I've noticed a bunch of posts about building a better DM and improving ones DM skills. I've come to realize something over the years: a good game needs good players.
I'm stuck in a rut because of my regular group of players:
My dad plays a neutralish fighter with a cross of knightly and forester characteristics.
One of my oldest buddies always plays the freakshow supernatural character, usually a spell caster but not always.
Another plays a hulking marauding pillager.
One youngster plays mr unlucky...he'll go through 6 characters in the same time everyone else is on the same character they rolled up. He doesn't mind, he's not really wreckless but he gets his character killed so often he really hasn't gotten his groove.
My son plays a slight oddball marksman youth longing for greater things.
This happens in every campaign we play. For three of them it's pretty much described the past 25+ years of game play. I've seen such trends with other regular groups of players and it leads me to imagine this might be a universal problem. For games to be different players have to be able to play different characters.
Better DMs need better players.