You can edit your group settings from the School Dashboard by clicking on the wheel icon. The group settings are presets that are applied across the organization or across specific grades or groups. You’ll first want to set up your “default settings,” as they will serve as the base of your different presets. You can then create different settings lists for different groups, based on your default settings. You could have different, more specific settings for particular grades or subjects.
Editing your settings
In your group settings, you’ll find the behaviors, powers, sentences, random events, and game rules for your organization or specific groups. The game will provide you with a list of settings, which you can personalize. Once you’re done editing your default settings, they should reflect your school objectives, values, and challenges.
- Behaviors: In the behavior presets list, you should have all the behaviors that you want to encourage or discourage in your students. Experience Points (XP) should be granted for positive, encouraged behaviors. Health Points (HP) should be removed for negative, discouraged behaviors. Gold Pieces (GP) should be awarded when students go above and beyond, exceeding expectations.
You can add as many behavior presets as needed by inputting a value and adding a description in the text box. You can also edit or delete any existing preset by clicking on the pencil icon. Once you’re done, click on the green checkmark to confirm.
- Powers: Each character class (Warrior, Healer, Mage) has a set number of powers. You may find that certain powers don’t work well within your organization (eg., if eating in class is already allowed, you should change any power that would let a student to eat in class). Some powers can’t be edited (except for their name) due to their importance in the game mechanics. When editing powers, keep in mind that they must be motivating for the students and that powers requiring a higher level should be more interesting.
To edit a power, click on the pencil icon and input the changes you wish to make. You can change the name, description, and Action Points (AP) cost of most powers. You can also turn them into collaborative powers, which grant XP to the students when used. Once you’re done editing a power, click on the green checkmark to confirm.
- Sentences: The sentences are a list of consequences that the students may receive when they fall in battle. When that happens, they will receive one random sentence from the list. You can add as many as you see fit by inputting a value and clicking the green checkmark. You can also edit or delete existing sentences by clicking on the pencil icon.
Random Events: The game comes with an existing list of random events. You should first make sure that all the existing events will work within your school. You can discard any random event by clicking on the pencil icon to open the editing screen. Then, click on the “Delete Event” button in the lower left corner. You can add or edit any of the existing events. You’ll find more information on how to create and edit random events here.
- Game Rules: These rules are applied to every class using your default settings. You can edit them to fit the needs of your organization (such as by changing the percentage grade over which students gain XP). These settings will affect how the game is played and the general pace. Once you’re done editing the game rules, click on the “Save” button to save your settings.
If you want to include specific settings for different large groups of students (for example, if you have primary, middle, and high school students in your school), you can do so by clicking on the “Add Settings” button. You’ll be prompted to enter the settings name and selecting the existing settings you want to use (such as the default settings). Once you’ve selected the name and settings, click on “Save.”
Your new settings will then appear in the settings list, and you can start modifying them to fit the needs of this specific group. This will not affect your default settings. You could remove sentences inappropriate for younger or older students or change the powers if only certain students have access to devices.
If you no longer need one of your group settings, select it in left the column and click on the “Delete Settings” button.
What does this look like for teachers?
When a teacher from your school creates a new class from their teacher dashboard, they’ll have to check the “Import settings from an existing class” checkbox. In the settings list, they’ll be able to select settings from your school: