At present I have two D&D groups. One is halfway through Savage Tide, the other is moving towards the conclusion of my homebrewed County of Ulek campaign. Most of us are very interested in 4th edition.
One “advantage” that I have is that the groups meet every fortnight. Why is this an advantage? Well, if I use published adventures, it gives them a chance to be released before we finish the last one in the series.
At present, I’m becoming very fond of published adventures. This is mainly because I’m feeling somewhat “burned out” for plot ideas. This isn’t a new feeling for me; unfortunately I’m not a font of new ideas and most of my good games generally come from adapting other ideas to my uses. I also tend to be more of an overview person when it comes to game plots: I can come up with the goals and long-term story, but the actual details elude me or are disappointing.
So, when the Ulek game ends in another few months, I’m going to dive into the first of the Wizards adventures: Keep on the Shadowfell. There seem to be a series of D&D 4e adventures coming out relatively close together, so given the advantage my group has, we shouldn’t have to wait long stretches before the next adventure is out. As I recall (checking with the EN World info page and Amazon.com), the schedule is:
So, if each adventure can keep us busy for about 4 sessions, everything should be fine.
Exactly what will happen with the Savage Tide group, I’m not quite sure. We began the campaign in April 2007, so I expect it will conclude about December 2008 (or thereabouts). It’s taken us 19 sessions to reach the end of part 6 of the adventure, or half-way. Another 10 months would take us up to December or early 2009.
At that point, I’d really like to play a Pathfinder AP. Of course, this assumes that Paizo has begun producing their first 4e AP at that stage. (I think it’s likely). I haven’t bought any of the current Pathfinder adventures for a variety of reasons – most of which boil down to not having a credit card and being enticed by a lot of boardgames whenever I’m in Melbourne. (To be fair, given the approach of 4e, I have enough 3.5e adventure material to take me through the last days of 3.5e and then there should be quite a bit of 4e material as well).
I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Dungeon AP as well once 4e comes along. Honestly, which one I use will depend on how it connects with my sensibilities. I’m utterly sick of undead and cthulhu/horror style APs, which underpins both Age of Worms and Savage Tide. I’ve enjoyed the Paizo APs, but I need a change.
Why APs instead of individual adventures? Mostly because they give a structure that I find very useful with my gaming groups.