Now technically none of the encounters actually needed full stats or standees for the three Elven competitors, but this is a game for young children - EVERY scene is an opportunity to place and play with miniatures on the table, needed or not! :-) Luckily, I had previously purchased all the Hero Kids expansions, and had an Elven character with two wooden swords. Another Human Hero Kid stood in place of the unspecified child Elf. It worked, but wasn't ideal - ESPECIALLY later in the adventure when the Elven child tags along and the party gets attacked by wolves. The lack of any stats for this NPC were handwaved by simply using the stand-in Hero's stats for the combat encounter, but ideally I wouldn't need to compensate for an unfortunate defeciency.
On the plus side, the encounters with Odin and Sleipnir were highly engaging and greatly enjoyed by both mother and child, with no one under the age of 40 noticing the lack of stats or standees for either of them. Eh, what are you gonna do? Kids aren't consistent! While, there is room for improvement in this adventure, I would still recommend it as a fun holiday-themed adventure. If you're running it though, give it a full read through and be prepared to wing it and fill in the blanks occasionally.
My next adventure will actually by a non-Hero Kids one for a different, kid-friendly roleplaying game. Full disclosure: the author graciously comped me a copy, although I didn't promise a biased review either. I am looking forward to it, as the theme of the game is different and I'm curious to how Connor reacts to a different set of rules. I'll post a play report once we've run through it.
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