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The Best Ultimate Guide to Running Dungeons and Dragons Games for Kids

Updated: Mar 8, 2022

Is there a best way to run a Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) game for kids? Nope…. That is simply because some players are visual learners, some are auditory learners, some players need manipulatives and many players appreciate a mix. Just like “all students learn differently,” all players learn, experience, and play D&D differently.

Is running a D&D game for kids different than for adults? No, and Yes

No. There are no huge game differences. When you run a game for adults:

· you need to think about the game’s pacing (Same for a game with kids)

· you need to think about player engagement (Same for a game with kids)

· you need to think about group dynamics (Same for a game with kids)

· you need to think about spotlighting players (Same for a game with kids)

· you need to prepare for your game (Same for a game with kids)

Yes. Of course, there are differences. When kids play D&D, it could be the first time they experience a taste of free agency (making decisions without their parent’s guidance.) Young players experience many social and emotional situations for the first time on their own during a game. This agency is one of the reasons why people think of D&D as a great tool for improving social skills.

What to expect when you run a D&D game for kids?

1. Get ready for companion animals and familiars. I have been running games for adults and children for years. Kids love pets! Adults also enjoy a good animal companion or sidekick, but kids make it a major part of their game experience.