My kiddo will get VERY enthusiastic about rolling dice while we play and… half the time they end up across the room with the cat batting and chasing them under the couch. Here’s a few dice roller crafts that I’ve made with kiddo to help keep the dice on or near the table and help with tracking which ones to use!
I had a wonderful talk with Adam, about both Game to Grow, a non-profit organization that uses therapeutic gaming to help youth, and Critical Core, a 5e based game specifically designed for building social skills and confidence through gaming. This was a great chat, I learned quite a bit about educational gaming, and I am happy to share our discussion with you!
Gangs Jr. was my first foray into playing wargame style TTRPG’s, and it actually worked really well as an introduction for myself, in addition to being a lot of fun for my kid. We ran a very fun water balloon fight across a map covered in blocks and toys, and loved the simplified system for getting both a newcomer and a little one into a new type of gaming.
Jump Rangers is a full game system (complete with gear, a creature list, lore, characters, and stories) that plays out like an epic space opera! The storytelling was great, and kiddo loved using special powers to resolve some exciting scenes – go high and go far, Rangers!
Dino Riderz is another awesome game setting released by Family Fantasy RPG, this one focusing on… dinosaurs! The Family Fantasy RPG system is a tabletop role-playing game designed for all ages, stepping in difficulty depending on your child’s age and including lots of awesome additional activities to complete during these storybook style adventures!
As an adult, I sometimes have a hard time keeping track of all my spells both when I’m a player or when I’m a DM. There’s a bunch of weird names, specific casting rules and descriptions, spells lots, spell levels, etc. It can be even harder for kids, especially when they can’t read, so they need to at least sort of remember what they can do. Here are some tips to help with that!
To all the creators of kid’s TTRPG adventures, systems, podcasts, blogs, summer camps, workshops, maps, minis, and general mayhem – I want to help you get the word out on your cool projects!
I played Babies and Broadswords with the creators of the game and had a blast! It’s a perfect balance of mechanics (not too easy and not too hard), and it was a great throwback to mornings watching Rugrats with my siblings. I had a lot of fun, and I highly recommend playing with both your kids and your grown-up tables!
StoryGuider: The Rune Warrior’s Tale is my first collaboration game! I worked with Colin from Family Fantasy RPG to create an origin story for his rune warrior character using the StoryGuider system! We are also donating proceeds from the project to charity, so check it out, have fun, and support some great causes!
I’ve known Martin as DaddyRolleda1 on twitter for over a year now, and we’ve had chats about playing TTRPG’s with kids from the start – he was one of my inspirations for starting the TTRPGkids blog, and it was an awesome opportunity to get to sit down and chat about his experiences with table top role playing games, working with Wizards of the Coast, and introducing his daughter and her friends to D&D.