The_Gekko_State I think what happens is I get so excited that the ideas just keep coming and before I know it everything is planned. There’s no room then for players to do anything. 🙁
Easy big fella, or fellessa...take a happy pill, because I think I gotcha here 😊. You in your happy place🌈? Good...
Now...I don't think that you are over prepping, just prepping in the wrong place and time 😲
So like you, I have more ideas than Beelzebub has flies 😈 and I give them free rein before I start a campaign. I will develop a world🌏, nay a universe🌌, complete with theories of magic and whether time is linear or wibbly, wobbly, timey, whimy stuff. I can go mad with this stuff🐙. The more I understand the universe and the rules that govern it, the more immersive experience I can give my players.
Next I develop a timeline of major events that are going to occur in my world, galaxy, universe, multiverse, stupendiverse™, [insert appropriate identifier here], IF (capitalised because it's a bigh if) the characters don't intervene.
Following this, I develop NPCs who are consistent with my world and will fit in with the timeline. I make these fuckers by the phallanx 😀😈👿💀👹👺👻
Next, insert characters and play game session. Following all the great Happy Jacks rules:
- Don't play with arseholes 💩
- Be a fan of the characters 📣
- Be story driven 🎢
- Make a shared experience 👭👫👬
- The only good joke, is an explained joke 😂
- a flaw is not a flaw if a tree falls in the woods🌲
- Wrenches are for throwing 🔧🔧🔧🔧
- Yada, yada, yada 👾👾👾👾👾
At the end of the session I adjust my timeline as a result of what the characters have done and I plan the first scene for the next session. Ta da! Sausage made 🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔 (you will have to make do with hamburgers, this site doesn't do sausages).
But Woah and woe I hear coming from the Gekko🐸, "I have more ideas! what do I do with them?" Well to quote from Blackadder "I have a plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel!")
- Open up your Hippocampus 🧠
- find a suitably dark corner ☠
- shove those ideas on in 🚮
- Let them coggitate like a well aged stilton 🍕
Then when your players do 1+1= 🗿 you draw forth an idea roughly shaped like 🗿 (and smelling like cheese) and dazzle your players with your brilliance 💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡
Alternatively you write them down and save them for the next campaign. 📜📌
Stork you may be a brother from another mother 😵