Virtual Role-Playing-Game (RPG) introduction - using Dungeons and Dragons
Contribute 2020 Workshop Proposal
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Main Speaker (DRI): Nicole Schwartz
Co-presenters: Taylor Medlin
Workshop working title: So you wanted to learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons...
Workshop one/two sentence description: Many people are interested in, but don't know how to start, playing dice-based role playing games (RPG) like Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). We'll go over what it is, how to create characters, and the basics of playing the game.
Workshop longer description: Have you ever been interested in playing a dice based role-playing-game (rpg) but where not sure where to start? We'll walk you through the basics of dice based RPGs using dungeons and dragons (D&D) version 5.0 as our example.
- What is a dice based RPG and why is it fun?
- What do you need in order to play dungeons and dragons 5.0 (D&D)?
- How do you make a character?
- What are the basics that occur during a session/game?
- Where / how can you find a group locally to play with?
Intended Audience?: people new to dice RPGs
Will this be presentation only, a laptops out session, another form of interaction, a combination etc: Presentation. If this takes place right before a lunch time slot we could all then, if desired, play a mini intro game together at lunch with pre-generated characters (we will NOT have time for character creation).
Have you presented on this topic before anywhere (it's ok if you haven't!) or another topic?: no but i've played 20+ years of D&D
Are you aware that this will be most likely a 30 minute presentation/interactive session with another 15 minutes of questions and there is also a chance you might have to do this two or three times?: sure thats great!
Do you have the bandwidth to put together a deck & have a few practice lead up sessions to the event (don't worry, we'll walk you thru it!): i can toss this together very quickly and I am an experienced presenter.
Any requests or additional notes/thoughts?:
Note: We will be offering attendees to play during lunch a mini encounter - we're gathering DMs now so we can have multiple groups at lunch.
Let us know how we can help with making arrangements in this issue and we'll make it a great workshop together.
- We can provide
- AV setup (screen, projector, mic)
- Support in connecting to helpful team members (e.g. help build out a slide deck, write an abstract, help rehearse etc)
- Contact with the hotel for any special requests
Ask: We'd like print outs for each person from the business center (character sheet, basic rules) maybe 2-3 pages double sided, and pens
If you can do this, let us know. Below are a few deadlines for the content:
January 20, 2020- Confirmation of workshop leaders & workshop
January 30, 2020- Title & Full description finalized
February 20, 2020- First draft for the workshop on Contribute Deck
March 11, 2020- Final version for workshop
Notes to the volunteer Dungeon Masters
- You don't need to attend the workshop if you don't want to
- This session is before lunch so we can play at lunch, this means a less than an hour game (really simple and small)
- We will have some dice and the table might need to share, but the more the better (if you don't mind potentially losing them) - also maybe we should have a list of android and apple phone free dice apps?
- We plan to have an adventure ready with lots of hooks and let it go all sorts of directions
- We plan for this to be rules light - focus on the basics (what is a round? initiative? AC? Attack? Save? Skills?)
- We plan to have pre-gen characters for everyone playing
- You'll likely need to get creative with maps... kidnap lots of salt and pepper shakers?