Book Review: The ABCs of RPGs by Ivan Van Norman and Caleb Cleveland

Book Review: The ABCs of RPGs by Ivan Van Norman and Caleb Cleveland

Patrick Rothfuss, author of the Kingkiller Chronicles, is full of the awesome. As a storyteller who wanted to do good, he started the charity Worldbuilders to benefit Heifer International. Throughout the year, The Tinker's Packs sells various books, t-shirts, jewelry, and art to also benefit Worldbuilders and Heifer International.

When I received their last newsletter, those tinkers were selling this children's illustrated book along with the ABCs of RPGs Activity Book. I had to get these for my nieces and nephew.

And this children's book is sure to spark imagination!

If you're a parent who wants to inspire your kids to role-play, then this book covers many common RPG words with beautiful illustrations that help the little people see how role-playing may look.

Multi-sided dice, dragon as game master, the cooperation needed to plan your adventure, earning XP, and so much more are all featured on these pages.

Reading the words takes only a second, but pouring over the details in each illustration is a pleasure. And the fantasy creatures, settings, and props are unique to role-playing games, so kids should be quite curious to learn what everything is.

The creatures and humans are all drawn as cartoons, so nothing seems overtly scary. Not even the villains.

I decided to grab the Activity Book as well. I love how the pages above ask kids to consider what the kobolds may be thinking about. There are a few other pages like this one.

Other pages give kids a chance to color and create. I love how much blank white space is left on so many pages.

And while the organization of the Activity Book also follows an ABC order, the pictures to color have different words associated with them. For instance, in the children's book M is for mystery, but in the activity book, M is for monster.

The Activity Book also has paper dolls, a maze, some puzzles, a word search, and more. There are a few pages that require cutting. Since all of these pages have other activities on the reverse side, you would have to copy the page you want to cut out. But that just means more dragon masks for everyone!

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