My oldest son (currently 8) watched me play the games a bit when he was 4 and 5. He always wanted to play but my wife hated it when I tried to show him how because then I would go off to work and leave her with him asking her "What does this guy say?" "What does this guy say?" .... etc... It would drive her nuts. Nevertheless, he had an insatiable appetite for DQ right away (lucky me!). It really took off when we took a car trip and he started playing Rocket Slime. He could do most everything and figure stuff out without reading all that well. He finished that and then started into DQ9. I credit DQ9 with helping a lot to teaching him how to read. I was astonished at how well my (then 6-year old) could play through DQ9. The reading was one challenge, but the strategic battles was another thing I didn't expect him to pick up on so quickly. I coached him through some of the tougher battles, and gave him some guidance on where to go next, but he tackled it largely on his own.
After DQ9, he played DQ4DS, then DQ5DS, then DQ6DS. Then he finally was coordinated enough to tackle DQ Swords. When the mobile games came out, he played DQ8. He only made it up to the Black Citadel though, and hasn't come back to it again yet. Finally DQ1, DQ2 and DQ3 came out on mobile and took those down as they came, loving every minute. He has anxiously been awaiting the remake of 7, so I hope he gets a chance to play it some day. I could set him with the PSX version, but with all the name changes and things, I really think he would prefer the remake, provided he gets that chance.
As for my other children, my daughter (currently 6) will play multi-player Rocket Slime with my son and will use my godly DQ9 file to play multi-player with my son. He tolerates her inexperience because she can help him take down tough grottoes just by being a tank. Other than that, she doesn't really have much interest. My son has been trying to teach her to play DQ4 on mobile. It's fun watching him take her under his wing. He's not a fantastic teacher though and doesn't have a lot of patience. I wish I had more time to help her myself but my plate has been full for a while now. Also, I don't want to push it on her if she isn't super interested.
My youngest son is 3 and he loves slimes. He like to watch when someone is playing Swords, and he likes my slime plush (a little too much... it's MINE!). Other than that, too young to really grasp it yet. I'll keep an eye on him and see if he has the same appetite for it as my oldest.
Fifth wheel is a kind of hitch coupling that is used to attach a trailer to a towing vehicle. It is the kind of hitch that is mounted in the flat bed part of a pick-up truck box.
The trailer kind of looks like this:
The kids loved it and it was a great adventure... for about 7 weeks. After that, they started to realize that this isn't all that cool. Some of the down-sides to living this way are that we can't eat as healthy as we usually like to, can't store as much produce and stuff in the little fridge, need to go for groceries almost daily instead of weekly, no room for toys, it's starting to get very cold outside and it's poorly insulated, we need to dump the sewage tanks every couple of weeks and re-fill the water tank twice a week. Not enough hot water for a comfortable bath or shower. No internet, no TV, I could go on.
It was seriously fun for a little bit, but we are all ready to rejoin civilization and get back to the comforts of modern life. Like indoor plumbing.
EDIT: Oh yeah, and five people sharing two beds. The three kids are sharing a double-size bed and my wife and I are sharing a twin-size bed. Yep, back to the college dorm days... every single night. If the trailer's a rockin.... the kids are probably having a nightmare. Oh, and they all got sick last week. You know, the kind that has you barfing and changing sheets and... hey, where is the laundry machine in this thing? Crap... no literally my youngest son crapped his pants. Better go get the hose... nope... no hose. Oh, we ran out of water again...
I enjoyed the new game plus option in Dragon Quest Swords. Replaying with the Deathbringer sword was so much fun! I'm not sure if there is a good way to apply the same concept to main series DQ games. Having super-powered stuff right from the start would just remove the difficulty (i.e. fun) of the games. I think for new game plus on a main series game, rather than giving more power, they should give more options or alternate endings or quests. Like you can get some prominent NPCs to join you, or you play the game from the evil villains perspective.
I have run the hard map 10 times so far and gotten 2 new Marquis De Leon's as a result. Oh, and I won't be needing to visit the gold coast this weekend. Roughly 30k per run. I'm also leveling up like mad as a result of the ~11k experience per run, so hopefully I can get my max stamina up to 45 here (at 43 right now) to make those Scrapyard keys just that much more useful.
I am going to milk the hell out of this quest until it's over.