Teacher Edition- Episode 27: Dungeons and Dragons in the Classroom feat. Gabe Barrett!
In this “Teacher Edition” episode of Board Gaming with English, Dustin talks to Gabe Barrett from The Board Game Design Lab about how he has used roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons in his lessons. Gabe shares his experience as a teacher and how he has implemented some different roleplaying strategies in his classes. Gabe is an educator and board game professional. He works in the board game industry as a podcast host and game designer currently living, teaching, and designing in Honduras. He is also a host on the podcast Board Game Design Lab.
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Gabe Barrett runs The Board Game Design Podcast and he just released his 100th episode of the podcast not too long before this interview. On his podcast, he has interviewed numerous guests in the board game industry, and he has applied some of his own game design experience to his teaching. Gabe is currently teaching in Honduras and has implemented various teaching strategies using games in his lessons.
Gabe’s Desert Island Questionnaire: Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition, T.I.M.E. Stories, and Eldrich Horror
Dungeons & Dragons and Learning!
Gabe shares how he first dived into Dungeons & Dragons in the classroom and how he adapted the Fate Core system to create a streamlined roleplaying game for his class called “Classrooms and Dragons.” He was able to help students develop deep-thinking, logical skills, and problem-solving skills. It created some very unique and cool learning experience in his classroom where students were developing skills and meeting learning objects Gabe set for his students.
Getting Started with Dungeons & Dragons or Other Roleplaying Games
Gabe helps first-time educators understand why he chose the Fate Core system and how you can start to adapt roleplaying in your classroom in smaller increments. He explains how the Fate Core system is very adaptable and can be used in any setting like, a western setting, a space setting, a fantasy setting, or anything that relates to your current teaching content. The system gives you a base system of stats, how dice work, and how actions work. Listen in to see how he uses it in his classes!
Benefits to Roleplaying Games
Playing as a character in a game allows students to show some creativity. Roleplaying games give an outlet to some students who may feel less pressure to experiment with some creativity in the game. They also add a stronger element of engagement. Be sure to listen in to hear about some other benefits and stories Dustin and Gabe share about roleplaying games.
Games in Honduras and Taiwan
Gabe shares how he had to introduce his student to the concepts of modern games, particularly roleplaying games in Honduras. He explains that roleplaying games are not a common idea or concept that most of his students are familiar with. Dustin chimes in with some of his successes and challenges in Taiwan with board games or other games in the classroom particular to Taiwan. Listen in to hear more about their conversation!
Implementing Aspects of Roleplaying
Gabe discusses how he used an NPC (non-playable character) in his roleplaying game. He tells a story of Tace who is a lari when the students thought he was a liar. He talks about how adding this simple character and clue in the game helped to increase engagement with his lesson.
Some Challenges to Gamification and Using Roleplaying Games
Dustin discusses his biggest challenge this semester using gamification in class. It has been a challenge for him to streamline his experience points for each student. Gabe talks about some challenges he has had with students using the game with students who refused to take the game seriously. Listen in to see how they have addressed these issues.
Throughout the episode, Gabe and Dustin mention a few games. If any of these games sound like something you might enjoy playing personally or in your class, you can help support our podcast by purchasing these games through our Amazon affiliate links. We will earn a small commission at no expense to you. Check out the games below: