Done. Just... done.
It's been two weeks since we played. We were an every-Saturday gaming group. But the 2ed playtest has destroyed that. Vague excuses have been the hallmark of this playtest, including last weekend's "I have to be out of town next weekend. I'm sorry I didn't tell you earlier but I'll be out of town. I know it's really short notice but I can't be there that day. Sorry."
I have been open about my problems with this system. I have been open with my players about these problems. I have not pretended they'll be fixed because I have not seen major fixes thus far, only vague tweaks of broken rules and the vague sense that it might get better if only I let psychology convince me I'm here because I enjoy it.
Maybe my players only put up with it because I'm GM and therefore they feel I have an element of power over how bad the rules are. I do take notes about their complaints to condense into posts here. There has been the hope that their input means something.
I had Arianna's player talk to my other players. She told them nothing more or less than what I've been saying: we don't have to do this, I know the rules suck, it hasn't been fun for anyone, we have options that aren't this.
That broke the dam. This playtest is over. It's not fun. Fimbly's player isn't even convinced 2ed is a game at all. I know it's an incomplete game but that's not an excuse. If a car frame has square wheels I don't need to see the finished car to realize it's not going to drive anywhere.
To be honest, this playtest has strained the trust my players have in me as a GM. That's why after 9 years as a forever-GM I'm stepping down. I'll finally get the chance to play a character. That is, if my gaming group hasn't permanently shattered because of this experience.
I plan to look at PF2 when it comes out, in that I plan to go to my FLGS and look at the book before looking at other more interesting things. If I'm feeling charitable I might pick up the book and open it to see how little they've listened to their playtesters before putting the book back on the shelf.
We're sticking with 1st edition Pathfinder. If that means no new content then we're fine with that.
I'm not even annoyed that we spent money on this playtest. I'm too burnt out to be annoyed.
Doomsday Noon is over.