|The Rot Grub|
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Necroing this thread to report that on my first day for the new school year we had 32 kids! And there are about 12 additional kids signed up for the Wednesday class as well!
I've set up a binder in which I've put full-color pictures of the (now 31) classes in plastic sleeves, with short descriptions. For a while, I'd have new visitors look through the binder and pick a class and start from there. Now, I'm using the Beginner Box intro to give people a "birds-eye" view of the game and the different kinds of characters that exist. Also, I am requiring everyone who makes a new character to do it with pencil and paper because it forces them to learn how everything connects and to make a plan for their character. I assign "journeymen" to earn class XP for helping the "apprentices" with their characters. And then they journey on a first adventure together!
We've also phased in the Kingdom Rules from Ultimate Campaign to create a kingdom (Gildhaven) in which all the adventures take place. Some of the older kids now make up the "High Council" and pass edicts and spend the kingdom's budget on expansion. They send other adventurers out on expeditions, and go on adventures themselves of course. They have imposed taxes that have caused some resentment, and some of the lower-level students are conspiring to overturn the High Council. The kids have loved the kingdom idea! Some of them have worked on their own projects: one group is clearing out a cave and want to convert it into a dance club -- I'll be using the Ultimate Campaign rules for buildings to manage their profit making! One day we had a "bar-off" in which everyone created their fantasy bars and I was a pompous reviewer who sampled their varied entertainments. One bar had a fighting ring where people fought dinosaurs and other creatures, and a cleric at a nearby table healed them afterwards.
The class website has changed URLs and is now here. For a while, I'd been running Pathfinder Adventure Paths with the kids on the weekends for a fee, so there are a lot of writeups from the kids about their adventures in Wrath of the Righteous, Kingmaker and Razor Coast. But unfortunately I have now had to phase that out as I focus more on lawyering. But now I'm helping the kids organize their own weekend self-run groups and participate in local PFS games.
Much awesomeness all around...