You’ve fought many campaigns, basked in treasure and adulation, and survived to tell the tale. Now a new generation is becoming curious about having adventures of their own. It may seem daunting to find the best way to nurture that spark without overwhelming young adventurers with too much too soon. Luckily, we’re here to help.
There are several options available for the beginner.
No Thank You, Evil!, The Magical Land of Yeld: Mermaid Hunters, and My Little Pony: Tails of Equestria are a few examples of storytelling and roleplaying for the novice adventurer.
No Thank You, Evil! is Monte Cook Games’ (Numenera, The Strange) offering for kids of all ages. It uses a version of the Cypher System used in the more mature offerings, but tweaked for various levels of experience. Want to play a kind robot with a flying octopus buddy who solves crimes in space? You can do this and much more. At any time, kids can also shout out “No thank you, evil!” if they get uncomfortable or scared. This game is perfect for those with a big imagination, ages 5 and up.
The Magical Land of Yeld: Mermaid Hunters casts you as a child from our world who has been brought to a fantasy world to help some townsfolk deal with a gang of mermaids. This game takes cues from older video games such as the Legend of Zelda and Legend of Mana. Fight monsters, gain better gear and abilities and be the hero! This starter set contains instructional comics and a three-part adventure, best for those 8 and up.
My Little Pony: Tails of Equestria is an adventure for “everypony” ages 6 and up. Can you stop a red dragon from rampaging across Equestria with the power of friendship? This is a great starter for those who are learning the ropes of RPG tabletop gaming.
This is just a small sample of some of the options available for younger role-players. See you next time!