About 30 participants from Iceland, Finland, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany and Italy joined the project, and traveled to the beautiful Glastonbury.
The main objective of the project was the Game Director training and of course the social aspect, as in developing social, intercultural and language skills.
The Dragon Legion sees gaming as an educational tool with many benefits, which we want to spread through Europe through our Events. The objective of this Event was to produce intellectual material for a role play campaign, set during the dark ages of Britain (about VI century A.D.) and following the Arthurian cycle canon in terms of magic, culture, ideals and human aspirations. -Ras, national coordinator for Germany and president of the Dragon Legion e.V., was the project manager, and every day he organized frontal classes about storytelling and game directing. Aldo, national coordinator for Italy, had a key role too, organizing workshops and team building activities, helping every participant (of every nationality) in many ways and offering his knowledge.
The typical day was organized like this:
- 9.00 am: meeting at the Assembly Rooms (where the classes took place) and breakfast together.
- 9.30 am – 1.00 pm: frontal classes, team building activities, training and lessons.
- 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm: lunch break
- 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm: workshops and teamwork
- 6.30 pm: end of the daily activities in the Assembly Rooms
The work was organized in three teams:
- the setting team had to describe the environment and the context in which the heroes should move
- the adventure team had to produce the story that should involve the heroes
- the rules team had to produce a system of rules coherent with the campaign.
Every participant of the project could choose its team on their own, and could change their mind at any time, so that every participant had the opportunity to discover their strengths and weaknesses, as well as different working methods. This kind of approach was welcomed by the participants, who could work at the best of their possibilities.
Speaking of the social aspect of the project, the participant spent the entire day together: the organizers encouraged them to speak English at all times, even if they came from the same European country, to encourage a nice atmosphere and social mingling at the end of the day.
Personal experience by Mauro Elia Ridolfi
My personal opinion about the Glastonbury Dragon Legion program was great. The organization of the event was successful, in all its parts:
- the Assembly Rooms were an amazing location for the classes. From a logistical standpoint, it offered wide spaces for teamwork, a breakfast-area and everything we could ask to make our work. Even the owners joined our class and helped us a lot in many ways, primarily with their knowledge about the Arthurian myths and the local folklore.
- promoters and team leaders were prepared, patient and
- the participants were well-matched and most of them worked enthusiastically and proactively, so that the capabilities of the individuals were enhanced. Workshops and team activities helped us a lot to get to know each other since the first day, and for this I commend the promoters who designed the activities. The free group rotation gave the participants the possibility – from one side – to contribute to the project at their best and – from the other side – to learn and close their gaps.
- the general atmosphere surrounding the group was proactive, familiar and informal, so that also the shyest were involved in the project and gave their contribution.
- I personally created important human relations with many participants from different delegations, so that I could learn a lot from their different states of mind and break many barriers erected by ignorance and prejudice. I also improved my English and tested myself in a stressful situation: it was the first time for me working in English, and I’m quite satisfied with the results, I also discovered some areas where I can make improvements. It’s also possible that some of these relations will concern job opportunities.
- I definitely think that this kind of European projects will have a key role in creating a true European people, and to break the curtain of fear and anger that is growing all over Europe.