This weekend not only sees me going to an IndyCar race in Kentucky (which means I might be scarce around here), but I’m also going to try some for-kids RPGing with my six year-old daughter (I’ll be using NewbieDM’s rpgKids system, which looks like it’ll be a great fit for her age group). As a parent and gamer, I’m excited—my oldest daughter has a wonderful imagination and is a great storyteller, but since my daughter is also currently homeschooled, I’m using this as sort of a trial balloon to see what sort of academic applications it might have. Obviously, writing, math, and art could all figure prominently. It’ll be interesting to see where her likes and dislikes are of gaming.
This is a big step for my daughter, gaming-wise. A lot of our gaming before this has been sort of free-form, choose-your-own-adventure style storytelling. An important thing to remember, I think, is that kids love to make decisions—it gives them a sense of responsibility, of ownership, and of being “grown-up”. There’s certainly plenty of that to be had in gaming.
I'll definitely let everyone know how it goes! Have a great weekend!