Is Land of Eem an RPG for Kids? A Comprehensive Guide

James Parks

May 22, 2024

Is Land of Eem an RPG for Kids? A Comprehensive Guide

Is Land of Eem an RPG for Kids? A Comprehensive Guide


So, we’ve gotten this question a lot and thought it might be time to write up an answer that was a little more comprehensive than: “Sure, why not?” So here it goes!

For decades, tabletop roleplaying games (TTRPGs) have been a staple of imaginative play and storytelling. They’re exciting, fun, and an awesome form of escapism that’s a lot more active than your average Friday night watching television. With their ability to transport players to fantastical worlds and engage them in collaborative adventures, TTRPGs have captured the hearts of players, young and old. Among the myriad of options available, we made Land of Eem stand out as a kind of unique offering. Something that we would have loved to play growing up. But the question remains: is Land of Eem an RPG for kids? Well, let's explore and see what makes Land of Eem an exceptional RPG for kids, what its educational benefits are, and how it compares to other popular RPGs designed for young audiences.

What is Land of Eem?

The Land of Eem is a whimsical tabletop roleplaying game inspired by our book series’ Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo and Dungeoneer Adventures books. Our goal was to make fun, engaging stories with humor and heart, that turned some tired fantasy tropes on their head and to have fun with the genre. To our delight, the books have captivated young readers who love the world and characters. Building on this foundation, the Land of Eem RPG brings these stories to life, in a new way, giving game masters (GMs) and players a way to generate their own stories with a solid foundation in the stuff they loved in Eeem. 

Why Choose an RPG for Kids?

Before diving into the specifics of Land of Eem, it's essential to understand why RPGs are beneficial for kids in the first place. RPGs are more than just games; they can be seriously helpful tools for learning and development. Here are some key reasons why RPGs are great for children:

  1. Fosters Creativity: RPGs encourage kids to use their imagination to create characters, develop storylines, and navigate fictional worlds.

  2. Enhances Social Skills: Playing RPGs requires teamwork, communication, and cooperation, helping kids build strong social connections.

  3. Promotes Problem-Solving: RPGs often present players with challenges that require critical thinking and strategic planning.

  4. Encourages Reading and Writing: Many RPGs involve reading rulebooks and creating character backstories, enhancing literacy skills.

  5. Provides Screen-Free Entertainment: RPGs offer an engaging alternative to screen time, promoting face-to-face interaction with family and friends.

What Makes Land of Eem an RPG for Kids?

The Land of Eem has been specifically designed to be creative forward, making it an ideal RPG for kids who naturally have healthy imaginations. Here's explore the features that set it apart:

1. Age-Appropriate Content

One of the most critical aspects of an RPG for kids is ensuring the content is suitable for their age group. The Land of Eem has a range of tones that can help identify which material is more ideal for a kid’s RPG. In fact, there’s a handy little guide:

Land of Eem Adventure Tones

Every adventure module and quest in a Land of Eem campaign setting has a tone so players and GMs know what to expect from the content. 


Fun, lighthearted adventures. (The Muppets / Labyrinth / Adventure Time)

Hijinks adventures are often goofy and humorous, challenging players to seek creative and ridiculous solutions to avoid combat whenever possible. Hijinks adventures keep dark, spooky, or violent elements to the bare minimum.


Dangerous, daring, heroic adventures. (The Lord of the Rings / The Princess Bride / The Hobbit)

Derring-Do adventures raise the stakes and require players to be heroic and brave formidable challenges in order to accomplish their goals. These adventures often put PCs in situations where they’ll risk life and limb for their cause.

Doom and Gloom

Darker, more serious adventures with high stakes. (The Dark Crystal / Conan the Barbarian / Mad Max)

Doom and Gloom adventures are dark and perilous, introducing players to some of the most dastardly adversaries and locations in the Land of Eem. These adventures often challenge players to face monstrous enemies and harrowing situations in order to achieve their goals.

Depending on the situation, Hijinks and Derring-Do adventures could be a great fit, while Doom and Gloom might be smart to avoid depending on the player’s maturity level.

But remember, any themes, scenarios, and language should be tailored to be appropriate for young players, ensuring they can enjoy the game without encountering content that is too mature, complex, or in some cases…scary!

2. Engaging and Whimsical Setting

The Land of Eem is set in a whimsical world filled with colorful characters, magical creatures, and fantastical landscapes. This setting is designed to capture the imagination, drawing players into a world where they can embark on exciting adventures. The charm and humor embedded in the game's setting make it an appealing choice for kids. Plus, in the Land of Eem every creature or critter, monster, or adversary is considered a person. Have a beef with a grumpy manticore? Well, talk to them and see what’s up! Land of Eem encourages players to engage with everyone, not just draw swords and scuffle.

3. Simple and Accessible Rules

While many RPGs can be daunting due to their complex rules and mechanics, the Land of Eem is designed to be accessible to more players. The rules are straightforward and easy to understand, and a lot of the more complex rules or “crunch” are entirely optional, allowing kids to jump into the action without feeling overwhelmed. As they mature, they can explore the more complex rules to add even more depth to their games. This simplicity makes the game more enjoyable and less frustrating, especially for those new to RPGs.

4. Focus on Non-Combat Conflict Resolution

Unlike traditional RPGs that often emphasize combat, the Land of Eem encourages players to resolve conflicts through creative and peaceful means. This approach teaches kids valuable lessons about diplomacy, negotiation, and problem-solving without resorting to violence. It reinforces the idea that brains can triumph over brawn, promoting a positive and constructive approach to challenges. Now, that isn’t to say that there isn’t fighting. On the contrary, Land of Eem still offers kids a chance at heroic intervention and fighting fiends and evil-doers. It's just not the focus!

5. Inspired by Stories

The Land of Eem draws inspiration from the pages of our graphic novel series Rickety Stich and the Gelatinous Goo from Random House and our middle-grade series Dungeoneer Adventures from Simon and Schuster. This connection to fun stories and literature can often help kids bridge the gap between reading and playing, encouraging reluctant readers to delve into the books and further immerse themselves in the game world. Having a launching point about a game that kids are already excited about makes entry into the experience a lot easier. 

Educational Benefits of Land of Eem

Beyond the quirky, whimsical world and entertainment value, the Land of Eem can offer numerous educational benefits that could make it a great RPG for kids. Here are some of the key advantages:

1. Flex Literacy Skills

This one’s simple. There’s lots to read in Land of Eem. Players can thumb through rulebooks, character descriptions, monsters, and adventure scenarios. Reading, of course, helps kids practice and improve their literacy skills, including vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. When it's something fun, like books with lots of illustrations or even comics, it makes it more fun. Additionally, players often enjoy writing character backstories and journaling their adventures, further enhancing their writing abilities.

2. Encourage Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

The game's emphasis on non-combat conflict resolution doesn’t just encourage players to think critically and creatively, it rewards them for it! Earning experience (XP) in RPGs is a critical component of gaining skills and abilities to advance to harder scenarios with greater rewards. In Land of Eem, fighting never grants an XP reward. Instead, roleplaying and being creative are rewarded. Kids must devise strategies, negotiate with other players and characters, and find innovative solutions to challenges. These problem-solving skills can be valuable in both academic and real-life situations.

3. Enhances Social and Emotional Skills

Playing the Land of Eem involves interacting with other players and even creatures controlled by the GM, which helps develop social skills such as communication, cooperation, and empathy. Because in Land of Eem everyone and everything is a person, there’s always a way to be empathetic, even with the bad guys. The collaborative nature of the game was designed to foster teamwork and help build strong social bonds. Additionally, the game's scenarios and campaign settings often require players to consider different perspectives, enhancing their emotional intelligence.

4. Boosts Imagination and Creativity

The whimsical world of the Land of Eem provides a rich canvas for imagination and creativity. Players are encouraged to create unique characters, craft elaborate stories, and envision fantastical settings. This imaginative play helps children think outside the box and develop their creative potential. Growing up, this was one of the most impactful and important experiences. Crafting fantasy worlds, characters, and conflicts helped us harness that creative energy in other aspects of our lives.

5. Promotes Ethical and Moral Development

The Land of Eem often presents players with moral dilemmas and ethical choices. By navigating these situations, kids learn about values such as honesty, kindness, and responsibility. The Land of Eem as a setting is often described as the Lord of the Rings meets the Muppets, where characters dwell in a world that is on the decline and rife with bad guys. But in Eem, the players are the heroes, there to help each other and everyone around them discover solutions to problem and do the right thing for each other. The game's focus on peaceful conflict resolution, standing up for one another, and lending a helping hand (there is a Class called the Loyal Chum just for that purpose) reinforces the importance of empathy and understanding.

Comparing Land of Eem to Other RPGs for Kids

To understand how the Land of Eem stands out as an RPG for kids, it's helpful to compare it to other popular RPGs designed for young audiences. Here are a few notable (and awesome) examples:

1. No Thank You, Evil!

No Thank You, Evil! is a great family-friendly RPG designed for kids ages 5 and up. It features a colorful and imaginative world where players can create their own characters and embark on adventures. The game is known for its simplicity and accessibility, making it easy for young children to grasp. Plus you can be whatever your heart desires. How cool is that?

2. Hero Kids

Hero Kids is another RPG designed for children. It focuses on action-packed adventures and heroic deeds. The game is straightforward, with simplified rules that make it accessible to young players. It emphasizes teamwork and problem-solving, with a mix of combat and non-combat challenges.

3. Amazing Tales

Amazing Tales is a storytelling RPG designed for parents to play with their children. It offers a flexible and open-ended system that allows for a wide range of adventures. The game encourages creativity and collaboration, with a focus on creating memorable stories together.

Practical Tips for Playing Land of Eem with Kids

If you're considering introducing the Land of Eem to your children, here are some practical tips to ensure a fun and enriching experience:

1. Start with the Basics

Begin by familiarizing yourself and your kids with the basic rules and concepts of the game. Keep the initial sessions simple and gradually introduce more complex elements as everyone becomes more comfortable with the gameplay.

2. Encourage Creativity

Encourage your kids to be creative in their character creation and storytelling. Allow them to explore different personalities, abilities, and backgrounds for their characters. This creativity will enhance their engagement and enjoyment of the game.

3. Foster Collaboration

Emphasize the importance of teamwork and collaboration. Encourage players to work together to solve problems and achieve their goals. This collaborative approach will help build social bonds and enhance their communication skills.

4. Focus on Positive Problem-Solving

Highlight the game's emphasis on non-combat conflict resolution. Encourage players to think creatively and use diplomacy to resolve challenges. This focus on peaceful problem-solving will reinforce valuable life skills.

5. Make it Fun

Above all, ensure that the game remains fun and enjoyable for everyone involved. Adapt the gameplay to suit the interests and preferences of your kids. Remember that the primary goal is to have fun and create memorable experiences together.

Give it a Try

The Land of Eem can be a fantastic RPG for kids, offering a unique blend of creativity, social interaction, and peaceful problem-solving. Its got plenty of age-appropriate content in the form of adventure tones and visual style, an engaging setting, and emphasis on non-combat conflict resolution make it an ideal choice for young players. Plus, there are the book series’ Dungeoneer Adventures and Rickety Stitch and the GElatins Goo, which can be a great way to get your kids reading and excited for the game.

By playing the Land of Eem, kids can develop essential skills such as creativity, critical thinking, social interaction, and ethical decision-making. This RPG provides a screen-free, inclusive, and educational activity that parents and educators can feel confident in promoting.

If you’d like to give it a try, download our FREE Quickstart Guide. It’s got pre-generated characters, adventures, and all the basic rules to get started.

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