So basically I'm leveling up and am able to "create" a Stronghold. I mean it's not my 1st house, but it's "my first" house....as in all me and just me. So the first thing I have to do, after "evicting" the previous tenets (i.e. bought the house) was to secure the premises.....in this case change all my locks.
Now I'm at the cleanup and slowly moving in phase.
Anyway, clearly that's my real life at the moment, but I've yet to be able to do this in-game. I did get close once. My DS Invoker got a high enough level and saved up more than enough coin. The tipping point was my PC getting a Pseudo Dragon familiar, so then he was all set to "retire", build a library, and begin his practice (he was working on being a Doctor of sorts)*.
I've never GM'd a player building a bonafide Stronghold either.
In-game I like the idea of a Stronghold/Library/Whatever, but it seems to me to be more of a goal....a journey, not really a destination, something to work towards, but probably a campaign-wrecker if it ever came to fruition. While I can certainly come up with ideas for adventures emanating from the Stronghold, or during it's creation, they just seem way too different from the types of adventures during the normal murder-hoboing.....
So basically I see the creation of a Stronghold as more of an end-game thing. Retire the PC and maybe bring them back out here & there for one-offs. I often have some sort of end-game idea in mind for my PCs. My current OSR Magic User doesn't have one....yet, but my last HackMaster PC was expected to return to the homeland and probably die leading a rebellion to free his enslaved brethren. I was hoping that'd be an epic campaign, but alas the gaming group broke up and I haven't touched that PC since.
Usually I like to pose a question to the
12 13 readers I have here at the Tavern and the obvious one would be if anyone has built a Stronghold before, but what I'd rather read about is if/how many of us envision an end-game for their PCs. Not just what, but when (level?), and what is involved in that thought process?