My fourth campaign is now over, officially. It's the second campaign that I actually finished, rather than just dropping and never getting back to it.
I want to say that it's the first campaign I ever planned to end where it ended, but I'm not sure that's true. If I remember correctly, the first Outlaws campaign did have a planned endpoint, at least roughly, but that's all this one had at first.
This is the first campaign I planned to finish when I finished it. Which I consider a greater achievement than finishing it where I intended to finish it, and more important. "Where" is just a personal goalpost. Getting too attached to it is a bad idea, better to let the ending grow out of the game itself.
But "when?" "When" matters to everyone. I know I'm going to have a situation like this come up again, when I know I'm only going to have sixth months to run a game, because people are moving, or someone else has a game they want to run. To know that I can pick a mark and hit it, that's a powerful thing. That's a valuable thing.