Skylanders as a video game is a lot of fun for my younger son. Now
|Our Skylander Shelf|
For One, my son is constantly drawing and imagining Skylanders that do not exist. He uses science and nature books to help his ideas.
|LEGO Skylander RPG|
Third, is that he was the one, (at age 6) who started using the Skylander toys for RPG tabletop gameplay—not me. Sure he was introduced to RPGs by me, but I did not grab his toys and bring them onto a table and start using them as miniatures, he did. He actually started by putting them on a LEGO game-board he constructed.
So Skylanders helps bridge the video game wold and the real world in a way only Kevin Flynn from Tron has previously experienced firsthand. The Skylander video game/toy is good. And I think we can see it's obvious appeal and success with the addition of Disney Infinity, Nintendo Amiibos, and Prodigy—basically Skylanders for adults.
So last night my son ran a short Skylanders RPG for my wife and I. The game was simple. He took a
For anyone looking to do something similar at home all you'll need, aside from the Skylanders I will assume your kid already possesses, is a wet erase map, wet erase markers, A few sets of polyhedral dice, and pencil and paper.
I do wish that the Skylanders manufacturers would make some element dice, maybe a wet erase map with 2 inch squares, some simple blank character sheets, simple how-to RPG rulebook, etc. But this is not necessary to play your own Skylander RPG.
Intended by the manufacturers or not, Skylanders is much more than the sum of it's parts. You just need to get creative and imagine!
Here are a few articles by others who have considered Skylanders as an RPG too:
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