I finished my campaign. It ran from Feb 28, 2016 to Oct 20, 2019 over 74 sessions. Each session was 4 hours long. That’s 296 hours of content, or over 12 days of time. My first 1 to 20 campaign is complete.
I started the game with half the group as total strangers, and only having a cursory knowledge of the other members, but we all wanted to play. During the 3 and a half year long game we got to know each other. My son and one of my player’s daughters started kindergarten the same time and call each other brother and sister now. Two of my players got married (not to each other), and everyone except one of us moved during the life of the game. The game/friendship survived all of these routine shaking events.
The events of the game may be fictitious, but the friendship forged from the game is real. That is the magic of this game and that is why we play. Dungeons and Dragons is nothing more than a game or a toy, but it is also a gateway to breaking bread with real people and sharing a story that you can smile about for years to come.
So, pull out 4d6. It’s time to start rolling up characters for the next adventure.
Congratz. You have done what I feel is all most impossible, a long term campaign. The best part of Roleplaying would be the friends that are made during games. I hope you keep in touch with everyone that played and continue running games. Don't fall into what happened to me, having to wait years to get back into it. Life is tough, kids, wives/husbands, jobs all take so much time make sure you have time to flex your mind and keep DMing!
This really is a story of awesomeness! It's so hard in this day and age to get that sort of long term commitment and no doubt speaks to the quality content you brought to the table each and every session.
Like the outro reminds us - "keep on dungeon mastering"!