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Retrospective – A year of gaming with kids (part 3)

We’ve reached the third and last installment of my end-of-year review and reflection of the after-school club’s activities.  In this part I’ll talk a little about the observations I’ve made about the play of the various groups and list out the games I’m planning on introducing next year. Different games = different…

Retrospective – A year of gaming with kids (part 2)

In part 1 of my review of this year’s gaming activity at the after-school game club I run, I talked about the games we played over the course of the school year. In this installment I’m going to talk about the logistical problems that are involved in running an after-school program and which interfered with some of the games this year. Problems Perhaps the biggest…

Retrospective: A year of gaming with kids (Part 1)

As the school year draws to an end, I’m looking back on the various games we played at the after-school gaming club to see what worked and what didn’t. I also am already thinking about what kinds of activities to attempt last year and thus this type of reflection is useful. The Games We Played I introduced a number of new games this year, …

Played “A Penny for my Thoughts” with the after-school club

Today we tried out Paul Tevis’s A Penny for My Thoughts at the gaming club and the students really liked it. The game was a little slow getting started, and like many of these games I had to act as both a player and facilitator to demonstrate and model how the storytelling process worked, but the players all picked it up reasonably fast. The biggest challenge was…

School of Hard Knocks Session #1 (The Bridge Troll)

The basic premise of our game is that the characters are all students at a private international/boarding school located in Kaiserswerth, which is a small suburb of Düsseldorf, Germany. The characters are all members of the school’s “Journalism Club” which is really a cover for a supernatural investigation team headed by a hedge wizard named Theobald Mack. The game very much inspired by Buffy…

School of Hard Knocks – Meet the Cast (Dresden Files)

I spent some time tonight finding a few photos to match up with the important faces in our DFRPG game – I like the idea of showing the players a picture of each NPC as they are introduced to give them both a visual hook and bring them to life. My plan is to print these out as snapshots and attach them to a card associated with…

School of Hard Knocks – Meet the Cast (Dresden Files)

I spent some time tonight finding a few photos to match up with the important faces in our DFRPG game – I like the idea of showing the players a picture of each NPC as they are introduced to give them both a visual hook and bring them to life. My plan is to print these out as snapshots and attach them to a card associated with that NPC. …

School of Hard Knocks – Dresden Files (City Creation)

In my last post I detailed the characters we created for the after-school club’s Dresden Files RPG campaign. Here I’ll talk about our city’s details. In reality we started with city creation but didn’t finish up the last of the details until after the character creation phase since we established some important details and specifics through the characters’ stories. Hence why I&#…

School of Hard Knocks – Dresden Files game set in Kaiserwerth, Germany

Character Creation We finished up most of the characters today for the after-school club’s Dresden Files RPG game today and I’m really impressed at how well the characters, setting, and the various aspects are gelling – there are a bunch of connected elements we’ve managed to reincorporate across various characters, locations, and threats which has  created a pretty cool…

School is back in session

School is now back in session and that means the after-school gaming club starts up again tomorrow. First on our agenda is finishing up our Dresden Files RPG character creation session, including the shared stories and their associated Aspects. With six players I expect this will take the entire session with actual play starting up next week. As far as where we’ll begin, I think …

Gaming with Kids: We played some Fiasco and it was a big hit

Fresh off my games of Fiasco at IndieCon, I decided to teach the kids at the game club how to play it. We had five players, including myself. I let them choose the playset (they choose the Wild West playset from the rulebook) and we set about creating the situation.  The results were a tangled mess of relationships, locations, objects, and needs: My character …

Review – LeCardo

Today I get to review something I don’t play a lot of: A card game.   LeCardo is what might be classified as an educational card game, although unlike a lot of educational games, it actually plays well as a game – strategy and competition are part and parcel of LeCardo. The game is designed by Hugh Marshall and Priscilla McIntosh, and published by Leo Marshall Designs . How play …

Gaming with Kids: The Haunted Mine session (4E D&D)

My son decided to write his own adventure for the first session for our new father-son 4E Dungeons & Dragons games.  He’s playing Demeter, an elf fighter (slayer) who uses a bow. I’m playing Nero Ironflagon, dwarf fighter (knight) who prefers a battle axe.  These are both characters made using the new Player Essentials: Heroes of the …

Gaming with Kids: Kingmaker Session #4 (The Gold Mine)

Our fourth session picked up where session #3 left off and saw the addition of a new player, bringing the total number of kids involved in the roleplaying activities of the after-school club to a record 18!  Thank that I have a few older students willing to DM this year (both appear to be doing a great job BTW). The fifth player in my group is playing an elven…

Gaming with Kinds: Kingmaker Session #3 (Perlivash & Tyg)

Our third session was an abbreviated one due to one missing player and another who had to leave early. However, it moved the story ahead nicely and set up a major showdown between the group and the bandits. Meanwhile the other group (you might recall there are two separate 4E groups who are working together but adventuring separately), was back in session, taking on …

Gaming with Kids: Kingmaker Session #2 (The Moon Radish Patch)

The second session of my 4E adaptation of Paizo’s  Kingmaker adventure path turned out to only have my four players, the other 5 (plus the co-DM) all being out of town on a field trip to Weimar . That was ideal since it meant I could spend some time focusing on explaining a few more of the rules since everyone is new to 4th edition D&D…

Gaming with Kids: Kingmaker Session #1 (Trouble at Oleg’s)

Our first session of the 4E adaptation of Paizo’s Kingmaker adventure path involved both play groups altogether which meant 9 players at the table and the second gamemaster acting as my co-DM. Session Summary I started the session off with an explanation of how the characters powers worked since four of the nine players are brand new to 4E D&D, not to mention roleplaying itself. …

Gaming with Kids: Kingmaker Session #0

Fall is approaching, school is back in session, and that means the after-school game club is up and running again – this our eight year and as I’ve blogged about earlier , we had 16 students (ages 13-19) at the information meeting who said they were  interested in playing 4th edition D&D this year. Two weeks later, we’ve started …

Gaming with Kids: Mouse Guard Session #8 (The Lost Session)

A reader pointed out that I suggested in session #7 that session #8 would wrap up the campaign, but session report was missing. The reason? I had forgotten completely about posting the session’s events!  Hence, we have the “lost session” from the Mouse Guard campaign I ran in the fall & winter of 2009. I’ve gone back through my notes although a …

Sunday morning D&D with kids

My son Niklas and his friend trying to play the solo adventure out of the red box D&D game. They’re both playing elves (naturally).  The little guy in the foreground is Timmy – he’s only two and a half so he’s still in training. Sorry about the blurriness of the photos but photographing three little kids in action indoors…