39 episodes

Tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons have inherent benefits, but what happens when people decide to level up their play by using the game to improve the lives of others? And how can YOU do the same with your game?

Gaining Advantage Wyrmworks Publishing

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Tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons have inherent benefits, but what happens when people decide to level up their play by using the game to improve the lives of others? And how can YOU do the same with your game?

    University of Chicago Uses #DnD to Teach English

    University of Chicago Uses #DnD to Teach English

    In this episode, we explore using tabletop roleplaying games (TTRPGs) for language learning. Shane Dunkle, a Language Pedagogy Specialist at the University of Chicago, shares his research on assessing English proficiency through board games and TTRPGs like D&D.



    Discover how these games create an engaging environment for practicing real-world communication skills, from mastering idioms to navigating social cues. Shane reveals strategies for convincing skeptical faculty and his vision for embracing TTRPGs as a mainstream educational tool.





    0:00 Opening0:10 Exclusive Charity Offer Reveal - How Your Purchase Can Change Lives2:49 Meet the Gamer Turned Innovative Educator Revolutionizing Language Learning4:06 Traditional vs Game-Based Teaching: The Authenticity Showdown18:26 From Munchkin to Murderhobo: Navigating the RPG Classroom Transition21:31 Mastering Real-World Interactions Through In-Game Role-Play28:34 Student Resistors vs Faculty Skeptics: Overcoming Unconventional Hurdles33:51 Three Wishes to Transform Language Education Worldwide35:45 The Recipe for Educators: Embracing Unorthodox Methods That Work40:47 Convincing the Naysayers: A Manifesto for Embracing Gaming in Academics42:34 Behind the Scenes: Upcoming Pedagogical Playground Projects44:47 Your Doorway to Immersive Language Learning Resources




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    University of Chicago English Language Institute: http://esl.uchicago.edu/



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    • 47 min
    Is D&D a Secret Architect of Global Culture?

    Is D&D a Secret Architect of Global Culture?

    This episode explores the cultural significance and far-reaching influence of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) through an insightful interview with Premeet Sidhu and José Zagal, editors of the book "50 Years of Dungeons & Dragons." It offers insights into how the iconic tabletop RPG has influenced various aspects of global culture, from gaming and entertainment to education and beyond.





    The discussion covers D&D's historical roots, examining its evolution from a niche hobby to a mainstream phenomenon. Sidhu and Zagal shed light on the game's unexpected crossovers with diverse fields, such as interactive storytelling, solo journaling, and educational applications.



    Key points covered include:




    The book's approach to celebrating D&D from a scholarly yet accessible perspective



    Surprising insights into the game's evolution, such as the progression of combat systems



    D&D's influence on other media and how it has been influenced by culture in turn



    The game's potential in education and fostering critical thinking



    Speculative discussions on D&D's future, including the role of AI and emergence as a mainstream entertainment genre




    Links




    Wyrmworks Publishing Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/wyrmworkspublishing



    Wyrmworks Publishing Nexus: https://books.inclusiverpg.com 



    Fifty Years of D&D: https://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262547604/fifty-years-of-idungeons-and-dragonsi/ 



    Get it at the Wyrmworks Publishing Nexus & support the show: https://bookshop.org/a/103322/9780262547604 



    University of Utah’s Division of Games - https://games.utah.edu/ 



    José Zagal Academic Profile - https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=a4a3GTMAAAAJ&hl=en 



    Seeing Red: Nintendo’s Virtual Boy - https://bit.ly/3UIHvmb 



    Premeet Sidhu Academic Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=WGI4GlUAAAAJ&hl=en 



    Premeet Sidhu Twitter: https://twitter.com/premeetsidhu 








    0:00 Introduction



    0:19 Wyrmworks Publishing Updates



    03:18 Interview with Premeet Sidhu and José Zagal



    06:12 "50 Years of Dungeons & Dragons" Book Overview



    10:41 Insights and Revelations



    15:58 D&D's Cultural Influence



    18:33 Future of D&D



    36:01 Upcoming Projects



    43:57 Patreon Showcase & Closing







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    • 45 min
    Toxic Masculinity & TTRPG Culture

    Toxic Masculinity & TTRPG Culture

    We explore the connections between language, masculinity, and tabletop roleplaying game (TTRPG) experiences with sociologist Dr. Steven Dashiell. He studies language in male-dominated spaces like gaming conventions.





    We discuss how language use, rules lawyering, gamesplaining, and off-topic conversations (metadiscourse) at gaming tables can create barriers. These reinforce masculine norms and potentially alienate players from underrepresented groups. Dr. Dashiell shares research on gendered speech patterns, the historical invisibility of women TTRPG players, and the challenges that women face asserting themselves without seeming overly aggressive.



    The conversation also covers the benefits of increased gender diversity in TTRPGs. Dr. Dashiell explains how bringing your authentic self enriches the gaming experience for all. He offers insights for designers to create more welcoming, inclusive spaces.



    Whether new or experienced with TTRPGs, this episode provides a valuable perspective on building a more equitable gaming culture.



    Links:




    Dr. Steven Dashiell at American University: https://www.american.edu/soc/faculty/dashiell.cfm

    Dr. Dashiell's Research and Papers: https://american.academia.edu/StevenDashiell





    Accessible Character Sheet: https://preview.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/476978/Accessible-Character-Sheets-for-DD-Players-with-Print-Disabilities?affiliate_id=2455077&src=GainingAdvantage37



    Ready-to-Roll: Fairweather Friends Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wyrmworkspublishing/ready-to-roll-last-minute-no-prep-dandd-5e-adventure-1?ref=c7371z



    Wyrmworks Publishing Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/wyrmworkspublishing?utm_source=gaining_advantage&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=037




    Show Outline:



    00:00 Welcome and intro00:21 Accessible character sheet for print & reading disabilities00:56 Ready-to-Roll: Fairweather Friends D&D adventure Kickstarter01:29 Interview with Dr. Steven Dashiell sociology of language04:57 Gender representation in TTRPG spaces06:24 Metadiscourse and inside references07:21 Masculine language and behavior in gaming08:18 Rules lawyering and excluding players12:14 Gamesplaining14:51 Historical gender erasure of women gamers16:12 Benefits of diversity in tabletop RPGs18:26 Murderhobo25:08 Charisma in D&D and its effect on inclusion28:36 Male dominance in D&D31:33 Bringing your authentic self to gaming table41:40 Designing more inclusive TTRPGs50:32 Gendered guilt when missing game sessions52:01 Jerks and toxic behavior study57:31 Support Inclusive Gaming

    • 59 min
    A Game-Changing Education Revolution

    A Game-Changing Education Revolution

    In this thought-provoking episode, Dale sits down with Dr. Dave Eng, an expert in using board games for educational purposes. Dr. Eng shares his groundbreaking insights on how tabletop games can revolutionize the learning experience. From cooperative classics like Pandemic to the innovative "Matrix Games" that leverage words over numbers, this episode dives into the benefits of interactive gameplay in classrooms. Discover how board games can foster critical thinking, teamwork, and experiential learning in ways traditional lectures cannot. Learn about Dr. Eng's inspiring work and his mission to bring gaming literacy to educators worldwide. 



    Plus, Dale reveals Wyrmworks Publishing's pioneering effort to introduce the first-ever braille ruleset for tabletop RPGs, making the hobby more accessible than ever before.





    0:00 Introducing Braille to the TTRPG hobby



    06:49 Interview: Dave Eng, EdD on gamifying education



    42:16 An invitation to change the world



    Links:




    Wyrmworks Publishing http://wyrmworkspublishing.com/ 



    Braille System Reference Document for D&D 5E on DriveThruRPG https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/472156/5e-SRD-51-System-Reference-Document-Braille-Transcription-and-Tutorial?affiliate_id=2455077 



    Dr. Dave Eng https://davengdesign.com/



    UniversityXP https://universityxp.com/ 



    Banditos Gaming https://www.banditosgaming.com/ 



    Wyrmworks Publishing Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/wyrmworkspublishing




    Manually captioned. Transcript available at our website.



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    • 42 min
    Minimal Minority Meeples: Researcher Reveals Lack of Diversity in Board Gaming

    Minimal Minority Meeples: Researcher Reveals Lack of Diversity in Board Gaming

    We speak with Dr. Tanya Pobuda, an expert on issues of representation and inclusion in tabletop gaming. She shares insights from her groundbreaking research on gender and racial representation in contemporary board gaming.



    Throughout the conversation, Dr. Pobuda provides data-driven perspectives on the false narrative that "diversity doesn't sell" and highlights positive shifts that are possible when inclusive practices are embraced.





    0:00 Introduction: Braille in TTRPG01:50 Interview: Dr. Tanya A. Pobuda52:49 Patreon Showcase & closing



    Manually captioned. Transcript available in the feed and at our website.



    Links:




    Dr. Tanya Pobuda's Twitter: https://twitter.com/PobudaTanya



    Dr. Pobuda's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@tanyapobuda



    Our Family Plays Games YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/OurFamilyPlaysGames



    Wyrmworks Publishing: http://wyrmworkspublishing.com



    Ready-to-Roll: Feyweather Friends adventure on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wyrmworkspublishing/ready-to-roll-last-minute-no-prep-dandd-5e-adventure-1?ref=dqmst7



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    • 52 min
    Learn about Other Cultures through D&D with Rob Martin

    Learn about Other Cultures through D&D with Rob Martin

    Discover new worlds and perspectives through TTRPGs! In this episode, we explore how D&D and other TTRPGs can teach us about different cultures. Dale talks with Rob Martin of Secret Garden Games about his Filipino mythology-inspired Bukana setting and Kickstarter campaign.





    00:00 Holiday bundles and gift ideas04:13 Interview with Rob Martin of Secret Garden Games about his Bukana setting inspired by Filipino and Indonesian mythology41:06 Patreon updates and appreciation



    Links:




    Wyrmworks Publishing Gift Cards: http://wyrmworkspublishing.com/product/wyrmworks-publishing-gift-cards/ 



    Wyrm's Workshop: http://wyrmworkspublishing.com/product/wyrms-workshop/ 



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    75% Off Bundle: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/461941/Fantastic-Adventures-Mega-BUNDLE?affiliate_id=2455077&src=WyrmworksPubPodcast 



    Bukana Bestiary on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pineboxllc/bukana-bestiary-a-5e-wakesong-supplement 



    Secret Garden Games on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/secretgardengames/ 



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    Manually captioned. Transcript available at our website.

    • 44 min

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