I then decided to give Dungeoneer, advance fighting fantasy, 1st edition a go. He rolled up a charecter, with ten for skill he was already doing well. He insisted on having points in strength, sword, spear and throwing daggers. He also took climbing, dodge and world lore. He named his charecter Bob the barbarian. A name that I guess has been used many times over the forty odd years of role playing. We then prepared to try to save the Princess from Xortan Throg.
Warning, sort of spoilers.
The trip to the secret entrance was wonderful, the book suggested some roleplay between the Prince, his general and the adventures. Arthur spent ages telling the general the best way to kill goblins and the correct manner by which to dispatch a griffon. For those that re interested, either from underneath with throwing daggers or from above with a spear, just, dropped. Said that way, a though it were final.
The encounter with the goblins was magical, when I pointed out it was likely he would be surrounded he came up with the idea of retreating to the doorway to fight them one at a time. He dodged a portcullis rescued two prisoners, one an inexperienced Mage. Climbed over swinging blades, slammed a door on a griffon, bravely stepped brought a fireball illusion and tamed a giant riding lizard. Next he and he wizard fought three orcs and an ogre with barely a scratch.