My Little Pony Review

I’ve been playing games now with the Little Mephling for a while. I started out with a game of my own creation, then switched to No Thank You, Evil! when he was a little older. Most recently he’s become obsessed with My Little Pony so I took a chance on the Tails of Equestria RPG and I’m here today to tell you that it was a good thing I did.

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Throwback Thursday: Family Gaming

Something near and dear to my heart is gaming that includes kids. This is entirely self-serving as I have two kids at home and I’d like to grow up gaming with them. RPGs are for everyone and that includes young players, though that also covers those who don’t want to play a bloodthirsty vampire or a violent warrior. Here you’ll find some of the posts I’ve made about games that fit that mold, games that you can play with the whole family!

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Merry Christmas!

Happy holidays, readers! I hope you’re doing just what you want tonight. For me that’s being slightly cold with a warm fire and a board game so hopefully that’s true! As I write this, though, I’m taking a look back at 2018. Like a lot of people I have mixed feelings about the events of the year but I’m pretty happy with how things have gone with my blog. I joined the writers at Continuing Mission and have been writing up a storm on both sites, not to mention starting RPGs with my oldest and gaining a second kid!

I wrote a ton of posts that I’m proud of here as well, some of which I’ve listed below in case you need something to read. I’m taking this week off of writing but here’s to new posts in the new year!

No Thank You, Evil! with Woodland Creatures

Once again, I’m shamelessly stealing drawing inspiration from Little Mephling for some RPG outlet. We’ve been starting on the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, one of my favorite set of books from when I was little. It’s an enchanting story, an action-packed adventure, and a richly-built world with lots of different cultures and histories. Needless to say, it’s a goldmine in terms of roleplaying.

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The Mephling Plays an RPG!

Earlier in the month I was out for a little bit. Baby Grue arrived and I took family leave from work and personal leave from this blog. During that period I got quality time with the new arrival but I also had to frequently entertain Little Mephling (Grue’s three-year-old brother) and after many days of trips to various locations I wanted something quiet that we could do at the kitchen table. As always (and unsurprisingly) I thought of RPGs but even No Thank You, Evil! starts with five year olds. Tired and with nothing to lose, I pulled a dirt-simple RPG based on Cthulhu Dark out of my butt and ran with it.

It worked like a charm.

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The Mephit Family Has Grown!

Hello Gentlefolk,

Today was a very exciting day in the James household: Dr. James and I, as well as big brother Little Mephling, welcomed Baby Grue into the world! We’re both exhausted but also really happy and ready to take on this new challenge. Of course, this means I’ll have my hands full for a bit so the site is going on hiatus for the next two weeks. If I get back earlier then so much the better but for the mean time check out the archives and I’ll see you all on the other side.

Lady’s Grace, cutters.

No Thank You, Evil! for Goblins

I’ve written before about how I love the Cypher System kids’ game No Thank You, Evil! and it’s ability to be whatever sort of game you want. My own son, Little Mephling, is currently obsessed (obsessed) with Mouse Guard and so I wrote some new nouns for NTYE to play mouse characters. Today I’m back with some options for that other classic icon of mischief: goblins.

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No Thank You, Evil! for Mice

Lately I’ve been reading Mouse Guard with the little Mephling. Even though it’s a little intense for him at times, it’s full of great adventure and brave mice. It occurred to me that mice are often subject of adventure stories for young audiences including The Tale of Despereaux, the Redwall series, the board game Mice and Mystics and, reaching back a little earlier, The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Stuart Little. If you also have young gamers interested in adventurous mice, feel free to use this brand new noun for No Thank You, Evil!.

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Kids’ Games and Games About Kids

I’ve been thinking a lot about different sorts of games, and often about kids games. Reading stories to the little Mephling gets me thinking about playing RPGs with him eventually and what I’d want to start him on. The more I thought, though, the more I realized this is a tricky subject.

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