If you have kids at home because of coronavirus, self-isolation, and social distancing, we have a game that may be helpful. It is Pay What You Want on DriveThruRPG, so you can read that as Free in these times.

The Things That Grown Ups Cannot See is a game intended for younger players, depending on your children, 8-12 years old. It is a diceless role-playing game set in our modern-day world by with an underlying magical world of elves and darker magical creatures.

The game operates on a “bidding” mechanic. Each character starts out with four power levels. Each challenge is assigned a power level that is needed to defeat it. Each character can contribute some of their power to a pool and then the characters make a bid to overcome the challenge. The game is founded on the ideas of collaboration and playing together to tell the story.

When players spend power they get to take over the narrative to contribute their part of the story until the Storyteller [GM] takes back control to guide the adventure towards the next challenge.

The fey creatures included in the rules come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. The intention of Things! is to create a collaborative storytelling experience without the more traditional combat-heavy culture of the world’s most popular role-playing game.

At the same time, it is a friendly introduction to role-playing and of creating a character that is not themselves, an important concept in all role-playing games!

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