Front Page

Content

Authors

Game Index

Forums

Site Tools

Submissions

About

Latest Blogs...

K
kishanrg
July 19, 2024
K
knickglobal
July 10, 2024
K
khadar786
April 30, 2024
K
kishanrg
April 29, 2024

Advancing Rummy Game Development in India

Designer and Publisher Blogs
J
jackson24442
April 26, 2024
K
kishanseo
April 22, 2024
K
kishanrg
March 27, 2024

Popular Real Money Blackjack Games Online

Designer and Publisher Blogs
K
kishanrg
March 20, 2024

What Is The Cost Of Developing A Rummy Game?

Designer and Publisher Blogs
K
kishanrg
March 18, 2024

Satta Matka Game API Providers in India

Designer and Publisher Blogs
J
jesshopes
March 01, 2024
S
Sagrilarus
September 22, 2023
S
shubhbr
June 02, 2023
Hot
S
Sagrilarus
May 08, 2023
J
Jexik
March 19, 2023
M
mark32
December 19, 2022

Anagram Intrigue

Member Blogs

Dungeons and Dragons a therapeutic tool?

Hot
S Updated
Dungeons and Dragons a therapeutic tool?

Game Information

Publisher
Players
10 - 20
There Will Be Games

Psychotherapists have been using role-playing games for a long time to help their patients better manage their difficulties in facing society. But these "role-playing games" have little to do with the other role-playing games, of which Dungeons and Dragons is the archetype, those played on tables with dice and which precipitate the participants in a fictional flat universe generally to fantasy or science fiction.

Adam Davis and Adam Jones founded the Wheelhouse Workshop in Seattle , where such role-playing games are organized. Kotaku journalist Cecilia D'Anastasio gives us the example of a teenager, Frank, who proved to be incapable of communicating in his school environment, and who always remained isolated. They made him play the role of a barbarous dwarf, noisy and without manners. They made Frank sit in the position of his character, legs apart and elbows comfortably installed on the table. By playing this character, explains Cecilia D'Anastasio, Frank was able to experiment with other ways of interacting with others. Play could also help children who feel disoriented in society, and even help them manage autism better. Cecilia D'Anastasio says that she met the mother of an inflexible child, who found it difficult to deviate from her ideas. But, during a D&D game at the Wheelhouse Workshop, the adventurers constitute a "company" who must have to manage problems collectively. You can't do it as you please. Speaking of her child to the journalist from Kotaku, she explained to him that " he actually told me that he sometimes did not agree with what his adventure companions had decided ..., and later, he ended up agreeing that their decision was the right one… It's a surprising improvement in his flexibility. " In Pennsylvania, the Bodhana Group deals with particularly difficult cases. These therapists are in charge of a group exclusively made up of boys with difficult behavior, some having even committed sexual assaults. To help them, Jack Berkenstock, who heads the team, designs games for Dungeons and Dragons specifically adapted to these young people

Will D&D become more professional and officially join the catalog of therapeutic practices? As the Kotaku journalist cleverly concludes , certainly not, and it is better this way: “ D&D has never been and will never be marketed as a therapeutic tool. It's just a game. This is also why it could work with children who need help. ".

Berkenstock strives to design games where the actions of players have consequences, for example, it would not prevent an overly impulsive player from rushing into a lair of dragons. If his character is severely injured, it is a natural repercussion. When his players raid an orc village, he takes care to show how it affects orc children or their mothers. "I believe you can explore the consequences of your actions in an environment where no one will injure themselves physically," said Berkenstock.

There Will Be Games
Log in to comment