So I had just stared a new campaign after my long 3 year campaign had ended. I took about 3 months off to polish the starting area and make sure things were going well. The first session went terribly! We had a problem player who brought outside beef to the table and it was not great bit the ended up not coming back after that. This left my table with 2 players, my good friend and my girlfriend, we played 3 or 4 sessions mostly of travel as they fled from a village they pissed off. It was going well, a bit slow because of some gritty realism rules we had talked about and all liked.
A few months ago, I lost my job, my post Covid symptoms got worse, and I fell back into depression. I stoped running the game. I felt bad but I didn’t have the mental energy to create more content, and I didn’t want to just make content and it be bad and ruin my campaign, so I called it off.
I’m finally starting to be able to think about my campaign again but it’s causing me stress because I don’t know what to do. Part of me wants to scrap the whole thing and start over. There is a lot of content in this world that I love, and really want to share but I feel like it’s been so long, and the first bit wasn’t run well enough that I should try again.
Part of my worries is that the rules we had agreed upon are now to harsh for such a small party. I feel like every fight is going to kill them, and that’s part of what I want it to feel like, but at the same time I’m worried I can’t run as interesting encounters. I know the early levels should be more role play focused at this low of level with this small of party, I’m just not sure how to do that from where the campaign stands right now.
I know this shouldn’t be causing me stress because it’s a game that is meant for fun and all but it is. My question is should I bring it up to the players to reset the campaign? Or maybe just a rule change and the story get slightly altered? Or should I just let it die? I’m Not really sure what to do so any advice is helpful!
- Consider having a side campaign
- Fixing DM burnout isn’t (always) as simple as taking a break. Diagnosing what’s causing the burnout is important.
- How Do I Stop a Rules Lawyer?
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