Roleplaying Club – Fridays (All 8 Weeks)
BGL really has distance learning figured out.
If we do this right, it shouldn’t feel like a class at all.
We all know that learning is fun, but most of our classes, and the way that school works, can suck the joy right out of it. (Sad, but true…)
So how do we get back to a place where learning actually feels good?
We think the way to do that is to hand you the keys to the castle.
In this club, you’ll write your own story. We’ll work with you to create the super hero version of you, and you’ll meet others like you. Getting to know them, yourself, and maybe saving the world along the way…
Long story short: it’s kind of like Dungeons & Dragons, but better.
If you jump into our club, you’ll be called on to listen, engage, and focus intently for 90 minutes at a time. It will be on a story, which is the most natural thing for our attention to engage with, but it will still be work.
And you will get better at it.
You’ll pretend to be a superhero, with short term and long term goals. You’ll lead a team, collaborate with your peers, negotiate with your enemies, discover your identity, and support your friends when the going gets tough.
Because when you pretend to practice social skills, you are practicing social skills.
So how does it work?
Just sign up with the link below, and we’ll invite you to our discord server. You’ll be able to chat with the other people in the class (about 5 other students), and that is where we’ll play our games.
You can create a free Discord account here: Discord | Your Place to Talk and Hang Out but don’t worry too much about that just yet.
[Parents, if you are concerned about using Discord, please check the safety guide here: Is Discord Safe? - Complete guide to Discord Safety - Technoloxy]
TLDR: since our server will only be our class, it’s kind of just a group text with all the students.
That being said, please reach out to me at email@example.com if you have any concerns at all.
A week-by-week look:
Week 1: Safety Tools
We’ll talk about what is and is not on the table for our collaborative storytelling. If there are any topics you want us to avoid while we play, you’ll have 100% veto power.
Week 2: Session 0
(I know, it’s kind of weird to call week two session zero, but bear with me.) This is when we all introduce our superhero selves to each other. We’ll hear your epic introduction, ask a few questions to get to know you more, and then work together to create our team’s backstory. We’ll use that awesome backstory, and everything that makes you unique as a hero, to create a legendary adventure that will unfold over the next 5 weeks.
Weeks 3-7: Actual Play
Yes, we will be actually playing. You won’t even notice that you’re improving your social skills, your leadership skills, your confidence, your artistic ability, your imagination, your concentration… the list goes on and on. We’ve seen it firsthand time and time again, this kind of gameplay (improvisational performance in a collaborative setting) is transformative. Period. Full stop.
Oh and also, remember that bit about goal setting? We’ll check in each week with your characters short and long term goals, and that will shape our story. You get practice with one of the greatest skills you could have in your toolbelt & a huge say in how our story shapes up. What could be better??
Week 8: The Sad Conclusion
Well the story won’t be sad. Probably. It might be bittersweet.
In our world, chances are you will be triumphant. See, the game we’re playing is kind of like an old-fashioned superhero comic book. Death really isn’t part of the story. It’s all about heroics, friendships, and growth.
This will be sad because you’ll be friends with the other students in the course, and it will be the day that we say goodbye to our story. You might sign up for another class with us, but that story that we all together will be gone forever.
But that doesn’t mean it didn’t matter.
Hi there 👋🏻
Does this sound exciting to you? Are you interested?
If you haven’t already guessed, we play tabletop roleplaying games in this club. They are kind of like Dungeons & Dragons, but have less math and more storytelling. The game we’re playing right now is called Masks: A New Generation. It’s super (hehe) cool. …
The only thing you need to know now is that, in our club, we care more about the people than the stories that we’re telling together.
That means that sometimes we might have to change the story in order to make people feel comfortable. (It also means that if YOU are ever feeling uncomfortable, and you let me know, then I’ll change the story. Promise.)
If you’re interested, there’s a button at the bottom of this page that you can press for more info...
P.S. My contact info is there too, if you have any questions. 🙂
This is a short section about me because A) talking about myself? Yes. and B) You probably want to know a little bit about the person who will be teaching your kid. 🤷🏻♂️
Ok, so there are three things you should know about me: I love my pets, I love my partner, and I love cooking. 👨🏻🍳
We live in LA, but I’m originally from South Shore Massachusetts. (Sorry, I like the Patriots. Let’s get that out of the way now.)
Since 2013, I’ve taught public speaking and drama to high school and college students across the country. I’ve served as full-time English faculty at a public high school, and specialize in developing enrichment programs for theater and gaming. My teaching philosophy, for those who are interested, is to engage students on their terms, rather than on the school’s.
When I’m not teaching, I’m producing improvisational radio shows with artists from around the world. ✨🎭
- Teaching Licensure, Theater, All levels, MA DoE
- BA Theater Education: Acting, Emerson College
- MBA & MFA Theater Management, CSU: Long Beach
Would be happy to chat! 👋🏻
(Here are some ways that we can:)
What to expect when you log on...
Greetings. We’ll talk over voice chat as everyone joins our “room.” If you want to turn your video on for class, you totally can, but it is not required.
Check-in. Once everyone is logged in, I’ll give everyone a weird prompt like “What is a boring fact about you?” or “Introduce yourself in the shyest way possible.” or “Tell us about something cool that you did today but as sad as you can about it.” You can answer it however you like. (This helps everyone to get to know who they are going to be playing with.)
Warm-up. You’ll put on your cool hat, or other accessory, and become your superhero alter ego. I’ll give you another prompt, but this time when you answer, you’re not you, you’re super you.
Play. (Let’s be honest, this is why we’re here.) We’ll actually play the game.
Check-out. A little bit before class is over, we’ll stop playing (probably at a dramatic moment 🤷🏻♂️) and we’ll talk about how it went. Usually people are pretty excited to think back on big moments that happened, and to let each other know how cool they were.
That’s it! When we’re not playing, there will be a group chat where you can talk to other people in the club (and message me privately, if you need anything).
BGL is very selective in hiring staff. All of our instructors have extensive experience working with children, and most are state-certified teachers with extensive expertise in distance learning.
We use Zoom Webinar to connect with the waiting room function turned on to prevent any unregistered guests from entering. Sessions will be recorded but for internal use only.