My kids is totally obsessed with the Under The Bed setting, which is the safe-creepy zone. She ended up there last session, and insisted we go back this time. I’m using the Story Cards expansion, which is nice but I’m starting to see its limitations. So anyway, off to Ghoul School to help the students fend off an army of cursed skeletal warriors marching on the school from the Dead Center.
The thing I’m paying attention to now is the option to call “No Thank You, Evil!” at any time for content you don’t want. It is an X Card in every way. My daughter loves that option! I laughed at myself because she uses it in a way I rarely see adults do, like to avoid tension and conflict because she just doesn’t have much appetite for it. I see adults pull that and it feels like they’re maybe abusing the rule. But my five year old is pretty guileless. I take her at her word.
It’s good X Card practice! I had to rewind a scene three times before I hit an acceptable tone. Each time, internally, I was sure my solution would be okay. But I also emotionally/creatively submitted to the primacy of the rule, that she needs to be able to trust it every. Single. Time.
It’s paying dividends in trust building, and she’s taking more “risks” in the game knowing that if things get intense, she can bail out instantly.
Next project: introducing ongoing character relationships. Woodlyn the Bee Queen got mentioned in reference to a mysterious “Club of Queens” where the monarchs meet for lunch and secrets. They’re becoming the characters’ sponsor of sorts