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GMing for Kids: An Actual Play Report

Veteran game master John Kim [1] (who I interviewed for TT [2] back in 2006) has posted an account of running D&D for an eleventh birthday party [3].

With the gaming area decorated like a D&D dungeon [4], John ran a dungeon crawl for seven kids that sounds like it was blast for everyone involved. If you’re interested in GMing for a group of kids, there are some excellent ideas in his post.

I know there are lots of TT readers who have kids of their own, and there aren’t neatly enough GMing resources online about how to run games for children. Teaching children to roleplay [5], on the TT forums [6], offers some good links, but on the whole this topic seems ripe for some comprehensive coverage.

Have you ever GMed an adventure for kids? Do you know of any articles, sites or other resources geared towards helping GMs run RPGs for children?

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#1 Comment By WJWalton On May 28, 2007 @ 9:33 am

…which, if I had read the “Teaching children to roleplay” thread sooner, I would have realized had already been linked to. 🙂

Sorry ’bout that…

#2 Comment By John Arcadian On May 29, 2007 @ 3:38 am

Well now I know how I’m redecorating my apartment . . .

#3 Comment By Martin On May 30, 2007 @ 10:21 am

WJWalton: I’m a fan of The Escapist, and I think the YPAL is a great foundation for getting kids into gaming. If you add to it, will you drop me a line to let me know?

#4 Comment By beldar1215 On May 30, 2007 @ 11:58 am

I actually run a bi-weekly game at a game store for a group of kids. They range in age from 11-16. We are currently taking a short break from the Age of Worms adventure path and playing a Mutants and Masterminds game. I really haven’t read much about running games for kids. I just learned as I went.

#5 Comment By Martin On June 17, 2007 @ 9:49 am

That’s a good set of tips, JD — thank you.