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Andrea Marino
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I have two kids, 7 and 5 years old.

Has someone tried to play a shorter and simpler way for kids?
Maybe a sort of "Space Crusade home rules" could help?
Is it possible to reduce the length of play to 1 hour ?

Thanks
 
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Brad Harmer-Barnes
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The rules shouldn't be too hard, so long as you're on hand to help them. After all, the to hit, damage and ammo results are all determined by one dice roll. This will be hard game to streamline.

The quickest way to cut down playing time would be to create your own map. There are a few handy level editor tools on the Internet, which can be found in the Links section of Doom here on BGG. Try and take the kid's interest into account, and knock up something specially designed for them.

With children this young, they'll be playing Doom for the theme, so emphasise the gun blasting, tone down the horror and let them rip.

Best of luck.
 
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J Peasemold
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Hi,

The only real issue with Doom and young children is that you need a shorter (much shorter!) scenario. I'm sure that there are some here on the Geek or elsewhere on the web. Alternatively, just make up your own with the kids as part of the fun! You will have to play as the invader but make sure you emphasise the teamwork necessary for them to win the game. This will generate sufficient 'ganging up on Dad/Mum' thrills and will keep them interested.

Running out of ammo will be no fun whatsoever for them so play with either unlimited ammo or pick up an ammo token with each weapon. You may also want to remove some of the more troublesome cards from the Invaders deck (Dud & some of the larger spawning invaders) to keep the game fair and moving along. The game as it stands has balance issues (well documented here on the Geek) so it might be worth a read about this to avoid these issues spoiling your game. They may not occur however in the shorter scenarios you have in mind.
 
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Luca Iennaco
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You can simplify the game skipping some rules (e.g. the "Orders"), giving only one Marine card to each player, drawing only one card as the Invader, etc.
You can later add the rules you skipped or simplified (e.g. add/restore a rule in each new scenario).

Play time depends by the scenario you're playing: if you want a brief scenario, design one that fits. (...and don't be cheap with ammo: put a lot of them in your scenario!)

Note that your kids we'll need to do some basic additions (maybe a problem for the small one? of course you and/or his brother could help him, in the case).

Have fun!
 
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Matthijs v S
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Play the game without the overlord deck. Yes, this means the overlord is definitly going to lose (but hey, that's what good parenting is about) yet the game is going to run much quicker and smoother. Also, it's easier for the kids, as they never have to deal with keeping line of sight, or getting screwed by nasty cards.
 
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