5 year old DM

Riley’s been really enjoying our occasional “D&D” games and one night a couple of weeks ago she wanted to play after dinner.

Sometimes I just break out the Cave Troll game and we play a VERY stripped down version of the game, flipping cards and claiming rooms (I have never actually read the rules or played it ‘for real’).

So while I was doing some chores, I let her set up some minis and terrain.  She really enjoys putting together walls and laying out the furniture, and other times she’ll build a dungeon from the Descent tiles which interlock like a puzzle. (Descent is another game I’ve never actually played according to the rules but I love the components!  The tiles, counters, and especially minis get a lot of use!)

When I got back to the table this is what awaited me:

That’s my Telengard DM screen on the left.  She had twenty or so monsters hidden back there, although most did not get deployed.  I love that she intuited that the DM hides info behind the screen!

We each used two “characters” — one of the six inch dolls laying outside the dungeon (she insisted we each choose one, and also that they wait outside since they are so big), and one WotC D&D mini.  Part of the scenario involved fixing the broken column next to the pterodactyl, and convincing various monsters to join us in our exploration.

Adventuring is hard work! Our characters take a nap in the beds conveniently included in the dungeon’s decor.

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  1. Awww, this made me smile! I think my granddaughter really wants to learn how to do some of these games. I’m trying to find an ubercheap copy of Dungeon! to get her started.

    So how did the adventure end up? Did you fix the column? Did the nap help?

    • Yes, we found some glue in one of treasure chests and fixed the thing. Along the way we also got a few “powers” by standing on certain spots.

      The nap was actually to avoid a curse that was bestowed on my character when I read the book on the “table” in the bedroom. I can’t remember the specifics of the curse though. Not sure why taking a nap removes curses but I know we’ve used them in real life to remove grumpiness so maybe that was her reasoning. 🙂

      Dungeon! was a great game. I did not appreciate it enough when I had it BITD (we were learning AD&D and it was just a kids game!). Why oh why don’t they re-release a nostalgia version like the Monopoly sets… There must be cheap sets out there though, they must have printed millions of copies. It was in Toys R Us back then.

      If you have some cheap plastic minis, and some sturdy terrain pieces, you don’t really need an actual game. Or you could print out the scans of “Crypt of the Sorcerer”/”Caverns of Doom” that are floating around online.

      • Are the cards and rules included in those scans? (I’ll do that, but man, I really do want the board and box! Haha!)

        Naps cure a lot of things! That’s awesome!

        • Not “Dungeon” but a similarly simple DnD game:
          http://ns1.argontech.net/~kaptain/paint%20&%20play/Heritage.htm

          A printout of the map, maybe at 150% size of the original, would be ideal for modern minis. The squares in the original were 1/2 or 3/4 inch which is too small, unless you’re using 1/72s glued to pennies or sometihng.

          No cards needed; just add minis. These are the rules Scottsz is developing into something more ‘hardcore’ over at Sorcerers of Doom. I think you need to be able to read a little better than my daughter can though. Maybe for ages 6/7+?

          • unless you’re using 1/72s glued to pennies or sometihng.

            Aw yea… or you’re using old TSR monsters off plastic sprues 🙂 I may have a use for my Hirst Arts now… my kids are gonna love/hate me!

            I think I may still try to find the old Dungeon game reasonable on Ebay at some point. I never played it when I was a kid… I always wanted to…

  2. Any other player would avoid the comfy bed in the dungeon like the plague. They don’t know what they’re missing, the awesome restorative power of naps!

  3. I’ve been catching up on your blog recently. This is an awesome story!
    Maybe a kid’s D&D is in our future sometime. …I bet totally by the time they’re 8!


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