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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, …

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…

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: 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 …

School club update: 16 players!

Today was the first meeting of the after-school game program I’ve been running for the past seven years and we had quite a turn-out: 16 players, all of which were interested in playing Dungeons & Dragons. Yikes! Three of the players are “maybes” (they want to play Warmachine but the low #s makes it hard to do that week after week). The other 13 are all …

School’s back in session

The school year has started and that means the weekly after-school gaming program I run will be starting again as well. Our first informational session is next Wednesday after which I will have a better idea of how many potential members we’ll have and what they’re interested in playing. Of most interest is the number of roleplayers I’ll …