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But again I hope that all of my worries are entirely unfounded, that Core is an unmitigated success, and that even I'm playing a game or 2 here in a year. But the way that these worries have been addressed and worse how it feels fears have been dismissed rather than being assuaged by some of those most fervently championing has done nothing but increase my concern
However, your response to my anxiety about trying to return to the campaign is also quite dismissive.The current rules hurdle for new or returning GM's is real and monolithic. I'm a GM with 35 years experience, a former VC, somebody who has been a Tier 1 GM at Gen Con multiple times (as well as a room captain in Season 1), and helped to run the first ever PFS session. Yet I find the onus of catching up to run a current scenario overly stressful and off-putting. If I were somebody who had never GM'ed it would be even worse.
While I may have to learn something new for a specific scenario (assuming I GM a scenario which has something new, many do not), at least it has been reduced to smaller portions. And more importantly, it is something I can learn as part of my preparation in advance, rather than after somebody shows up with a character I don't understand.
And once I have progressed on that slower learning curve, maybe I will feel ready to once again return to the primary campaign.
Is it a legitimate concern that there may be conflict between the campaigns, especially in less active regions?
Is it a legitimate concern that some players will drop out?
Is it a legitimate concern that store owners will move less product via the Core Campaign.
Yes to all.
However, this idea also will bring in new (and returning) players and get new (and returning) GM's to step up. It will help to re-invigorate the back library of scenarios. And, it allows limited replay for those folks who are running out of options.
Only time will tell if the concerns outweigh the positive opportunities. For now, we're only looking at opinions and speculation.
My opinion and speculation is that this is a great option which will eventually grow the Society as a whole.