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MinusInnocence
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Kids?

For those with kids or nieces/nephews, how young is too young to bring into the hobby? Obviously you would avoid some subjects while running an adventure or describing a scene but would anything else necessarily change when DMing for children or young adolescents? How easy is it to get your little ones hooked on the game, or do they have no interest at all?

deadDMwalking
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I have a 10-year-old, a 6-year-old and a 2-year-old. I haven't really tried playing with any of them, yet. I think that the 10-year-old might be about ready, but it'd certainly have to be a very free-flowing type of game without any major concrete rules. Guided storytelling using dice as inputs rather than consistent rules. My girls also don't like the idea of killing things the way I would have at their age (I'm a bloodthirsty brute) so the types of game I cut my teeth on wouldn't really appeal to them.

Darker

I have an 11-year-old, a 5-year-old, and a 2-year old. The oldest loves board games, but I don't think role-playing is really something he's interested in. He'd be kind of the opposite of DDMW's kids -- he would really enjoy the mechanics of the game played on a grid with miniatures (maybe with simplified rules and a premade character), but I can't see him getting really into the storytelling aspect as much. I think he'd particularly like something like the Dungeon Quest game.

Thinking back, this does make sense. I started playing maybe in 6th or 7th grade... so 11 or 12 I think? Our first games were almost always dungeon crawls and focused on fighting and puzzle solving rather than role-playing and storytelling. We were content with really generic and cliche "You are here to find the treasure" or "Your buddy is kidnapped and you have to find him" type hooks.

MinusInnocence
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Yeah, I started around that age too. We were really into the roleplaying aspect but it never took away from the Kick-in-the-Door style of play that we were most accustomed to. I was asking because Collin is turning 7 next year which is obviously too young for almost any of the different moving parts of a D&D game but he really likes roleplaying and telling stories and he loves rolling dice. So I'm pretty optimistic that at some point I can show him the ropes.

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Does he ask questions about what you're doing when you prep for 2EE?

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MinusInnocence
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He likes to look at the map sometimes. In a more general sense, he's always very interested in what I'm doing on the computer, but visually there isn't a lot of very exciting stuff going on inside a word document or switching between tabs in my browser.

What he DOES like to do is roll dice. I've been watching a lot of wargaming videos on YouTube and the like and he loves watching people play with "the little men and dice."

"Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists." - H.L. Mencken