Ragitsu Posted April 11, 2020 Report Share Posted April 11, 2020 Long story short: a player in my latest campaign (high Medieval-themed fantasy) would like to play a pre-teen mage focused around direct-damage spells. In all the time I've ran tabletop games, I have never had anyone request to play a character who has yet to reach adulthood. Some might think that, with the staggering amount of unorthodox dramatis personae out there in the wider gaming community, reaching a decision on so mundane a concept would be trivial. Some might think that; I thought that. After all, I enjoy fiction where the protagonist - or at least one of the protagonists - is an unusually talented/skilled youth that either shakes up the establishment or takes up the task of preserving a way of life. The problem lies in how I am caught between what could be an engaging experience and the potential logical pitfalls that could morph the situation into absurdity should they fail to be adequately mitigated. Assuming the child has parents...why are they all accompanying the other PCs on an adventure fraught with life-threatening risk? If the child has parents (or, at least guardians, if they are adopted) who will remain in the starting town, why are they allowing their offspring to leave without them on the same adventure? Does the player expect the other Player Characters to raise their character by proxy? High intelligence is nice (there won't be learning handicaps to address and the character has something to bring to the table compared to the less intellectual heroes), but the adolescent will have many things to learn through the simple act of living life. Parents can be problematic if their presence persists; I don't feel like DMPCing more than is necessary. It will be made clear to the player that quite a few NPCs are going to (at least initially) give the budding wizard a hard time, either due to a lack of respect or an excessive amount of concern. My hand is hovering over the "Hand Wave" button and ready to press it at moment's notice so I can broach this topic with the other players. Before I reach a decision, I need some input from fellow experienced tabletop gamers. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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