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Learning to Play Dungeons and Dragons (Ages 9-12)

Charles Lott
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(10)
Dungeons and Dragons is more than just a storytelling game. It opens the imagination and allows the player to express their self to others without fear of judgement. This class teaches the skills to play this game that anyone can learn.

Class experience

I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons and being a game master for over 44 years. During that time I have taught many people to play the game, people of all ages. I wish to pass some of my knowledge and love of the game to a new generation of players. 
Homework Offered
Homework is optional, it is not graded and nobody fails this class. Homework assigments are made in the classroom chat area and they will reinforce what is taught in class. I want to see that the learner can use the skills they have used independent of me, that is how I mark my success.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
This class will teach learner to play Dungeons and Dragons. They will learn what Dungeons and Dragons is and isn't, they will learn what the various dice are for and when to roll them, they will learn to create characters from their own imaginations. We will cover game mechanics and concepts such as armor class and hit points, skill checks and saving throws, but it is when these things are used together to play the game that the real benefits of Dungeons and Dragons are unleashed. Dungeons and Dragons and other roleplaying games like it have showed their value in studies to assist in the teaching and reinforcement of important social and cognitive skills. I recently completed Level 1 of the Games2Grow approach to Therapeutic Application of Roleplaying Games. Therapist are using roleplaying games in schools, residential facilities, outpatient mental health populations, military veterans and first responders to assist in the treatment of ASD, ADHD, anxiety, trauma treatment resistance and fatigue. I am not a therapist but have learned that playing Dungeons and Dragons can do a number of things for the players. D&D gives them ownership over their characters allowing them to express themselves. D&D gives players opportunity modeling, social skill practice and coaching. D&D provides the possibility for the translation of acquired skills from a fantasy setting to the real world. D&D teaches players control over their emotions like excitability take can delay other mental abilities like reason, and determining consequences of actions D&D Teaches Collaboration between players to avoid negative consequences and complete task and quest. D&D teaches the need for planning ahead, to thing out one's actions and the possible consequences of those actions D&D teaches players perspective and empathy for others D&D provides a fantasy space to problem solve. D&D teaches interacting with peers in a positive manner. D&D teaches positive interaction with leaders D&D allows the practice of communicating verbally and non-verbally D&D teaches self-advocacy. and many more skills. Players will touch on all of these and not even realize it as they play a enjoyable game.
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
Copies of the character sheet that was attached to the introduction letter A set of roleplaying dice available at bookstores, hobby stores, game stores or online and 4 six-sided dice The 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook pencil and paper
This class teaches the rules and knowledge to play Dungeons and Dragons. Learners will encounter nothing scary. The Dungeons and Dragons Game is basically a storytelling exercise with a construct of rules placed over it. The game does have imaginary combat and spellcasting as its focal point as most tales take place in fantasy worlds much like Lord of the Rings or fairy tales that include fighting dragons. 

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Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(10)
My name is Charles Lott
I teach Dungeons and Dragons here at Outschool. 

I started playing Dungeons and Dragons at the age of 12 and it lead me and my friend to seek out adventures in the real world. I recently retired from a 30 year career in... 
Group Class


for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
90 min

Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-12
1-8 learners per class

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