On a whim I bought the D&D starter set without actually having a group in mind. But then I starting thinking about it and I realized that my kids my like to use their imaginations in an RPG setting. At 3 and 5 they both have great imaginations and communications skills.
"That's it!" I thought, "I'll DM for my kids!"
I got the starter set and immediately realized that there were too many numbers, stats, and violence to play D&D with kids their age.... so I started googling and found this gem. It's a starting place and basic rules for non-violent D&D for kids. It's super simplified and it gave me a good jumping off point.
I took that author's rules and simplified them even more. Basically my kids were just using their imaginations and rolling D20s whenever it made sense.
And they loved it! It was a huge success and the next day they asked to play again.
After running a couple adventures for them I see more places to simplify the rules even further. I think I might even write up a basic ruleset and create my own characters sheets for them in this new rule system.
I'm really excited to see where this goes.