Congrats! You have superpowers (!!), but they are limited to 5 seconds. Maybe you can only turn back time by 5 seconds or maybe you can only gain super strength for 5 second intervals, but you still need to escape, complete daring feats of super heroism, and have adventures! Use these limits to get creative and work together to use your powers to their fullest.
I reviewed a handful of games from the Tiny Tome anthology, a collection of fifty 1-page TTRPG’s! Several of these games are awesome rules-lite tabletop RPGs that are great for kids and were a joy to play with my child – check out a few of them here!
Princesses of the Pizza Parlor by Maikel Yarimizu is the story of and uncle running a tabletop role playing game for his niece and her tween friends. It’s a fun tale that follows their character’s adventures in the game… and the drama between the players outside of the game as they navigate their friendships. I enjoyed the read, and I hope you and your kids do too!
Felt, Friendship, and Feelings was a big hit with my 3yo (who loves Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock), and it gave us a really cool way to tell a story together with characters similar to the shows my kid loves.
I got to try out Mages & Macrophages! This is a FULL game kit that comes with everything needed (DM screen, minis, maps, dice, character sheets, item tokens, and more) to really just sit down and immediately start playing a game. PLUS it has 5e compatible simplified rules that took maybe 5 minutes to understand. I was really excited to try this out, and I had a great time playing this with my family!
I was very fortunate to play a pre-release copy of Adorablins, and had a great time using it to have some super cute, goblin-themed adventures diving through portals and rescuing everything from a cake to a missing cow across distant lands such as Dinosaur Island and New York City!
I found out about The Hero’s Tale while reading Roll Dice, Build Character, a book about playing tabletop RPGs with family and tabletop RPG history that I reviewed in 2021! After some chatting, I was actually able to play a session with the game’s creators, which was an awesome experience! The Hero’s Tale was designed for smooth play, creating engaging characters, and easy encounter mechanics – I picked it up after a very quick pre-session review, and had a blast playing with Mark, Jake, and Brendon!
Inspirisles is a beautifully illustrated game that utilizes sign language as one of the core spell casting components! Since I saw it, I knew I wanted to try it out with my kid, and I was very excited to see him pick Inspirisles up right away (he even asks for it as the sign magic game now). Inspirisles is a truly teaching tool and game, and I hope you give it a try!
I heard about Trouble at Santa’s Workshop because of a charity event that was going on! The creator was very kindly donating all proceeds from the game during Dec 2021 to a food drive charity for the holidays, and, with it also being an all-ages game, I really wanted to support. Trouble in Santa’s Workshop was a great way to kick off some holiday family fun in our household, and was a nice easy game that got my son VERY excited about helping with holiday prep.
Whispers of the Voidbringer by M. Allen Hall is a TTRPG-inspired novel that gives a great example of kids playing D&D. It follows the epic adventures of a group of player characters as they navigate a classic fantasy world in danger…. And it also follows the parallel journey of the kids playing these characters as they navigate each other, learn the game, and experience this awesome quest. It was a fun read, and I hope you enjoy it as well!