Magicians: A Language Learning RPG up on Kickstarter

Magicians is an RPG up on Kickstarter that is not only a game, but also will help you learn Korean (or potentially other languages, if the project is successful and expanded).

From the campaign:

Magicians started out as a classroom roleplaying game after-school activity at the academy I taught at a few years ago in Korea. I had just finished reading The Magicians, by Lev Grossman, and loved the idea of a person’s unhappiness dissatisfaction with the world being the source of their magic. So I came up with the better part of the game, but for teaching English and for some kids I knew had trouble with bullying at school. The kids made up characters, chose their name and we came up with a high school together via world building. The core of the game was largely the same – I gave them points for telling me stories about their character’s troubles in school and then they used those points to fight monsters and do cool stuff.

  • soyosauce

    The new stretch goal for it is to make your own scenario which will be included in the game!! That’s awesome!

  • Daniel36

    Sounds awesome… But would be even cooler if it could be used to learn Japanese instead… * Yes, I am a J-fanboy *

  • soyosauce

    He’s making a Japanese one after this kickstarter actually.
    ” it’s safe to say that there are going to be variants coming out. Japanese is an almost definite because Korean is a natural stepping stone to it (same grammar and syntax, even some of the same vocabulary) for the next book but I don’t want to get ahead of myself! One step at a time -“

  • Daniel36

    Yeah, I don’t read well… Thankt for the info.
    Sounds great. If an English as a second language version comes out, my job will be so much more fun! (teacher)

  • So, if I play this, and it seems intriguing, will I then know what the words to Psy’s “Gangnam Style” mean in English?

    • Soulfinger

      Gangham Style is like the Necronomicon. If you really understood the lyrics, it would drive you insane! But knowing Korean, you could at least watch Vampire Prosecutor on Netflix without worrying about the subtitles.

  • soyosauce

    There’s a hack pack coming out as a stretch goal so people can add whatever language they want into, and then specifically at 20k. Andy K who launched “Tenra Bancho Zero” Kickstarter will be making a specific Japanese version of the game with the creator.