Unfortunately, as gaming groups mature there will be occasions when one or more of the regulars can't make it to a game session for various reasons. People get jobs, get married, have kids, and so on. As stupid as it sounds, these things can reduce your spare time.
You have been warned.
Pete: Hi everyone.
GM: Hi Pete. Okay, let's start.
Pete: But... Jim's not here.
Annie: Not. Coming.
Pete: Did I miss something?
Annie: I don't want to talk about it.
Opening Crawl: Episode III - REVELATION OF THE SITH. War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Sith Lord, Count Dookû. There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere. In a stunning move, the fiendish droid leader, General Grievous, has swept into the Republic capital and kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine, leader of the Galactic Senate. As the Separatist Droid Army attempts to flee the besieged capital with their valuable hostage, two Jedi Knights lead a desperate mission to rescue the captive Chancellor....
Pete: But... You two have been going out for two years. What happened?
Annie: I said...
Pete: Okaaaay. And where's Sally?
Ben: Pyjama party at a friend's place.
Pete: So it's just the three of us?
GM: Yes, and you're in a massive battle against space dreadnoughts bristling with atomic missiles. <sigh> That I designed for five PCs.
Pete: All right!