D&D

NO D&D-thanksgiving…Weds Intro D&D-5pm

D&D at D20No d&D this week..

We are starting a new intro to D&D campaign for Weds.  Space in the group each week is first come, first sign up, and very subject to the DM’s being healthy and present.  Check the website/twitter feed for last minute updates/announcements).

Dungeons and Dragons: Encounters

When: Every Wed,

Time: ~ 5 pm play (may very based on DM)

Cost: 5$ per player-limit is 7 players per table ($ Goes to DM credit)

What is D&D?  Dungeons & Dragons is the game the popularized role playing.  Created in the mid-70’s,D&D was unique in casting one of the players in the role of the Dungeon Master.  A person who both kept the secrets of the world that the other players were trying to discover, and acted as a living interpreter of the rules, allowing players to try all sorts of creative solutions to problems they encounter, and not be limited by only what the original game creators set down on paper.  This was quite literally a game-changer, in that it really allowed people to use their imaginations to inhabit characters that they created and moved through the world.  It works best when the players access the freedom of their 8-12 year old selves and create characters that are ones they would have chosen to play on a playground.

Character Creation.

Each DM chooses how character creation is done.  If by rolling, it must be done in the store with an official watching, however, if it uses the customize ability scores method (which is the default for D20) you can create a character at home and bring it in.

(From the D&D5.0 Wikia on creating a character…)

Players have 27 points to spend on your ability scores. The cost of each score is shown on the Ability Score Point Cost table. For example, a score of 14 costs 7 points. Using this method, 15 is the highest ability score you can end up with, before applying racial increases. You can’t have a score lower than 8.

This method of determining ability scores enables you to create a set of three high numbers and three low ones (15, 15, 15, 8, 8, 8), a set of numbers that are above average and nearly equal (13, 13, 13, 12, 12, 12), or any set of numbers between those extremes

Score Cost Score Cost
8 0 12 4
9 1 13 5
10 2 14 7
11 3 15 9

 

D&D Character Sheets

Character Sheets | Dungeons & Dragons

Includes a full set of fifth edition D&D character sheets, plus three additional styles of double-sided character sheets. Each character sheet provides plenty of room to keep track of everything that makes a character unique. Also included is an introductory character sheet designed specifically to help ease new players into the game.

 More info on D&D….

-DM Sick….canceled for 10/11 Weds Intro D&D-5pm

D&D at D20We are starting a new intro to D&D campaign for Weds.  Space in the group each week is first come, first sign up, and very subject to the DM’s being healthy and present.  Check the website/twitter feed for last minute updates/announcements).

Dungeons and Dragons: Encounters

When: Every wednesday,

Time: ~ 5 pm play (may very based on DM)

Cost: 5$ per player-limit is 7 players per table ($ Goes to DM credit)

What is D&D?  Dungeons & Dragons is the game the popularized role playing.  Created in the mid-70’s,D&D was unique in casting one of the players in the role of the Dungeon Master.  A person who both kept the secrets of the world that the other players were trying to discover, and acted as a living interpreter of the rules, allowing players to try all sorts of creative solutions to problems they encounter, and not be limited by only what the original game creators set down on paper.  This was quite literally a game-changer, in that it really allowed people to use their imaginations to inhabit characters that they created and moved through the world.  It works best when the players access the freedom of their 8-12 year old selves and create characters that are ones they would have chosen to play on a playground.

Character Creation.

Each DM chooses how character creation is done.  If by rolling, it must be done in the store with an official watching, however, if it uses the customize ability scores method (which is the default for D20) you can create a character at home and bring it in.

(From the D&D5.0 Wikia on creating a character…)

Players have 27 points to spend on your ability scores. The cost of each score is shown on the Ability Score Point Cost table. For example, a score of 14 costs 7 points. Using this method, 15 is the highest ability score you can end up with, before applying racial increases. You can’t have a score lower than 8.

This method of determining ability scores enables you to create a set of three high numbers and three low ones (15, 15, 15, 8, 8, 8), a set of numbers that are above average and nearly equal (13, 13, 13, 12, 12, 12), or any set of numbers between those extremes

Score Cost Score Cost
8 0 12 4
9 1 13 5
10 2 14 7
11 3 15 9

 

D&D Character Sheets

Character Sheets | Dungeons & Dragons

Includes a full set of fifth edition D&D character sheets, plus three additional styles of double-sided character sheets. Each character sheet provides plenty of room to keep track of everything that makes a character unique. Also included is an introductory character sheet designed specifically to help ease new players into the game.

 More info on D&D….

Thurs. 5pm D&D 7

D&D at D20Dan is back and running a campaign for 5th level characters.   Space in the group each week is first come, first sign up, and very subject to the DM’s being healthy and present.  Check the website/twitter feed for last minute updates/announcements).

Dungeons and Dragons: Encounters

When: Every Thursday,

Time: ~ 5 pm play (may very based on DM)

Cost: 5$ per player-limit is 7 players per table ($ Goes to DM credit)

What is D&D?  Dungeons & Dragons is the game the popularized role playing.  Created in the mid-70’s,D&D was unique in casting one of the players in the role of the Dungeon Master.  A person who both kept the secrets of the world that the other players were trying to discover, and acted as a living interpreter of the rules, allowing players to try all sorts of creative solutions to problems they encounter, and not be limited by only what the original game creators set down on paper.  This was quite literally a game-changer, in that it really allowed people to use their imaginations to inhabit characters that they created and moved through the world.  It works best when the players access the freedom of their 8-12 year old selves and create characters that are ones they would have chosen to play on a playground.

Character Creation.

Each DM chooses how character creation is done.  If by rolling, it must be done in the store with an official watching, however, if it uses the customize ability scores method (which is the default for D20) you can create a character at home and bring it in.

(From the D&D5.0 Wikia on creating a character…)

Players have 27 points to spend on your ability scores. The cost of each score is shown on the Ability Score Point Cost table. For example, a score of 14 costs 7 points. Using this method, 15 is the highest ability score you can end up with, before applying racial increases. You can’t have a score lower than 8.

This method of determining ability scores enables you to create a set of three high numbers and three low ones (15, 15, 15, 8, 8, 8), a set of numbers that are above average and nearly equal (13, 13, 13, 12, 12, 12), or any set of numbers between those extremes

Score Cost Score Cost
8 0 12 4
9 1 13 5
10 2 14 7
11 3 15 9

 

D&D Character Sheets

Character Sheets | Dungeons & Dragons

Includes a full set of fifth edition D&D character sheets, plus three additional styles of double-sided character sheets. Each character sheet provides plenty of room to keep track of everything that makes a character unique. Also included is an introductory character sheet designed specifically to help ease new players into the game.

 More info on D&D….

Ironically Canceled due to excessive heat…A Week in Hell-D&D 5e Campaign for levels 8-10

OK…despite it probably being the best atmospherics for the campaign, we are canceling all daytime events during this insane heat wave.  
New Campaign for D&D 5e starting on 7/23.  This Sunday afternoon campaign will start at 2 pm and go for 7-10 weeks, depending on the players.  It is limited to 7 players, first come, first served (though you can pay in advance one week to lock up a seat for the next week. )  Cost will be $5* (that goes into store credit for the DM).  This is an advanced level campaign for players with solid familiarity with D&D 5e, and the characters will start at level 8.
About the Campaign:
A Week In Hell
A D&D 5.0 Adventure for Experienced Players Levels 8-12 
Written by Jake Calibach
Adventurers like you and your party are renowned for your ability to survive the most harrowing conditions, stand against the most powerful of foes, and defy impossible odds. However, you’re still mortal, and no matter how powerful you get, there’s always something scarier out there. It’s one thing to send a demon back to the hell it crawled out of. It’s another thing entirely to be in an endless abyss full of bloodthirsty demons and dark gods. Outmatched and outnumbered in the most dangerous place in the multiverse, you will have to use your wits and your talents to the fullest to survive the unending horror of the Forsaken Land. Will you make it out alive, or will this week in hell be your last?
Campaign play style:
This is a heavily survival-focused D&D 5e campaign for players levels 8-12. Characters will find themselves magically stripped of all gear upon joining the campaign and must scavenge resources and weaponry at every opportunity (if they want to have the slightest hope to survive this deadly place). We will have fun along the way, but this is primarily for players who want to get into the action of role playing.
Who is this for:
Players wishing to join should have some experience role-playing; experience with the D&D 5e system is recommended but not fully required.  The campaign will last 7-10 weeks depending on how the encounters go.
Size of Party:
The table is limited to 7 players and the cost will be $5 per players (going to store credit for the DM).  We are going to be trying something new with this campaign so people who show up can get priority to keep playing.  Slots for the following week can be reserved by paying in advance for that next week when you play in they event (non refundable-it is locking up a seat).  We expect that there will be some people hopping in and out, but we want to give players who come each week a chance to make sure they get to continue playing.
Character building:
Characters will start at level 8.  You may bring in characters from other campaigns or create new ones.  Characters can be made using any of the options on Page 13 of the players handbook, but  if you want to roll stats  For the sake of balance, characters that are especially powerful or weak are subject to have some stats modified to bring them in line with the other players.  Please bring them either in a paper copy, or with their stats filled in on one of the online PDF character sheets. http://media.wizards.com/2016/dnd/downloads/5E_CharacterSheet_Fillable.pdfs
First day will be primarily character building/checking.
*Note…we will be trying something new with this campaign.  Players that

A Week in Hell-D&D 5e Campaign for levels 8-10

New Campaign for D&D 5e starting on 7/23.  This Sunday afternoon campaign will start at 2 pm and go for 7-10 weeks, depending on the players.  It is limited to 7 players, first come, first served (though you can pay in advance one week to lock up a seat for the next week. )  Cost will be $5* (that goes into store credit for the DM).  This is an advanced level campaign for players with solid familiarity with D&D 5e, and the characters will start at level 8.
About the Campaign:
A Week In Hell
A D&D 5.0 Adventure for Experienced Players Levels 8-12 
Written by Jake Calibach
Adventurers like you and your party are renowned for your ability to survive the most harrowing conditions, stand against the most powerful of foes, and defy impossible odds. However, you’re still mortal, and no matter how powerful you get, there’s always something scarier out there. It’s one thing to send a demon back to the hell it crawled out of. It’s another thing entirely to be in an endless abyss full of bloodthirsty demons and dark gods. Outmatched and outnumbered in the most dangerous place in the multiverse, you will have to use your wits and your talents to the fullest to survive the unending horror of the Forsaken Land. Will you make it out alive, or will this week in hell be your last?
Campaign play style:
This is a heavily survival-focused D&D 5e campaign for players levels 8-12. Characters will find themselves magically stripped of all gear upon joining the campaign and must scavenge resources and weaponry at every opportunity (if they want to have the slightest hope to survive this deadly place). We will have fun along the way, but this is primarily for players who want to get into the action of role playing.
Who is this for:
Players wishing to join should have some experience role-playing; experience with the D&D 5e system is recommended but not fully required.  The campaign will last 7-10 weeks depending on how the encounters go.
Size of Party:
The table is limited to 7 players and the cost will be $5 per players (going to store credit for the DM).  We are going to be trying something new with this campaign so people who show up can get priority to keep playing.  Slots for the following week can be reserved by paying in advance for that next week when you play in they event (non refundable-it is locking up a seat).  We expect that there will be some people hopping in and out, but we want to give players who come each week a chance to make sure they get to continue playing.
Character building:
Characters will start at level 8.  You may bring in characters from other campaigns or create new ones.  Characters can be made using any of the options on Page 13 of the players handbook, but  if you want to roll stats  For the sake of balance, characters that are especially powerful or weak are subject to have some stats modified to bring them in line with the other players.  Please bring them either in a paper copy, or with their stats filled in on one of the online PDF character sheets. http://media.wizards.com/2016/dnd/downloads/5E_CharacterSheet_Fillable.pdfs
First day will be primarily character building/checking.
*Note…we will be trying something new with this campaign.  Players that

About the Roleplay Workshop…

UPDATE…the test we did for this went great…so well we are looking to do it as an after school thing, starting with Tuesdays and expanding from there.  Contact us if you are interested, since the number of kids will be limited to 6 per group.

Roleplay Workshop has been running an extremely cool  D&D style after-school program for over 10 years in Oakland at Dr. Comics and Mr. Games.  We’ve been talking to them about running a program in Alameda as well and have convinced them to run a couple of sneak peeks for us to give the folks in Alameda a chance to see what the program is like.   The program was created by Becky Thomas, an ex-teacher with a background in Zoology (as well active in martial arts) and builds on the fun of D&D by weaving in learning elements, both logical and social into the play.

When:  Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6 (come straight after school) Starting as soon as it fills or Jan 22nd at the latest

How much: $15/hour-(37.50 per day).  Note: Discounts for hours purchased in blocks ($14/hour for 25 or more hours, and $12 for 50 or more hours).  She runs other events in Piedmont and as we move forward, will add more regular days. So if you do it on a regular basis, it ends up at $24 per 2 1/2 hour session.

What ages/who is it for: 10-13 year-olds who like role playing games.  The game will be fun and engaging, but if they don’t like the idea of creating and playing characters, they probably shouldn’t do this.

EXTREMELY LIMITED ENROLLMENT:  Each table will be fore a Maximum 6 kids total

Is this run by D20?:  This will be a Roleplay Workshop run event, using our space.,  (We are doing the same thing Dr. Comics does and providing the safe space for them to work, though Ben will be on hand to observe and learn for most of the day. ) We have done enough checking to feel comfortable with having them here, and we approached them to do so.  If this works out, we hope to do this on a regular basis after the holidays, including doing a few days after school.  Having said that, here are comments and information about Rebecca and the program from established and reputable web sources.

About Rebecca and Roleplay Workshop.

From Berkeley Parents Network:

My 13 year old son has been going to Abantey for 2 or so years. He goes during spring and winter break from school and as many weeks as he can during the summer (when he’s not at sleepaway camp and we’re not on vacation). He LOVES it. It is role play games…it is also learning math, learning about human character, how to become a better person….what do you have to do to evolve to another level…I actually don’t really understand it fully…I think you have to do it to understand it. My son spends time working in his Abantey workbook at home, he has discussions with his other Abantey friends about the different beings and characters they’ve come up with….I believe it helps him do real life problem solving. Becky Thomas, the creator of Abantey is wonderful.

From their Yelp Listing.

“Since 1989, we have offered the unique Abantey roleplay programs for youth, promoting student self esteem, problem solving skills, creativity and social skills. The program uses an interactive storytelling game to teach real life skills in a creative, imaginary setting. Participants work together to solve dilemmas using logic and common sense, learning math, sciences and ethics along the way. The program is ultimately about teaching young adults personal responsibility. Workshops are led by an adult game master providing a supportive mentoring environment, experienced with a variety of learning styles, including special needs.

History

Established in 1989

While teaching at Archway School in Oakland, I designed the Abantey game. Students and parents asked me to run a summer camp in 1989. It was a success and I expanded to after school and school holiday programs. In 1993, I quit teaching and founded the Roleplay Workshop.

Role playing fosters abstract thinking and teaches math and statistics. It encourages cooperative problem solving, as players work together to solve mysteries with logic, common sense, and intuition. They learn sciences, philosophy and ethics in a supportive and fun environment. Ultimately, we help youth learn to take personal responsibility for chosen actions.

Meet the Business Owner: Rebecca T.

I received a Bachelors of Sciences in Zoology in 1982 at the University of Michigan. I spent the next year in the Philippines. My experiences there provided much of the complexity found in the world of Abantey. After I returned, I began graduate work at SFSU. In 1988 I was credentialed in General Science, Life Science, Physics and Psychology.

After teaching for 3 years at Archway School in Oakland, I began The Roleplay Workshop. I still work with Archway School, running special Abantey programming for them, as well as teaching the occasional class.

Outside of running the business and working with kids, I train in martial arts, love to read science fiction and am a great fan of action and science fiction movies!

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