COURSE TITLE: RPG Lab - Shadowrun
ROLE: Instructor / GM
TEACHING LENGTH: January 2011 - August 2013
SCHOOL: Vancouver Film School
At the Vancouver Film School, a course is offered that is dedicated to teaching students how to play a pen and paper RPG. The course (RPG Lab) offers both "Dungeons and Dragons" and "Shadowrun" as options. I introduced the latter option when I started working at the school in January 2011, and it became a huge hit among the students.
The course spaned across fourteen weeks with one three-to-five hour class each week. During this time, I took the students through a brief history of Shadowrun, character creation and introduced them to the basics of the Shadowrun ruleset. We then proceeded into a lengthly campaign for the rest of the course.
During my time with the course, I prepared three different campaigns that together form a trilogy, but could be run individually depending on the group's interest. The campaigns are each twelve missions long, and cover a wide variety of concepts that are available in the Shadowrun universe, including combat and social scenarios. The missions are enhanced using audio/visual materials such as music and character/enemy photographs. I've also created an extensive cast of NPC characters to interact with the group, along with heavy amounts of dialog.