I know Balin's Remanant hasn't started yet..but following from a brief conversation with Brind and Ptolomy the other day, and in light of the nice new content in and around Bree, I'd like to propose another "group" idea to run after Balin's Remant is done.
The idea is to have a group of characters from Bree or its surrounding villages, who have some connection with each other, be it relatives or friends. I'm toying with the idea of giving them a shared secret from the past, perhaps they were secret witensses to a murder or other crime, and this will come back to haunt them at some point.
The intention is to make this a pretty hardcore group, with some challenging house rules to really make them fit the lore as much as possible. For example, no sorcerers or druids, clerics must be healers, and are the only ones allowed to use raise scrolls. Permadeath will be enforced, and magic items limited to those that can really be justified (ie improved armour is fine, AC amulet is not). I'd like to see healing kit use in combat restricted too; enemies will naturally be adjusted to suit the reduced power of the group, but all the same the feeling of danger from venturing into the wilds should be real.
I would aim to try and run the group once a week, and for the characters to find their own reasons to explore beyond the confines of the village. Any alignment could be possible, if anyone wished to be one of Ferny's goons for example. I apologise for the slightly vague nature of this, as the idea is bouncing around at the moment, but if anyone is intersted then please indicate below. In time, I will insist on an IC background for your character to be posted, and I'd like to see a dedicated story thread for this group, to which all participants are expected to contribute regularly with their character's point of view of events.
I have no idea how long this will last...they may all die of exposure on Weathertop in the second week or they may end up in Minas Tirith in six months time.