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my son the convention DM

This is Javi wearing his Halloween costume: a green slime in disguise. He will not be wearing it while DMing, as the mask makes it hard to see the numbers on the dice.

In the early years of being a parent, people would talk about how the first year of a child’s life was the best time of all. I believe that this nonsense is part of the directed forgetting we evolved so that humans will have multiple kids and ensure the survival of the species. If we really remembered what it was like to change our shirts six times a day because spit-up leaked through the cloth forever worn over our shoulders, and be woken up at each of the hours of the morning that go wee, wee, wee all the way home, procreation would come to an abrupt halt after we’d done it once.

The thing that kept me going through the various torments of early childhood was the knowledge that the best times were yet to come. Not wanting to be the kind of parent who already has their kid’s college picked out or expects them to follow precisely in their footsteps, I didn’t have specific moments in mind. However, this is definitely one of them: my nine-year-old will be DMing his first convention game next weekend at Anonycon in Stamford, CT. Here is the description we came up with for his event:

D&D Classic – The Dungeons of Ramburgh (D&D 4e)
By Javi Allison. The people of Ramburgh are being tormented by undead monsters from the desert. Will your heroes find fame and fortune in the streets of the city and the dungeons beyond, or will your corpse soon join the ranks of those shuffling toward Ramburgh? This adventure was developed and playtested in the D&D afterschool program at Hunter College Elementary School. Javi is one of the program’s most talented DMs, and will have adult help managing the rules (4E Essentials), but grownups should still expect a different kind of D&D: fresher, funnier, weirder! Paragon-tier pregens will be provided, or you can bring your favorite 11th level characters from LFR or your home game. (Reminder, LFR Characters cannot receive XP, GP or items from this adventure … but players can still have fun. ;-))

The reminder was thoughtfully added by the convention organizers, who put together a great event every year. I’m looking forward to it!


6 Responses to “my son the convention DM”


  1. 1 Charlatan
    November 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    That’s great, Tavis. I hope we can also look forward to a guest-post about running the game in a couple of weeks!

  2. November 24, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Very cool, Tavis!—will you have Javi or some of your other children at GaryCon in the spring?

    PS: Happy Thanksgiving! :D

    Allan.

  3. November 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Now I have green slime costume envy! Great idea!

  4. November 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Yes, we will post a postmortem about the game, and Javi and I are indeed planning on going to Gary Con together!

    Happy turkey day, all!

    P.S. I can provide fabric recommendations and a hot glue gun to anyone wanting to make their own slime costume…

  5. 5 Nat
    December 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Wow, I really wish I still lived in Connecticut!


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