As this is only a new service, questions are currently infrequent… We’re happy to answer any questions you have though.
Why Dungeons and Dragons?
We picked Dungeons and Dragons as our base role playing game as the system allows players to enter a fantastic, magical world filled with a wide range of people, creatures and environments. These factors provide an endless source of characters with an enormous range of personalities, creating an abundance of opportunities for interactions of all kinds. The factors also allow players to utilise their imaginations and disappear into a world of epic adventures, deadly encounters and diplomatic or political shenanigans that require imagination, effective communication and teamwork to overcome.
What is Dungeons and Dragons?
Dungeons & Dragons is a structured yet open-ended role-playing game. It is played with the players seated around a tabletop. Typically, each player controls only a single character, which represents an individual in a fictional setting. One player, the Dungeon Master or DM (supplied), sets the scene and controls all the other characters the players meet and the monsters they encounter. Using just dice and character sheets, a whole world can come alive! Released in 1974 and first gaining popularity in the 80s, Dungeons and Dragons has persisted as a favourite pastime of many fans of fantasy and pop culture.
Is Dungeons and Dragons hard to learn for someone who has never played it?
Diving straight into Dungeons and Dragons can be difficult, but we use a unique simplified system that is easy to learn and understand and we have had great success in bringing adventurers up to a solid understanding in a short timeframe.
Do participants need to be able to read, write or do maths?
Write? No. Read? Just a little bit. The character sheets are colour-coded and if participants cannot read the text, the colours will be used to enable gameplay. As for maths, recognition of numbers up to 20 will be helpful, but not a gamebreaker. Simple addition will be used and calculators are supplied, but assistance will be provided if required.
What does a participant need to bring?
Just themselves and a good attitude. All equipment required to play will be provided – information sheets, stationary and gaming equipment will be supplied.
Is this service limited to people with specific disabilities?
No. The service is available to everyone, including all diverse abilities, but NDIS participants are able to use their plan funds to participate.
Can parents and siblings participate as well?
Absolutely, playing with a child or sibling can assist each other in enhancing their interpersonal communications. However, each person will be required to pay for their spot at the table.
Can the system you are using be adjusted to suit participants who require less complex language than can be found in role-playing games?
Absolutely. I have over 20 years of experience of engaging with adults and children with communication challenges. I am well-practiced at adapting my speech, instructions and explanations to ensure individuals understand what I’m trying to say. I fully appreciate that this may require individualised approaches with different individuals.
TBA – We are awaiting your questions…