Post by Sean Michael Kelly on May 6, 2012 16:57:47 GMT -6
My 11yo and his friend of the same age (along with myself and his father) played a 2 hour "pick up" session of Boot Hill at the local Panera Bread. The boys mostly played while I ref'ed and the other dad watched with delight. We used the 1e rulebook, but the town map and chits from the 2e Box set.
The first scenario, they attempted to rob a bank, botched it, and died a violent, bloody death in an alleyway. The second scenario was a replay of the PBP we did on this forum last holiday season. It ended up that the two boys were the last ones standing until my son's shotgun ended the game for his best friend. Go figure. All in good fun though! We're looking forward to the next 2-hour scenario... when I think, we'll be doing a Gangbusters game. (maybe I'll make them snoopy reporters looking for a scoop on a local bootleg operation... :-)
I so love having my boys along on these adventures and bringing along other dads and their kids too.
I have a single young lady and her 9yo precocious daughter playing in our Chainmail/OD&D/LBB campaign and let me tell you, that's quite a different dynamic!
I played Boot Hill back in the day and always enjoyed it. The guy who taught me to play WhiteBox D&D wanted me to ref a Boot Hill game for him constantly. I admit that a "campaign" might be tough - now I am tempted to introduce some magic and other outre elements: giant steampunk style robots, Spaghetti Western ideas, etc. The campaign I did come up with was nonetheless lasting in my imagination.
A pBp campaign would also work great if you had two factions - let's say townfolk and outlaws, or ranchers and rustlers, and they both communicated with the Referee but he only communicated what the other side would know or find out