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Re: [roleplayers-459] Your vote matters ;)

From: Ramsey
Sent on: Sunday, January 20, 2008 8:31 PM
While this is true this simply means that we make
certain games of a certain age or higher. However I do
not believe this means that children cannot join the
meetup.

Perhaps an interesting compromise would be to have
some kind of informal subgroup that caters to the
younger players. The aim could be to help younger
players start games in a proper fashion. Tips on how
to shape the plot, how to game inexpensively,
introduce things to new players etc. Or someone might
even arrange a game or two for them. I don't see any
reason why we should burn any bridges quite well. 

On an interesting point I believe that in comparison
with child-parent relations in the US, Dutch parents
are remarkably lax with their children. I know its
unfair to make generalized comments about the US but
in this case it's probably true (most of the time).
While a parent in the US upon hearing about her 15
year old hanging around with 20-25 pretending to be
Elves and Dwarves might decide to have a nice little
bonfire and put a end to the whole business right on
time for Church (extreme, but common enough to be
worrisome, especially in the bible belt) a parent in
the Netherlands might just say "Be back by 23:00".
Which is worrisome in its own way of course... I mean
at least MEET the people once. But in anycase the
attitudes do seem different. 

An amusing discussion though,

Ramsey

--- Victoria <[address removed]> wrote:

> I have to disagree, having anyone under 18 isn't
> something I'd really be interested in doing.  Not
> only would any group with underage players have to
> deal with the kids' lack of control over their
> schedules, parental consent issues, etc.., they'd
> also be looking at censoring games.  I know a lot of
> games I have run and played in in the past have
> certainly not been suitable for younger kids.  
> 
> Victoria
> 
> Ramsey <[address removed]> wrote: 
> Just to play Devils Advocate on the age decision,
> there are reasons and possibilities in allowing
> younger people to play.
> 
> One interesting part of allowing 12-16s to enter is
> that we are in effect cultivating the next
> generation
> of roleplayers. 
> 
> While people might be worried that we would get
> immature players I would like to remind you of a few
> things. 
> 
> 1) Roleplaying is not a common hobby, especially not
> in the Netherlands.
> 
> 2) We might be playing the games in English
> 
> 3) We can always require parental consent for people
> below a certain age (if nobody else volunteers I
> will
> call the parents myself).
> 
> In any case we're not likely to get many adolescents
> and any immature ones will probably be scared off by
> having to speak English etc. 
> 
> till the 26th,
> 
> Ramsey
> 
> --- yann  wrote:
> 
> 
> --------------------­-------------
> Hi everyone,
> 
> 
> 
> The same applies to a decision that I've discussed
> with Tim. We think that it might be a good idea to
> restrict access to the group to adolescents and
> children. What do you think about it? Should we
> restrict our meetups to say 18+ or maybe 17+ years
> old
> 
> 
> Anyway, I wish you all a great weekend,
> 
> See you later,
> 
> Yann
> 


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