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D&D Blog Hop: Day 25

Written by Darkwarren - Published on March 1, 2014

dnd40hopbadgeDay 25: Longest running campaign/gaming group you’ve been in

My current group has been together since October of 2000. Our current members have been playing together for at least 8 or 9 years – it’s been so long that I forget exactly. And you know what, that makes me extra grateful. I’m not thankful for possible memory loss, but for the fact that our group has been playing together for so long.

In terms of longest campaign, I’d have to say that we really struggled with “finishing” a campaign. Somebody would move, or a DM would have a kid (or a second, or third…) and things would have to go on hiatus. But the necessary yet dreaded hiatus would never yield a return to the campaign. Since we’ve played primarily 3.x or Pathfinder, most of our campaigns have been Paizo Adventure Paths. We started with Shackled City, but never finished. I DM’ed Age of Worms, but life got in the way. The first full Adventure Path that we finished was Savage Tide and it took us a little over two years I think. The next was Curse of the Crimson Throne, again it was around two years. We started on Kingmaker, but put it on… hiatus. So I took up the DM mantel and have been DM’ing Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition for a little more than a year now. They’re a little less than halfway through the Adventure Path so we seem to be on our previous paces of about two and a half years for an Adventure Path.

Looking forward, I would love to get back to being a player in our Kingmaker campaign if the opportunity presents itself. I would even like trying another game, like Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying. Whatever the case, the campaigns and characters may change but our players remain the same. We’ve also joked about gaming being good for our mental health (using both left and right sides of our brains) so we’ll all eventually end up gaming together in a senior living facility. Not sure if that’ll actually happen, but it’s not a bad way to spend my twilight years.

How about you?

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Written by Darkwarren

Matt W., aka Darkwarren, has been roleplaying ever since his older brother introduced him to the red box set when he was 7 years old. Since then he has game-mastered SSDC’s Battleords of the Twenty-third Century, WEG’s Shadowrun and Star Wars, and of course Dungeons & Dragons in a variety of forms. At thirty-four years old he takes turns on both sides of the screen with the group that he helped found in 2000 when 3.0 hit the stands and has met every week fairly regularly ever since. Currently they have been running a variety of the Paizo Adventure Path scenarios, so that’s his wheelhouse. He was almost famous when two of his adventures were green-lighted for possible publication right before Paizo relinquished the rights to publish Dungeon magazine.

Matt also has years if experience in improvisational comedy, fiction, and non-fiction writing. He is currently working and studying to attain a master’s degree in theology, to enhance his career as a religious studies teacher. Lastly, his greatest passion is his family, especially the three sons and dog that he shares with his wife in upstate New York.

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2 Responses to “D&D Blog Hop: Day 25”
  1. John R Blaker says:

    I started gaming with our currant group in 1978 or thereabouts. 36 years. We’ve had a few people come and go over the years. We currently have 6 members and I GM every other week.

  2. Darkwarren says:

    36 years! Kudos to you and your group, John!

    This is not meant to come across as snarky – because I have the utmost respect for such an established group. But to lend some perspective… I was born in 1978.

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