Well, I did not get to kick off the game as planned. A series of things led to the group playing a different game last week. The group decided to start playing a earlier in the evening. An old player from out of town was back, and two new players are joining the group.
The group decided to move our start time up by an hour. Long run, this is a good decision. Unfortunately, I had an appointment I could not change with the short notice. This along with a renewed focus on getting stuck in, will lead to more quality "game" time.
It was awesome to see an old friend. It looks like he will be taking a job in another state. Whatever gaming group he ends up with will have a great player.
The new players are going to fit in well, I think. One GMed the game we ended up playing and did a good job. I really enjoyed my character. A paladin, not to bright but very devout, seeing the world in stak contrast of black and white.
I don't know if the game we played on Thursday will be one of the regulars that we play. Right now we run an every other week schedule between two games. The other GM said he wanted to finish up his adventure, the new game was fun and players are excited to get to my game, so we will see what happens. we might go to a three week rotation or a just drop one of the other games, saving it for oddball weeks when one of the regularly scheduled GMs cant make it.
So, moving forward, I find myself once again with an extra two weeks to prepare, but with a new dilemma. I will have 7 players. I am trying to figure out a good way to make sure everyone gets some spotlight time and protect everyone's niche. Advice is welcome.