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I speak from experience when I tell you that starting them at a young age can be done. I began playing D&D (2e) with my two sons at ages 8 and 3 respectively. We have gamed together for over 10 years now, and both my sons have gone on to play and gamemaster with their friends (2e, 4e). We are all now learning 5e. First of all, I can not overstate the ...


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Systems As one part of this, I would take a look at the wide variety of RPGs now available that are aimed directly at younger players. In order of ascending complexity, I would first look at the following games: Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple: I had an absolute blast playing this game with the designer a few GenCons ago - so you and your wife won't get ...


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Challenge just means interesting and engaging so give him what he enjoys. For my kids when they were young, they mainly seemed to enjoy laughing at crazy hinjinks (usually involving assorted bodily fluids and trickery). For children, challenge simply means "play." I wouldn't read anything more into it, or try to engage on an adult level. My advice is to ...


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The Champions Complete book might be just what you're looking for. According to the product description At 240 pages, Champions Complete includes everything superhero gamers need, and nothing they don't. New players will love the unmatched freedom of Champions that allows them to create and play exactly the hero they imagine. Longtime fans will ...


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May I also suggest the Hero System Sidekick book. Here is what the store says about it: Sidekick contains all of the core HERO System rules, including character creation, combat and adventuring, and equipment ? but without all of the additions, options, and details found in the standard rulebook. Sidekick boils the HERO System down to its essential ...


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I recommend taking a look at story-driven RPG systems. My favourite/most familiar example is Dungeon World, but I think 13th Age is a similar approach (and may be more familiar to you with a D20 background). Conflict framework In terms of the challenge, I recommend creating a conflict framework for your story. By this I mean some way of easily ...


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I made the switch to 5e from 4e last month (preparing for new 5e campaign that is), having my first 5e session today. My six-year-old daughter has been watching DnD videos on YouTube with me for a few months, and likes for me to read through some of the player handbooks aloud. So it shouldn't have been to surprising that during our campaign tonight, my ...



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