Episode 342 – Skye’s the limit
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Reign of the Descended for the Mecha RPG (free quickstart, full version).

* (2:02) Fear the Con 7!  Information on the pre-con tourism.  Take care of the people that take care of you.

* (4:49) Chad’s family night turns into a family RPG.  We talk about the steps he went through (and avoided) to build the best experience for his son.

* (12:34) Setting clear objectives.  The prior episode that touched on this topic can be found here and the accompanying list of games can be found here.

* (30:01) The teaching power of, “No.”

* (33:40) The missing muffins.  Leading by breadcrumbs and example.

* (51:92) The difference between intellect and experience.

* (54:06) Some help Chad got from the forums.

* (55:53) Lessons learned from the whole effort.  Stuart Robertson’s pocketmod game.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, Pat

Comments (5)

MalkThePirateOfMathFacultyJune 11th, 2014 at 3:15 am

God damn it, probably best episode I have heard. Massive props for Dawn and Chad, for being great parents. As a son of two MDs who ‘ended up’ not being a doctor, I was insanely happy that you (Chad and Dawn, hope I’m getting names correctly. as you see, I’m not native English speaker) did not act like enormous arses and thought of child first.

Hell, love him even if he will come out of Dennys one day and tell you he is a LARPer. ;)

DannyJune 11th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

One for you Chad


PeteinDCJune 24th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Fun episode! Chad, you and Dawn are great parents. I love that you engaged your son in a game that encouraged him to utilize his creativity, work on his math skills, and encouraged him to have fun in a cooperative game.

PhilOfCalthJuly 2nd, 2014 at 7:07 am

The link to “pocketmod game” brings me to a game called “Weird West Roleplaying Game Basic Rulebook”

I wouldn’t ask the child what they want to play out of fear of them repeatedly making suggestions of settings that I can’t do. Repeatedly saying ‘no’ to them might disillusion them early and they may never want to come back to it. I’d much rather just look at what they’re interested in at the moment and allow that to influence what we play. Saying that my first child is due in 3 weeks, so I have no actual experience.

In games that I run I like there to be ups and downs. Small defeats as well as successes. I wonder how well that would work with a child. I guess I’d have to look at other fictions that the child interacts with to see what he’s used to or ready to accept. Any suggestions?

Blue BogleSeptember 12th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I think Dan hasn’t had the right kind of Indian sweets. The stuff you get at the Indian bakeries in Los Angeles are so sweet, I can hardly handle them. The textures and flavors are fantastic though. I don’t know anything about their per-packaged sweets though.

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