Geek Dad

The love between a father and daughter can be a strong one. When you share a joy, it only makes it that much better.

Among the greatest joys in my life is raising my daughter. From the moment she was born, by bond with her was forged and has continued to grow. As she has gotten older, she has developed quite the personality. She is now five years old (she’ll be six in September), and despite some frustrations, I can’t love her any more.

One of the greatest bonds that we have is our love of many things that fall in the “geek” domain. She has turned into quite the gamer already. She’s even beaten me a couple times at Mario Kart 8. Her last birthday was even Super Mario themed. Heck, she wanted me to build a “Super Mario World” (complete with Question Mark Blocks that we could jump up and hit and flag poles we could slide down) in our backyard, but that was a bit out of my budget (and expertise).

When she was younger, I often put her to bed saying “sweet dreams of unicorns, butterflies, and rainbows.” She loves unicorns now. She is my princess (I don’t care if that is cliché). She’s no delicate princess. She is a tomboy through and through. She’ll wear a princess dress and swing a sword around with a snarl on her face that would put Rocky Balboa to shame.

I’ve done my best to foster her love of “geekdom.” We watched many shows on Nick Jr and Disney Jr that had fantastical elements. Some of our favorites have always been Shimmer and Shine, Wallykazam!, Nella the Princess Knight… just to name a few. I bought books such as The ABC’s of D&D and The 123s of D&D by Ivan Van Norman, and Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke. If you have seen some of my previous posts, I have even gotten her into tabletop RPGs via Amazing Tales.

Going forward, I hope to encourage her further (while I still have some influence). From Harry Potter to Willow, The Lord of the Rings to The Wheel of Time, and The Legend of Zelda to Dungeons & Dragons, I look forward to many adventures with her. Maybe one day her path may veer away from the world of Geeks and, if it does, I am OK with that. But perhaps the bonds that we share now will carry on her love and enjoyment and be more of a legacy than any book I may publish.

Worse comes to worse, maybe I can get her future brother/sister to take up the mantle.

Gaming with My Daughter: Part 2

This is from the second gaming session with my daughter playing Amazing Tales.

A couple of days ago, Savannah and I continued our “quest” in Amazing Tales. Returning with news of the “Nightmare Army” on the move to invade the Dream Kingdom, Savannah’s Princess Victoria and her faithful knight, Sir Meowsalot, head home to inform the king and queen. Immediately, the kingdom is set into motion and the army sent out to slow the advance of the invaders. The Princess is given a task of being diplomat and seeking the aid of neighboring groups. The first stop, the Dwarves of the northern mountains.

They set out and reach the foothills of the mountains. As they traverse the path, they reach a fork, one going up the nearest mountain, and the other path curving behind a bend. They take the path going up. Near the top, a lone goblin wizard stops them. He demands that they leave his mountain. They explain their task, to enlist the dwarves in aiding in the fight against the Nightmare Army. The goblin, who admits he was once a part of the Nightmare army, only having been kicked out, gives the princess an amulet to aid against the army and sends them back to the other path which leads to the dwarves.

On the other path, they go into a cave that goes deep into the mountain. They reach a large chamber filled with stalagmites with an exit at the far end. As they make their way across the chamber, they are ambushed by a group of goblins (not associated with the wizard from earlier). They fight off a few and quickly make their way to the other side. After tripping up a few goblins, they make it out of the chamber and continue their journey. Eventually, they come to a big door.

The princess knocks and a dwarf answers, asking their purpose. They explain the situation and are taken to the king where they detail what is happening. The jolly king of the dwarves, King Brushelbutt, is happy to help and send his dwarves to help and provides an escort and emmisary to the princess.