Adam Johns and I talk about how Wheelhouse Workshop "helps teens build social skills using tabletop role-playing games" all the time. We recently spoke at Emerald City Comicon for the second time about how we specifically use these types of games to help teens and adolescents become "more confident, creative, and socially capable." We’ve been facilitating games therapeutically for five years, we’ve spoken at conventions around the country and even taught a class to therapists about these games, and yet we still hear the question all the time and have trouble answering it.
Texas was amazing! Because I am from San Antonio Adam and I stayed with my family, and I had the opportunity to show him around my home state, complete with Tex-Mex and 80º weather! It was our first trip to PAX South, and we plan to return next year!
Our panel about theraputic-role playing was scheduled for 8:30 to 9:30 on Saturday night, but because we were the last panel scheduled for the evening, our enforcer in charge of the theater agreed to let us stay late. We ended up taking questions for an additional 45 minutes! We left the theater at 10:15 and continued the conversation in the hallway for another half hour. We were so humbled by the warm response and enthusiasm of the Texas audience.
I am writing this update from a coffee shop in San Antonio, TX, across from the elementary school I attended 20 years ago. Even though I moved to Seattle 13 years ago and founded Wheelhouse Workshop, I still have family here in San Antonio, and I am fortunate to come back in January, because…
Wheelhouse Workshop is coming (back) to San Antonio for PAX South!
On January 10th we will be presenting at OrcaCon in a panel called "+1 to Social Skills: How the Games we Love Can Make Us Better People."