"Want to see a group of teenagers forget about their phones for two hours? Send them on a D&D adventure!
We’ve had a game of D&D that meets weekly at our house for years now. Every Friday the house echoes with shrieks of laughter and enthusiastic discussion as the kids exchange ideas about what to do next on their adventure. It’s great to see the teenagers having so much fun together in such an animated manner!
D&D is a great game for kids who might be a little shy. Kids play in groups of 4-7 players each. Everyone’s character takes turns making decisions or taking actions so no one gets excluded and everyone is equally important. Relationships develop organically. Often kids develop friendships or at least acquaintances with kids in their school that they might never have interacted with otherwise. Alt Games’ expert game leaders are extremely skilled at diffusing any tensions that arise, making sure the dynamic kids don’t dominate the game, and everyone behaves decently.
Each kid plays a character that they develop over years if they play that long. The character has their own strengths and weaknesses, contributes their special abilities to a group endeavor, but also has to depend on their team members’ abilities to do things their character can’t do as well.
One cool aspect of D&D is that the grown up who invents the adventure can put in elements that are of particular interest to the kids. I’ve seen the game leader throw in math puzzles, riddles, and even thought provoking philosophical issues for the kids to discuss together. "