Welcome to Tavern Talk Thursday! We are expanding! What started as a column dedicated to chatting with members of the TTRPG community is growing to talk about all things TTRPG. We aim to continue sharing all the things we love about the community and all the content within. So, consider this a little peek into our favorite worlds and creators as we explore everything we love.

Settle in young adventurers; this Tavern Talk is for you. Our introduction to TTRPGs came at a young age. Our love for fantasy and need to escape our real-life struggles helped build a long-time passion for tabletop gaming. We can admit that some TTRPGs aren’t the most kid-friendly. Some feature rather vast and complicated rule sets or mature adventures not suited for young explorers. But, thankfully, over the years, more and more games have hit the market that keep kids in mind. We even have other companies coming out with kid-friendly versions of their systems. So, to help kick off your next kid-friendly adventure, we have a list for you to choose from.

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Kid-Friendly TTRPG Adventures

Dungeons and Dragons

We know that Dungeons and Dragons can be rough for younger gamers. However, over the years, many players have come forward with more kid-friendly rules and hacks to help guide younger players. In most cases, dungeon masters can simplify the rules and spells. Many also focus on allowing the players more freedom in their choices to help guide them to think outside of the box. The TTRPG Kids website has an article dedicated to tips, tricks and adventures for your next game night.

Find more about Dungeons and Dragons on the official website.

Little Monster Detectives

Our next kid-friendly TTRPG is Nosolorol Ediciones’ Little Monster Detectives. This is a pen-and-paper roleplaying game made specifically for children. It centers around the Monster Detective Agency and allows children and grownups to investigate mysterious monsters and mischief. It starts easy but allows for scaling as your kids begin to explore more rule sets and styles. It also works to help children overcome their fear of monsters by giving them a safe and friendly environment to explore.

Pick up your copy of Little Monster Detectives here.

Page featuring the Closet Monster from Little Monster Detectives RPG.

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Hero Kids

Hero Forge Games’ Hero Kids takes everything we love about TTRPGs and boils it down to the essentials needed to play the game. It is excellent for kids aged 4 to 10 as a way to introduce them to the different aspects of tabletop gaming without frustration. It focuses on allowing kids to be creative and the freedom to explore a world meant for them. It also introduces the dice mechanic by using a D6 for rolls. It’s easy for kids to understand but still fun enough that parents will enjoy their time playing alongside them.

Pick up your copy of Hero Kids here.

Maze Rats

Questing Beast Games’ Maze Rats is one of our favorite simple systems for kids. It takes everything we love and trims it down to a single page of rules, a character creation sheet, tables full of magic items, monster generation, and much more. It uses a 2D6-based system that helps make creating characters and stories easy for everyone. This system is not generally meant for brand-new players but for those moving between kid-friendly and more adult TTRPGs. It’s quick to set up and a chaotic joy to play.

Pick up your copy of Maze Rats here.

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