Feel like a bit of a thread-hog, sorry :(
Thanks! I'm really lucky to game with some long-running groups!
Spaceward, Ho! kicked off in October of 2014. My Dying Lands of Laria Pathfinder campaign ran from June of 2013 until February 2016 (hint: the lands went and died). And the crew that I play the Abirsta campaign I've mentioned for has been gaming together in various systems and settings, since October of 2013.
RTR, I think, is a big part of that; these guys are serious, dedicated, passionate gamers. Their "Miskatonic Society" Call of Cthulhu SOP (semi organized play; the three-month-long "seasons" I mentioned they run for ~15-25 gamers at a time) is entering its fourth season starting tonight (well, assuming it doesn't get snowed out). There are folks here who've been gaming together for decades. It feels really awesome to be a part of that.
You might like some of the weightier implementations, like the awesome Mindjammer, which is just 600+ pages of crunchy hard scifi goodness powered by Fate, but at the end of the day, I totally accept that the system's not for everyone. And as much as I might enjoy ragging on D&D/PF, there's just nothing quite like building a badass Level 10+ Pathfinder character with all the bells and whistles. It's fun, but a different kind of fun. One where I think I prefer playing, rather than running.
That Fellowship of the Bling AAR I mentioned is a really fascinating look at how randomization and system-rules can generate fascinating story, though, so you might dig that, @Tom_Mc! I played up the random map element a lot, but the main thing is that it's run on a pretty pure interpretation of the system rules, so there's reaction rolls, randomized HP, all that stuff, and all rolls are done "in the open" as I recall--no fudging (this is also how I prefer to GM, truth be told). Watching the very talented GM there twist and spin to turn that insane experience into a compelling storyline is really, really fun.
Absolutely agreed, and if I can, it's the only version of D&D I'll ever play again. Probably. Well, okay, I do have a fondness for B/X and BECMI-based OSR (Old-School Renaissance--games that recreate and modernize the oldest versions of D&D) titles. And I've got like $300 worth of Pathfinder shit that I'd hate see go to waste forever.
But mostly 5th Ed!