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    Not related to the whole "I want no one I haven't screened to read my ranting..." Blah, blah, blah...

    Is age or age group a reasonable sort criteria for finding players/groups? Obviously it need not be required (other than 13 or whatever, but that's the web guru's compliance thing). It gets discussed eventually, but might save some time. I want to make sure the group I choose has a comfy rocking chair ready for me.
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    I've thought about having an age group category on the player registry for members who have decided to share their birth date information. There are only two things that are a bit of a hitch. A lot of members don't choose to share their age in the current options. If they aren't sharing their age, I don't want to display their age group either, for privacy reasons. Second, I am very hesitant to provide a way for anyone to be able to do an age group search for anyone under 18. So, that'd probably be out. Perhaps I could lump the younger ones into the undisclosed category though.
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    Undisclosed = young. Not in all instances I guess, but those looking will take the lack of info as an indication.

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    Hell, I would even like to be able to screen French players ! Yuck.
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    You know, I've never had a problem with letting young or old players game with me. First I try to make sure I interview new players to the group and second, if the player is under 18, I make sure their parents are aware of the fact that we are adult that the individual is playing with and also make sure that those same adults who are playing keep their language and play in check.

    Heck, I prefer a young player's parent(s) are at the first game or games so that they're aware of and comfortable with their children's activities.

    I've found that you can have a young player whose more mature than some 'adult' players! You just have to make sure to tailor your gaming experience to your audience!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrken View Post
    Undisclosed = young. Not in all instances I guess, but those looking will take the lack of info as an indication.


    Unfortunately, in this day and age, this is so true. I wonder if that is how they get alot of thier information.


    Quote Originally Posted by Skunkape View Post
    You know, I've never had a problem with letting young or old players game with me. First I try to make sure I interview new players to the group and second, if the player is under 18, I make sure their parents are aware of the fact that we are adult that the individual is playing with and also make sure that those same adults who are playing keep their language and play in check.

    Heck, I prefer a young player's parent(s) are at the first game or games so that they're aware of and comfortable with their children's activities.

    I've found that you can have a young player whose more mature than some 'adult' players! You just have to make sure to tailor your gaming experience to your audience!

    Wouldn't it be great if the parent also started to play too?

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    As a teacher you are expected to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. Under 21 is an unacceptable risk to my livelyhood.
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    That's understandable, Eng. I wouldn't be opposed to having a younger player in my game, but my limit would probably be 18 or over. No younger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Engar View Post
    As a teacher you are expected to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. Under 21 is an unacceptable risk to my livelyhood.
    the ale flows freely at my games, so i tend to see 21 as the floor for ages in my game as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agoraderek View Post
    the ale flows freely at my games, so i tend to see 21 as the floor for ages in my game as well.
    We don't mix alcohol with our games anymore. Unpleasant experiences and none of us are anything but social (if even that) drinkers anyway.

    That aside, anyone 18 or over maybe be able to find a place at my game table, as long as they demonstrate non-problematic personalities. Maturity and social conduct are more important to me than the numbers.
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    The age of the player has never been much of a factor to me. I have GM'ed for groups of adults, pre-teens and a mixture of every age. I tend to keep my games rather PG rated normally so making it a bit more gentle is not really much of a problem. Running games for my children and their friends has helped me see just how gentle a fantasy game can be. Still a lot of death but the kids expect that as they grew up watching their parents all play DnD.

    Currently I am running a game for couples who's youngest child running about the house at 12, the oldest two had to quite the game because they started a job, though one has changed jobs and now finds he may be able to play again. The other group is sort of in neutral as we can't find enough people to keep it going when the two boys took jobs and one member left. We have had two new people join but leave after one week. May be a problem with the frequency of get-togethers planned at twice a month but in actuality more like once a month if we get lucky.

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    I just like the bar set at 21 for my house. I rarely drink too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Engar View Post
    Not related to the whole "I want no one I haven't screened to read my ranting..." Blah, blah, blah...

    Is age or age group a reasonable sort criteria for finding players/groups? Obviously it need not be required (other than 13 or whatever, but that's the web guru's compliance thing). It gets discussed eventually, but might save some time. I want to make sure the group I choose has a comfy rocking chair ready for me.
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    Drinking in moderation is cool with our games. In a six hour game, the most i have ever seen anyone drink is three beers.

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    this one is one of the odd ones who've never had a drink (alcoholic) in this ones life. moreover, the smell of alcohol gives this one an instant headache. *shrugs* among other reasons for avoiding it. ^^ nonetheless, this one finds that maturity of soul to be the primary factor, regardless of age. though legal youth this one does require to acquire knowledgeable and informed parental consent. (teaching opportunity to boot, belike)
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