Hey folks, yesterday I told about one of the players wanting to change our campaign’s system to D&D after we tried it on a one-shot. So I started talking with all the players (personally and as a group) and we’ve clearified some very important things:
The end of the year is coming, our vacations are almost over and we are soon getting back to college, by then we will definitely have way less time to play (we play online so it will be a more time constraint than anything else), so we concluded that it would be best If we tried to “rush” to finish the campaign before getting back to studying and whatnot, and this is key to understand the problem.
Our last session felt very, very rushed, and it was far away from being the best one. Even though the story was really pushed forward, as the villains took their biggest step towards their goal (which is bringing an ancient god to the mortal realm, where it would feast on mortal souls) it was kinda of a boring session, we had some very bland encounters, as I was more focused in bringing the story forward, I didn’t put much effort in trying to bring up cool descriptions and being creative when using the monsters, while the players weren’t very creative on their side either.
So this last session left a bad taste in our mouths, and we didn’t notice that it was purely our fault. With that said, our most engaged player was preciptioulsly thinking that maybe If we change the game system we would have better sessions again, but after sitting down and talking we concluded that we had screwed up with Dungeon World, and not the contrary.
I think that this became very clear after our D&D one shot, as most of us didn’t really saw much of a change: yes, the rules were different, yes the combat was more tactical, but the experience in itself wasn’t better, we were just doing the same thing we always did in a different manner.
In the end, we all agreed that playing more is not the same as playing better, and agreed with staying on Dungeon World, taking a more careful aproach, even If we get to play it less beacuse of college. I’m very thankful for all your great responses, guys, you are awesome.