“Not only have I watched the instructional VHS that came with the DragonStrike board game at least once a month since I was ten,” says Don Jolly, “I’ve pulled this tape out at parties. I’ve inflicting this tape on friends. God help me, I’ve shown this thing to girls. Then, I met the video’s creator.”Read the rest
The latest episode of PBS Digital Studios’ weekly Web series Idea Channel suggests that table top fantasy games like Dungeons & Dragons, despite their repeated skewering throughout pop culture, can actually help make a person more confident and successful. Dungeons & Dragons players often have to endure a certain amount of stereotyping and even some mockery at the hands of non-players. However, despite the derisions of dismissive outsiders, these games offer players a chance to learn problem solving, visualization, interaction, organization, people management -- all skills attributed to larger-world success. Host Mike Rugnetta, an admitted player himself, explores how D&D and related games help people learn methods for collaboration that easily translate to other aspects of daily life.