TTRPGkids at GenCon Indy and GenCon Online recap (aka XP share)!

TTRPGkids ran a talk for GenCon Online 2023 along with Madth Productions, and I also went to GenCon Indy in-person because of the ENnies and to connect with creators who are making some awesome kid-friendly TTRPGs! Check out here for a summary of the events and my GenCon XP!

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GenCon Online panel on simplifying game mechanics for player accessibility

Whether you could attend the TTRPGkids and Madth Productions talk on game mecahnics accessibility or not, check out here for some additional resources on game mechanics and where to find Madth Productions! For everyone who attended, thank you for coming along, and I hope the talk helped answer some of your questions!

TTRPGkids article on mechanics adjustment

Co-presenter Madth Productions website

Making a TTRPG for YOUR Particular Kid

GenCon Indy events attended

While at GenCon Indy, I was able to attend a couple of very awesome scheduled events for myself and with my kid!

kiddo’s dice tower craft

I got to sit in on a very cool panel about D&D for kids by some awesome GMs and creators who have a background in using TTRPGs with youth and was able to chat with a couple of the panelists afterwards!

I also hung out with kiddo in the Motley Kids room, which had TONS of activities for children, both ticketed and free. They had LARP tutorials running, crafts (like the dice tower my kid is making in the picture), and a very nice general space for younger audiences to get a little more space when the big halls got a bit too crowded.

AND… kiddo got to play a life-size TTRPG (Quest Kids) by Treasure Falls Games! He had a blast playing it, and all the kids involved were really working together, jumping around on tiles, sharing their resources, and have a good time.

In addition to the halls themselves being one massive event (and by halls, I mean the convention center, pretty much all the conference rooms in the surrounding hotels, the whole sports stadium, and more), there were some really cool extra activities going on that kiddo (and my partner and I) LOVED to see, including the live building of this to-scale balloon model of the lunar lander (whose creator was kind enough to answer my kid’s questions) and a massive community built card structure!

People and games at GenCon Indy

I also met so many awesome creators at GenCon and got to see some VERY cool games! This convention was huge, and I was juggling parenting duties a bit, but, in addition to the groups listed in the events section, I was still able to have some great conversations with:

Jaclyn and me (Steph) at the ENnies
Heather at the 9th Level Games booth

… and so many more!! I look forward to hopefully working with everyone I’ve talked to and featuring some of their work on the site in the future!

The ENnies

And, I’ve already mentioned in one of my other articles, so I won’t spend too much time on it here, but… TTRPGkids won a silver ENnie in Best Online Content! I also got to see a ton of amazing creators take the stage and have their hard work honored throughout the night, and this was most definitely one of my GenCon highlights.

Where to find TTRPGkids next

I’ll be hitting up some local events next (city corn roast and farmer’s markets), but the next convention that TTRPGkids will be attending is Grand Con in Michigan! Stop by to visit my first convention booth, attend some talks and games that I’m running, and come say hi!

Thank you for playing tabletop RPGs with your kids and helping to bring this fun hobby to the next generation! Keep up to date on new reviews, games, and articles with the TTRPGkids monthly newsletter, and please also let me know in the comments or by email if you have any questions or plan on attending the convention and talk! To find out more about the sponsor at the top of the page who are helping to keep TTRPGkids rolling, please check out the sponsor page here!

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