Dungeons and Dragons Equivalent

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Dungeons and Dragons Equivalent
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Thu, 01-24-2013 - 8:51pm

Hello,

Recently DS6 stumbled across DH's Dungeons and Dragons books.  He's fascinated.  It's the first fantasy anything he's read or taken an interest in.  So I would like to encourage it.  Since it's a face to face adventure, it'd be great for social stuff too (even if it is extremely geeky).  That being said, I don't think D&D is played by anyone under 40.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.  Is there an equivalent in today's time that we can pursue?

Note: This type of stuff has never been my 'thing'.  So I'm looking for guidance here.  I am not crazy at all about online games played with others.

Thanks,

Karen

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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 1:10pm

I had forgotten about Settlers of Catan! We have the board game and love it! Is there a card game for it too?

Lisa 

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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 12:42pm

Most of the 6-year-olds at our school play Pokemon card games, and there are tie-in books and manga (graphic novels).  Our ds, who recently turned 7, also likes Settlers of Catan.

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Mon, 01-28-2013 - 11:00pm

Thanks so much for all the input!  After looking around and a bit of research, I found a huge Pokemon group in our area that might be the right fit for us.  Who knew?  Sounds like Pokemon for now and then Magic next if it takes off.

Thanks again.  I had no idea which way to go with this one.

Karen

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Mon, 01-28-2013 - 11:32am

We were surpised to learn that Pokemon was still popular! But apparently it is! I think that would be a great alternative to D&D. We also like Magic The Gathering but I think that might be a little above a 6 year old's level, even a gifted 6 year old. Never hurts to try, though! 

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Fri, 01-25-2013 - 2:28pm

Oops, just noticed you said you didn't want online game recommendations. Embarassed  I worry about them a little bit too but Wizard 101 seems great- I especially like their filtered chat. I don't have to worry about inppropriate language or topics.

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Fri, 01-25-2013 - 2:24pm

A big DITTO to the Magic: The Gathering recommendation. My husband and I used to play back when we were dating long ago and just recently my oldest son has gotten into it. So now my husband and son play together. Smile

If he's into computer games, "Wizard 101" is also an excellent, somewhat-similar choice. Totally family-friendly, no gore/blood, etc.

Lisa 

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Fri, 01-25-2013 - 1:00pm

Thanks so much for the points in the right direction!  The only one of these I'd heard of was Pokemon.  Actually, I thought that was some sort of cartoon.  I'm off to start reading about all these other ideas.

Thanks again!

Karen

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Fri, 01-25-2013 - 10:11am

After thinking the boards were all fixed, it took me three tries to log in and get to comment!  It only worked when I checked "keep me logged in".

D&D and other role-playing games are definitely still popular - but maybe not with 6yos! My oldest is a big D&D fan. He was in a group at college and continued to play another role-playing game via skype with his college friends until he moved overseas and the time difference made it too difficult.  I was just messaging with him and he said there are some basic D&D games that Mom and Dad could play with a 6yo (and maybe a friend or two) but that getting involved with a game with random older kids or adults could be a bit sketchy.

I echo what the pp post said about Magic.  It is probably more popular and easier to find a game.  From what I understand, D&D requires someone to basically create a game and roles.  Magic just requies a deck of cards.  Many comic, card or hobby shops offer tournaments.  My son says that some of the cards are a bit gory, however. He said there were some 10yos at the local game shop that played Magic along with their dads, but 6 might be young. 

However, for a 6yo I would look into Pokemon or Yugioh.  My older two boys were way into this at that age.  It is similar to Magic in that there are cards and some way to play, but not as advanced and more geared to younger kids.  If you google your local game shop or Wizard of the Coast (maker of Magic cards) and then go to Store Locator, you can hopefully find a localish shop that offers these kinds of games.  The Pokemon and Yugioh tournaments tend to be on weekend days. They can be a good social event for kids that are not as into sports and also are not by rigid age lines. 

Being the mom of three boys, the oldest of which is still trying to find an overseas spot to attend the Magic pre-release event on Sunday, I have learned more than I ever wanted to know about these games.  I still remember taking my older two boys, about 13 years ago, to some huge Pokemon event at a local mall.  It was the height of the Pokemon craze and was incredibly crowded, but made him very happy.

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Thu, 01-24-2013 - 9:38pm

My older son used to play this card game type with his friends called "Magic: The Gathering".  He had friends over who had cards too and they would slay dragons and cast spells and stuff like that.  I know people still play it because he sold a bunch of them last summer.

Blessings, Michelle