I'm going to try something a bit crazy - a mashup of West Marches (WM) and Princes of the Apocalypse (PotA).
Princes of the Apocalypse is a highly reviewed D&D 5e campaign that came out this spring. It takes players from level 1 to 15. There is zero chance I can schedule a traditional campaign of this type - calendaring is just too tough.
West Marches is a campaign style where there are 10-20 players but only 3-5 show up for a given sessions.
I already have ~15 interested players and I'm going to try combining WM and PotA over the coming months. I'd love any thoughts and tips you all have.
Here are some initial things I'm considering:
* There will be some frame story about why all the players are working together and interested in the main quest
* All players will automatically level up together so there's no penalty for missing a few weeks
* We'll be sending session recaps out so that folks can stay updated on campaign progress
* I'll likely create some side game / content for activity happening away from the table - i.e. what characters are up to between sessions or when not present