Hail and Well Met, Sean and Brett!
First off, let me just say that your podcast has been a big help in my GM’ing, as well as a bright light in this dark time with all the quarantine and whatnot. While I haven’t worked my way through the backlog of episodes, I have managed to take note of a number of things you’ve suggested to make games run smoother - like using the “average” dice rolls to speed game play.
On to the topic: When it comes to historical or even modern and near-future games, have you ever run or had an urge to run a game set in the city where you live? Does running such a game hold a special place in your polyhedral hearts or is it something you avoid at all costs and why?
From my own experience, I have mixed feelings. I’ve lived in a number of places over the years, but I would never run a game set in my childhood hometown. Running a game set in a larger city I’ve lived in, like Sioux City or Omaha, I have no problem with. I’ve even ported the concept of Omaha (historically known as “The Gateway to the West”) into SF gaming with the idea of Port Omaha.
Granted, it can be a bit of a challenge when you’re a newcomer or transplant like myself, but if you have good friends and players to help you fill in the blanks for the game lore, it lightens the load and makes the game a labor of love for everyone involved.
Keep up the good work and may you always make your saves.