Somedays it is tough to find things that really speak to me that I want to write about. Many of those times, I find someone online has already written about the same topic and it is already great and succinct. It’s like some other author and I were simpatico that day. So I will pass on those ideas and my mind will wander to other things.
But I never tire of asking others about what they think about role-playing. So this time, I interviewed my 9-year old daughter. She has a bit of experience herself with some Hero Kids role-playing action, but she has also grown up around games, many games.
I am just going to ask you some questions and you are going to have to answer me, okay?
Like, what kind of questions?
Mmmm, questions that you should know the answer to, okay?
1. How long have you known about role-playing?
Ummm… forever… because you and daddy.
2. If you were going to describe role-playing to someone, what would you say it was like?
It’s like a game of combat and there is acting too. But not physical acting, just with your voice. It’s an adventure and usually it’s in the past with magic and stuff.
3. What is the most important thing for someone to do when role-playing?
Act in character. Definitely, having things for combat in character would be good. I think acting in character is the best thing you have to do.
4. What is your favourite thing about role-playing?
Definitely, I like acting in character. I like acting and like how I use magic in my games because it goes with my character.
5. What is your least favourite thing about role-playing?
My first game as so boring because all it was, was just combat… and there was one that was just basically acting and exploring. So I liked the most recent one, which was a mix of both.
6. Who do you think should role-play? (I was looking for a general everyone should role-play… but it didn’t happen.)
Umm, I think Olivia or Emily would be good at acting in character. We have games where we make up characters and play.
7. If you could invent any type of role-playing game, what type of role-playing would it be?
Well it would definitely be in modern times, but with magic. There would also be magical creatures. Like taking the magic from the old times and putting it in the modern times. I think that would be a good mix. And you could get rid of all the pollution. You could just make a spell and get rid of pollution. It wouldn’t be all dirty and polluted. You could make the garbage disappear. Could make all the plastic turn into candy because all the plastic on Earth is still on Earth because it doesn’t decompose. So you could eat the plastic that was turned into candy. And it would be yummy too!
8. Is there anything else that you would like to add about role-playing?
I wanted to do it for a long time, so when daddy found Hero Kids… now I have my own little role-playing group with me, daddy, Sammy’s dad, and Sammy.
BONUS: Why did you always want to role-play?
Because, I like combat and that’s why I like superhero shows and I also really like acting so I want to be an actress. One thing I want to be when I grow up is an actress. I like the acting and combat; I like both, so yeah.
I urge you to pose these questions to your own kids. Post the answers in the comments below!
Vanessa is a sarcastic, 30-something wife and mother. She likes things and stuff, but not simultaneously. You can read about how her love of acting led her to become a better role-player here.
18/7/2016 11:39:23 pm
All three of my kids (23. 17, and 15) learned to game from their father and myself. It's rather amusing that they don't really like to play with their own peer group because they tend to be all hack and slash power gamers all the time. They learned more subtle role playing from us and a friend. Saturday night is game night and it has to be something really important for them to cancel plans to game. My oldest son joked that he expects that all of them will bring the grandkids to the retirement home so they can hear the old war stories and learn to game from the grandparents. I'm cool with that.
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