Wednesday, November 11, 2009

How to have fun with your kids

I swear it had nothing to do with Grognardia talking about dice! Buying crayons was something we had been thinking of doing a long time now. My daughter is very good at painting and drawing, and she haven't gotten any new crayons in a long while. Gamers with memories of yesteryear know that crayons and dice go hand in hand.

This summer I bought a big nice batch of Gamescience precision dice, and I bought them uninked. Since I never bought a boxed set with dice and a crayon it was time for me to have a go at it now.

So, a nice set of orange dice in front of me, I convinced the daughter that we should do some crayon drawings. She was gracious enough to let me borrow the sky blue crayon. While she was drawing a tree, a house and a playground I managed to fill in the numbers on a d4, d6 and a d10. At this point the next generation gamer peeked out of my daughter's face as she asked me what I was doing, and if she could try. Number 2 and number 11 on the d20 was promptly filled in by a proud four year old proto gamer. We even tried the d6 together. It rolled good numbers.

When you wonder next time how to spend time with your kids, try "inking" some dice with wax crayons together! It was fun.

5 comments:

  1. Yay! Small children and dice! Even before they know what a THAC0 is, they're fascinated by the weird-shaped dice, and from there, it's a steady progression to 3D6 and rolling up characters.

    Okay, so they're a choking hazard as well...

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  2. Good story! I've played Swords & Wizardry a few timeswith my son Lars. He loved it!

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  3. Thanks guys!

    We'll see if we will add up the dice soon. Arithmetics is still a bit far away. My daughter actually got one of those gigantic d20 when she was just an infant. Way to big to swallow.

    Great to hear your son liked S&W Atom Kid! Way cool. That's a very long term way to guarantee there will be someone to game with. :)

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  4. I've played two RPGs with my kids (started about 4 actually).

    Those were the free Shadows (pdf here: http://www.harlekin-maus.com/games/shadows/shadows.pdf) and Faery's Tale Deluxe from Firefly Games.

    Might be worth checking out.

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