What we do
This club defies an easy category to be placed in. We mix roleplaying, history, public speaking, debates, reenactment, politicking, and much more into games that are inherently designed for learning by doing. Each game is set in a different event in a different time period, e.g. the 1787 Constitutional Convention in the United States, Galileo’s trial in the 17th century, the Council of Nicaea in 325, and so on. Players each take on a role and try to win victory points by convincing other characters to vote for measures they want to pass.
This club was founded by a group of students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities who took HIST 3053 (Ancient Civilizations: Rome) with Loren Cowdery in spring 2018. In that class, as a part of the curriculum, for three weeks in April 2018 they played Constantine and the Council of Nicaea: Defining Orthodoxy and Heresy in Christianity, 325 CE, part of the Reacting to the Past series. At the end of the semester, they decided to form a student group to continue playing these games, given how fun and illuminating the game was, and how much it helped teach them about the issues facing early Christianity in the Roman Empire.
On August 7th, 2018, this group of students began meeting to organize a club, write a constitution, and get registered with the Student Unions & Activities office. On September 6th, the constitution was ratified with the signatures of six officers: Brent Imholte (President), Ted Mavetz (Vice President), Alexander Schatz (Treasurer), David Boettger (Gameplay Manager), Rory Onorato (Officer of Public Relations), and Alec Walk (Administrator). On September 13th, they officially became a Registered Student Organization with the University of Minnesota. On October 2nd, they played their first minigame, dealing with martyrs during the Christian persecution period in the Roman Empire.