Tonight my eight year old nephew (eight and three quarters!) rolled up some characters using Swords & Wizardry Core. “I love D&D” he said, even though he hasn’t played in nine months or so. I guess he’s heard me talk about it here and there. He received his first ever set of polyhedral dice tonight as a gift. As an additional memento, I scanned in one of his 4x6 character cards. Yeah, they’re small, esp. for little kid writing! He’s developing his teeny scrawl skills though. It took us a while to get a couple of these done, but right after we finished with the elf, he said, “This is getting to be fun,” before we even started playing. That was encouraging - maybe it was because of my descriptions of spells (he chose “Charm Person”). We couldn’t accomplish playing before his bed time, considering the imperative of finishing watching Krull (he changed his mind and decided to give it a thumbs up after initially finding it boring) and of course Man vs. Wild. The latter show seems well suited to introducing a brand new, young D&D player to the ideas of survivalism and investigating your surroundings. We love that show, as silly as it sometimes is... After rolling up some characters we finally decided to take a break and watch some Clone Wars (the computer animated tv series, not the movie), which he loves.
At some point I mentioned that there are role playing game versions of Star Wars, and his eyes lit up just a little in interest. “Really?” - Yep, I said, but truth is that I know next to nothing about them, other than that I’ve heard and read some bad things. So is there any d6 or old schoolish version of Star Wars as an rpg? I’d love to see a type of S&W White Box Star Wars if you know what I mean. Maybe it’s out there, or something close to it is, already. Of course I’m familiar with Traveller, Star Frontiers, and X-Plorers. This would need to be something fully recognizable as part of the Star Wars franchise, but it'd have to be very rules light to interest us. Is there such a beast? It'd be nice to have him be able to play with my wife in her upcoming solo campaign, but it might not take. As much of a Zelda fan as he is, Star Wars trumps at the end of the day.
Update: Yeah, he named his elf "Bodabox". Don't look at his Aunt and Uncle, I can't remember ever buying a Bota Box! Mom?