I like to think my Gamer ADD is under control. But the fact of the matter is, I have far too many systems I like than I'll ever have time to run. Take fantasy alone: Rolemaster, Burning Wheel, Rules Cyclopedia D&D, Palladium Fantasy, Epic RPG, Iron Gauntlets, True 20....the list goes on.
Like a lot of folks, I've kicked around the idea of a homebrew system. Its already a bit of a joke in my gaming circle that I tend to houserule and streamline whatever system I'm running at the moment. The thing is, yeah, I could (and do) just run short-term, limited campaign arcs to get my fix of each system, but I really, really love a campaign that clicks and goes into long-term play. So what am I thinking? Take what I love about each of the systems I want to run, and somehow mix it into a cohesive, rules-medium whole.
Chances are, it'll be a wretched mess when I'm done. I'm counting on that, in a sense. But in a larger sense, I think its going to be a really cool exercise--really read and tear into all those systems, and see what I really dig about each one. I imagine I'll also find parts I don't like in practice so much as I thought. Either way, I think doing this will give me a clearer idea of all the things I want out of an RPG--and perhaps let me step back and see what I utilize and lean on as a GM.