Role playing has been a pretty common area of discussion for Rolling for Change in recent times. The fact is role playing is one of the most open ended mechanics in gaming, allowing for exploration of self, group dynamics and processing of conflict. It really is one of the most malleable tools we have in terms of formalized play. Our guest in this episode, Rabbi Menachem Cohen discusses how we can further extend that malleability to spiritual development. You can find out more about his work at http://whatmakesyoucomealive.net/ But before you go there, go ahead and listen to our discussion. Menachem offers some really amazing insights with regard to personal growth and spiritual progress through gaming.
In this episode, Woody and Josué discuss using games for educational purposes with Erica Sanders from FunAgain games https://funagain.com/pages/ashland-retail. We discuss how the pandemic has impacted the board game industry and also how we can still find ways to have fun in the midst of a global crisis. Be sure and visit the Ashland FunAgain Games Facebook page as well: https://www.facebook.com/funagainashland/
One thing I really enjoy about Rolling for Change is getting the opportunity to talk with so many amazing gamers and therapists. Every person offers a new doorway and perspective on how games make a difference in our lives. I reached out to Sophie Berkley because she was featured in a new article that spoke of using games in therapy. The discussion that came from this, opened up a new way of seeing games, thanks to the lens of synergetic play therapy. In our discussion here, Sophie, Josue and myself (Woody) discussed so many aspects of play therapy and how games have a role in therapeutic process. It was a thoroughly enjoyable discussion and I hope that it opens you to yet another understanding on the impact of gaming.
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In this episode of Rolling for Change, Woody chats with Jonathan Gilmour, Doug Levandowski, and Spenser Starke about the newest iteration of the Kids on Bikes series, “Kids on Brooms”. We are excited to get this opportunity to talk about Kids on Brooms and find out more about the makers of this promising new addition to your game library. We also spend some time discussing other impactful RPGs and we never mention Monopoly……………………………………………………………………….. (Drink!)
In this episode of Rolling for Change, Josue and Woody talk with game designer Mads Floe about his print an play game Vaccine. Mads made this game available to others as a free print and play to help us have something to do during our social isolation and quarantining. Mads talks about how the game was created, the impact that social isolation is having on him, and his understanding of viruses and how they impact his game. Click the link below to get your copy and find out more.
Today on Rolling for Change, Brian and I get a chance to talk with Hawke Robinson, founder of RPG Research and RPG Therapeutics. Admittedly, we had some sound issues about 1/4 way in, but it takes nothing away from the interview. Hawke talks with us about the history of his research and company, and how RPGs can be used as therapeutic tools. Hawke also takes us on a short ride through his history with role playing. Hawke calls it a firehose of information. We agree, prepare to get blasted.