John Kaufeld (code name: Elf) looks like a mild-mannered computer geek, but is a master of tabletop games, a secretive guru of adult learning, and a diabolical genius of concealed content delivery. Agency dossier indicates master's degrees in both communication and computer science, with experience in corporate training, professional speaking, and the tabletop game industry. Says he “lives for making complex things understandable.” Known to spontaneously quote Monty Python, Broadway show tunes, and dialogue from random movies. Approach with curious glee.
When you peer behind the colorful graphics, pretty fonts, and clever playing pieces, every tabletop game is a system of some kind. When you know where to look and how to break the parts down, you can unlock those systems and use them for your own purposes. In this seminar, we'll explore several popular game systems, examine the mechanics that make them work, and then play with the process of turning them into tools for building training activities and tabletop simulations that engage your learners in ways no PowerPoint deck ever could. No prior experience or coding skills necessary.