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Simple Tabletop RPG for Harry Potter Needed — 18 Comments

  1. I use a slightly modified version of "Trollbabe," and let the kids define their re-rolls on the fly. Even my 4 year old does well with it.

    The main part is letting them imagine and tell stories and have fun… just like we do.

  2. Tim: Witch Girl Adventures looks like it might work from the description. I'd never heard of this game before. Thanks for pointing it out.

  3. I've always liked "Broomstix," an unofficial HP RPG that can be downloaded for free here.

    It's probably worth taking a look at the character sheet (pdf here) and 16 page full game (pdf here) to see if they fit what you're looking for.

  4. I've passed all these options on to my friend. I suspect his children and their friends will be playing "Harry Potter" by the weekend with one of the freebies.

    The funny thing is I thought my Google search-fu was pretty good, but I did not find any of these games when I searched for one. Therefore, I'm especially grateful for all the suggestions. Thanks folks!

  5. Risus?

    Couldn't ask for more simple than that and would work well with the almost fairy-tale atmosphere of HP.

    And loot the other alternatives for game world ideas!

  6. Here's mine. I went pretty far out of my way to make the game resemble the books as much as I could. Even came up with a combat system to simulate schoolyard fights as opposed to life and death duels with dragons. Small numbers, easy to learn, totally free, lots of details, and extensible. Only problem is writing the rest of Hogwarts in terms of setting(class, a day job, 3 cats), but any GM worth his salt who read the books can probably run it just fine. It really is that easy.


  7. I'm sure these kids are off happily playing their Harry Potter RPG by now, but if anyone else is interested, I developed a very simple RPG for introducing kids to Role Playing Games without burying them under mounds of expensive rulebooks. It's called 6X and can be found here:


    It's free and I play tested it extensively with my games club at the middle school level (I'm a teacher). They loved it. Hope this helps someone.


  8. Benjamin,

    Yes, their dad bought them a copy of Witch Girl Adventures and they have been playing several times a week haveing a great time.

    I just took a look at 6X and will be passing this on to a couple of teacher friends who work with special needs kids. This looks like it is could work well for getting them to write stuff out without looking like school work. The idea of writing down six possible outcomes is great, IMHO.

  9. Absolutely, it works as a great writing starter too, if that's how one wants to use it. I realized after I posted here that I didn't exactly write kid friendly rules. The truth is I love to play it too, so I didn't exactly scale down my language. I guess that will be my next project, a kid friendly version of the rules.