Playing any roleplay game is easy. You work out what night your free and you turn up.
Running a campaign on the other hand is an altogether different kind of beast. When I was young, free and single I could block off a few nights a week for a couple of weeks and have plenty of time to draft up a new campaign. I’d also have a few spare hours a week to go over the previous session and prepare for the next one. It was easy to arrange but it took a lot of time out of my normal week. Not that there was anything else I’d rather have been doing though. These days I have a wife, 3 kids and a home to look after as well as a myriad of animals. Where am I going to find all this free time to write up the setting that I need or draw the maps I’ll be using?
As I mentioned previously I’m planning on running a one off Shadowrun game. I’ve managed to track down some old source books and a 3rd edition rulebook to get me started. We’ll be running the game using the 4th edition rules but I’m really only looking for ideas for the setting and to get a feel of the game again. It’s been a stupidly long time since I last played it so all I’ve got in my head is a basic Cyberpunk 2020 setting. It took me a good 3-4 hours to remember how the various races appeared and I’m still struggling to get me head around it. It’s not that I can’t imagine the various humanoids running about but that I have a very specific setting in my head for various games and I am really struggling to separate it from the Cyberpunk game.
So yeah, it’s taking it’s toll so far. I have a rough setting in my head so now I need to have a quick word with my players about what kind of character they’d like to play. As it’s a throwaway game I don’t want to have them make their own characters up. That will take up half the day when we could be playing but I also don’t like just randomly assigning pre-made characters to players. If I can get a rough idea of what they might like to play I can quickly throw together some characters for them and let them spend a short time pre-game personalising them. Hopefully that will go down OK with them.