I with I could have been able to play in our game. It is a rare opportunity to be able to take part in game of this magnitude. And after seeing all the effort put into the game I'm even more impressed. I envy our players for this experience.
Technically it would have been possible to also be a player. Staying away from all the plots and such and only focus on the technical parts of the game during the building. But that would have limited my ability to participate. I would have needed to stay away from certain parts of the systems to not get any spoilers.
But being a part of the organizing team has been a great experience as well. Being part of building something this big is something as rare too. And being able to deliver this experience to all the players is rewarding as well.
And I won't be left without a small part of the player experience after all. I do have a small non-player character role to play. So I still get a bit of the player experience as well. So in a sense I am privileged to get the benefits of the both side after all.