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Fairies of the Mistglade
I first came across Fairies of the Mistglade due to some twitter buzz and discussion on the TTRPGkids discord. That buzz was warranted. Fairies of the Mistglade let my family follow a modified D&D 5e format that we were comfortable with, and it also played out like an interactive storybook for my son. It was engaging and actually helped us get over some barriers he was having with counting!
- Age range
- Your character
- What did my kid think?
- Where to find the creator and a copy of the game
Age range: 3-5, 5-8, 8+
In Fairies of the Mistglade, tiers of play are built into the game, so difficulty increases as children develop.
Tier 1 is for ages 3-5 and focuses on the story-telling and problem solving aspects with a few special skills per character. Conflict resolution follows a peaceful track and encourages constructive role-playing. This was the level that I played at with my son (almost 3yo), and he was able to clearly understand and use the mechanics to participate in the story.
Tier 2 is for ages 5-8 and adds a few extra skills and advanced mechanics to the tier 1 foundation. It also gives an option for combat if the players choose to go that route.
Tier 3 is for ages 8+ and adds the fulles set of abilities along with a d20 dice system, approaching the D&D 5e rules.
These tiers can be mixed in game play (i.e. someone at tier 2 and someone at tier 3 can play in the same game) and are D&D 5e compatible if you wanted to use this mechanic to introduce your children into your regular D&D sessions – I plan on doing this once we can get back to doing in-person sessions.
The Fairies of the Mistglade takes place in the land of fairies. Each player is a fairy who is trying to help the town solve mysterious happenings through their puzzle solving skills, magical prowess, and conflict resolution abilities.
In The Cursed Garden, players must seek out the source of a corrupting force that is ruining the town’s harvest in order to keep the annual festival going!
In The Bothersome Boggle, goods are disappearing, and the party must investigate who or what is the source of the thefts!
Both settings are fun and encourage children to help draw out and influence parts of the map between goals. The stories were also easy to lead and kept my son engaged with the fun pictures and rhymes throughout.
Different tiers have different character builds, increasing in complexity depending on age. As the tiers increase, players can add to their core and class abilities.
Core abilities align with the primary D&D 5e stats and are: strength, dexterity, wisdom, intelligence, and charisma. For Fairies of the Mistglade, instead of assigning numbers to each core ability, you pick two that you are proficient in and are able to use a list of skills based on the abilities chosen. The rest of the skills are unused for that character.
This helps children not get overwhelmed with a big sheet full of numbers and allows them to focus on the storytelling aspects. It also encourages teamwork since everyone has different abilities that need to be tapped.
Class abilities are special abilities unique to the type of character you choose. These can be used to help solve role-play puzzles or unleash special abilities during combat.
For example, one of the unique classes created for Fairies of the Mistglade is the Rune Warrior. Rune Warriors have a special ability to enchant items, and no other class has that ability. It is that hero’s unique superpower.
This also helps encourage teamwork to tap into everyone’s class abilities to solve puzzles, and it gives each player a sense of having something very special that only they can do.
Tier 1 is the foundation for your character and gives you a list of 6 skills (based on your core abilities) and 2 class abilities (based on the class you choose).
Tier 2 adds a little more complexity. You now have an additional 4 skills and an additional class ability that does damage, facilitating combat introduction.
Tier 3 gets closer to typical D&D layout. You still have only 2 core abilities in order to keep things easy to track, but you now also have spell dice, ability checks (i.e. arcana, history, perception), and a list of 5 spells to tap into.
In addition to the tiered gameplay, Fairies of the Mistglade also introduces map creation and puzzles. This helps kids participate constantly and rotates focus so short attention spans don’t take over.
Once the general plot is revealed, the game prompts drawing a map, and it is important to let kids help with this part. Fairies of the Mistglade is really good at providing questions to ask that will create a map that fits the story while still allowing your child to be creative.
Players are a lot more likely to feel engaged if they have a hand in creating the world. It also gives a nice “coloring break” so children aren’t just sitting and listening the whole time.
Throughout the game are periods where it calls for a puzzle to be completed. This might be a maze, word search, color by number, etc depending on the tier of play that you are on.
Like with map creation, it gives a good break in the story to allow for some activity. It is also a good educational tool. The puzzles teach counting and ABC’s, so they provide a game context around learning core in-real-life skills. In particular, the tier 2 number maze in The Cursed Garden got my son over a bit of a roadblock where he was having trouble counting into the teens – previously he wouldn’t try, but he did for the puzzle.
When we played, if my son started getting fidgety, we let him color the puzzle sheet or redo a puzzle. Having activities to pull into the game that have fitting context/pictures really helped combat short toddler attention span.
What did my kid think?
Fairies of the Mistglade went over really well with him! He was interested in the story, and having the puzzles on hand meant he had an outlet for his fidgeting. He loved the puzzles and wanted to do them again by the end.
He got super involved with the discussions and started getting really comfortable with changing things and making decisions by the end.
In The Bothersome Boggle, he even asked if the boggle could work at the makeup stand at the end. It was a funny picture to imagine for me, as the parent, but it also showed that he was connecting with the story and being creative.
Fairies of the Mistglade is a great kid-focused tabletop role playing game. Our family had a lot of fun playing, my son was engaged, there were educational elements, and gave us a good bonding experience.
I would definitely recommend as a great family game, and I’m looking forward to future releases!!
Where to find the creator and purchase a copy:
Find Family Fantasy RPG at: https://familyfantasyrpg.com/
You can pick up a copy of Fairies of the Mistglade on DriveThruRPG
Check out their newly released Dino Riderz also on DriveThruRPG!
Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions, tried the game because of this post, or have played this game before!