Quests of Epic Proportions
The Quests of Epic Proportions are "choose your own adventure" (CYOA) games that have been built with young people's social-emotional learning (SEL) in mind.
Set in a quirky fantasy world, players take on the role of adventurers who pool their supplies as a team. In each chapter, teams encounter scenarios and must reach consensus about how to use their supplies in order to take advantage of opportunities and avoid disasters. As the challenges mount and supplies grow scarce, successful teams will include all members' voices, discuss alternatives, and weigh their options as they decide the best course of action.
The fictional challenges are engaging and present "real enough" situations that deep SEL conversations can arise around interpersonal skills such as active listening, perspective-taking, disagreeing agreeably, and tolerating frustration.
Teachers and families who are looking to incorporate SEL goals in their work with young people can receive printable game materials and online access to the stories, which can be played in a web browser. Contact Jason for more information!
The funny thing is that [my students] have not even caught on to this being SEL. They are stating sentences like, "Our group is using active listening, and it works." [and] "I feel like our group overpowers people's opinions. How can we change that?"
Click to play a sample Quest: Shelter of the Sneaky Smuggler!
In which our heroes must find a smuggled treasure, lost in a treacherous cave!
In which our heroes must return a trio of artifacts to an underground workshop... which is riddled with mechanical traps!
In which our heroes must collect a set of priceless heirlooms from a family's crypt... which is crawling with the undead!
In which our heroes must retrieve items that were stolen from the museum and taken into the forest... which is full of toxic plants!