The Centre Tabletop Roleplaying Game Coalition is partnering with Schlow Centre Region Library and 3 Dots Downtown for “Roll for Initiative", a community project that aims to introduce TTRPGs to an all ages general audience in an accessible, welcoming way. Throughout March 2023 at Schlow, seasoned gamers will come together to showcase the creative fun of TTRPGs with a series of workshops, an art exhibit, and a community game day.
During tabletop roleplaying games, players act out the events of a story in character, occasionally rolling dice to determine how well they do something. One of the players, called the game master or dungeon master, describes the setting and how the world reacts to the players’ actions. Games range in genre and tone, from dramatic mysteries set in the real world to silly planet-hopping sci-fi romps. On top of being a valuable way to build writing, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills, TTRPGs are just plain fun!
Each weekend throughout March will have several free educational workshops on a TTRPG-related topic, such as "What Parents Need to Know About TTRPGs" and "The Game is a Conversation: Improvisational Storytelling".
A month-long art exhibit in the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery offers a glimpse into the creative worlds of tabletop roleplaying games. Visitors to the gallery can explore a variety of artistic depictions of the fantastical worlds that have been lovingly crafted by local gamers.
At the end of the month, an event featuring short, ready-to-play games that anyone can try with a friendly, experienced game facilitator. Called “one-shots”, these are self-contained stories meant to be played in one sitting. Attendees can mingle with players, learn about different games, and maybe even make enough friends to start their own campaign.
Workshop descriptions and a full schedule of events can be viewed on the Schlow Library Website. For more information or to get involved, please visit the Coalition’s Facebook page or join the Coalition’s Discord server. These events are free and open to the public thanks to the Centre TTRPG Coalition, Schlow Library, and the 3 Dots Awesome Grant.
Contact: Lane LaBelle, Centre TTRPG Coalition