Hello, I’m Christophor, the Kids DM! I have streamlined D&D 5e to teach kids how to play, thanks to being in grad school for a Master’s in Education. The initial Kids D&D session is 2 hours and is made for ages 7+. It’s roughly one hour of character creation and then an hour of adventure. From there we form groups and run campaigns with whoever signs up. This is a great way for kids to get started in D&D.
The Kids DM Philosophy
I have been playing D&D and tabletop RPGs since around 1979. Over that time I have developed a fast, fun way of gamemastering that relies on storytelling as well as dice rolling. When I write adventures I try to balance three pillars; social interaction, exploration, and combat. Players have agency over their characters and let affect the world and guide the story.
My tables are open and welcome to everyone from anywhere but tolerance and respect are required to play in my games. The stories do not always follow strict genre expectations. I like plot twists, puzzles, and things that don’t make sense until the PCs have uncovered enough information to begin piecing together what’s going on. Games I currently love playing and running include: D&D (most versions), DCC, MCC, Star Crawl, Dark Trails, Starfinder, Star Wars (the newer ones), Gaslands, Call of Cthulhu, Shadowrun, Cyberpunk, and probably some others I missed.
-=NEW PLAYERS=- As the Kids DM I gain enormous joy from helping people get into the hobby. If you’ve wanted to play, or just started to play, I am always ready to help you start or continue the journey into tabletop RPGs. From time to time I will offer quick 2-hour demos of games for those who want to try something new. I have introduced over 100 children and 50 adults to the tabletop role-playing hobby.
The Kids DM Style
I’ve got voices, stories, costumes and roleplaying all ready to go. I balance social, exploration and combat. I try to make situations create an emotional response in the players. I give the players agency over their characters and let them know their actions have repercussions and they will make an impact on the world. We’re all there to have fun and I try extremely hard to make sure that’s what happens, even if some PCs have to die, which can also be fun.
My tables are fully inclusive and use safety tools like the X card. This is a game and as such should be fun for all involved. I am always open to working around topics that could be problematic. Most of the time I avoid those things in general and never intentionally try to make anyone uncomfortable. A healthy and open conversation prior to playing generally gives me a good roadmap of topics that shouldn’t be broached.
I also expect my players to be respectful to everyone at the table and to be considerate of everyone’s time and effort. No one can tell another player how to play their character. No one should talk over others when it is not their turn. If there is an in game discussion everyone should remain respectful even if there is a disagreement.
Much of the Kids DM scheduling is done through StartPlaying for public and private games currently. I am always open to discussing new groups and specific games for both kids and adults.