#rpgaday2015 catch-up edition
Longest campaign played
I’m pretty sure the answer to this is the D&D 3e campaign played by my old Monday Night Crew, which ran about six years.
We started the game under 3e and finished under 3.5. I want to say we hit exactly 101 sessions. This was a Greek-mythology-themed game that began with basic dungeon-crawling fighting frog cultists and ended with us killing their god. The 101st session was one long battle with said god. Tracking buff spells alone involved reams of paperwork. I played a human barbarian, “Rurik”, from 1st to 20th level (he started as a Ftr/Bbn, but I went single-class once we switched to 3.5). I also added in a cleric, “Zenobia”, who started at maybe 10th and was played through 20th.
My friend Mark Pauna was the DM for this, and he is one of the most talented DMs I’ve ever played with. He knew the rules inside out and crafted insane encounters — he used monster templates, for Zeus’ sake. I had insane rules mastery over 3.5, largely due to him.
The runner-up is the “Metaforce” HERO 5th/5ER campaign I was in from about 2002 to 2007 or so. We did a bit of a reboot maybe two-thirds of the way through, and I took on the son of my original character. Like a lot of Champions campaigns, the GM’s world long pre-dated me, and it kept going long after I left. So, the campaign didn’t so much end as I just told them that I wouldn’t be coming any more. Good people,. but the group dynamic. both in-game and out, just kept chasing its tail. I’d had enough.