My adorable little nerdlet

Disclaimer:  If you don’t like reading about parents bragging about their kids, click away now.  Go on.  Nobody is forcing you to read this.  Tomorrow I’m sure will be back to standard grousing about the world.

DH’s main reason for wanting a child was to have someone to game with.  My main reason for having a child was to see DH as a father.

DH is a total gaming nerd.  The first time I spent any appreciable time alone with him, we walked along and he told me about some D&D mission he’d been on, as if it were real.  I thought, amused, “My lord, what a huge nerd.”  He grew on me though.  (Being tall dark and handsome didn’t hurt.)

Our house is full of games, mostly Eurogames which replaced more standard gamer-type-games such as Risk or Stratego (think Settlers of Catan, though it is not actually one of the best, it was the one that introduced Eurogames to the US).   We’re not talking Pictionary here, though we do have Apples to Apples (saved for when DC gets older).

And so DH introduced my little darling to hir first real game.  A simple little $15 lego board-game called Castle Draida in the Heroica series.  DC was hooked.  One lego game became two.  Then DC saved up hir allowance to buy a third.  Then the in-laws got the last (and most expensive) for Christmas.  Ze has spent hours upon hours playing with relatives, alone, trying out different scenarios, intimately getting to know the instructions manual, and so on.  Just like DH with his bigger kid  board games.

Man, I wish I could show you all a video of DC talking about Heroica.  Dark druuuuids and knights and orcs and goblins… and their hitpoints and healing potions and treaaaasure.  High speed kindergarten nerdity.

DH’s next contribution after Heroica, and just in time for the relatives, a fun board game called Castle Panic.  It can be played cooperatively or competitively.

My poor parents.  DH’s poor parents.  They listened patiently to DC going on and on about game mechanics and orcs and trolls and bosses and boulders.  Then they gamely played the cooperative version.  My sister I feel less sorry for– she got the mechanics right away and doesn’t let DC cheat.  Listening to them play is kinda like listening to two kids the same age play together, complete with, “Nooooo, you can’t DO that.”  When played competitively, DC likes to play the monsters.  Last game DH won by a single point when a lucky boulder got DC’s last two monsters, preventing them from taking down his last tower.

Ze is now attempting to shuffle:  this may be hir next big goal now that ze’s mastered shoe tying.

We’re so proud.  :)

What are your kids into?  Alternatively, what were you into when you were little?

[p.s. Also, DC isn’t immune to my form of nerdity.  Anime may not be an all-consuming passion for hir, but ze will watch it with me.]


36 Responses to “My adorable little nerdlet”

  1. Practical Parsimony Says:

    I was playing jacks, checkers, being chased by my rooster, and hammering nails into boards with my own hammer, and there was no kindergarten. And, we had no tv. My kids were playing with Big Wheels, matchbox cars, blocks, Snoopy, and baby dolls at that age. My grandchildren play with wii, play on facebook, and download songs.

    Shuffle? I could shimmy.

    • Practical Parsimony Says:

      Oh, my grandmother told me she did not have jacks and a ball, so she played with peach pits when she was a child. That meant she just threw up a peach pit and did not have a bounce time to scoop up the rest of the pits aka jacks. Was I a nerd with a ball and jacks instead of old-fashioned peach pits? lol

      I played my first computer game in about 1976+/- on the computers at Memphis State. My brother , a nerd, attended there and a wizard (math teacher into computers) gave him the password to the computers. We had to go at 2 am so that no students would have their computer time thwarted by game players. The place was full of game players. We played some sort of game, maybe D&D, full of chasms to kill us and swords and evil people and knights. Yes, my little brother was a nerd.

  2. feMOMhist Says:

    see i totally knew it. I played heroica once and said this is gateway to D and D! However my little donald trump is far more in love with Monopoly, which lasts about 3 hours for him as his buys everything and then mortgages it.

  3. Leigh Says:

    hehe that’s awesome! Some of my friends play D&D… I’ve never been much into it, but I’m sure it would be adorable to watch your kid get into games :)

  4. Kellen Says:

    We just got Agricola a few months ago, and I really like it. It has a “family game” option with some simpler gameplay for kids.

  5. Molly (Mike and Molly's House) Says:

    I love it!
    Our youngest is into everything technology has to offer. Mike gives her computer programming tutorials to help her along- it’s what they bound over.

  6. Linda Says:

    I was into reading from an early age. To this day my mother proudly recalls how I was recognized by the first grade teacher for reading more books than any other child she’d taught in 20 years. My family didn’t have a lot of disposable income, but books were free from the public library and school library and I took full advantage of that. As I got a bit older I really wanted to ride horses but we didn’t have enough money for lessons.

    I wasn’t exposed to role playing games until 8th grade. I played a bit with some neighbors, but it wasn’t something that we could make time to do on a regular basis. Most of the young folks in my area were getting jobs as early as possible and doing work in the neighborhood (cutting lawns, weeding, etc.) until it was legal to work at a business. So it was pretty much school, chores, side work, and reading that filled all my time. Geez, that sounds so boring!

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Reading is awesome. I remember lots of girls were really into horses in elementary school. We lived in an agricultural area so people were able to get laboring jobs in agribusiness before age 16.

  7. rented life Says:

    Have you guys bought Dragonology yet? It was pretty cute, the pieces look cool and you can steal dragons from others as you try to collect them.

    When we played DnD we were mostly in the Forgotten Realms. We haven’t plays in a long time though. –Former fighter dwarf.

  8. julier Says:

    My husband introduced our twins to role playing last summer using an adventure he wrote. It’s pretty darn cute watching them role the dice for “courage” or “heart.” One of them loves playing the “story telling” game. The other one would rather play checkers.

  9. bogart Says:

    Ha … my DS sort of likes the idea that we can make up stories (per @julier’s comment above) but we’re definitely not into this stuff the way you describe (and I’m certainly not … I mean, whatever, but I’ve just never gotten into it). He’s mostly into trucks and tools (stereotype, much?).

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      DC’s cousin is really into trucks and tools. DC has just always been kind of into magic, it seems like. Even before ze was reading Magic Treehouse books, even before ze could sit still long enough to listen to Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, ze was pulling pretend keys out of the air to open imaginary doors (we’re not sure if that came from daycare or ze just made it up). But hir mommy and daddy always were into fantasy too! (Though at this age my all-consuming passion was Gilbert and Sullivan. Don’t judge me.)

      • bogart Says:

        LOL, sounds utterly charming (the key, and I have nothing in particular against G&S, actually, though perhaps as an all-consuming passion …) . As for me, I was making up jumping courses and jumping them (pretending to be a horse), though perhaps at a slightly older age. And it’s not quite G&S, but my brother, who has since become a classical music snob (though he’d pause here, to elucidate exactly which era(s) qualify as ‘classicial’) had as his first pre-pubescent musical love — ABBA. Good fun there.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        In my defense, I got to see an excellent production of The HMS Pinafore as the first real play I *ever* got to see as a big kid. (Followed by the Nutcracker.) And my parents had a great set of D’Oyly Carte LPs that they let me use their fancy (purchased when my dad was still single and childless) record player to listen to. And I could follow along with the libretto.

        I believe we were also able to pluck keys out of the air that would fix a 3 year old who didn’t want to keep walking wherever we were going. “Ze must be broken! Luckily I have a wind-up key right here!”

  10. First Gen American Says:

    We let the older one play WoW and your story sounds very familiar. We have to remind him that most people don’t play that game and could give a rat’s behind about what level he’s at or the quests he’s been on or the wonderful rare loot he just scored. I’m not a gamer myself. I much prefer the real world but I tolerate the obsession. I think the gaming gene must somehow be genetic cuz it’s like listening to a younger version of spouse without his nerd filter on. You see, he says that the nerds that survive and end up procreating someday learn to hide their nerdiness in public and only geek out when they are around other nerds interested in the same things.

  11. Leah Says:

    My brothers and I played D&D as kids. Seriously. There were three of us, so my older brother DM’d and my little brother and I quested. It was great fun. I think we started when my little brother was 5 or so, which would have made me 7 (we were all early readers)l The downside, however, is that I have little interest in D&D now. It was just one of those interesting kid things I did.

    We also played a lot of Nintendo video games. My parents allowed games as long as there was some thinking or strategy involved. Thankfully, MarioKart counted. That remains my favorite game ever. Strangely, the love of video games has stuck with me whereas my love of fantasy has waned.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      DH played as a kid with his brother too. And lots of Nintendo. We couldn’t afford Nintendo (one of the sacrifices for fully funded college), but I played at other kids houses. DC plays some games on the Wii but mostly only when a relative is visiting and not on hir own.

      DH currently isn’t into D&D… in high school he decided he preferred GURPS, and in graduate school he decided that he liked to socialize with people who generally play boardgames more than with people who play RPGs, and I really can’t blame him. I liked playing AD&D with my first boyfriend’s gaming group (they were hilarious), but did not really like the people at any later groups. I read lots of fantasy!

      • Leah Says:

        My parents didn’t get the Nintendo — my brother saved up pocket money. He was really young when we got it, and I have no idea how we saved up enough. I remember my dad paid us for helping him out at work, so perhaps that was a big part of it.

        The people who play RPGs might be a big part of it. I was pretty serious about things, and I got really turned off when my friend would haul out something scifi in a classic AD&D game. And I really didn’t like the crossover stuff folks would do in GURPS.

        I’m more into memoirs and all that these days. Maybe I’ll return to fantasy one day, but I got to a point where I felt like I was reading the same plots over and over.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        did not enjoy shadowrun…

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:


  12. Comradde PhysioProffe Says:

    When I was little, all I wanted to do was read.

  13. Rumpus Says:

    When I was a kid none of it mattered. I just did stuff…whatever caught my fancy. Playing in the woods, or reading…chasing grasshoppers. Now that I’m older it all matters because time matters…because there’s so little of it and there are so many things I want to do with it.

    Playing games with kids is easier in some ways because they can easily suspend reality, but it’s harder too because they often don’t stay in a fixed non-reality and instead drift where the currents take them. Like Calvinball I guess.

  14. MutantSupermodel Says:

    I was a book worm. I do like board games though.

    That’s awesome about those LEGO games. I’d wanted to get them for Eldest but wasn’t sure they were any good. Now I know, yay.

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