[This is, I think, MOSTLY for Bill and Dave and Mike, but Margie and James are more than welcome to jump in.] We're closing in on some changes for a few characters in the very near future. Jason is clearly coming up (or just passed) some big milestones, and from a strictly mechanical point of view is either going to be a new playbook, a 'paragon of the city, for however long you have left', or a bot-maddened NPC lurking in the steam tunnels beneath Gardner Academy, soon. Bill's been talking about playbook shifting (either shifting Leo, or taking up one of the Newmans). Because of his connection to Otto, Aria, and Summer (and their connection to him), all of the major through lines of his story (Rook, Rossum, the bond with the team) flow uninterrupted and with much of the same force regardless of who the camera's keeping in focus. Also, this showdown with the Vyortovians might tie a bow on the "bull/family" parts of his personal story. Adam is definitely switching playbooks, probably before anyone else. It's not inaccurate to say that enough stuff is resolving either in 26 or 27 (which is really just part two of 26, in some ways), that we could take a 'summer break' and do something else. I don't *want* to (unless everyone wants a short palate cleanser), but it's the best way I can express how MUCH stuff is at a tipping point right now. So. While talking with Mike after last game, and then more in PMs, I realized there was actually a non-zero chance we could (accidentally) go from the team-as-it-stands to two new characters, plus an Adam changed so drastically as to not be Adam for all intents and purposes. And that obviously would have a real tipping effect on the team chemistry. (Not bad or good, but BIG.) Now, I am fairly certain nothing quite that drastic will happen (part of the fun of pondering possibilities with playbooks is to go "that would be neat, but not what we want to do"), but it was enough of a shock for me to say: "Hey, maybe we should put our cards on the table and say what we're thinking, so we can prepare for the next chapter a bit." HOWEVER. While I think it's good to talk this out, I will totally accept "I have a big reveal/conclusion/monologue planned for next session, can we wait til after that to talk about this?" -- I thought about this today, so I wrote it up today, before I forgot for another week. We don't have to DO anything with it until everyone's ready. I have a pretty good idea of at least some of what Dave and Mike are planning, going forward, but I don't want to sum any of that up until YOU guys say it in replies (on the off chance you want to wait until so-and-so happens in play, or you change your mind(s)). So. Reply. Or wait. Up to you.