I’m running every other week for 2.5 hours each session, so they’re relatively short. I hope to wrap it up in a couple weeks which is session 6. I am only wrapping it up because I want to give others a chance to game with me via Patreon, forums, etc. So yes, the game can be run for long-term as you define a campaign as something longer than 40-80 playable hours. I mean, it does have character advancement, and could easily be a game similar to the The Expanse tv series.
Stress. I have been dolling that out versus having someone roll a save. Actually, I do both. When they level up they can erase quite a bit. Which some players have done. THere is one that has 9 stress. Of course if he rolls 2d10, he can still come in short of a heart attack, and he’s past the point of ‘laser focus’. If it makes sense, doll it out and don’t be stingy. I mean, how often is the player going to be stressed? It’s not at every turn…unless you have a game that warrants that. Let the players deal with it. “You see someone literally blow up in front of you…take 1 point of stress.” Stuck on the same ship, they encounter the alien, “take a point of stress, OH!! and you have a scientist that failed their roll, take another one.” Now that player has 3 stress and you know, as the Warden, you’re going to keep the foot on the gas if you can. Use it to propel the game. Give the players choices, and let them decide, “shit, I am WAY stressed and need to find some solitude to bring all this down or I’m going to suffer”… if they decide to push it…panic sets in, but it doesn’t mean they die. If they see the Alien again, do I inflict stress or have them make a fear save? Maybe, but you can decide the person saved vs fear before and another save is not warranted. That prevents it from getting too crazy.
Space is a crazy place. It can mess with your head and you can run into a LOT of things that just don’t make any sense. It doesn’t have to! Ok player, it’s because of dark matter. Let’s see a player argue that dark matter doesn’t work that way. LOL. Really? Because we don’t know shit about dark matter and now you’re the resident expert. Fucking DARK MATTER!!! That’s why. LOL.
Hope this helps. It’s a great game. Some people will just grok it and some will say ‘no thanks’, but it will because of their own personal preference to genre than anything.