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    So when Joshua Dyal announced the birth of his little Logan (congrats again by the way) I noticed a lot of people out there had kids.

    My question is, how many of you play with them and how old were they when you first introduced them to the game? (I figure at least old enough to not choke on dice/stick them up their noses)

    Did you modify the rules?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Shadowlight
    So when Joshua Dyal announced the birth of his little Logan (congrats again by the way) I noticed a lot of people out there had kids.

    My question is, how many of you play with them and how old were they when you first introduced them to the game? (I figure at least old enough to not choke on dice/stick them up their noses)

    Did you modify the rules?
    I have two kids (daughter age 17/son age 16). I started playing D&D with them about 8 years ago and they both enjoy playing. My son seems to have the strongest interest though. My daughter is at that worrying age where 'boys' and other teenage concerns will occasionally pull her interest away. Anyway, I do play with them both.
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    When my son was a teen ager and we were fighting a lot there were only a few safe topics one was gaming the other was Trek.

    Now at 25 we often play together and he is getting to run a Dragonlance game and I will play in it.

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    I have four daughters ages 11, 7, 5, and 15 months. My oldest has played in some D&D games, and she sometimes runs her mother's character if our weekly game has started and my wife is not yet home from work, but she doesn't have the patience to sit down and read the Player's Handbook. The other two are too young to understand most of the terms in the Player's Handbook, although they often sit and watch the games.

    As a prelude to someday having a family D&D game, we play HeroQuest together once a week. The girls can see the relationship between it and D&D, and yet they don't have to go through the lengthy process of making a character or struggle to understand a bunch of spells. I figure in another couple years, either of the oldest will be able to handle a D&D game.

    The 15-month-old likes to sit and roll Daddy's giant dice over and over and over. She also likes to make off with Daddy's plastic D&D miniatures, so Daddy has to keep them on a very high shelf.

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    I have two sons, 19 and 17, and we've been playing AD&D/D&D together for 9-10 years now. Before that, I played Hero Quest with them for about a year or so to "get their feet wet."

    Johnathan

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    Djeta and I are trying to teach our dog, Monty, to play but he just eats his character sheet and tries to steal the dice .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Oracle
    As a prelude to someday having a family D&D game, we play HeroQuest together once a week. The girls can see the relationship between it and D&D, and yet they don't have to go through the lengthy process of making a character or struggle to understand a bunch of spells. I figure in another couple years, either of the oldest will be able to handle a D&D game.
    I picked HeroQuest up at a garage sale this summer for 2 bucks. I'm going to have to try it with my five year old and see how he does. The box says ages 10-adult. Do you think a 5 year old could handle it?
    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Oracle
    The 15-month-old likes to sit and roll Daddy's giant dice over and over and over.
    That is the cutest thing I've ever heard. And definitely not a choking hazard. Has Daddy started the Pavlovian training of cheering and giving her treats whenever she rolls a 20?

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    ...I'm going to have to try it with my five year old and see how he does...
    Ooohhh You should do a test run with you husband!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Shadowlight
    I picked HeroQuest up at a garage sale this summer for 2 bucks. I'm going to have to try it with my five year old and see how he does. The box says ages 10-adult. Do you think a 5 year old could handle it?
    I picked up HeroQuest for 50 cents! My five-year-old had no trouble learning the rules, although she can't read very well yet and has no strategy when it comes to selecting which spell to cast. As the barbarian or the dwarf, though, she's great!
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Shadowlight
    That is the cutest thing I've ever heard. And definitely not a choking hazard. Has Daddy started the Pavlovian training of cheering and giving her treats whenever she rolls a 20?
    Yes, I cheer every time she rolls an 18, 19, or 20, thereby reinforcing the "threat" and "crit" ranges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Shadowlight
    So when Joshua Dyal announced the birth of his little Logan (congrats again by the way) I noticed a lot of people out there had kids.

    My question is, how many of you play with them and how old were they when you first introduced them to the game? (I figure at least old enough to not choke on dice/stick them up their noses)

    Did you modify the rules?
    My son is 8 and my daughter is 12 (almost 13). They both started playing two years ago (I think).

    I think my son enjoys making characters almost more than playing the game itself. He constantly makes new characters, and then wants me to run quick battles--often against my characters from other games that he doesn't play in. He also makes all of his characters brothers--even if they are different races. This had led to a lot of half-brothers and "cousins" all adventuring across Greyhawk or Faerun.

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