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Stranger Things are Happening at Your Library!

If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, you have seen them play and talk about the game Dungeons and Dragons (also known as D&D). By the time the kids in the TV series started playing it, since the show takes place in the 80s, Dungeons and Dragons would have already been around for more than a decade.

Did you know that Dungeons and Dragons, created by Gary Gygax and David Arneson, started in 1974? Or that it was inspired by war combat reenactments with plastic toy soldiers and by Lord of the Rings? Maybe you’re not sure what Dungeons and Dragons even is…

Stranger Things

Whether you realize it or not, your gaming and literary world was heavily inspired by D&D. World of Warcraft, Diablo, Skyrim, and many other video games are descendants of the game you see the characters playing in Stranger Things. The difference is that the action in D&D takes place in your imagination and not on a computer screen.

How does that work? Think of it like reading a book. The author, known as the “Dungeon Master,” or “DM,” tells you the story by describing what you see, except with D&D you get to play the character and choose where the plot goes. Kind of like this:

DM: You walk into a cave. It’s dark, but you smell the putrid stench of someone who has not showered in weeks.
Player: I light a torch!
DM: The room ignites in a soft amber glow, and hiding in the shadows you see a goblin with a treasure chest in his hand.

And so the story continues, with you as the hero!

Starting in January, Richmond Public Library will be putting together a Dungeons and Dragons game  just for teens! Dungeon Mastered by James, Digital Services Tech (and author), we’ll be using much of our in-house tech to enhance the game. 3D printed figures, maps displayed on our media wall with six screens, characters generated on iPads, and much more!

Watch this blog for more information and our website for registration in this program! (Registration opens December 18th!)

Canva 101: ERASE Bullying

7:30-8:30 PM
Launchpad, Brighouse (Main) Branch

Seeking inspiration for your next creative project? Learn how to design a poster for the City of Richmond’s ERASE Bullying Poster Contest using Canva. Register through RPL’s event calendar.

Create stunning designs in your browser with the free version of Canva. Come to RPL’s Canva 101: ERASE Bullying to learn how you can take advantage of Canva’s library of graphics, professional layouts and fonts to create your own masterpiece.

ERASE Bullying (Expect Respect and A Safe Education) aims to prevent and combat bullying so that students in British Columbia can feel accepted and safe in their schools.

You can help promote the 2018 ERASE Bullying campaign in Richmond by submitting your poster designs to the ERASE Bullying Poster Contest by November 20, 2017.


Want to Create Your Own Video Game?

One of my favourite things to do at the end of my day is to sit at my computer and play one of my favourite video games. My current obsession is Left for Dead 2 (still hoping the rumours of a L4D3 are true), but I also enjoy a good treasure-seeking monster-hunting round of Diablo. Every now and then I don the cowl and cape and play Batman Arkham Asylum–but I have this habit of getting lost in the city after making too many right-hand turns and I can never find the Joker. (And yes, I know Batman has a GPS but that doesn’t seem to help me at all.)

Knowing what I like and wish were available in a video game often makes me wish I could create my own. Imagine a Batman-style Arkham adventure with streets filled with zombies, where your ultimate goal is to find magic items that make you more and more powerful! But how does one go about learning how to make their own games?

You could come to Game Curious, a free no-pressure learning environment of discussion, discovery and play right here at the Richmond Public Library! At this weekly event starting July 8th, you can connect with local storytellers who also love video games.

There will be six MAKE sessions, and all are inclusive and non-competitive workshops that use free software to introduce the skills needed to make games. Here, you will be supported by mentors and you will create your own game!

All you have to do is sign up!


SIX MAKE sessions July 8th – August 12th

July 8: Design and Planning: Helping to get you started on your first game.
July 15: Coding Concepts: No previous experience required!
July 22: Narrative: Storytelling and interactive narrative.
July 29: Art and Audio: Making your game come alive!
August 5 + 12: Finishing Your Game: We’ll be there to support you as your put the finishing touches on your project.


Need something to do on a snow day?

Isn’t all this snow crazy?!

I don’t know the last time we got this much snow! I don’t know about you, but the snow is fun for a day or two, but then I start to feel antsy and start looking for things to read.


Guess what? RPL not only has some great books, but we also have:
Streaming video and music

If you can’t leave the house because of all the snow, all you have to do is go to the library website and get all you need there 🙂