ROLE PLAYING GAME CLASSES
Class descriptions for Gamerunner's many RPGs are below.  Not every RPG will run every semester; please check the "Current Schedule" tab above to find out which classes will be running next!
More than a "pay to play" RPG, Gamerunner's role playing game classes are designed to help students level up their social, strategic, and collaborative storytelling abilities.  RPGs are a great place to practice cooperation, deductive reasoning, and order of operations and executive function skills.  Each class group is unique and will include a range of ages and skill levels, so expect some "how to" content, character upkeep homework, and conversations about how to make the game better for everyone.  If you're interested in having Gamerunner run an "entertainment only" game for your party, please contact us and we can design and schedule a game for your group.

 

D&D For Youngsters

  • Recommended age level – 9 and up.

  • Recommended reading level – comfortable reading/writing English independently.

  • Class size – minimum 3 students to run; 5 student maximum.

 

We've had a lot of requests for a Dungeons & Dragons class for kids who are younger than teens, so Gamerunner created this streamlined, rules-light version of the venerable pen and paper roleplaying game.  This class will feature all the excitement and mystery of a classic D&D campaign without all the fiddly bits and homework normally required.

The first class will be dedicated to creating characters and learning how to play the game.  For the rest of the semester, your child will be immersed in a fantasy narrative in which every decision they make will have an impact on the story.  Students will feel empowered as they take agency of their character and interact with the world around them. And most importantly, they’ll test their mettle as they attempt to slay dragons!

RPG 101

  • Recommended age level – 12 and up.

  • Recommended reading level – comfortable reading/writing English independently.

  • Class size – minimum 3 students to run; 5 student maximum.

Whether you are completely new to roleplaying games, want to learn how to be a better roleplaying gamer, or if you want to try your hand at being a Game Master, this is the class for you.  In RPG 101, we will break down the mysteries of different game systems, learn how to prepare for a campaign, talk about the social contract of roleplaying games, and level up your roleplaying skills.  Students will learn how to create memorable characters and how to improvise in a gaming environment. In addition, every student who is interested can take a seat at the head of the table and feel what it’s like to be a Dungeon Master.  

There’s more to RPGs than Dungeons & Dragons.  In fact, there are several recent studies that show the benefits roleplaying games provide like enhancing social skills and creativity.  All roleplaying games require math and problem-solving as well as encourage teamwork. But mostly, roleplaying games are famous because they provide unique experiences that players remember fondly and talk about for years afterwards.  This class is designed to give students the tools to be confident enough to sit at any game table knowing they can roll with whatever is thrown at them.

Stranger Games

  • Recommended age level – 12 and up 

  • Recommended reading level – comfortable reading/writing English independently.

  • Class size – minimum 3 students to run; 5 student maximum.

The setting is the fictional small town of Pleasant Grove, Colorado in 1985.  Rumors blow through the woods and swirl around the local middle and high schools.  Did anyone else see the weird lights over the junkyard last night? Did you hear Jim and Jules went to the old sanatorium and saw something that sent them running all the way back home?  

 

Gamerunner is pleased to present this original meta-roleplaying game concept!  In this class, students will take on the roles of kids in a Stranger Things-like universe which is brought to life in the fabulous RPG Kids On Bikes.  Then, as the characters they create in-game, they will play the new Dungeons & Dragons module, which is built specifically around the episodes in Stranger Things where the kids play D&D.  Demogorgon? Yes, Demogorgon!

 

This class is designed for newcomers and experienced players alike.  Not only will students learn two different RPG systems, but they will get to create two characters and explore two different worlds.  We are really excited about this class. If your kids are into the new wave of supernatural horror like Stranger Things and It, they will love this class.

 

Recommended for ages 12+ for mild horror themes.

 

Mouse Guard: a tiny epic adventure

  • Recommended age level – 9 and up.

  • Recommended reading level – minimal reading in English.

  • Class size – minimum 3 students to run; 5 student maximum.

In this maps & minis oriented roleplaying game, students will take on the role of a brave and heroic mouse in a big, scary world.  But fear not, for your brave fellow mice are part of the Mouse Guard, sworn to protect Willowroot from the perils of the surrounding woodlands!  In the world of Mouse Guard, an owl can be as dangerous as a dragon, humans appear as giants, and, wort of all, the scheming weasels are a constant menace.  You and your companions will stand together to face fearsome foes and discover the secrets of the Whisperwood Forest.

 

Mouse Guard is a story-driven roleplaying game designed for ages 10 and up.  It’s a perfect introduction to bigger roleplaying games like D&D without all the fiddly bits.  Character creation and leveling up is simple, but engaging enough that players will be able to see their characters get stronger and gain awesome abilities over the course of the class.  Plus, the mice are super cute!

Dungeons & Dragons

  • Recommended age level – 13 and up.

  • Recommended reading level – comfortable reading/writing English independently.

  • Class size – minimum 3 students to run; 5 student maximum.

 

Dungeons and Dragons is the original pen-and-paper Role Playing Game and, thanks in no small part to “Stranger Things,” it has again become a pop culture phenomenon.  Players will create heroic characters who go on epic quests to kill epic monsters and find epic treasure.  But there’s more to it than that.  D&D stories are immersive, compelling, and unforgettable.  Players become attached to their characters and the lives they lead in this fantasy realm.  There’s a reason D&D has endured for more than 40 years; the system encourages customization and improvisation that video games simply cannot match.

 

All players must commit to character upkeep on their own time (this means doing some homework on their characters) and be able and willing to take notes.  Youngsters nine and under who are interested in playing D&D are encouraged to check out No Thank You, Evil!  It’s every bit as good without all the fiddly bits.

 

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

 

  • Recommended age level – 9 and up.

  • Recommended reading level – comfortable reading/writing English independently.

  • Class size – minimum 3 students to run; 5 student maximum.

 

Edge of the Empire is a rich and complex role playing game where the participants will create characters and be part of a story set in the Star Wars universe.

Players will create unique characters with special abilities that will level up as the campaign progresses. Are you a Wookiee Mercenary? A human smuggler? A droid bounty hunter? The galaxy is the limit. But watch out! The Empire is an ever-present threat, as are Hutt crime bosses and rival smugglers. Danger lurks around every corner and players will have to fight their way across the Outer Rim of the galaxy to stay a step ahead of their foes. Will the Force be with you?

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion

  • Recommended age level – 10 and up – flexible for returning role players.

  • Recommended reading level – comfortable reading/writing English independently.

  • Class size – minimum 3 students to run; 5 student maximum.

 

Do you have what it takes to join the Rebels and fight against the Empire?  In Age of Rebellion, players will be immersed in the Star Wars universe and become rebel operatives sent on dangerous missions to disrupt Imperial plans.

 

Age of Rebellion is a role playing game, like Dungeons and Dragons in a Star Wars setting.  Players will make characters that will level up and become more powerful over the course of the game.  But unlike D&D, Age of Rebellion is not nearly as fiddly and requires much less in the way of homework and upkeep.  The game is story-driven, with all the epic action, danger, and heroism of the films we all know and love.  In short, it’s awesome!

Numenera: Discovery and Danger in the 9th World

  • Recommended age level – 13 and up.

  • Recommended reading level – comfortable reading/writing English independently.

  • Class size – minimum 3 students to run; 5 student maximum.

 

Numenera is an exciting science fiction/fantasy RPG set a billion years in the future, after eight separate rises and falls of humanity.  Citizens of the 9th World live among the detritus of these past civilizations and are keen to discover what secrets - or powers - these artifacts hold.

 

Numenera is story & character driven roleplaying game with an emphasis on exploration.  An Indiana Jones/Lara Croft-style story set in a strange and distant future, players take on the role of treasure hunters venturing into the ruins of great, scientifically advanced civilizations with very little understanding of who built them or why.  Like those legendary adventurers, players will inevitably run into trouble.  The dangers of the 9th World are as bizarre as they are deadly, but the risk is worth it.  With the right cyphers and artifacts, characters can become incredibly powerful and the lure of the Numenera can prove irresistible.

 

Numenera is an ideal introduction to roleplaying games and a fascinating new world to discover for those who have played through many D&D adventures.  The system is simple to understand and requires very little in the way of upkeep.  It’s also elegant and stays out of the way of the story so that players don’t get bogged down in stats and modifiers.  It’s one of our favorite systems and settings and we at Gamerunner believe Numenera deserves wider attention.

Become the Game Master!

  • Recommended age level – 13 and up.

  • Recommended reading level – comfortable reading/writing English independently.

  • Class size – minimum 3 students to run; 5 student maximum.

In this class, the game master will reveal all the secrets of what makes a great game master or dungeon master.  In the first two weeks, we will discuss tools, tips, techniques and what not to do.  Students will learn about different GM styles, a variety of game systems, and resources for inspiration.  After that, each student will take a turn behind the sacred GM screen and lead everyone else through a game of their choosing.  At the end of each session, they will receive valuable feedback from the players to learn what they did right and areas that need improvement.  Over the course of the semester, every student will emerge a confident game master and a better role player.

 

Though this class is directed more toward experienced roleplaying gamers, newbies are welcome, too.  This class is a great way to level up your roleplaying skills!

Contact Us

Gamerunner Class Locations:

Classes are held at our Long Beach home game room & workshop (address provided upon enrollment)


gamerunnergames@gmail.com

310-625-5088

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