Started our first family RPG tonight, and my daughter’s first-ever structured role-playing experience. It went pretty well!
No Thank You, Evil! is a super simple RPG based on Cypher, the thing that runs Numenera. You get pools of points to spend to slightly bump die rolls, not really sure how you recharge them (EDIT: you spend “fun” and that’s the part I’m not sure how you recharge, probably doesn’t matter in a game that is run in sub-hour blocks). Roll a d6 against a target number.
The killer app of NTYE is that the game scales from preliterate to modestly involved. My daughter played the simple level, my wife played the advanced. Both of them had a firm grasp of their options, I think.
Most of the fun was in describing the bits and bobs of the world: what do you look like, where do you live, what does the Bee Queen’s Hive look like? Worked great, really engaged the little one (she’s four). The actual gameplay is 100% railroaded, roll this, this happens, etc. At this play level that is totally fine and the kid really got excited when she rolled.
We made it through character creation (daughter: a superhero with a pretty pony sidekick; wife: super-smart fighter who uses magic, robot dog sidekick) and maybe the first half of the intro, in about an hour.