I just finished reading my 5 year-old son’s bedtime story from a Pokemon pocket novella. When we were talking about the story after I could not help but notice how much he still loved Pokemon and the whole concept of being a young pocket monster trainer.
This gave me an idea. I have wanted to introduce my son to RPGs as a father/son activity for some time. (We’re already finished Paper Mario and worked through both Lego Star Wars on the Gamecube). I also happen to own a copy of Big Eyes Small Mouth 2nd Ed. I looked on the net and I can get a Pocket Monster expansion for 5$. So I think I’ll start a mini-Nicolas the Pokemon-Trainer campaign.
BESM is a fast, easy game that really does a great job to simulate the Anime Genre. I liked GMing it a lot. While looking over the net, I got another idea! Why not have my next DM challenge with this father/son campaign.
I keep saying that I don’t do DM Improv very well. I tend to over prepare and structure my adventures a lot (ask Yan). So I’ll go out and buy a few Pokemon figures and/or cards, I’ll make a character for my son based on Ash and I’ll make him a Pikachu (of course). I’ll then create generic stats for trainers and Pokemons (just switch the elemental powers and they’re more or less all the same for a 5 year old). I’ll make Team Rocket the campaign’s Big Bad and I won’t write anything else. (I’m honest enough to appreciate the irony of saying that the above paragraph is supposed to represent ‘not a lot of preparation’… baby steps people, baby steps)
Since I’m dealing with a non-threatening audience (my son), a simple concept and a ton of material (I’ve watched all movies and a ton of TV show episodes) I would be near enough my comfort zone to wing the story and encounters and learn from it.
I’ll keep you posted…