This is an adventure game that works best with kids or low level adults.
Download the game board and instructions here you will also need 2 dice:
The game is a simple problem solving task using a board based on the cult game “Angband”. Letters and other symbols represent different monsters and characters that the students encounter. For example, a “V” is a vampire, whereas a “D” is a dragon. These boards are easy to make, just use Microsoft paint and children really enjoy the adventures. Most importantly they learn new vocabulary and practice it thoroughly.
In each room students are presented with a different scenario and must work out the solution in order to continue the adventure.
Here is the solution to the adventure:
Dungeon game instructions
Students start game in room one (top left corner), they each have 10 hit points.
Question monster – What is the capital of Germany?
1st chest contains special soft shoes for sneaking.
2nd chest contains a delicious hamburger.
Contains 4 sleeping vampires and a closed window, it is sunny outside.
Solution: Put on special shoes and sneak past vampires to open window which lets the sunlight in and kills them all. Students must roll higher on the dice than the teacher. If they roll lower the vampires wake up and bite them -1 hit point
Contains a very fat man and a locked door.
Solution: Give hamburger to Fat man, fat man gives you a gold key, unlock door.
Contains a pit full of snakes and a rope.
Chest contains 2 gold coins.
Solution: Use rope to swing over pit of snakes, students must beat the teachers roll on a dice. If they roll lower snake bites them -1 hit point.
Contains 2 question monsters and a shop. Shop keeper has a gun with 6 silver bullets and a big block of ice, they cost 1 gold coin each.
Who is the fastest man in the world? Usain Bolt
What is 24 X 4? 96
Solution: Answer questions and buy gun and ice with coins.
Contains a huge fire breathing dragon! There are lots of bones on the floor.
Solution: Give the dragon the block of ice to cool his fire. SS must roll higher than teacher.
Contains 3 Werewolves!
Solution: Shoot the werewolves with the silver bullets. Students must roll higher than teacher three times. If they run out of bullets they must go and ask the shop keeper for more.
Contains lots of small hungry dogs, If students try to enter the dogs bite them, and a big treasure chest.
Solution: Go back to room 6 and collect the bones, give them to the dogs. Stusents open the treasure chest and get lots of treasure, congratulations.
Depending on the level of the class you can present the adventure in different ways. For example you can start by teaching the vocabulary the students are going to need in the adventure:
verbs: sneak, open, shoot, put on, give, buy, etc.
nouns: bones, treasure chest, gun, bullet, rope, window, shoes, coins, bones, ice, snakes, etc.
For higher level students I also had them retell the adventure in the past once they had completed it. “In this room we sneaked past the vampires and opened the window.”
Children make their own adventure games in small groups. They can draw the easily on paper with letters representing different monsters. Alternatively if you have access to computers they could create them on MS paint. Then they swap maps and complete each others, or the whole class plays each group’s map.