A simple but loaded question:

When you start GMing a new campaign, how long do you expect it to last?

Do you:

  1. Plan to play forever?
  2. Intend to play as long as you can, but not forever?
  3. Expect interest to flag eventually, quietly killing the game?
  4. Have an endpoint in mind (“This game will last for a year/for X sessions”)?
  5. Discuss any of these options with your players?

Based on my experiences as a GM and player, #1 is the most common (often unspoken) mindset for GMs and players alike, #2 is the second most common, #3 can be very difficult to avoid and I really wish #5 happened more often than it does. Also, the older I get the more appealing #4 becomes.

What do you think?