Wait--there are RPGs for children?

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Hey folks,nothing major, just thought i'd mention that i was at a con and ran into a couple of tabletop RPGs that are not only furry friendly but approprtiate for children. I'd be a poor choice for a GM--public speaking freaks me out--but perhaps this is something the childrens' and gaming program track leads might want to look into?  Here are links to the games:

 

Golden Sky, which is kind of like an RPG inside a miyazaki film, with lots of asian culture references:

http://starlinepublishing.com/our-games/golden-sky-stories/

 

Epyllion, where the players are baby dragons working together to solve problems amid adults that often don't take them seriously, and where you get stronger through the power of friendship:

http://www.magpiegames.com/epyllion/

 

Having brought up the thought, i'm happy to release it into the hands of those with far more knowledge of programming logistics than i; i just couldn't resist sharing, since i've been searching for a good RPG for children for years, and i was told that both would probably be fine for kids as young as 7 or 8, so long as they had an adult to run the game.

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I'm not sure which are still in print, but tabletop games that may be (or have been) acceptable for children to play have included "Toon" and "Bunnies and Burrows". I know there's an RPG of "Kevin and Kell." I don't know how age-appropriate it is.

A lot of games can be age-appropriate for kids, depending on how they're set up. The first editions of the Marvel Super Heroes game (TSR) and Star Wars RPG (West End) were totally appropriate for younger players. I played in both and kids could have joined the campaign. For that matter, my first exposure to AD&D was about 12 years old, and I'm sure a "tournament adventure" could be constructed for younger players using OSRIC or something (open license AD&D first edition.) It's all up to the creativity of the Game Master to prepare for the conditions and they players, given enough notice. (I ran a LARP of WereWolf:the Apocalypse at AC that offered something for veteran players as well a people who wandered in with no background whatsoever.)

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Oh, absolutely; anything can be tweaked to work for children, even ones as young as 7 or 8. It can be easier to start with a base system that's already geared to be an all-ages game, however, especially with RPGs; so much work already goes into GMing a game, it's nice if you don't have to custom tweak rules and simplify character creation on top of that.

I've hard really good things about toon and bunnies & burows, tho. If they're not commercially available, i wonder if drive through rpg might have a copy of the rules.

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Drive Thru RPGs doesn't seem to have "Toon." However, it does have Bunnies & Burrows, the original Tunnels & Trolls (designed once upon a time to be simpler than D&D). and a game called "Hero Kids", specifically designed for ages 4-10. They also have Teenagers From Outer Space, but I'd rate that game as 11 and up for a target audience. There's games with names LIKE "Toon", but they look slapdash, not very user-friendly, and poor choices for children. Star Wars is missing, and their Star Trek looks pretty story-thick for a small child.
Now that I'm thinking, I checked for TWERPS (The Worlds Easiest Role Playing System), but it's not there either.

Also there are: The Warren, Kids and Critters, and The Rabbit Playing Game. All I know is what we see there, and The Warren looks complicated for a small child. The Rabbit may be perfect or psychological. Kids and Critters looks more apt than the other 2.

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/82542/Bunnies-And-Burrows?term=bunnies&test_epoch=0
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/83417/Kids--Critters-RPG-Trilogy
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/106605/Hero-Kids--Fantasy-RPG
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?filters=0_0_44297_0_0&term=tunnels%20&test_epoch=0

And so on. I included links because the search engine could use a little work. It offered me an option of B*B and later said there was no listing- but I linked to it, as you can see.

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I'd never let children play with a Rocket Propelled Grenade!

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