1) Prepare the bait: I received 30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons and Dragons for my birthday. Fun book, if a bit heavy emphasis on the story books published in the D&D worlds, and boasting an entertaining foreword by Vin Diesel. Girls wanted to look through this.
2) Sweeten the pot: I went downstairs and dug out my old AD&D Player’s Handbook. They oohed and ahhed some more.
3) Dangle the line: Eldest received the D&D Basic Game as part of her birthday loot. Both girls were chuffed to have at the game in hand but we had to delay any play until after our trip down south.
4) Close the trap: Tonight we played an adventure with Mike acting as DM. Youngest chose the halfling rogue and did what we advised her to do, rolling the dice with gusto. Eldest rushed in where others feared to tread, full of glee when she could attack a kobold or orc. I played the fighter and cleric to keep everyone alive. Now they’re both awaiting their next adventure though eldest is showing signs of megalomania (when I set her the task of calculating what each character’s cut would be of the 300 gold piece reward, she swore she would take it all!) and youngest is politicking to be the DM next time around.