I had to teach a shopping lesson this week, and, not having a great time with it was last year, I decided to make things a little bit more interesting. My idea was to play a kind of tabletop RPG with the students, where they would kit out a character with armour, weapons, food and potions and then pit them against each other the following week.
Discucssing the idea with my colleague, he seemed really interested too, so we started sketching out simple rules such as how much damage each weapon would do, how much defense each piece of item would give etc. After rehearsing it a few times ourselves, we finally came up with a system that seemed fair and would allow students to customise their characters so that groups wouldn't all buy exactly the same stuff.
1. Watch the presentation
Here is the presentation that I showed the students at the start of the "shopping class".
- Can I use a potion and attack in one go? (NO!)
- Do I have to buy armour for all body parts? (YES!)
- If I don't have an anti-freeze potion, what happens? (You have to roll a six on the dice to become unfrozen)