Review of Warrior Princess, an adaptable TTRPG for imaginative kids
- Age and skill target
- Your character
- What did my kid think?
- Where to find and purchase a copy
Age and skill target for Warrior Princess: 4+ and requires counting and some recitation
Warrior Princess is a tabletop RPG made for kids that comes with a system and story suggestions recommended for ages 4 and up. It is up to the game master (who in this case is called the Fairy Monarch) to create the game’s story based on the suggestions and determine content for different ages. That said, the story suggestions are all ages appropriate.
This game does require number recognition up to 20 and players need to be able to recite facts or pieces of knowledge for spell casting, so players should be able to remember bits of a nursery rhyme or the like before playing Warrior Princess.
Despite the 4+ age recommendation, I did play Warrior Princess with my 2.5yo with some minor tweaks. He can count to 20 but needed help with number recognition, and for the recitation, we focused on repeating our learning songs (ABC’s, counting song, colors song, etc). This worked great, and it was a good way to reinforce some of our educational bits from outside of the game!
Flexible and varied settings in Warrior Princess:
Warrior Princess comes with lots of setting suggestions ranging from holidays to seasons to birthdays and more. There’s a lot of flexibility, and using the suggestions randomly, it gave some really fun and modular scenarios!
The first game we played, our challenge was to make a present for someone before a Halloween party started – my kid loves Halloween and wanted to make pumpkin orange crayons for a skeleton at the party! We looked up how to make crayons and had a lot of fun questing for all the ingredients on our adventure. There’s also hooks for other holidays and kid-friendly tasks, giving a wide variety of settings to choose from.
Your awesome Warrior Princess character:
Your Warrior Princess character has a blend of warrior and princess/prince traits depending on how you roll, and you have a lot of customization options for making your character unique. Kids get to pick their pet, magic type, title, and gear for their character to make them special.
When we played Warrior Princess, my kid picked a prince of color magic who wielded a magic lightbulb as their magical focus. My kid’s choices were supported by the game, and we were able to play his creative character choice without having to do any kind of modification!
Warrior Princess’ kid-compatible mechanics:
Setting a slider from warrior to princess:
A fun aspect of the character creation is that the player character’s traits are on a sliding number scale from warrior to princess. If you use warrior skills (like fighting), you need to roll higher than your sliding scale number to succeed. If you use a princess skill (like casting spells), you need to roll below the number you choose to succeed.
This was an interesting mechanic because kids can easily can choose to max out one set of skills or try to strike a balance between your warrior or your princess skills. My kid was also able to understand that he was always rolling higher or lower than this one number instead of having to track a bunch of different stats like in other tabletop RPGs.
Casting used to support educational elements:
To cast spells in Warrior Princess, players need to recite facts, sing part of a song, or share something interesting with the table. This tabletop RPG mechanic gave a little thought break in the game and allowed for practicing some of the skills that I was working on with my son.
Since my son is only 2.5yo, we used Warrior Princess to practice ABC’s, counting, days of the week, months of the year, and the colors songs all within a couple games… and it was fun for him! Sometimes he’s not into practicing our educational songs every day and we have to drop them from the schedule, but when they were part of the game, he did them enthusiastically every time.
You could tweak this for your particular kid to focus on their schoolwork, practicing spelling words, writing letters, or doing simple math problems too. It was a fun educational element to the game that can be adjusted to any kid’s skill level.
Rolling into Warrior Princess Mode!
Remember during character creation when you choose a number that determined where on the warrior vs. princess scale your character fell? That number is also your Warrior Princess Mode number! When you roll your d10 to determine your hit dice for attacks or if your spell works, if you roll your specific warrior-princess number, you go into Warrior Princess Mode!
In Warrior Princess Mode, you roll your attacks using a d20 and all attacks and spells have double effectiveness. It’s a fun way to get critical success, and I imagine it being like accessing princess powers in She-Ra to get some epic game moments! We rolled this during one of our games, and my kid blasted a powerful ray of rainbow light from his character’s magical lightbulb to change everything orange… and wow was he excited to do it!
What did my kid think of Warrior Princess?
Kiddo loved Warrior Princess! My kid had fun getting to roll dice and tell stories like in most tabletop RPGs, but he also particularly enjoyed character creation. He got to pick everything about his character, we drew a picture of them, and he remembered to use the gear that he chose because it was tied to his character’s abilities.
My kid also had a lot of fun singing songs to cast spells, and the suggested story prompts were 100% a good fit for him. When the first game ended, he was actually really disappointed that the game was over and wanted to play again… so we played another few scenarios. We ended up playing for about an hour straight, which is pretty amazing for keeping a toddler engaged that long.
Overall impression of Warrior Princess:
This is a fun and easy system to get used to that offers a lot of versatility and character control for players. The game master (Fairy Monarch) will need to develop a scenario for the players and manage a fair amount of improv, but that can be a really good thing when playing with kids and supporting their creativity. The system is solid and easy to pick up with the first game, and I’m happy to add this to our tabletop RPG collection!
Where to find a copy of Warrior Princess:
A copy of Warrior Princess can be found on google drive.
Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions, tried Warrior Princess because of this post, or have played Warrior Princess before!
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