I wrote Night Witches in 2007, and it was completely terrible, and I put the whole thing in a drawer. Many years later my skill and gaming technology sort of advanced, and I saw a way forward for my terrible game, and pulled it out of the drawer again and started working on it with new experience and new tools (really, reading Apocalypse World was all it took to re-light that fire).
The core play loop for Durance originated as the meat of a game I wrote to emulate the arc of romance novels, which hadn’t gone anywhere but was perfect for this new concept. I pulled it out of the drawer, tore it apart, and used the good bits.
I have many games in the drawer, waiting for something to click or to be stripped for parts. How about you? What’s waiting in there, to be perfected or re-used?
RULES FOR THIS THREAD: Please don’t respond with suggestions of similar games. Please don’t otherwise discourage.