WHY "BIG PEAR?"
At a music open mic in Kitsilano, it was in the presence of a large gilded pear that a community was formed and cultivated. The Big Pear represents that sense of community-building, togetherness, and a commitment to raising each other up, be it through music, games, or any other means.
The Original Big Pear
Frequently Asked Questions
"What is D&D?"
"Shadowrun" (fantasy/ cyberpunk)
"Call of Cthulhu" (mystery/ weird horror)
"Vampire: The Masquerade" (horror)
"Spirit Of The Century" (pulp adventure)
"Star Wars" (sci-fi/ fantasy)
"What is a Role Playing Game (RPG)?"
"How does the game work?"
Each character has strengths and weaknesses that make them suited for different tasks or ways of resolving conflict as indicated on your character sheet (a little about that later). You decide how to use your skills and equipment to your best advantage.
"What if I am not creative and/or not a good storyteller or are new this?"
"OK, so you mentioned other players, and a party?"
It doesn’t matter what your level of experience is. New players can play with experienced players. All characters in our games will be at the same character level, so it evens things out. You can play with people you know or meet new people at games.
"How long are games? How many sessions?"
It depends on what type of experience you would like to have.
Our scheduled games and ESL games run for 2-hours, while our corporate and private games are, on average, 4-hours.
"What if I miss a scheduled session?"
"It sounds like there is a lot to learn, know, and memorize. It sounds really fun, but I’m not sure I can keep up, what can I do?"
"Why a Role Playing Game?"
It’s fun! It is also a way to have a chance to work on your team building and social skills, as well as creativity. You get to think outside the box and be part of a fun adventure, contribute to your team, and discover new strengths.
Builds camaraderie among friends and social bonding within families
Gives you a chance to meet new people in a relaxed setting
Improves logic, critical thinking, resourcefulness, and problem-solving skills
Stimulates imagination and creativity
Provides an alternative to smart phones, computers, and video gaming
Encourages taking different perspectives and considering all possibilities
Don’t just take our word for it, have a look at some of the research:
“…consistent with findings from previous case study research, in that role-playing games may have the potential to improve social competence.”
The influence of role-playing games on perceived social competence: A qualitative Analysis
by Matthew Orr from his thesis for Research Master of Arts at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
“On the whole, game-play may contribute to a variety of positive effects that researchers have only recently begun to understand. One specific game genre which may contribute to an assortment of cognitive health benefits is the RPG. RPGs allow players to become a character in a game by taking control of the character’s dialogue and actions.”
"Needs Met Through Role-Playing Games: A Fantasy Theme Analysis of Dungeons & Dragons"
Aubrie S. Adams
University of California, Santa Barbara
As published in Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research
"Games have the potential to fulfill genuine human needs, engage learners, and unite people in unprecedented ways." (McGonigal, 2011)
"Fantasy games have been used to improve comprehension, spelling, and critical thinking for students with learning-disabilities." (Mather, 1986)
(While we do not do this, these are interesting articles.)
Therapy & Dragons: A look into the Possible Applications of Table Top Role Playing Games in Therapy with Adolescents
Raul Gutierrez California State University - San Bernardino