Basement O Rats was the first Hero Kids adventure we ran with the kids. It’s the one that comes with the starter kit. I am writing this over a year after we did it because Reasons, so I’ll be lighter on the specifics of the encounters than I hope to be in future posts. I’ll also be using nicknames for the kids because their actual names have essentially no bearing on these tales.
A Party is Formed
First, the party had to pick characters. Fortunately, this was a mostly quick process. I printed out the different pre-made characters and presented them to the kids.
Ghoti (our then 5-year-old son) immediately gravitated toward the fire-wielding warlock. The Totally (Not) a Firebender aesthetic was right up his alley. Before we could even get started, he was ready and willing to incinerate everything that got in his way.
Pincess [sic] (our then 3-year-old daughter) also found her RPG soulmate without hesitation. The picture of the female hunter’s extremely long hair coupled with fact that her ranged attacks are actually performed with her Rapunzel-esque hair was all she needed to know.
Things were harder for Bubba (our then 2-year-old son). He understandably had a hard time deciding what to do because this was all a little too abstract for him. He eventually settled on the knight because he wore a pot on his head which he thought was silly.
Mom (not her real name) was initially planning on playing her own character, but opted to pair up with Bubba and try to help move the players’ team along.