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#1 Kaloth

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:06 AM

This morning while I was rushing to complete a homework assignment, which wasn't done because I spent the five hours I had set aside for it digging through the HERO system rulebooks, I realized that if I put the amount of time and effort into studying and schoolwork that I do sifting through countless RPG books and source materials I'd be doing significantly better GPA wise. I figure that there has to be plenty of people like me. Since that point I have been trying to think of possible ways to combine the two.

I was curious if anyone has seen something like that, and how effective they are. I do realize that I'm above the point where any of that would be targeted at me (you know, being in college and all). However, formerly being in the education department I think it is something that should exist if it doesn't.
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#2 bodhranist

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:14 AM

There are things being done with it. A friend of mine, Angie, is getting her masters in education, with a focus on the integration of gaming and education. One project she worked on was an educational game that in a very short time was able to convey a decent grasp of college-level microbial biology (I think, I haven't seen her in a while, and might be misremembering) to average groups of middle-schoolers.

She is also one of a group (Escapade Games) that is currently developing a boardgame/RPG targeted at younger children (Story Realms).
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#3 Slartibartfast

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:58 PM

That is fascinating bodhranist!

I suppose that there are skills that people pick up or improve on simply by playing - problem solving, risk assessment, comprehension, critical thinking, game (and gaming) theory, probability, team working (possibly...) and others too no doubt.

One thing I've noticed that I do if I am GMing a vaguely historic setting game (eg CoC or Backswords and Bucklers) is research around the setting considerably more than I normally would be motivated to do, even if it is not likely to be directly used in the game. As a lure to motivate me to learn gaming seems to work :)
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#4 ross

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 12:33 AM

Interesting stuf:-)
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