Looking over other posts about the subject this week, one of the themes spread throughout their articles was the idea of explaining the concept of reality versus fantasy to children. I kept reflecting back to when I was younger and my experience was the exact opposite; I would go to hell if I played these games!
I was the adult in child form saying, “But it’s just pretend!”
Kids know pretend; they already intuitively role play without dice. It’s adults who need a reality check.
Originally my mind defended all these other adults that still enjoyed role-playing games; surely they could not forget what it was like as a kid, since they still play games of imagination. Then Tess reminded me that I had reminded her to remind me that I need to stop the habit of giving people the benefit of the doubt.
Judging the Cover
The main idea for last week stems from DriveThruRPG, who are selling a bunch of “For Kids” games. All those “For Kids” games seem ridiculous. If you had an interest in playing “Call of Cthulhu” or “Call of Cthulhu For Kids!” would the nine-year old you once were pick up the kids copy?
Maybe that’s a bad example, because what the hell is in that kids version, right? I want a copy of that.
You just aren’t ready to crack orc skull as a dwarf. It’s a very complicated process that I like to call ‘make-believe’ and requires imagination.
What’s wrong with your face?
Red Letter Media put it best when Mr. Plinkett said, “Imaginations work differently than that,” in reference to kids wanting to play as Han Solo or Luke Skywalker not the little kid Jedi from the Clone Wars.*