• Debra replied to the topic Introduce Yourself! in the forum 3 months, 1 week ago


    I got a trial for AAW a long time ago (numbered in years) and downloaded the first two BASIC adventures. I was prepping to run Pathfinder Beginner Box for my kids, the oldest of which was probably 8 then.

    Life happened. I never ran it (though I did teach Pathfinder to a co-op class of 7 girls that made my gamer girl heart very happy, but I used Bash Box Demos for that). Fast forward to February-ish of this year. My oldest is 11 now and my other two are 8 and 5 and they were starting to show interest in RPGs. So I pulled out my Beginner Box stuff again and started prepping A Learning Time. More life happened and we didn’t end up actually playing until earlier this week. The party was my 5yo son (Human Fighter, because we make everyone start there), my 8yo son (Human Cleric because he sat in on one class with the girls and ended up playing for their Cleric and helped them solve a puzzle, so he had good vibes for Cleric), my 11yo daughter (elf wizard), and my husband (elf rogue).

    They had an absolute blast. We ended up playing through it over the course of two nights because it was a work night. At the end of the battle with the skeleton in the secret room, two of them had fallen unconscious, so they literally cheered when the skeleton was defeated. And at the end of the adventure, when I told each of them what their grade was (all As and two of them got the extra credit) and told them they could level up, they cheered again. I’m currently prepping for A Frightful Time. There is nothing quite like the enthusiasm level you get with kids. I had to come back and get a membership again so I could get the last two adventures in the series, because I know they’ll want to continue.

    I wish you had more Beginner Box adventures, but I know it’s pretty niche and the level cap makes it hard to really get a long string of adventures going. If I weren’t playing with really young kids, I probably wouldn’t want to linger in the Beginner Box. But it works nicely to teach them to play without bringing in the more complicated tactics. I figure once we’ve gone through your set, I’ll help them make new characters and I’ll run them through a different set of adventures (my daughter hasn’t been all the way through the Black Fang adventure since we first bought the box when she was like 7, so it’ll be like new for her). And I’ll just loop through until it seems like they’ve got the hang of it and then I’ll either introduce them to E6, or start to transition them to the full rules (my daughter already plays in our weekly game with adult friends, so I know kids can handle the full rules with patience).