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My son is currently eight years old. I’ve lightly introduced him to tabletop gaming, including D&D. Mostly one-on-one with my wife occasionally being a guest player. I haven’t introduced him to gaming with a larger group, and it will likely be some time before I let him play with my friends. Even if he’s not a needy spotlight hog or actively disruptive to the plans of the party, his presence will modify the behaviour of the players at the table. As much as I’d love to involve him in the table—if only so he’s not being ignored on game days— he might interfere with the fun of everyone else.