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D&D and social skills

Panda had the opportunity this Spring to get into group at her social skills center that ran a D&D group for 6wks.  It was only for kids that go to Skills in Motion.  It was run by a DM and had 6 spots available.  I jumped on that so quick that I think her head spun.  I quickly signed her up and paid the money for her to go.

I had written in the past about people using D&D to teach social skills and to help Autistic teens.

She had a blast.  She played a halfling rogue!!!  And she did a great job.  She scouted ahead.  She disabled traps.  She did take damage, but enjoyed each session.  As a group, they rescued someone from bullies(social skills group after all)  Now, due to the nature of her disability, getting any more information than that was difficult.  She does not relay information very well and is easily distracted.  But she loved it.  The DM had a modified Character Sheet for them to use.  He gave them their real character sheets at the end. If anyone knows where I can get these it would be great.

Unfortunately, it was only for 6 weeks and it ended in May.  They originally thought that they would have a second group, but the guy who was the DM got a job.

I have been trying to get my husband to run a campaign for some time now.  Pink wants to learn to play.  She has a couple of friends who are interested.   And now, Panda wants to play more.  He keeps trying to create a campaign, but work and home are busy.

Last month, we were talking with the Clinical Supervisor where Panda receives HBTS(Home Based Therapy Services for those not familiar with the lingo).  He has recently been given free reign to do club groups with the kids at the center because he is the only person interested.  He wanted to do a D&D group.  I told him about the D&D podcast where Dr. Raffael Boccamazzo talks about the benefit of D&D and how he would run the groups.  He talked with Geekdad and I about it and asked us to think about Geekdad running a group there.

But Geekdad may be taking some college courses in the Fall.  Still working on that idea and what he needs.  Plus, his work is crazy.  So I started wondering if I could DM.

I have not played D&D for years now.  Let me think…..when was Panda starting to show signs of Autism?  Oh yeah, birth.  She was a tough baby and that continued to toddler years.  We would think about starting again, but never could.  Then DDO came out and it was PERFECT!!!

But I have NEVER been a DM.  The idea of starting is quite daunting.  I pick up Geekdad’s DM guide and start reading through.  I then realized that it was actually 4th Edition.  No go.  Back the shelves.  I grabbed the Starter Set that Pink had gotten for her birthday two years ago and take out the DM Guide for The Lost Mine of Phandelver.  I start reading through it.

I then went on The YouTube(shhhh….don’t tell Pink since I am always nagging her to get off The YouTube) and searched for the Lost Mine Of Phandelver.  I found a series from Dungeons and Dragons themselves running the quest.  Greg Bilsland –  Producer for D&D Research and Design is the DM of the group.  The group has experienced and newcomers.  So far, I am on Part 3 and loving it.  I like how he keeps taking the opportunity to explain different parts of the game.  Helpful for those new to 5th Edition as the Player Handbook was not released yet during the first episode!

So tonight, we had our monthly Family Meeting with the Service Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor and discussed the possibility of the group.  I told them that I was interested in trying to DM the social skills group, but I needed to practice my skills beforehand.  The plan is for me to run the starter set with me as DM and Geekdad there to help me when I get stuck and give advice. We will use Panda, Pink, and a couple of Pink’s friends who want to learn as my guinea pigs.  I think if I bribe them with pizza and chips, I should be good.  NO MOUNTAIN DEW.  I need to save that caffeine kick for Pink when we keep her up late on raid night!

I also realized that Panda must have run part of the module as her character sheet is the halfling rogue from the Starter Set.  Good.  It will give her an edge over her sister.  The bullies were the goblins who kidnapped the knight!

I think once I get the hang of it, the 5th Edition will be easier for me than Geekdad.  His brain is still full of 1st, 2nd, and 3.5 where I just played and never really worried about the RULES……

My 5th Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide will be here tomorrow and my Player’s Handbook on Monday.  I plan on finishing this series of the videos and watching a few other groups to get an idea on DMing.

Any tips for someone starting to DM?  Videos to watch?  Things to read?

She is growing up so fast….

Sniff…sniff…she is growing up so fast.
I completed the Sharn Syndicate with our gamer child recently and added Delera’s Tomb to her account. We grabbed Daddy’s baby Warlock and headed into the first chapter.
What a wonderful feeling to have her listen to Gary Gygax and explain the impact he has had an all our lives!!! She would not exist without the creation of Dungeons and Dragons. I met her Daddy playing D&D tabletop. With a 10yr age difference between us, our paths would have never crossed without D&D and Gary Gygax.
We attack the first level, The Mystery of Delera’s Tomb and teach her to attack the Arcane Skellies first. She finally gets to use the UA item that Geoff Hanna made her while she was at Girl Scout camp. She was very excited. Get to the end, grab the bag and ended the quest. Complete the song and dance with Colam and end for the day.
She had leveled to 7 at the end of the first chapter and Daddy helped her level up and spend her action points!!!!
Next afternoon, we had Daddy grab his rogue for the traps in The Missing Party. I stopped at the AH and found TWO Maces of the Wraiths! Bought both and gave my Gamer Child one. Here we come Ghostly Skellies and Wraiths! We completed the quest including optionals. WOOT!
We complete the song and dance to advance the quest. Next up, THE SOUL LOCKS in Free Delera! Quest completed. Send the child off to bed and head over to quest with the guild.
Last night, we logged onto complete the Necro. We had done the song and dance with Hargo Kimmare the night prior and were ready to roll.
We had some problems with the traps, mostly because Gamer Child and I were not waiting for Daddy to disarm them. Bad us! We made it to the Necromancer’s gate. Get her set to just kill the Necro. He died easily. Thrall of the Necromancer completed. We have freed Delera’s soul!

Turn in the quest and get the Voice of the Master for our Gamer Child!!!!

She is only one bubble away from level 8. Where next to take our Gamer Child???

Confessions of a Geek Mom

Confessions of a Geek Mom

I am a geek. I am a mom. We are raising geeks in our house. I love Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, Firefly(yes, I am still bitter) and a host of other geek movies and shows.
I play online video games. I love Dungeons and Dragons Online(DDO), but have played Star Wars, LOTRO, Age of Conan and a few others. I have used my eldest daughter run my character through open areas in DDO while I worked on dinner.
I have played table top D&D and Vampire the Masquerade. I met my husband playing D&D. He was my dungeon master. (I giggle typing that…sounds dirty). I have been to conventions. I have played in LARPS.
My geek status is not sci-fy based. I also am a fiber geek. I crochet and knit. I spin yarn with a lovely Kromski Minstrel spinning wheel. I dye yarn in my kitchen. I especially like to create geeky designs. I just finished knitting a GOT-inspired shawl called Stormborn that I plan on painting to match the wings of a character in my favorite set of novels. Spinning yarn is not just the newest hobby; it is assuring my role in a post-apocalyptic society.
I read paranormal romance novels. Yup…more geek. Thank heavens for Kindles. No one can see the smut I read.
I am raising a daughter who has read all the Harry Potter books and is excited to go to Girl Scout Camp this summer for a Muggle No More session for a whole week of Harry Potter-themed camp. She is hoping that they are all sorted into Houses.
I have tried blogging before but got bored. Plus, my first blog had a bit to do with my younger daughter’s struggles with autism. I got worried that she would use “THE GOOGLE” when she was older and see those posts. So I stopped out of respect for her privacy. So I thought about blogging about all my crafty geekness but then had to have two shoulder surgeries, so that fell aside.
But after reading my friend’s blogs about gaming, life with gaming, friends and gaming, I decided that I really could combine them all in one blog. And now that I am friends with “THE TWITTER”, I can post to more people. I am not going to be as famous as Geoff Hanna but who needs fanbois and fangrls?
I just want to have fun.