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D&D Monster Slayers: 4E for kids by Susan J Morris

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 8:59 pm
by Havard
Susan J Morris created these during the 4E era. They were simplified versions of D&D designed to get kids (Ages 6 and up) into D&D.

There were at least two products created for Monster Slayers: Susan J Morris has a blog here about D&D for kids.

Has anyone tried this game? Does anyone know if there were other adventures created for Monster Slayers?

-Havard

Re: D&D Monster Slayers: 4E for kids by Susan J Morris

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 5:33 am
by Tim Baker
Havard wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 8:59 pm
Susan J Morris created these during the 4E era. They were simplified versions of D&D designed to get kids (Ages 6 and up) into D&D.

D&D Monster Slayers: Champions of the Elements (Download PDF), (WotC Product Page)
Just a minor correction: Champions of the Elements is for D&D 5e, not 4e.
Havard wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 8:59 pm
Has anyone tried this game?
I ran the 4e adventure for my kids a few years ago. It's basically a non-lethal skirmish game. There's no role-playing in the adventure as written. The adventure starts when combat begins and ends when the encounter ends. If one of the PCs is down, there's an NPC who heals them back up so they can fight. If you're good at describing cinematic fights and if you know kids who would appreciate fighting to solve problems in a scenario like this, it's simple way to introduce a game like 4e with its gridded combat and powers. I found that my kids wanted to do more role-playing, so I began putting together games based on the old D&D black box set, using a stripped down version of 13th Age (which is both high-heroic style play and also simpler than the latest several editions of D&D).
Havard wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 8:59 pm
Does anyone know if there were other adventures created for Monster Slayers?
Those are the only two Monster Slayers adventures I've ever come across.

Re: D&D Monster Slayers: 4E for kids by Susan J Morris

Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 7:07 am
by Big Mac
Tim Baker wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 5:33 am
Those are the only two Monster Slayers adventures I've ever come across.
I can't find a mention of any other Monster Slayers products online.

I wonder if Susan J Morris was hired to do a one-shot online freebie...and then hired to do another, because it went well, or if this was originally supposed to be a printed product line and WotC pulled it and threw it up as a pair of freebies.

I wonder if Wizards of the Coast considered releasing a Monster Slayers hardback campaign setting aimed at kids. :?