Ok I have reached a pause point with Goose-Gold & Goblins. I have spent.. well its coronatime so I have no idea how long I have actually spent doing this but it feels like I have spent quite a while filling out the bestiary with concepts for fifty non (or less) violent 'monsters'.
I have been doing that for so long that I feel like I lost my grip on the larger project somewhat. There is a lot to do, I intend this ultimately to be a pretty big book, or more like three books, D&D style.
Future topics to include building a 'household', magic, treasures, food and cooking, describing circles of familiarity and making friends, stuff about Strange Dangers like sickness, poison, curses, weather and seasons, magical events and poverty, a whole section on building dungeons/mazes, treasures. There is a lot to do.
But a key concept for the project is to have the best possible advice and ideas about running games for families, between generations, with children of different ages and with parents and children.
I also need to know about child psychology, education and development to work out how to arrange rules and concepts in the book.
I know nothing about any of this so I am opening the Dread Portal, and asking for book reccomendations, and priority analysis of the books I have already listed to buy.
Does the background intellectual capacity still exist in the OSR diaspora to even address this? And if it does is anyone still reading this blog who gives a damn? We shall see.
If anyone in my audience knows much about the subjects in question then I am asking for advice about where to start, so I need advice on;
- Books or articles on Child Psychology, especially decent (sane) overviews of the topic.
- In particular, stuff about family games and playing games across generations and age groups, how children and adults of different ages play with each other.
- Games and entertainments which work well for children of different ages.
- Games which work with parents and children.
- Analysis about what children are like at different stages of development.
- What motivates them.
- What they can handle intellectually and emotionally.
- General howling at me about families, children, how I should or shouldn't be doing this, culture war stuff, yeah lets culture war it we may as well and its going to happen anyway.