The G*M*S Magazine Podcast Episode 67–Magicians with Kyle Simmons

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photo-fullLanguages are one of the most versatile and useful things you can learn. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do with your professional life; learning a language is always helpful.

To learn playing is one thing we start practising before we can even speak, and to learn languages playing is even better, which is what Kyle Simmons has done with his game Magicians: A Language Learning RPG that will teach you Korean.

This is what the Kickstarter campaign says:

Magicians started out as a classroom roleplaying game after-school activity at the academy I taught at a few years ago in Korea. I had just finished reading The Magicians, by Lev Grossman, and loved the idea of a person’s unhappiness dissatisfaction with the world being the source of their magic. So I came up with the better part of the game, but for teaching English and for some kids I knew had trouble with bullying at school. The kids made up characters, chose their name and we came up with a high school together via world building. The core of the game was largely the same – I gave them points for telling me stories about their character’s troubles in school and then they used those points to fight monsters and do cool stuff.

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