I had a great chat with Allen, author of Whispers of the Voidbringer, about his experiences picking up D&D and introducing TTRPG’s to his family. We talked about the influences his children have had on the book, born from a want to share a podcast-like story with his kids, and how to kick off the TTRPG experience with kids!
Push is a system built for easy, story-focused game play, which is great for playing with kids and adults alike! Work together to create a story without grinding through stats, exercise your imagination, and have fun!
When playing tabletop RPGs with my kid, one of the most effective ways that I found to help keep interest was to have some mini-games ready to mix things up if role-play started to get stale OR to replace dice mechanics. These mini-game ideas are fun, easy, and educational – I hope they help with your games!
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!
You’re (Not) A Wizard has the awesome premise of getting accepted into magic school… except, you have no powers. Have some fun shenanigans as you fake and fumble your way through wizard school with your friends!
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.
Banda’s Grove is a community building camp adventure that encourages creativity, cooperation, and exploration! Please, check it out for an awesome journey with your kids, your family, and your friends.
Bakers, Charge! is a baking competition themed TTRPG that I made as part of the Charge Jam on itch.io! It is an all-ages friendly game that encourages creativity and helping your fellow competitors as you play!
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!
These cheat sheets look like a great way to help 5e players, new and experienced, and especially kids, to plan and understand their 5e characters – everything is laid out and explained on one sheet, with graphics to help with quickly identifying different sections! Check out the Kickstarter if you are thinking of trying out 5e with your kids!