Digital Assets & Webinar Videos
Digital assets, including Zoom backgrounds for use with students, are now available for purchase and download for many Reacting to the Past games, such as Athens, Greenwich Village, and more. In addition, we are offering the opportunity to purchase access to recordings of webinars held in fall 2020 about running various RTTP games online, such as Climate Change, Art in Paris, and more.
To purchase and access both the digital assets and webinar videos, please visit https://reactingconsortium.org/recordings.
Reacting to the P(odc)ast
Kelly McFall returns as host of the Reacting to the Past Podcast! Season 2 features Jenn Worth, Tony Crider, and Madalena Provo talking about the Summer of Reacting (9/17); Jon Truitt and Stephany Slaughter talking about their newly published Mexican Revolution game (9/24); Martha Attridge Bufton, Pamela Walker, and Terri Nelson talking about their contributions to Reacting and the Brilliancy Prizes they earned (10/1); and a student panel on the experience of writing a game as part of a class (10/8).
The season begins with Amy Curry (9/10). Kelly tried play Amy's game about the town of Norwich and its encounter with the Plague during the summer. But each time, the event was sold out before he could press go. So he asked her to be a guest on the pod instead. They talk about what it was like for Amy to design the game, how it has changed since she first created it, and what she's learned about teaching games online.
New episodes will drop every Thursday morning into October 2020. You can find them at https://anchor.fm/kelly-mcfall or on many of your favorite podcast providers.
Sad that you didn't get a chance to pick the brains of game designers and student preceptors at this year's Annual Institute?
Kelly McFall does it for you in the new Reacting to the Past Podcast! McFall does long-form interviews with game designers, long-time Reacting veterans and newcomers with interesting experiences and ideas. We hope that you’ll get new ideas about how games work, how to use them in your classroom, and about the Reacting community in general.
The first series of shows features interviews with John Moser, Mary Jane Treacy, Nick Proctor, Robbie Goodrich, and a panel of student preceptors discussing how instructors might use preceptors in the classroom. It also features something different: an hour-long oral history of the Annual Institute, featuring the voices of Mark Carnes, Jenn Worth, John Burney, Pat Coby, Violet Lumani, David Worthington and Michaele Ferguson.
The entire first series of podcasts is now complete. All episodes are available for streaming on Spotify and other podcast platforms; check it out on Anchor here!
If you have any questions about the podcast, or want to suggest guests or topics, contact Kelly McFall (McFallk@newmanu.edu)!
The online resources listed below are restricted-access only. For the Game Library (university instructors only), please create an account to request access, and it will be reviewed by our staff. For the Faculty Lounge (instructors, preceptors, and authors only), please apply to join by filling out the short form on Facebook.
Reacting Game Library: the restricted-access instructor site where affiliated faculty can download student and instructor's materials for many games in the "Reacting to the Past" series, including all instructor's materials for published games. Some unpublished games under review can be downloaded freely by college instructors, although many (Levels 3 and 4) require an active individual or institutional membership to be accessed.
Please refer to the Game Library Access Protocol document for a detailed explanation of the pathways by which an individual may gain unrestricted access to the library.
Faculty Lounge on Facebook: If you're looking for an online support or discussion group, you can join the Facebook Reacting Faculty lounge, which includes over 2,000 Reacting instructors, administrators, and graduate students. The group addresses issues ranging from active learning and gamification in general to how to manage an issue in a particular Reacting game. For access to this Facebook lounge,(from which students are excluded) please click the "request access" button on this page and answer a few simple questions so we can ascertain your identity and grant your permission.
"Reacting to the Past" on Twitter: Be sure to follow us on Twitter and help spread the word about the power of Reacting!
"Reacting to the Past" YouTube Channel: Watch streaming videos produced by the Consortium and link to RTTP content from faculty and students at affiliated campuses.
The Big Lists
Browse the Big List of Reacting Games (BLORG): The BLORG is the full list of all Reacting to the Past games at each of the five stages of development.
Review the Big List of Reacting Presentations and Publications (BLORPP): The BLORPP is a list of all the Reacting-related conference presentations, publications, blogs, articles, and essays that we've been able to gather since 2016. Soon, the BLORPP will be publicly available for you to add to.
Community members Amy B. Curry and Terri Nelson have been organizing a living document of Frequently Asked Questions for instructors that combines the best practices of many of our colleagues into a living document that you can consult and contribute to! If you have a question you'd like to pose to the Hive Mind, contact Professors Curry and/or Nelson.