Local gamers will strategically take over the Copperas Cove Public Library on Saturday to venture into the dark world of fantasy role-playing games.

Some of the games may not be suitable for children.

A recent news release sent out by the city of Copperas Cove stated that “some game sessions may not be appropriate for younger players, so, we ask that children under 10 years of age be accompanied by a parent or adult.”

When asked why some games may not be appropriate, Kevin Marsh, director for the public library, said some groups that gather for role-play gaming may not be used to adjusting their language for younger ears.

“Also, many games involve mature content including descriptions of violence and close interpersonal relationships,” Marsh said. “We are not in a position to know which child may or may not be mature enough to deal with these issues, so we ask that children under 10 be accompanied by a parent or other adult.”

Copperas Cove resident Peter Bland, who has played Dungeons and Dragons, said he feels many younger children will not be interested in the game because it requires focus and a lengthier attention span. However, he also said older children could use skills gained through playing the game to help with socialization.

“I don’t think it’s inherently unsuitable for children,” Bland said. “You have to think about Dungeons and Dragons as a blank canvas. You’re telling a story. It encourages socialization and a casual study of mathematics.”

The open pen-and-paper gaming session, also known as table-top gaming, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the library’s meeting room. Volunteers will host an array of games like Dungeons and Dragons as well as Pathfinder or Magic: The Gathering. Participants are encouraged to bring rulebooks, dice, miniatures and snacks.

“Role-playing games give an outlet for imagination, storytelling and improvisation theatre all within the supervision of a set of rules,” Marsh said. “Gaming day at the library gives local folks a chance to meet other players and play some games in a public setting. I hope that some of the players who meet at the library will make new friends and get involved in gaming sessions outside of the library.”

Call Marsh at 254-547-3826.

To reach Azeita Taylor, the Copperas Cove Herald office at 254-501-7476.

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