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For the past few months, you’ve heard us say over and over that big things are on the way for Guardian Adventures. We (and by we I mean I, the author of these blog posts) are (am) extremely excited to let you know that next week’s blog post will finally deliver our big reveal. Very soon our adventures will be experienced not just in The Castle or at our summer camps but, quite literally, around the world! Until next week, however, there are a few things left to share.

With these exciting new adventures finally arriving, new opportunities come in tow. Our company has grown over the last twenty years from a small fencing studio to a leading entity in the developing world of informal education and story-based learning, and we’re definitely not stopping there. We’re about to grow again. We want you to grow with us.

New adventures mean new job positions in the Guardian team. If you or anyone you know might be a good fit for one of these new positions, don’t hesitate to let us know. We are actively seeking to expand our team. With 2020 zooming towards us, there has never been a better time to apply to be a Guardian. Just wait until next week’s blog post, you’ll understand why.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR? MAYBE YOU…

Curriculum Design & Adventure Instructor – Full Time

Training & Development Officer – Full Time

Curriculum Project Manager – Full Time

If you or someone you know is a good fit for one of these three positions, act now. Take the opportunity of a lifetime in the lifetime of the opportunity, and these won’t last long. I’ll see you for next week’s big blog post! Go Go Guardians…all over the world.


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This past Tuesday marked the first gameplay of a Guardian Adventures Staff Dungeons & Dragons campaign. The staff members sat around the conference table with character sheets and coffee mugs in hand, ready for an afternoon of thrills, chills, and opportunity to let their imaginations run wild. DM-ing (narrating) the initial steps into the grand adventure was our Lead Instructor, Steve, who did an incredible job of entertaining his teammates with silly voices, ridiculous characters, and a superb immersion into the magical world he had created.

Before the adventure began, the staff had their first taste of his dreamt up world when a strange invitation landed in everyone’s email inboxes…

The Invitation:

Greetings!

Hero/Adventurer/Wanderer of The Realm, you have been hand-selected to join us at AdventureDome!™ Where Adventurers Roam!® (A Big-Wheel Tycoon affiliate)

At AdventureDome!™ it is our goal to offer seasoned veterans and green recruits alike a space to test their mettle, relive the glory days, and enjoy some downtime in the company of fellow adventurers.

Your role, as a member of our beta-testing team, will be to ensure that our exhibits are engaging, thrilling, exciting, amazing synonyms ad nauseum, but not lethal. We host a number of can-be dangerous attractions that are carefully managed to maintain an acceptable level of perceived mayhem and chaos. No one enjoys dying on their vacation, right?

With your specific skills, we believe you will be a perfect member of the team we have selected. We will, of course, compensate you greatly for your time and expertise. At the completion of the trial (a period of 5 days, 4 nights) you will be paid 1 million gold, will become a lifetime member of Big-Wheel Tycoon industries (earning you 50% off on all Big-Wheel Tycoon products), and will be a welcome member at Adventuredome!™ for free, for life.

We will be meeting at an undisclosed location tomorrow at 10AM (universal time). If, at that time, you wish to attend, speak the words “slither me timbers” and you will be teleported. I will meet you at the entryway to the park. Be sure to only bring essentials for adventuring, all other amenities will be provided.

Looking forward to adventuring with you!

Bibble-bop Phisworthy “Little Toes” Dashington III
Head of Public Relations, Adventuredome!™
Inclusive Archways Enthusiast
4’5”
Halfling (Stout)
He/him/his

A DND character piece sits atop an orange.

Meet The Cast:

Meghan: Liv, a monk. Liv isn’t that bright and even less charismatic but she can run away with the best of them. She’s a bit of a peacekeeping hippy type who can also throw a decent sidekick if all else fails. Highlight: I got a grappling hook that might be magical.

Katie: Tiefling Rogue. They rose from squalor to become the faceless leader of a nefarious organization. Eventually, they got word that someone was offering up a large amount of gold for a seemingly simple task and they bounded out the door. They don’t say much about themselves. If you ask them, it’s none of anyone’s business anyway. Highlight: I was the first to escape the sand trap.

Michael S: Pino The Pineapple Pal, a Druid Eladrin. He was a pineapple farmer from the tropics looking to find the secrets of superior agriculture, thus embarking on a grand adventure. Highlight: I was happy that I got to help John destroy the bulette by entangling it.

Cyrus: Grutherford The Brave, a dwarf bard from the land of Guardhendge. Originally a knight in King Gilson’s army, Rutherford left his post to seek out revenge for the inhabitants of Guardhendge, known as The Gizzards, who loathed King Gilson for his mockery of their ancient and peaceful ways of life. Highlight: I sat in one spot and did nothing for a while as the others scrambled to escape and still made it out unharmed.

Haley: Hrothgar The Valiant, a gnome barbarian. He was as a soldier for the Great King and went on many quests in his youth, but now, at 350 years old, all he wants is to do is find a place to settle down and stop adventuring. Highlight: I escaped the sand trap by climbing up the wall and surprise-attacking the bulette we were trying to defeat.

John: Tano Horisha. Tano is a monk from the Western mountains. He has trained as a warrior monk and Lawdul wanderer. He spends his time wandering the world to discover knowledge and sharpen his combat skills. Highlight: I fought the bulette and successfully defended others as I dodged its attacks and destroyed it.

Michael A: “Professor Winslow,” a warlock, also known as The Great Old One. He lived on the streets as a pickpocketing scavenger. He never achieved particularly much, until one fateful day when he found a wizard’s cloak. Among the many magical items was a small crystal ball, which seemed to speak in his mind after he picked it up, thus granting him minor magical abilities. Since that day, he’s been doing a very bad job of trying to impersonate the true Professor Winslow. He’s forgotten his own real name. Highlight: Even though I couldn’t get myself out of the sand trap, I was able to save my pet mouse.

Tune in next month for Episode II our Guardian Staff D&D! Until then, we’ll see you at our usual adventures here at The Castle. Go Go Guardians!


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As of yesterday, Shutdown Week is officially over!

The drawbridge has been lowered and the doors swung wide open for all of our favorite Guardians to return to The Castle. It’s been a minute since you’ve seen the place. Certain things seem a little different. But why? Well, take a peek at our Shutdown Week Recap, detailing some of the highlights of our hectic week of work:

We checked every single piece of technology to make sure it’s all working the best that it can. And when I say every single piece…I mean every. single. piece. There are a lot more gizmos and gadgets than you might expect in a castle.

We unloaded the camp van now that camp in Salem is over for the season. But that means more stuff to go on the office shelves, so we simultaneously reorganized all our shelves and closets (big shout out to Katie for spearheading that one). Everything is all nice and orderly now. Every pen and pencil has is in its proper place.

We tested our weapons, from foam swords to spell packets to NERF blasters of all shapes and sizes. We can now confidently say that any weapon or shield you snag will have you battle-ready,

…with the proper training of course.

Also, our costumes are all now freshly washed so not only will our staff look like a warrior, they’ll smell like a rose!

Our executive team did their annual “Camp Hot-wash,” running over each detail of this year’s adventures: What worked, what didn’t, and why. Doing this guarantees an even more magical trip to Sidleterra in 2020, new lessons for our weekly classes, and more interactive adventures for Friday nights. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve dreamt up.

We cleaned all the rooms, from the floors to the ceilings and everything in between. We even cleaned all of our chairs. Big thank you to some of our Junior Instructors for helping out with this mission. We didn’t miss a single spot in this ol’ castle of ours.

While (almost) all of this was a grand time, my personal favorite moment of the week was an employee field trip to a local escape room. We pulled up to Breakout in full costumes, as one does at Guardian Adventures, and were able to escape the “Museum Heist” themed room with only a minute to spare!

 

And that, as they say, is that.  But one more thing:  Our new website is live on a private server and we would like to ask for volunteers to go through the site and help us find errors, broken links, etc.  This new site combines all three of our previous websites and also adds in a new section for Educators.  Do you have a keen eye for proofreading and are you up for helping out?  Please contact us and let us know.  Thank you!


 

PS: We also cleaned the grill in preparation for our annual Member Appreciation Spar-B-Q, to which you are invited! If you’re free on September 14th then come on down to The Castle for some food and foam fun.

PPS: And we played with swords. A lot.


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Every castle needs a team to keep it running. We’re no exception. With so many adventures to plan, heroes to teach, and questions to answer, things can get a bit hectic within these castle walls. But with the right staff we manage to maintain order and keep the fun flowing!

When you give us a call you’re greeted by a warm, friendly, and enthusiastic voice (or someone talking about goblins if you get the answering machine). We’d like to introduce you to the faces behind the phone, our two most recent additions to the Guard Up crew. Please wave hello Katie and Des…

 

Katie | Commander of the Desk

Hi! My name is Katie, the new Customer Service & Sales Rep, or “storycollector” in simpler terms. I joined the team in July and have soaked up every bit of what Guardian Adventures offers that I can. My day includes keeping the office organized, answering your phone calls, playing ACE games with my coworkers, and daydreaming of attending D&D Night here to finally resurrect my character Kayd, the half-cat ranger.

When not at the desk you’ll find me hiking with my cat, practicing for roller derby (derby name suggestions are welcome), or playing Borderlands 2, my new obsession. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting lots of you already, and look forward to meeting many more!

Des | Coordinator of Adventure

Greetings! My name is Des and I hail from Wiscasset, Maine. Being a coastal girl, I am well-versed in all things ocean, and was the Educational Assistant for the Maine State Aquarium. Wondering how a lobster or shark can be beneficial to your quest? I’m your girl with the answer! I’m proud and excited to be a part of the Guard Up crew, with my fourth week starting today, and look forward to preparing our epic events and birthday adventures. If you see me in my office at The Castle be sure to pop in and say hello!

When I’m not there, I can be found cosplaying, embracing my many quirks, watching anime, or being a servant to my cat Hermione.

So there you have it folks. Welcoming faces all around! The next time you’ve got a Guardian on the phone you’ll know a bit more about their story, as we do our best to learn yours as well. Congratulations to Katie and Des on beginning a grand adventure with us…and with you.


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