Let’s be clear – This series of books is NOT intended for teaching kids how to play D&D. There are no mechanics of any kind. **If you want to learn how to play D&D, you’ll need the Starter Set and some “actual play” videos online.**
So what does this book and its counterparts do? It provides an introductory step into the “world” of D&D, introducing concepts like monsters, magic and classes, and illustrating them beautifully with some decent accompanying text. If a child isn’t ready for D&D – or you’re considering getting them ready for D&D – this is a good way to get kids accustomed to the thematics and story lore of the game.
What kids are this intended for? Kids that collect Pokemon cards for the cool pictures but don’t play the game. Kids whose older siblings are playing D&D. Kids of parents who play/played D&D and want to expose them to some of the fun ideas without walls of text and confusing stat quantifications.
What the writers intended to do, this series does the job well. But I’m baffled by the lack of clarity on the product itself explaining what it DOESN’T do…. This book series certainly could be interpreted as “D&D for kids,” but it’s very much NOT that. Nothing about these books teaches you the game, yet the product description doesn’t remotely imply this.
I’m also baffled by the lack of a book in this series regarding mechanics and PLAYING the game. Seems like a specific entry distilling the basics of D&D for the under-10 set would be perfect here… What’s roleplaying? How does it work? What’s a D20? How does leveling and class-building compare/contrast to videogames? But TSR and WOTC have been fumbling that ball for decades. D&D isn’t hard, but the game’s presentation makes it appear that way, no matter what edition or decade you’re talking about.
- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: TEN SPEED PRESS (16 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1984856405
- ISBN-13: 978-1984856401
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.5 x 22.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)