Once a month I play Labyrinth Lord with my godchild, her siblings, and her dad. The picture shows dad working on the treasure sheet with sections for each player character and sections for the two buried treasure chests. The adventure we’ve been on is Tomb of the Iron God. I’m starting to think that maybe the adventure is a tiny bit too long, but we’ve explored about 80% of the entire thing, so the Sword of Iron will soon be found, I assume.
As far as I can tell, the stuff they enjoy is
- fart jokes
- bashing the heads of undead – today the youngest went on to detail brain flight trajectories when hitting zombies with a flail…
- bashing the heads of anything, actually
- they really liked talking to the enchanted zombie goblin head that never said anything but “Turn back, grave robbers, or you’ll all die!”
- they laugh when ghouls throw around the hands of victims
- they laugh when dad’s character falls into a pit
- they hate it when three of them are down and paralyzed by the ghouls and the lone elf continues fighting, hoping for the party to reawaken in time
- they seem to like it when I mention how many hitpoints a monster has left, how many rounds a character will remain paralyzed, what AC monsters have – I’m not hiding it from them if that makes rolling the dice more enjoyable
- they like rolling for group initiative
- they all like to shout at the same time (dad included)
- they like to read Elfquest comics before and after the game, and to borrow some to take home between games
- there are no XP to be gained and there is no level advancement; they all just create characters with 5001 XP
I think we’re having a good time!
We play for about two hours. By the end they’re usually really tired. The oldest two want to continue playing but the youngest one is already sitting on the couch and looking at Elfquest instead of playing. But that’s ok.
Anyway… the Sword of Iron. I think they’ll have to bring it to Captain Mithika in Curnithia somewhere in the Faris Hills. Yeah, this will move the campaign into the Wildlands described in Points of Light by Robert Conley.
Previous entries in the series: 2010-01-11 Playing With Kids.
Tags: RPG Old School Labyrinth Lord Kids