Two bits of Argyle & Crew news this morning! First, I was able to run a quick A&C scenario at my youngest daughter’s birthday party. It was a blast! I ran a slightly modified version of the scavenger hunt I do at conventions, but scaled down for a mostly 7-year-old crowd. Soppets were created, kids ran streaming around my house collecting pink sticky notes, and eventually found out that the pinata for the party had been hidden. They then found enough clues to determine it was in the closet, and after rescuing it, beat it to death to collect its innards for later consumption. It was awesome.
There’s nothing quite like watching 9 kids become totally enraptured in a task. After the first hunt for sticky notes, everyone got it, even the younger crowd (two 5-6 year old boys). By the second round, the cats had sought shelter and the kids were fully engaged. Plus it killed 45 minutes between making Soppets and finding clues. For those who haven’t experienced a small mob of kids, 45 minutes is a long time to keep 9 kids fully engaged. My plan is working! I’ve still yet to meet a child who doesn’t like sock puppets.
This game gave me one of the greatest bonding moment in years with my daughter. We play games all the time, but never before had she been so involved in leading the flow of the game, and we still both had a blast. She’s excited to come home so we can pick up where we left off: bringing a magical emerald to King Graham.
If you want to get your kids into role playing without bogging them down with a ton of rules and just let the narration run things, this is a low cost and great way for parents to get into RPGs with their kids of any age.
I wish I had some sort of marketing department or a better grasp on getting the word out. I think A&C is not only fun, but it could be an important tool for a variety of uses – parenting, counseling, therapy and education. Plus it finally gave me a chance to put my MEd to good use! As always, if you are a teacher or educator, or work in the fields of child psychology or counseling, let me know and I’m happy to give you a free PDF of Argyle & Crew. You can also grab the PDF and softcover from DriveThruRPG or get the softcover directly from Amazon.com (prime eligible!)
About Argyle & Crew
It’s a collaborative storytelling adventure for kids. It’s a great pick up game for adults. It’s the sock puppet RPG!
The land of Skcos is inhabited by all manner of things, but primarily its inhabitants belong to a race of ever-changing, always interesting creatures called Soppets. Soppets are a magical breed of intelligent, funny, thrill-seeking socks.
Yes, you read that correctly, Socks.
Argyle & Crew is a free-wheeling system powered by imagination. Rather than a character sheet like a traditional RPG, your character and its attributes are all based on a sock puppet, or in Skcos lingo, a Soppet. Each Soppet has several unique qualities which allow it to do extraordinary things!
Argyle & Crew is great game for children as young as 4 years old. Short scenarios and active participation keep things lively! Useful as a learning tool not just for gaming, but for life lessons, Argyle & Crew can easily be used in a classroom setting. Professionals working on counseling children can find this game equally useful for indirectly or directly exploring past experiences and future anxieties. Use the additional rules for older children or adults and expand the game from a fun, play-driven activity to a fully-developed RPG, using a simple and fun set of mechanics.