Zapdramatic is an interactive roleplaying game series for practicing and discussing communicative behavior. Michael Gibson, the mastermind behind the series, is planning a slow reveal of his relaunched Zap site. He wrote to me that they are “looking for new users to help support our new projects.” I’m a member of Zapdramatic because it gets me a lot of games, which I use in my business English classes, for 35 Candian dollars a year. But you can do many of the games for free: The Zapdramatic negotiation games for adults include The Raise, The Print Shop and Interview with a Vagabond.
The new game I’ve really been looking forward to is Sir Basel Pike Public School. It targets bullying among boys and girls age 10-14 and won’t be launched until 1 October. Part one of the game is already at www.zap.ca/pike. You’ll find it includes playing tennis and doing math; if you’re good at sports and cool-headed in class, you enjoy more respect and independence and can afford to make more unpopular choices. These parts make the game both “gamier” and more realistic.
Check it out yourself. Show it to your kids and their friends and let Michael (firstname.lastname@example.org) know what you think.
First heard about Zap a few years ago from Mark Powell, a great trainer of Business English trainers. See his interview with the organizers of Sprachen und Beruf 2009.