So I want to talk about my kids. Especially the older one.
She's five. So she's small. But she's even small for a five year old. But she's fast, thinks quickly, and she's cute as a button.
She wants to play Dungeons and Dragons. More specifically, she thirsts for goblin blood. While we've played house lots of times and had adventure stories with Mario and Luigi, her very favorite games are when she pretends to hit stuffed-animal monsters with a cardboard sword.
On the one hand I want to give in and share this world of D&D that I loved as a (10 year old) boy and that I rediscovered through the OSR. I want to show her these dungeons and dragons.
But on the other hand, I don't like the violence, the power fantasy, or the use of the concept of "others". I'm increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of someone who regularly prevails because they're violent, and even less comfortable with the idea that violence makes us stronger, rather than ruining us. I don't think it's okay to kill them because they're goblins.
But my daughter craves these things:
- Being strong
- Not being the smallest
- Clear paths to victory
- Getting stuff
- Getting stronger at regular intervals (she thinks my younger one will get substantially taller on her third birthday)
- Being morally right
- Squashing those who aren't on her side
What should I do?