DATES: WEEK 2 (6/13-17)
TIME: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. PT
RECOMMENDED GRADES: 9-12
TECHNICAL/MATERIALS REQUIREMENTS: None
INSTRUCTOR: Steven Townshend
In this interactive course taught by Dungeons & Dragons author, designer, and master world builder Steve Townshend, we will collaboratively create the story of a civilization across a vast timeline. As we build a world story together, we will create huge, world-changing events and we will examine the small personal moments in which big changes are made. In a turn-based game format guided by the Microscope system by Ben Robbins, we will zoom in and out of our created history, taking turns to add new pieces to our shared story. At the end of the course, we will have created the story of a civilization, which may feature as a background for the participants’ own further stories or games.
By creating a fictional civilization in macro, as omniscient narrators, students gain context and perspective for how real world civilizations changed over time. This class is useful for any students interested in writing, storytelling, politics, human studies, improvisation, and fun!
The skills highlighted in this class include:
- collaboration and cooperation
- creative thinking
- social studies
- cultural and historical perspective