February 26, 2013
My name is Alonzo, and I’m a campaignoholic.
Every time I get a few games into a campaign, I start to get an itch. I get bored and frustrated with problems that keep coming up, and I think about how great it would be to start with a fresh slate. Then, I’ll get a great idea for another campaign. In my free time, I’ll start planning. Before I know it, I don’t even remember what I was doing in the old campaign, and all my time goes to the new one.
I stop playing for a few weeks, and say I’m too busy. It’s halfway true. The other half of the truth is that I’m sick of the campaign and don’t know if I ever want to go back.
Even when a campaign has been going a long time and everyone is enjoying it, at some point I suddenly get a miniature midlife crisis. Will I still be playing this two years from now? Is it going anywhere good? Are the best parts of it in the past? Is it holding me back from new and better things? All sorts of pointless questions like that.
A few weeks later I decide I want to play again, so I bring everyone over and tell them to make new characters. The sad thing is, they’re all basically used to it. They get mad at me when a character burns to death or gets hit with a harpoon, but when I tell them that their characters were erased from existence on a whim, never to be seen again, they nod and roll new stats.
I usually write these posts to give some kind of advice. Not this time. Right now, I feel like I need advice from other people.
Does anyone else constantly restart campaigns like this? Have you found a way to stop yourself? Is there a point when long campaigns pick up momentum and start to get easier? Has anyone played with a DM who does this? Is it entirely frustrating, or do you enjoy starting over too?
Sorry for all the weird overly personal insecurity posts lately. I promise I’ll get back to writing normal posts soon.