Friday, December 30, 2016

The return of family friendly games

I am a big fan of Bundle of Holding. For the last few years, I have bought quite a few different bundles. It has been a great source of Indy style games for me. But, one of the rewarding bundles was the family friendly bundle.

While some of the games were simply suitable for younger audiences, some of them were firmly aimed at the under ten crowd. While I am sure our son will grow up to have no interest in tabletop role playing games, it's fun to look at what might work with him in a couple years.

I still think Hero Kids, which is designed for kids as young as four, may be the best RPG I've seen for toddlers. Very simple but very mechanically grounded. Kids don't need to learn how to use their imagination but they do need to learn on rules work. I also really liked Mermaid Adventures, having a wide open but non-violent setting.

So, when Bundle of Holding ended the year with their second Family Friendly Bundle, I was super excited.

Two of the games are ones I've been very interested in. I've been wanting to read Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple for a while. I'm interested in games that include collaborative writing, like Microscope. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple.

I'm also very curious about No Thank You Evil, that has Monte Cook as one of the designers. It was recommended to me when I first started writing about RPGs aimed at the younger set but it hadn't even come out yet. Now, at long last, I'll get to read it.

But I'm going to read every last book that comes in the bundle. I'm sure 2017 will have plenty of surprises and unexpected events but I'm going to do my best to read and review everything in this bundle. 

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