A simple but loaded question:
When you start GMing a new campaign, how long do you expect it to last?
- Plan to play forever?
- Intend to play as long as you can, but not forever?
- Expect interest to flag eventually, quietly killing the game?
- Have an endpoint in mind (“This game will last for a year/for X sessions”)?
- 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?