Aight, so I'm trying not to get stuck in a rut.
I am slated to start up a Pathfinder game when the wife's best friend returns to town, which is in a matter of days. I'm trying to get my brain into "campaign kickoff" mode. I've been so preoccupied with making sure my knowledge of 3.x is functional that I haven't put pen to paper with regards to setting, et al. Normally, as I have mentioned before, I like to start each fantasy game in a completely new world. However, as I tried to generate ideas in my brain earlier today, I found that a lot of names I came up with sound "samey" to stuff I have come up with in the past. On one hand, I'm kind of tempted to embrace this samey-ness, because it reminds me of my pre-3.x burnout days when I had fun running it with my old group... on the other hand, I don't want it to seem somehow typical or rehashed. Hell, maybe I should give that crazy "bottom up" thing a try; it worked for my AD&D game. (Which, reviewing the old notebooks, was actually a pretty sharp departure from my usual stuff)
I also need to come up with something better than goblin raids for my first adventure. I need the beginning of this campaign to depart radically from the usual orcy-gobliny business that usually begins a D&D campaign. How, dearest readers, do YOU begin a campaign?
I will also make it known that this campaign will be, at best only semi-sandbox. I have two players (the missus and her bff) who enjoy story in games. I cannot abide a linear, on-rails game, however, so I'm going to strike a balance between the two. (if I can)
These creative juices need to get flowing, not only for PF but also for SWN. In another session or two (hopefully) the players will have repaired their ship enough to get off the planet on which they are currently stranded, and the game can stop being a high-tech dungeon crawl and start being a space adventure. In a way, it will be like starting the campaign anew. (Or like finishing the un-skippable demo part of a video game...)
The hour is late, so it looks like the serious brainstorming will have to start tomorrow.