It was in January 2018 when I first planted the seed with a fellow co-worker. Six months later, we had all played nine sessions of my homebrew campaign. Dungeons and Dragons had consumed us all and it was (and still is) glorious.
I can’t express how happy I was to arrive at my friend’s apartment to see six other co-workers sitting there ready to play. I was surprised, grateful and terrified.
Fast forward nine 5 - 8 hour sessions and I finally feel I’m hitting my stride as a DM. The players have hit level 5, are invested in their characters and I have an overarching story with ideas for player growth and side quests to weave into it.
My style has changed from an exposition focused narrative (I wrote a good few pages for use in the first few sessions!) to a more player focused one. It’s a style I really enjoy and has only become easier now the players seem to know their characters more.
I’ve been lucky enough to be a player in other campaigns too which is important for me to improve. Our Paladin is running a pre-made campaign and another friend also runs one-shots when he can so I have more styles to draw from and incorporate. I’ve still got a lot to learn!
I want to start sharing more thoughts about this ongoing adventure going forward.