EnerGeodes! is my submission for the 3d6D TTRPG jam and pulls together a bunch of my childhood influences (including rock collections, adventures at scout camp, and my love of super heroes) to create a framework for leisurely summer camp fun, with a magical twist, solving camp mysteries, or epic world-saving escapades!
I played Overgrown with my 3yo, and we had a lot of fun! The chaotic combinations of creatures that make up the player’s characters was a HUGE hit with kiddo (who picked an Owlcat named Owllie), and the d20 only mechanics were easy for kiddo to understand. We ran a fun adventure that started with chasing a flock of sharkbirds (which we are calling a tornado of sharks) that were trying to steal breakfast from some mice, and had a great time letting my 3yo navigate the story from there! I hope you have a great game too!
This is a sortable list of D&D 5e compatible adventures, hacks, rewrites, and supplements to help you with brining D&D to kids!
It’s heist time! Take on the role of a mischievous raccoon bandit and pull of a daring and exciting heist using fun prompts in this 1-page TTRPG!
Omotenashi is a cozy storytelling prompt game all about hospitality and helping others feel welcome. In this animal-populated world, take on the roles of staff members as a getaway for a variety of guests, all with different needs, and figure out how to help them relax and find inspiration in their lives.
These StoryGuider games are from the Wizard in Training trilogy! These games concentrate on learning about problem solving and building skills (like tracking inventory, using spells, and taking on slightly more challenging quests) to prep kids for the next TTRPG that you’ll try with them!
Troublesome Tots is a fun and chaotic caretaker versus the kids TTRPG with some awesome Rugrats-style vibes! It’s rules lite, has a great premise, and was a fun game to try out!
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 TTRPG’s that are great for kids and were a joy to play with my child – check out a few of them here!
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!