As a teenager, I fondly remember long afternoons spent with friends as we played role-playing games (RPGs). When I became a father, I wanted to introduce the same fun to my kids but knew that the complex rules of my favorite games would make it a challenge for the kids to learn. So I set out to make a simple RPG with a few goals in mind. And thus the Children's Introduction to Role Playing (CHIRP) came to into existence.
Building CHIRP, I had a few goals in mind:
- Rules simple enough for a pre-schooler or kindergartner to learn the basics and have fun
- Only use 6-sided dice because they're easy & cheap to obtain
- All documentation should be easily accessible in a format that doesn't require a particular reader or screen-size (it should be readable on a desktop, tablet, phone, ereader) and that doesn't force a particular layout (I'm looking at you, PDF). By using HTML, it should allow the document to be marked up with machine-readable data and be easy to integrate tools like dice-rolling scripts as well.
- Allow for a broad style of games (dungeon crawl, super-heroes, martial arts, cops-and-robber, cyberpunk, space opera, etc)
- Easily expandible
- And most of all, fun!
I release all CHIRPS documentation and code under a CC-BY license.
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