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Re: [dnd-83] Meetup (kids)

From: John
Sent on: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 11:28 PM
I agree, maybe if anyone plans on bringing kids, they could coordinate with others who are bringing kids and bring something the little guys will enjoy.  Basically have a plan for what the kids are going to be doing, especially if the parents are enjoying the "adult game".

Example, my son is 7 (albeit an advanced gamer for his age to be sure) and he really loved the free Monsters Menace america game that they were handing out at the dice roll at gencon.  Also D&D minis are ok for younger kids (just ignore half  the rules!), and of course the good old D&D Basic box set.

One of the nice things of making meetups kid friendly is it might boost the attendance.  Besides, how many of us remembers being a kid and not having anyone to play D&D with?   I had the red basic box, and blue expert set when I was 9 and it wasn't until I was 12 before I found kids who wanted to play.

My wife and I ran a D&D game for some 8-12 yr old D&D players at a gifted kids conference this summer.  My game filled up instantly, and so did my wife's (she ran the basic game).   The kids were extremely eager to play, and were correcting me on the rules half the time.  It was a whole lot of fun and I had parents thanking Angi and I for running the game.  When it was over, they of course wanted to play again (alas it was too late).  I realized I underestimated them and made the adventure too easy.  They were like "that dragon at the end was a push over".  The funny thing was at the end they were all fired up about splitting the treasure, even though it was a one shot adventure, I have yet to see such enthusiastic gamers.


On 8/28/07, Jon <[address removed]> wrote:
hello all.  i don't normally interject here, as i am not one of the organizers, nor do i make it to very many meet-ups, but i think other games can be arranged for kids, like the kids table at thanksgiving.  the fountain square diner (a friendly place) has been the primary location for meetings. the meetups i've attended have been generally for adult gamers, so you might want to bring entertainment for the little ones.  some future meetups could be planned for the shortlings (future gamers!) in mind.  perhaps dave would have suggestions for such a meet-up.

Bob <[address removed]> wrote:
>Hi Dave,
>My name is Bob and I'm another of the assistant organizers of the Indy D&D Meet-up group. I'm not sure if this email got sent to Tod as well, so I'll go ahead and respond to it.
>
>The meetings aren't generally kid-friendly. It's been my experience that D&D and games of that type, which is what we play primarily, are too slow and cerebral for kids. Plus, all the adventures that people write for the group are written for adults and tend to be even more cerebral as a result! I can't see anyone under the age of 16 enjoying themselves at one of our functions.
>
>Let me know if you have any other questions. Have a great day!
>
>-Bob
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>--- [address removed] wrote:
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>From: David < [address removed]>
>To: [address removed]
>Subject: Re: [dnd-83] May Meetup - All is not lost!
>Date: Mon, 27 Aug[masked]:36:02 -0400 (EDT)
>
>Hi Tod,
>
>I've never made it to a Meetup, erm, meeting. ?I think I
>may be available for the 20th. ?I have a question though:
>is the meeting kid-friendly?
>
>Thanks,
>David Brown
>
>--- Tod Jeffcoat <[address removed]> wrote:
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>A special announcement from Tod Jeffcoat, Assistant
>Organizer of The Indianapolis Dungeons & Dragons Meetup
>Group
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>Heather and I would just like to take this opportunity to
>welcome all the valiant souls who have joined recently. ?We
>are looking forward to meeting all of you and hope that you
>will soon meet your perfect group of gaming friends. ?
>
>We have been very busy finding a new apartment to move to
>and will be moving later this month. ?In the chaos, it
>seemed like there would be no May meet-up at all but, lo,
>from the mists of despair, Dave B. bravely volunteers to
>host an open-game session on Sunday, May 20 at the Fountain
>Square Diner! ?Yeah, Dave! ?Yes, it is short notice, but at
>least it?s something. ?Bring a game to play and share.
>Apples to Apples? ?Zombies? ?Ninja Burger? ?It?s all good.
>Just come and have a good time and some good grub.
>
>Our regular meetings will start back up in June! ?Woot!
>
>By the way, don't be shy. ?Feel free to send us any
>comments, concerns, suggestions, or questions you may have.
> We welcome your input! ?
>
>Peace, love, and natural 20s
>Heather and Tod
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