So I decided I am going to DM for some of the kids at the scout group I help out at. this will be after school and last about an hour per session.
I think I am a competent enough DM and have been DM'ing for about 5 years now, and have introduced a few people to D&D 4th edition quite well. The campaign I have in mind in set in my own continent of Drecovak, I have ran campaigns before within the world so feel confident using it. first of all, I’m torn between witch edition of D&D to use either 4th or D&D next. i am familiar with 4th ed and am confident using it. on the other hand I really like the direction that D&D next is taking and would love to introduce D&D to the kids in that format, the only drawback is that it is not complete yet. I ask for your feedback.
If there is anyone with advice, maybe you yourself have DM'd for kids, anyone can give it will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance
Just to clarify for everyone, The children are aged from about 9 to 12. the game does not run on a pack night but after school at the local library. the parents consent id required and i have provided a simple overview of the game and how it can be beneficial to thier children, improve social skills, maths, decision making etc. I will not be describing the gore of the battles nor will i be using bad language. i have been helping within scouts for a long time. i am capable of taking care of children and allowing them to have fun.
I mearly want advice from people that may have run for children before, and ask for advice. The children have watched films before, they have played video games bith which depict violence. both at the descression of thier parents. Am i responsable for the children when they are in my care? Yes, but i will not be alone there will be another adult present. Am i responsable for a parent sending thier child to play D&D? No it is their desision for thier child, and i will try to make it enjoyable.
Also children are not idiots I think they can pick up the game, and quickly, no matter which edition i use. its also not like im going to throw the rule book at them and tell them to learn it.
sorry for long edit.