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How does GMing a game for middle-schoolers differ from older and younger players?

Since you asked for anecdotes: I had a pre-teen player join my table once (he was the son of one of the other players) and his character concept was just a mary-sue as you fear. He basically wanted ...
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What's the simplest class for a child?

The Fighter is a simple, easy to play class The Fighter is traditionally the simplest class available in D&D, which holds true in 5th edition. It is generally well suited to new players as it's ...
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Can a player replace their pre-generated character with a new character they create, partway through an adventure?

If everyone at the table is ok with it, there's nothing wrong with letting a player have a new character. Everyone is meant to have fun in these games, and if a player would have more fun with another ...
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How do I handle kids' conflicting goals?

First, let me say I commend you for playing with your daughters that young — I GMed for my daughters, but not at that early age. From their perspective, if Parent says this is a fantasy game, and I ...
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What's the simplest class for a child?

You don't even need to give her a class to play. Consider giving her this as a sheet: Princess daughter Age 7 HP 30. Ac 15 Sword d20, 1d8 Bow d20, 1d6 And that's it. You could include a line ...
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What would be an easy-to-understand class for young children?

"...many times he has already decided his path and just wants to play". He's off to a great start! Are his decisions negatively impacting the experience for other players at the table? If not, ...
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What's the simplest class for a child?

Find a D&D-esque Game Designed for Kids I have zero experience with "real" D&D (or any tabletop RPG) but I like what little I know about it and have recently been more interested in playing. ...
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Can a player replace their pre-generated character with a new character they create, partway through an adventure?

Yes, this is OK It's great that one of the kids wants to play their own character. The game should be fun for all players, and if one of them does not like his character and would like to play another ...
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What would be an easy-to-understand class for young children?

Is your son having fun? Is anyone else actually experiencing a problem related to this? Because if not, don't mess with his character. As you say… We will offer hints to help him, but many times he ...
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What's the simplest class for a child?

As Carcer states Fighter is generally the most survivable class; however, I don't think one class can be objectively called simpler than another. In order to make D&D 'easy' to play, you or her ...
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How do I handle kids' conflicting goals?

You're the GM--create an opportunity for win-win and help them find it themselves. This is a great opportunity to work on some basic conflict resolution with your kids. You should mediate a discussion ...
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How does GMing a game for middle-schoolers differ from older and younger players?

You generally don't have to change much. I have not run a game specifically of DND 5e with middle schoolers, but I played DND 2e when I was in middle school and I've played other editions with my ...
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How does GMing a game for middle-schoolers differ from older and younger players?

Two concrete things I learned: about team play and player removal The hard one is how the "can't have you at the table" comes off. Player Removal: talk to parents face to face I guessed right when ...
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Can a player replace their pre-generated character with a new character they create, partway through an adventure?

It's Fine ...Especially when dealing with kids that age. I would raise an eyebrow for adults doing that sort of thing (and even then, maybe still allow it once) but more out of a sense of, "I'd ...
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How do I handle kids' conflicting goals?

[Dear Reader: if you haven't yet tried Amazing Tales and have the chance to do so with children, please do. It's really awesome. Absolutely my go-to for introducing kids to RPGs.] I ran into a ...
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What's the simplest class for a child?

Animal companion. If your girlfriend doesn't mind playing a ranger (or wizard), the kid can play her helpful wolf or raven or platypus or whatever. This is probably the easiest party structure for ...
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How do I deal with a friend constantly changing the rules and claiming my characters?

Formal Rules One way to help combat that is to move from informal, mostly made-up game systems to more formal, written rules systems. I say this because most such systems help level the playing field. ...
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Kid playing with a dog character

It really depends on the child General rules, for young children, are to be more relaxed with the rules - lean heavily into rule of cool and go very light on punishing mechanics. When I've run for my ...
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Is Tales From the Loop starter set suitable for 9 year old kid?

Yes, with some guidance and thoughtfulness My experience is a bit secondhand, but I'd say yes. While I've not played Tales From the Loop I am familiar with its mechanics, and I work with 8-12 year old ...
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What would be an easy-to-understand class for young children?

Leave him room to grow You think his tactics are in need of improving. Reducing his options will not improve his tactics for him, only you. While I'm assuming you mean well, this ends up having a ...
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How do I handle kids' conflicting goals?

Paired Success and Paired Failure from Non-Intersecting Goals Here's a small adaptation of a framing mechanic that originally appeared in a game called shock: social science fiction. It will slightly ...
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How to enjoyably include a 4–5 year old in a D&D 5e game

I've introduced my almost-5-yr-old to D&D with great success by using building blocks as dungeon walls, printed monsters and treasure chests and 1d6. I would take three different kinds of fruit ...
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Can a player replace their pre-generated character with a new character they create, partway through an adventure?

This is mostly anecdotal, but at my table it's a general rule that anyone can swap their character out for the first few sessions. It's no fun for a player to be stuck playing a character that they ...
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My children want to start playing RPGs; at what age should I allow them to participate unsupervised?

My nine year old does alright, but I found out the hard way that six is too young, unless your idea of a good time is your child running around the room, bumping the table repeatedly while ...
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What's the simplest class for a child?

Not D&D, but easy to learn For something very lean, you can try Scrolls and Swords It has simple to understand the game dynamics, there's one page of rules and everything is based on die ...
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LARPing with the Kids

LARPing with Kids Only Works with Full Buy-in by the Administration I 'play' in a LARP that's been running since at least 1998. In that time, players have come and gone, and players have paired off ...
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How do I handle kids' conflicting goals?

Have you considered assisting them with deferring the harsh lessons by making the Pirates actually the alien's friends who came to rescue the trapped alien? This fulfills both desired outcomes without ...
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How does GMing a game for middle-schoolers differ from older and younger players?

I usually GM at events, so from time to time I have young people at my tables. Keeping them focused is the challenge. Normally they want to talk too much and do anything, so you have to make it ...
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What homebrew dice mechanic can I use for PvP in Amazing Tales?

As it happens, your "d20 + skill die" mechanic gets pretty close to what you're asking for. It gives a 60.4% chance for a d12 to win and a 35.4% chance to lose against a d6, with 4% chance of a tie: ...
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How do I deal with a friend constantly changing the rules and claiming my characters?

Take turns being Gamemaster and Player in your games. In many roleplaying games, a single person acts as a "Game Master" who controls things, such as the power-level of the world and the direction of ...
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