In March of '09 I actually started using MythWeavers to play games, instead of just a storehouse for character sheets. I joined a couple of games that, naturally, failed in short order. About 3 weeks into my PbP career, I realized that what I missed the most about tabletop games was everyone taking a turn GMing games. Now, usually, when it happened in tabletop we also changed games with GMs. We didn't have a lot of continuity, but it was high school and who the hell cared as long as we got to act like dorks in every game.
I asked in General Discussion about doing a rotating GM game and pretty much everyone told me it was sure to fail and a bad idea. Well, I had 50 posts or so to my credit, and what the hell did those old timers with thousands of posts know?!? I decided to go off the reservation and try it anyway. So I tried Game Planning and asked again. A couple of folks expressed some interest. Good enough for me.
A couple of days later I created the game. Took a couple of days since I had to write up my ad, and then edit it about 10 times as I changed and changed and changed my mind on things.
The game ad had 5 responses. Everyone got in (Tsuyo). I advertised on another site where people meet up to arrange games in any system. We picked up one more person (Narrow). We had 7 total.
And Lost Episodes was officially underway.
I had never GM'd a single game of Saga, and hadn't seriously GM'd in, oh, centuries.
That first game, looking back, was poorly paced and I'm amazed the game kept going. It also served to eliminate a couple of folks. By August we were down to Narrow, Tsuyo, and me. The Second Generation was recruited. Again, everyone who actually bothered to apply got in. Freeclint is the only survivor.
A couple of months later we opened again. The Third Generation was recruited. I laugh when I read the ad for this wave. We gained Chimaera, who I half got the idea joined just to see Tsuyo in action. :P I also think this was the only ad where we actually refused someone with a completed application because we had too many apps. That still boggles my mind too.
Ten months later we opened for the Fourth Generation. Once again, we took everyone with a full app. Michael is still around.
Now, we're 3 weeks shy of our 2nd anniversary. Congratulations to everyone.
As usual, I will be rewarding the group with some sort of birthday present. I'm thinking a feat and a rebuild, but I'm open to ideas.