Tabletop roleplaying was taboo. It still has a negative cloud casted over it, in some circles. For those of us who play, we know it is not a thing of evil. It is a great way to express one’s creativity and be social. As our society grow more accepting of the different. Roleplaying is moving out of the dark basements and into the light.
I am a closet nerd. When I was little, I was pushed into sports. Competition was the key to becoming a man. If you were not great at sports, you were a sissy. Artistic? Sissy. I broke the mold and delved into a world of unknown. I wrote and did nerdy things. I still love sports, and always will, but it should be acceptable to be a jock and a nerd.
Instead of treating tabletop role playing like a terrible omen. Our children may learn from playing. Here are some helpful life skills they may learn from tabletop role playing.
Tabletop role playing consist of adventures for players. Players travel to different universes. Experiencing settings that they could only imagine in their dreams. Before they can become the hero though, roadblocks are presented to the player. A player may have to decide to climb a wall or go around, talk to a person or sneak by, approach a beast or run away.
Presented with these challenges allow children to think about the best outcome. They open their mind to the possibilities in a safe manner. They can witness the results of their decisions. They can shape their outlook on the results, and determine how their thinking was right or wrong. Thinking outside the box is the most fun aspect of playing tabletop role playing. There is always another solution, and children can learn this. The direct path is not always the safest path.
Children are reminded to stop and think. They are reminded to watch for danger. They are asked to think of questions that will help them on their journey. They learn to build critical thinking, a skill they can use through school and in the workplace.
Adventures in tabletop roleplaying are a team activity. Each team member will have a valuable set of skills that helps the team accomplish their goals. Being able to work with a team is crucial. Those who go off alone in tabletop roleplaying will usually find an unfortunate end. Teamwork is key!
Real life is no different. Teamwork is a vital part of our work culture. Working together is important for child development and finding new friends. Completing a task as a team, is more rewarding than being alone. Role playing facilitates a healthy environment for learning skills, while achieving exciting milestones.
Listening and Communication
Tabletop role playing can be a very vocal activity. The game master (the person who narrates the adventure) explains the situation to the players. It can be descriptions of the setting, or dialogue between to fictional characters. The players must listen. Important details may hide within the game master’s details. They will learn that the more they fail to listen, the more they lose in the game.
Not only is the game master vocal. The players have to be vocal as well. They must dictate the actions of their characters in a clear and concise manner. At first, children may find this disconcerting in front of a group. As they play, they will find that it is fun. Their confidence will build. They will learn how to describe their thoughts and actions with words.
Math? That is not fun! How could they learn math while playing a tabletop role playing game? There is all sorts of math. Players use math to generate their character’s skills and attributes. Math is used on dice rolls. It is used to determine how far a character can move on the game board. It is even used to determine how much weight a character can carry.
Much of the math is simple. Children of varying ages can learn basic arithmetic while playing a game. They will not even realize they are doing math as they do in school!
We all love to bond with one another. Tabletop role playing presents the perfect setting to do that with your children. Together you create a story of wonder, a lasting place of imagination for your child. They will always remember the tales you created together. Not only is the game a fun game that teaches life skills. Also, one that brings family and friends closer together.
Tabletop role playing is fun! It is a great mechanism to learn and get those creative juices flowing. Children already have great imaginations. Why not allow them to hone that imagination by creating a great story? Cast away that negative light. Give role playing a chance. Allow your child to take part in something new and different.