My little brother wants me to run a game for him and his friends, ages 12-13. Do you guys have any tips or ideas that could help them get into the game as first time role players?
Don’t skip character generation…
Find ways to say yes.
Start small and build your story from there. As your new players throw out ideas, use those as building blocks. This is a good idea in general but great with new, young gamers.
I started on the weekend of my best friends 13th birthday - basic blue box, caves of chaos.
Don’t worry about the role play at the start - monsters, exploration and magic treasures should hook them, then you can work in the role playing once they are hooked on the coolness.
Potions, magic weapon ( have it light up when certain monsters are near), a wand for a wizard.
Start them at the entrance to your “dungeon” - and remember EVERYTHING will be new to them, so don’t be afraid of tropes.
Sounds great - hope you have a blast!
I was going to disagree. “they can just use pregens”. And as soon as I thought that… “no way, even today Character Gen is the some of the most concentrated fun. The generation of ideas.” Great, concise tip.