Questions tagged [kids]

For questions dealing with topics relating to pre-teen children in tabletop gaming. (Do not use this tag for issues simply relating to child characters in a game world. If you're asking about issues relating to teenagers who play tabletop games, use the [teenagers] tag instead.)

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Can a player replace their pre-generated character with a new character they create, partway through an adventure?

I'm a new DM playing Lost Mine of Phandelver with two other adults and our kids, two 11-year-olds. We started with the pre-generated characters; I'm playing the Dwarf cleric as an NPC. One of the kids ...
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Recommended minimum age to play Puppy Day?

I read the rules for Puppy Day a while back, but I've started thinking about introducing it to some of my nieces and nephews who are between 5 and 7. The rules (which you can download for free here ) ...
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How do I handle kids' conflicting goals?

I'm playing Amazing Tales with my two daughters (an even simpler version, actually-- we don't really make characters with specific skills, I just let them be whoever and we make up a story while ...
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What homebrew dice mechanic can I use for PvP in Amazing Tales?

I've recently started playing Amazing Tales with my children. As a summary of basically all the mechanics of the game (it's pretty simple since it's targeting children), each character has four skills,...
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Jurassic Spark kids game needs to distribute fun more evenly [closed]

I recently made up an outdoor kids adventure game that is really fun for most, but could use help with making the game more fun for ALL the kids. I conducted an anonymous survey afterwards and some ...
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How does GMing a game for middle-schoolers differ from older and younger players?

My daughter has asked me to GM a D&D5e game for her and her friends, who are all aged 13-15 years of age. In the US this puts them in middle school, an age of interesting transitions. With ...
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What's the simplest class for a child?

I've been asked to run an adventure for my girlfriend and daughter (7). What's the least complicated class she could easily get to grips with? Is there a generally considered easy starter class? ...
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Which role playing games are suitable for a family with children under 10? [duplicate]

First post; please be gentle. I grew up in an environment with no exposure to role playing games (only child, frequent relocation, no base of friends). Now I have three children of my own. I want ...
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How do I deal with a friend constantly changing the rules and claiming my characters? [closed]

On behalf of my 12 year old daughter: My sister and I LARP with a friend based on different shows we watch (Glitter Force, Sailor Moon, and others). We have a lot of fun coming up with different ...
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What would be an easy-to-understand class for young children?

My son, who is 6, loves playing D&D with myself and his older brother. He is all for creating a full fledged character, and for the most part understands what is going on. However, during play, ...
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What Edition of D&D Would be Best for Children? [closed]

My experience with D&D is not as extensive as most. I used to play 3.5 years ago and have never been in the DM role before. I have six children that are interested in the game that have never ...
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An intro session for young teenagers - how to plan it?

I'm about to start Game Mastering for a group of kids/young teenagers (10-14 years old) at a local kids club. The players have some tabletop boardgames experience, never played an RPG; however, they (...
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What is the best way for me to re-learn D&D rules to be a DM and introduce game to kids? [closed]

My daughter, who is about 12, recently was given the Starter Set for D&D. She has never played before and would like me to DM for her and either her friends, her sister, whomever (assume none ...
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What success rate design is the most "fun"?

I'm looking for researched answers here, not just your feeling of what you like best. I'm setting up a lego based rpg for a bunch of young children, and my friend and I are trying to figure out what "...
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How to add challenge to a RPG-like experience for a three year old

This is an offshoot of this question, and comes in part from a comment recommending this blog post about "Advanced Doggies and Dragons", a game developed for a four year old by a gaming Dad. I have a ...
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How to enjoyably include a 4–5 year old in a D&D 5e game

My eldest daughter is nine, the same age I was when I got into the hobby. With the new edition of D&D out, it seems like too much of a fun co-incidence to give her her first taste of role playing ...
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How do you handle distractions caused by small children?

A friend of mine picked up the starter kit for 5E. After some discussion, we have 4 players and a GM ready to start a campaign. Three of us have little or no experience, while the other two have a few ...
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How do I foster enjoyment in the type of make-believe required in RPGs in a child who isn't old enough to play RPGs?

I have a four year old son who, when he gets older, I would like to introduce to RPGs. What types of non-RPG activities should I be doing now to foster enjoyment in the kind of make-believe that role-...
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Roleplaying game without (first person) violence? [closed]

Most roleplaying games include weapons, and hurting, and killing (and looting!). Moreover, some (if not most) systems seem to be made for that. However (though I do enjoy such games), I'm trying to ...
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FAE or Dungeon World as first game for kids, rusty DM?

I'm looking at FAE or Dungeon World for a first RPG for some ~11 year olds with me as a GM (who hasn't played anything but AD&D in nearly 30 years). The kids are interested in a D&D style ...
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New players missing the big picture?

Ok so I've just started my two daughters on their first ever Pathfinder campaign using the pre-built TC1 "Into the Haunted Forest". It's going ok, they are having fun, but they seem to be overlooking ...
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Minimal RPG for kids [duplicate]

I am looking for a game that I can play with my kids ages 9 and 6. The rules of course need to be easy to understand and easy to remember. Eventually I'd like to go deeper and play more ...
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Classroom RPG for kids [closed]

I work with students that have a lot of difficulty performing roles that benefit the group as a whole. Their mentality is that they all want to be the winner or at least play the most important part, ...
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Can the New World of Darkness be played with kids (11+)?

I used to play WoD many years ago (before the revised editions and the gehenna/apocalypse/etc). Now I want to get back playing WoD with my daughter and my little siblings (11-14)... They are fine ...
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Are there any adventures designed specifically for younger children? [closed]

I have been running an Advanced Heroquest lite game for our 5 year old and he is ready for something with a bit more story and plot. Are there any sources for adventures out there that are young ...
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What's the youngest age to play D&D? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When and how should I introduce my kids to RPGs? Hi there, I have four kids aged 11-6. I used to play D&D when in my teams and loved it, and would like to introduce it to ...
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Getting started with Champions

Long time ago I played Champions by Hero Games. Now I have kids who have taken an interest in RPG's so I thought I would introduce them to Champions for Christmas (Shh! Don't tell them!) So the ...
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My children want to start playing RPGs; at what age should I allow them to participate unsupervised?

Some games, such as Dungeons and Dragons, come with ratings/recommended ages before they can be played. Are those accurate? Beyond the ratings, are there any general guidelines I should follow when ...
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How do you switch from parenting-mode to GM-mode?

Directly related to this question. My players are my children, aged 7 through 14. A GM has a different relationship with players than a parent does with children. A parent tries to encourage and ...
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As a GM, how do I keep Dungeons & Dragons more interesting for young players?

Currently, my group of players is my children, ages 7+ through 14+ (and several in between). They all are really excited about playing, but I am having great difficulty keeping them all interested ...
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When and how should I introduce my kids to RPGs?

I grew up playing and DMing AD&D 1st edition. Have played a few other systems like Paranoia but really know the AD&D system well enough to not spend time constantly looking up rules. Do you ...
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What should go into a campaign synopsis (for kids)

My kids have complained that they want more back-story on my campaign world and they want handouts (must be genetic or something). So I'm writing a campaign synopsis. I'll be honest I'm very, very ...
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Are there any good tabletop RPGs for young beginning players? [closed]

I'm looking for a fun, easy to get into RPG for my kids. It could be simple and card-based, or more "normal" tabletop style. I'm looking for something less bloody and dark, and more fun and easy to ...
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