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Bringing Roleplaying to Everyone 2018

  Nov 23 - Nov 25, 2018 Fri 5:00 PM - Sun 2:00 PM

“I’ve been playing table-top RPGs for decades, but I can honestly say I walked away from last weekend with a whole new recognition and respect for their potential as therapeutic tools, community-builders, safe playgrounds for self-discovery, and implements for social change.  I found your intensive educational, boundary-expanding, enlightening, confidence-building, and frequently hilarious!” - 2017 Participant
“[Avery’s Program]  was an experience of a lifetime. Never before had I considered the idea that games can be transformative. Not only in play, but in other sectors, like self-improvement, educating others, and being able to take on a more natural speaking role. Not only do you get to meet new and excited people from all walks of life, but Avery gets right into the core of what makes a good game tick. Design, and making your conceptualisations a reality. Furthermore, the facility is sprawling, with amazing staff and people working there, and it has a rich history with many locations to explore and navigate into worlds of fantasy and play. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in game design, and especially to those who want to use games to educate others on any variety of subjects. I had the time of my life.”
- 2017 Participant

A weekend intensive delving into the art of running roleplaying games for diverse audiences and skill levels

Award-winning game designer Avery Alder will guide participants through what it takes to bring roleplaying games to new tables and players: choosing the right game structure for your group's needs, hosting strategies to make players feel welcome, accommodating diverse needs in play, and running games that are inspiring and engaging. Participants will develop skills and techniques for game-mastering, and explore how to bring curiosity-driven collaboration into the games they play. Everyone will get hands-on experience running a short game during our breakout groups, and time to reflect on what they'll be bringing back home with them.
Learn how to run games for diverse communities and new players, and how to tailor the experience to the people you sit down to play with.

Program Cost:

We work hard to make our programs accessible for low income people, while ensuring that the true costs are covered.

When we receive funding towards our programs, we are inviting those able to pay the true cost of the program. Some will be able to donate a little extra to help support others. Some need a reduced price, and some need full financial support. If you need financial support, we really would like to hear from you as early as possible. We are particularily keen to support BI-POC folks, and LGBTQ youth and elders.

Program pricing: 

A request for a single room adds $50 to the overall program cost. No accomodation required (if you are staying nearby) reduces the overall program cost by $80. 

Generous Registration Cost: $657 ($100 support for another participant, tuition, meals & accommodation in double occupancy) 

True Program Cost: $557 (tuition, meals & accommodation in double occupancy)

Subsidized Program Cost: $290 (tuition, meals & accommodation in double occupancy) 

We also have bursaries available for folks who cannot afford the subsidized rate - please apply

 You can apply for a bursary in any of these ways:

  • by sending us an email at
  • call us at 902-657-2231 to discuss your participation
  • text us at 902-977-0477. Let us know your name and your interest in being part of the program, and we will get back to you. 


We ask that you answer the following 4 questions to apply for a bursary

  1. Please tell us about yourself and your involvement in community, and how you will use what you learn to enrich the life of your community / organization.
  2. Please tell us how this program will help you and groups you are involved in. 
  3. Tatamagouche Centre is committed to the values of equity, inclusion, and supporting participation from people of colour, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, LGBTQ folks. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for inclusion under our equity policy.
  4. You are invited to pay what you are able. The cost per person for this gathering is $557 per person.  The more you are able to contribute, the more people we are able to host. How much are you able to contribute?

Deadline to register for this program without financial support: November 9, 2018.

Tatamagouche Centre recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.


Avery Alder

Avery AlderAvery Alder is a queer game designer hailing from Sinixt territory. Her work includes games like Monsterhearts, The Quiet Year, The Deep Forest, Dream Askew, Ribbon Drive, and a host of smaller, scrappier projects. She designs games that tug at the heartstrings, challenging the ways we look at relationships and community. Click here for Avery's website.

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