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Thursday, June 13 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Analog Role-Playing Games

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This individual papers session, ”Analog Role-Playing Games”, will include the following:

Reacting to the Past: Role Playing in the Classroom
Reacting to the Past (RTTP) is a mature role-playing framework that allows non-gamers to frame their area of expertise into a dynamic scenario. This workshop will facilitate the RTTP creation process as well as highlight several published scenarios.
Andrew Peterson, Nicolas Proctor

The Narrative Potential of Tabletop Role-Playing Games
This paper discusses the unique way tabletop role-playing games generate stories for their players, and how creative writing instructors may use these methods to teach fiction writing techniques to beginning writers. The author explains his theory of incremental storytelling, a methodology by which role-playing games provide an ideal model for students to learn the craft of fiction writing in small, discrete bits that, in aggregate, create something much greater than their constituent parts. This progressive approach puts students in immediate contact with each others’ writing throughout the entire creative process and opens space for critical discussions about the fictional characters and the shared world they create.
W. Trent Hergenrader

Packing for Another Planet: Learning Scientific Methodology Through Alternative Reality Gaming
We use an alternative reality game (ARG) to teach a wide variety of STEM topics as a planetary exploration activity. The program is organized as a professional development workshop for middle and high school science educators and has included teachers from many fields; life sciences, physical sciences, and technology. Teachers are grouped into teams of scientists and charged with designing a scientific mission of discovery to another planet. The game culminates in a competition for funding. The ARG relies on the combined expertise of all participants and illustrates the highly interdisciplinary nature of science. The game combines fieldwork, laboratory experiments, and directed readings, as well as independent research. User reviews from before and after the use of the teaching ARG indicate that participants were more engaged and found it easier to apply large amounts of data and concepts when presented through a cohesive storyline with a defined goal.
Heather Graham, Eric Church, Christopher House

David Simkins, Discussant

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David Simkins

Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
David is fascinated by the potential of games, particularly role playing as a tool for facilitating and encouraging learning. He is also fascinated by the constraints and affordances of different games as tools for learning. Fortunately, he is ale to study games, write about games, teach about games, and make games for non-commercial purposes without starving. He is an assistant professor at RIT's School of Interactive Games and Media, and a... Read More →

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Trent Hergenrader

Rochester, NY, United States, Rochester Institute of Technology
My primary area of research is using games and gaming in English courses, and more specifically using role-playing games to teach fiction writing. I am an Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
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Andrew Peterson

Instructional Technologist, Ferris State University
Game Based Learning has been a passion of mine since before it had a name. While studying for my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, I learned that it was a "real" pedagogy. I've presented about the similarities in game design and curriculum design at both GenCon and Lilly North Conferences.
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Nicolas Proctor

Professor of History, Simpson College
I'm the chair of the Reacting to the Past Editorial Board. It is an innovative series of historical role playing games designed for undergraduate instruction. Nine games are currently in print and dozens more are in the development process. RTTP games are currently being used at around 300 colleges and universities.

Thursday June 13, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Old Madison

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