What does Iocari do?

Iocari provides unique educational experiences for players of all backgrounds and interests, from ages 8-18 and beyond. Our purpose is to empower children to achieve social, emotional and academic success through engaging, interactive role-playing games. Essentially, Iocari runs role-playing games (RPG’s) that focus on player-derived goals and director-identified objectives. These goals and objectives include the development of social, emotional and intellectual skills and knowledge. We set our games in historical or fictional contexts, and can incorporate traditional content education (ie: History and Social Studies, Language and Creative Arts, Mathematics and the Sciences) aligned with Common Core Standards.

In a nutshell: We design and play storytelling games with children, and through engaging with these games, children learn and develop important skills and knowledge- all while simply playing a game and having fun!

What is a Role-playing Game (RPG)?

A Role-Playing Game (RPG) is a type of game in which players craft fictional characters and ‘play’ these characters in a story that unfolds based on their interactions with the game world (historical or fictional), as well as their individual interests and goals. The role-playing game systems we use vary depending on the identified goals and objectives (academic, social, etc.), but typically involve a system of rules for generating and progressing characters through a narrated story, and a dice-based “rules mechanic” that allows for resolution of tasks and conflicts within the game.

In a nutshell: Players ‘play’ a character in a story they help to tell by describing their characters’ actions and responses as they interact with the world we present. This interactive, immersive dynamic inspires a deep level of engagement, resulting in a unique educational experience where fun is the focus and learning naturally ensues.

What are the benefits of playing RPG’s?

As evidenced by our own extensive experience using RPG’s in educational contexts, we have identified specific benefits for our players that include development and increased awareness in the following areas:

  • Self-Esteem

  • Communication (Listening & Speaking)

  • Critical Thinking

  • Empathy

  • Cooperative Problem-Solving

  • Strategic Thinking

  • Creative Self-Expression

  • Ethics

  • Systems Thinking

  • Creative Collaboration

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Social Intelligence

  • Language Fluency

In addition to naturally aligning with the Common Core Standards for Education, our games are adaptable to introduce and/or reinforce specific content knowledge and skills in History & Social Studies, Language & Creative Arts, Mathematics and the Sciences.

What different programs and educational experiences does Iocari offer?

We offer a range of programs and services that support a variety of learning styles and incorporate a range of interests. These programs include:

  • Afterschool Adventure Gaming Programs
    Weekly afterschool gaming program focusing on extended narratives and players’ social development.

  • Summertime Adventure Gaming Camps
    Week-long, themed day camps that incorporate skills-training, team-focused outdoor activites and tabletop role-playing.

  • Curriculum-Compatible Games
    Common Core aligned, content-rich games designed to function in classroom settings. Examples include games designed to instruct and explore historical events and eras such as The Industrial Revolution, Ancient Rome, The Sinking of the Titanic, and more!

  • Party & Event Games
    These Games are designed for specific groups of players and meant to be played over one session lasting for anywhere from 2 to 6 hours.

What is the cost?

Each of the above-mentioned programs entails a different cost. These are the current costs for the 2015 season:

  • Afterschool Adventure Gaming Programs
    $32 per player, per 2-hour session (each group typically meets once a week after-school, 4pm-6pm)

  • Summertime Adventure Gaming Camps  
    Our Summer Adventure Gaming camps for 2015 run $400 per player for a week-long engagement (camp runs M-F, 9am-5pm)

  • Party & Event Games  
    The pricing for parties and events is dependant upon the number of players and duration of engagement, but you can typically expect to pay around $64-$96 per hour for a group of 4-6 players. For groups smaller or larger than this we will confer with you and quote you a specific price.

  • The creation and delivery of Curriculum-Compatible Games  varies in cost, dependant upon the particular program and time-frame of expected delivery. We will confer with you about your needs and quote you a specific price.

  • Any other services not listed can be quoted individually.

How often and for how long do participants play?

Typically afterschool game sessions run once weekly for a 2 hour session. Our summer camps run for week-long engagements, 8 hours each day. Our stand-alone party or event games vary in time, but may typically run from 3 to 6 hours. Ongoing educational engagements may take many forms and durations, from daily portions of a classroom or home-school group’s school day for a week, a month, or an entire year!

What do participants need to bring?

Players are responsible for bringing themselves and their imaginations (as well as a packed lunch if attending summer adventure camp)... everything else is provided by Iocari!

Who are the creators of Iocari Educational Roleplaying Games?

Joshua Archer and Herbert Holcomb are the designers, game-masters and partners behind Iocari Games. For full bios, please click the Director’s Biographies link.

How do you pronounce “Iocari,” and what does it mean?

Iocari is ponounced “yo-car-ee.” It is derived from Latin and it means: “to play, or act playfully. To joke or jest.”

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