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Join us for a night of roleplaying and imagination this November!

This is our Bard’s Path Dungeons and Dragons Night (5th Edition) created especially for those players like roleplaying and character building. Bring your dice, characters, and your friends to this 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons gaming session.

$25/person pre-registration (24 hours before the event) required at www.guardup.com/waiver/ or call (781) 270-4800. Capacity for this event is 8 so pre-register today!


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Jump in for a night of battles ’round the tabletop this November!

This is our Warrior’s Path Dungeons & Dragons Night (5th Edition), created especially for adventurers who prefer to battle monsters. Bring your dice, your characters, and your friends to this 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons gaming session.

$25/person pre-registration (24 hours before the event) required at www.guardup.com/waiver/ or call (781) 270-4800. Capacity for this event is 8 so pre-register today!


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Pre-registration is required for this event. Capacity is 16.

Join us for a night of roleplaying and imagination this October!

This is our Bard’s Path Dungeons and Dragons Night (5th Edition) created especially for those players like roleplaying and character building. Bring your dice, characters, and your friends to this 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons gaming session.

$25/person pre-registration (24 hours before the event) required at www.guardup.com/waiver/ or call (781) 270-4800. Capacity for this event is 16 so pre-register today!


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If you’ve been paying attention to popular culture for the past few years, chances are you’ve heard of the Netflix original series Stranger Things. If you’ve really been paying attention, you may have noticed a sudden rise in popularity of the tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons. While there is definitely a correlation between the two phenomena, there might be more to the legendary “game of geeks” than you think…

D&D first hit the shelves in the early 1970’s. In its first year, the game had around one thousand fans playing the roles of wizards and warriors. In its second year, that number tripled. By 2007 over six million people around the world reported playing D&D on a regular basis, making it the most popular roleplaying tabletop game of all time. So why is it that a game made up of just some oddly shaped dice, a grid, and a big dose of imagination has skyrocketed to such fame? The answer is simple: roleplay.

Roleplay is an intriguing concept. You don’t just put on a silly purple hat and become a wizard, you have to adopt a wizard’s characteristics. Your character is no longer imaginary…your character is truly you. The actions are of your character. The consequences are of your character. The real you is completely free from the story. This freedom is a major benefit of roleplay and the game itself.

Imagine a world filled with magic, monsters, and quests of incredible grandeur. Now imagine that you can do or be anything you wish in that world. Imagine that freedom. All of a sudden, the world isn’t such an intimidating place. You can experiment with your morality and take risks that may have seemed impossible before. If you succeed, congratulations…it’s just a game. If you fail, trip, stumble, or fall…it’s still just a game! There is no risk of embarrassment. You didn’t make that mistake, your character did. When there’s no embarrassment involved, you might find yourself becoming a bit braver than you thought you could be. Roleplay is the perfect opportunity to grow. Your character is a vehicle for self-discovery and that vehicle can never crash. You’re immune from real-world consequences but you can still learn them in real-time.

You’re finally allowed to make mistakes.

The magic of D&D has been growing in popularity nonstop since it’s humble beginnings in the early 70’s. Here at Guardian Adventures, we fully support the roleplaying juggernaut. It’s a fantastic and fantastical adventure for our kids, teens, and adults where they can grow as heroes in a safe space made up of imagination and comradery. That’s why every other Friday evening we embark on quests of our own with the 5th Edition of D&D here at The Castle!

Our biweekly D&D events have rapidly become some of our most popular Friday Night Adventures. The exponential increase in attendance has actually become so great that we are now implementing a limit to the roster. The capacity for attendance will from now on sit at 8 participants per DM (dungeon master) with a maximum of 2 DM’s per session. This means that the roster will either be closed at 8 attendees or 16 if enough interest arises. With this capacity in place, pre-registration (24 hours or more in advance) will be required for all D&D events at Guardian Adventures. The event registration will close the day before the event. If you don’t want to miss an opportunity to resume your quest, or give the legendary game a try, pre-register today at www.guardup.com/events/


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Pre-registration is required for this event. Capacity is 16.

Jump in for a night of battles ’round the tabletop this October!

This is our Warrior’s Path Dungeons & Dragons Night (5th Edition), created especially for adventurers who prefer to battle monsters. Bring your dice, your characters, and your friends to this 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons gaming session.

$25/person pre-registration (24 hours before the event) required at www.guardup.com/waiver/ or call (781) 270-4800. Capacity for this event is 8 so pre-register today!


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Join us for a night of roleplaying and imagination this September!

This is our Bard’s Path Dungeons and Dragons Night (5th Edition) created especially for those players like roleplaying and character building. Bring your dice, characters, and your friends to this 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons gaming session.

For more information visit www.guardup.com/events. $25/person pre-registration (24 hours before the event) required at www.guardup.com/waiver or call (781) 270-4800. Late registration on the day of the event will incur an additional $5 fee, totaling in $30.





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Join us for a night of roleplaying and imagination this August!

This is our Bard’s Path Dungeons and Dragons Night (5th Edition) created especially for those players like roleplaying and character building. Bring your dice, characters, and your friends to this 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons gaming session.

For more information visit www.guardup.com/events. $25/person pre-registration (24 hours before the event) required at www.guardup.com/waiver or call (781) 270-4800. Late registration on the day of the event will incur an additional $5 fee, totaling in $30.





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Role playing games like Dungeons & Dragons have an undeserved reputation for being somewhat … nerdy.  It’s entirely unfair especially considering the massive benefits that role playing games provide.  We wanted to share an article from LifeHacker showcasing the many benefits to be found in the world of RPGs.

Here are a few highlights:

When I first heard about role-playing games, I immediately thought it was something that was just for the nerdiest of nerds out there. I could only imagine how ridiculous it would feel to sit around a table with other people and act like someone—or something—else, pretending to fight goblins and dragons. The entire premise just sounded way “too geeky” for me—even as someone who was way into video games and other “nerdy” things.

Fast forward a couple years, and I found that I was completely wrong. As soon as I took a moment to strip away the facade of monsters and swords, role-playing games revealed themselves to be something far more interesting than other traditional games. Behind the fantasy adventures was a fun social gathering that required you to think on your toes, solve problems, be creative, and ultimately learn how to become a team player. Sound familiar? Yeah, that’s because it’s like every job out there. It turned out that it really wasn’t about the dungeons or the dragons at all—it’s about thinking critically and working like a team.

Playing Cultivates Creativity

Creativity is the bread and butter of role-playing games. They have a certain quality that allows you to transcend typical game interactions. You have real freedom and the ability to move the story forward how you see fit. There are rules for each game, but they are merely the skeleton to whatever story you and your team want to create.

Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to activate our brains, and role-playing games do this incredibly well. When we tell stories—or experience them—our brains have to process language, the cause and effect of events, and also relate it to our own pre-existing experiences. While you’re playing a role-playing game, your brain is firing on all cylinders.

Playing Levels Up Your Social Skills

When you think Dungeons & Dragons, you probably don’t think social skills—but once again, that’s a stereotype that doesn’t necessarily hold true. Role-playing games are 100% social. You need to be able to talk to other people, express how you feel about certain situations, all in a group of people.


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Everybody plays games.  Whether you’re a backgammon bandit or a Monopoly master, there’s more than just fun afoot when you roll the dice.  Studies have shown that game play has a variety of learning benefits.   Teachthought.com offers the following advantages to gaming activities:

1. Increase a Child’s Memory Capacity

Games often revolve around the utilization of memorization.   Many popular games require children to remember certain aspects in order to solve the game, memorize critical sequences, or track narrative elements.

2. Help With Fast Strategic Thinking & Problem-Solving

Most games require children to think quickly. Moreover, they have to utilize their logic in order to think three steps ahead in order to solve problems and complete levels. This is great because it is something which helps children in later life as they develop their logic, their accuracy and their ability to think on their feet and outside of the box.

3. Develop Hand-Eye Coordination

Games that require children to use a gamepad or a keyboard and the mouse to operate the games can help develop hand-eye coordination. Not only does this get them more tuned to how a computer works, but it also helps to develop hand-eye coordination because children have to look at the action on the screen whilst using their hands to control what is happening at the same time.

4. Beneficial Specifically For Children With Attention Disorders

Research has revealed that online games can actually help children who experience attention disorders. This was concluded by a professor at Nottingham University (CNN covered it here), and is a notion which has been repeated by many in related studies.

5. Skill-Building (e.g. map reading)

A lot of games contain certain aspects which help children with specific skills. For example, a lot of mystery and adventure games contain maps which children will have to read. This obviously helps their map reading skills and practical thinking. Moreover, there are games, such as football management games, which introduce children to managing finances and general project management.

Looking for a great game?  We highly recommend visiting Harrison’s Comics and Pop Culture in Salem, MA.  Guard Up will be there this Friday (4/12) from 3-6 PM.  Come on in and see everything they have to offer as well as learning about our Zombie Summer Camp and Wizards & Warriors Camp located at Salem State University.


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