It is part of their after-school program. So in February I am running 2 sessions of two-weeks each of D&D. Totally introductory, 1st level. I am even going to buy dice for the kids.
My plan was to run D&D 4e out of the new Red Box. But this weekend I also picked up the new Pathfinder boxed set. It is really, really nice.
The two are comparable on every level to be honest. Figures or tokens for characters and monsters, maps, player's books, DM's books, a starting adventure. Nice sturdy box and dice.
But now I find myself in the situation of which one to run?
Both have their merits and I know I could both justice and my audience justice with either.
I was talking to my friend Greg who runs a Pathfinder game with my son and his own kids. He suggested run both, D&D4 one session and Pathfinder the next.
I think that is a great idea to be honest. Though it is twice the work for me.
I would run the same adventure for 1st levels. So I might have to make something up.
Here is what I am looking for:
- Appropriate for new players
- Plenty of chances for everyone to be a hero
- Should include teamwork
- I'd like them fight a dragon, even a small one, at the end
I guess the Pathfinder adventure is the box is close to that, but I have not checked it out in detail yet. If so doing a 4e conversion will be easy.
Now before anyone says "Why aren't you play XXXX game?", simple, these are the ones I have chosen. These are the ones that have the mainstream appeal and the kids will be able to then later go to the store and get them. I am trying to entice the next generation of players and to do that I need to be able to steer them to product they can play on their own in their own groups.
I'll keep you all posted on what is going on with this.