Mystery on the bog? Haunting in the old mansion? Strange goings-on at the abandoned circus? That’s all in a days work for the Meddling Kids!
Today we take a leaf from the Saturday morning cartoons of my youth with a brief look at “Meddling Kids” from Pandahead Productions. Meddling Kids is a role-playing game aimed at players from ages 7 and up, and perfect for everyone. Designed and written to be easily understood. Meddling Kids adventures are meant to be played quite quickly, taking only an hour or so to play, making it easy for young minds to stay focused.
The idea behind the game should be familiar to everyone: a group of kids have to solve mysteries and are accompanied on their adventures by their anthropomorphic sidekick friend. It could be a scaredy-cat Great Dane, a defrosted flying caveman, a talking shark or dune buggy or purple ape. This is referred to a as the “Wild Card” character and is controlled by the games master, it is a great way to ensure that the characters can be nudged in the right direction every now and again.
The game system is a very simple 3d6 based system and the emphasis is very much on creative play and story led roleplay. It is a great game to use for an introduction to role-playing (whether that be for kids or adults) as we all recognise the formula. If I have a criticism it is that the book could have done with more in the way of plot seeds or story ideas, but lets face it with the PDF available at DriveThruRPG for just $5.99 there isn’t really much to complain about.
If you’ve ever fancied playing Freddy, Shaggy, Daphne or one of the gang, or perhaps you see yourself as one of the Teen Angels, then this is the game you need. Its easy to play and to run, its quick, creative and fun.