

Long-term campaigns can be a thing of beauty, but most of them just sputter out and never reach any sort of conclusion. It can become an endless slog through dungeons, without any real goal to achieve. So rather, I’d sign up for a game where the basic plot is already decided upon, with a bounded number of sessions, wherein the plot and the role of the characters unfolds gradually each session. And then, after a few sessions, you get the big pay-off that ties everything together!

And after that, you can start a new short campaign — perhaps in another game system, perhaps in a different setting. I really crave that variety, to experience multiple stories instead of a few that just never seem to go anywhere.