Well we didn’t get the chance to play the last two days because we had other things going on. However, my two oldest kids and I did get a chance to game today and we wanted to try out Little Wizards. We took our time creating characters and it was a bit more involved than the other games we have played this week. This game took the longest to so far to make the characters, but they enjoyed the process so that is a plus. They enjoyed rolling on each of the tables to see what they got for all the description tables, and re-rolling when they did not like the result.
So let’s talk briefly about the mechanics of Little Wizards. It uses 2d6 for all rolls, with modifiers based on traits and powers. Traits are Body, Heart, Brain, with one being best (+2), one being better (+1), and one just being good (+0). Those modifiers are added to rolls where you use that trait. Then you also have 3 powers that you choose to place the same modifiers of good, better, and best in. Two are common for all wizards (broom riding and spellcasting), then there are two for if you choose a Sorcerer (alchemy & divination) and two different ones if you choose a Mage (conjuring & shapechanging). Everyone gets wizards gear, which is a broom, wand, hat and familiar. Only the familiar seems to have a mechanical use, which can help you by adding a +1 if it teams up with you a roll. Finally, there are skills, but those only come once you level into them. Its a pretty simple system that worked well for us. Everything was rolling against a difficulty that I set. We didn’t run into any combat, so we won’t go over that today.
Logan went with a mage named Cyclops, and Lauren went with a sorcerer named Lily. Here are their two character sheets.
Again, I decided to use the beginner adventure straight out of the book, so after about 30 to 45 minutes of creating characters, we jumped into the game. I had the two introduce themselves to each other and describe what they look like along with their familiars. Logan has a fox named Zoom and Lauren has a swan named Anna.
The pair arrived in Ellys, a city know for its sweets, ready to find some good candy. However, as soon as they jump off their broomsticks in the square, they notice some odd things go on. First of all, there is a baker swimming in all of his cloths, in the fountain. Lauren wants to help him and they talk to him. He cannot stop swimming though and does not understand way. Lauren casts her first spell that will help him stop swimming and return to normal. He does and gets out of the fountain, thanking them. Logan asks why he was doing it and he doesn’t know, but he does tell them that he was eating some new chocolate right before it happened.
Lauren speculates that she thinks it might be the work of a bad fairy named Zelda that she has had to deal with the before. Logan thinks it might have been the chocolate. The baker thanks them and gives them the chocolate bar that he had been eating. They take it but do not eat it. As they discuss what might have caused this, a woman comes racing down a hill in a baby stroller. She is not stopping, so Logan wants to summon a wall of teddy bears to stop her, but he fails, only managing to summon one that does nothing to help.
Lauren uses a spell to engage the breaks on the stroller and succeeds. They then begin to question the woman on why she is in a baby stroller. The woman tells them she just had to do it, she couldn’t resist going for a ride. Logan asks if she has had any chocolate, and she says yes. She pulls out half of the some type of bar given to them by the baker. Lauren then casts a spell on her to help, which succeeds at a cost, it helps the lady, but breaks the stroller. Examining the chocolate bar, they realize that they are both the same and ask the woman about it. She tells them that it is a new bar, being produced by Mr. Cocoa’s new factory. They ask her where it is, but she doesn’t know. She says all the candy comes in a delivery truck to the stores, and as she thinks about it, she says no one knows where the factory is. (Here Logan said in a very serious voice, “I know where it is, its in New York City” I had to step away from the table and laugh about this, it was great)
Lauren wants to find the factory and attempts to use magic. She fails however but does find out that a delivery truck would be able to lead them to the factory. Logan speaks up here and says they should just summon Mr. Cocoa and make him stop. I said that would be an almost impossible task, setting it at the highest difficulty. They roll and with Lauren teaming up with Logan, they succeed! However, when Mr. Cocoa appears, he is tied to a chair and happy to see him. He tells them they have to come to the factory and help him, that the little buggers are going to summon him back! They ask where the factory is and he tells them it is at the edge of the forest, just outside of town. They then ask who has done this to him but just as he is about to tell them, he is summoned away by someone else!
Lauren then sends her swan to investigate the factory and tells it to report back. She wants it to look for bad guys. When it returns, it tells her the factory is unguarded, so they get on their brooms and fly that way. The land a couple of hundred feet away and Lauren casts another spell, checking to see if there are any hidden bad guys outside. They find that there isn’t, so they head to service door. It is unlocked, so inside they go. They find it leads to the factory which is still producing chocolate. Looking around diligently searching, they turn up some strange black powder that spells of pine sap just inside and on the ground around the mixing machine.
They then head into Mr. Cocoa’s office, but no one is there. They see the chair he was in, but he isn’t there any longer and there are some pine needles around his desk. Lauren casts a spell to find him and it points them to the forest outside. Heading out that direction, they see Mr. Cocoa tied to a tree, surrounded by little brownies.
Lauren suggests casting a spell to make them all fall asleep. Logan thinks he should shapechange into an actual cyclops and scare them away. They decide to do both at the same time. Both of them cast their spells successfully and half of the brownies fall asleep as Logan bursts into the clearing as a giant Cyclops, scaring the other half off! Mr. Cocoa is scared too until Logan changes back and cuts him down from the tree. They make it back to the factory, where Mr. Cocoa thanks them and promises to send them both a box of chocolate a month for the next year as a than you. Logan says it better not be the bars he is making now! Mr. Cocoa laughs and says he will scrap the rest of the bad chocolate and make new wonderful chocolate. I also awarded them each Lil’ Points (experience) that they could use if we play again to increase traits and powers, or gain skills.
They successfully completed the adventure after about an hour or so of play! We all had great fun and again I asked them to rate the system on a scale of 1 to 5.
- Logan: 10 stars
- Lauren: 500 stars
A great time was had by all. I enjoyed running it for them but I probably could have done with a little bit of a shorter character creation process, but again, they did enjoy it. I will give it 4.5 out of five stars as I really liked the system. I’m not sure how combat would work since there isn’t any hit points or anything. All in all, I highly recommend this game as well and am really glad we got to run in for Teach Your Kids To Game Week!
I don’t know what we will play next, but I did pick up Camp Myth, RPGKids, FirstFable, and some more Hero Kids addons before the sale ended yesterday at DriveThruRPG. One game I have been wanting to get but isn’t yet available as a PDF that I have found is Adventure Maximus. I wish I had seen the kickstarter back when it was going, but I might have to pick up a boxed copy of Adventure Maximus if it is not going to have a PDF version.
Until next time, happy gaming.