Sorry for the lack of posts. School year is winding to a close and so there's lots of things to do: grades, comments, awards, alumni, etc....
But right now I'm wracking my brain trying to figure out what it is that would make me want to DM for a long time without campaign boredom setting in. It would be nice to know what it is that pulls my attention away and installs a strong sense of ennui. Maybe it's the rules or maybe it's my lack of confidence in myself or maybe I really do just suck as a DM. I would like to think the last one is not true because a lot of folks want to play in my games. But that could also be because I'm an easy DM and the puzzles or challenges are easy. See, confidence....
What if I get bored with the rules? Or, what is it about the rules at 6th, 7th or 8th level that turns me off so? Honestly, I don't know. Maybe it's because I never have a storyline; the players make the story go. Or maybe it's because I have never learned how to make groups of monsters work together and make sense working together. I don't know. All I do know is that time is running out for me to make a decision and start a real campaign. So, here's the options I'm thinking about.
1) Swords & Wizardry 3rd printing as base rules. Add in a few extras like the Background table from the Dungeon Crawl Classics game and a few other character races like gnomes and mess with the magic rules a little. Set it in Blackmoor.
2) 1e house rules AD&D. My first love. Add in the 2e thief as a replacement option for the 1e thief. Dump half-elf and half-orc as races. Allow only the Big 4 classes. Still use the DCC background table. Disallow Chaotic Neutral and all Evil alignments for PCs. Set it in the City State of the Invincible Overlord.
And a new one cropped up the other day, Searchers of the Unknown. I stumbled on it in a reference on Jeff Rient's gameblog. It makes the PCs use the same stat blocks the monsters have in Basic D&D or in Swords & Wizardry. Nice little mechanic for saves and combat too. I'm going to give it a shot on Friday with a group and see how it plays out. It certainly has possibilities.
Okay, gotta go tutor a kid for an AP Physics test. More later.....if I can find the time.