CRITICAL CORE DIGITAL VERSION
The Critical Core digital kit has everything needed to play. The game has been tuned to be as easy as possible to get started and stay engaged. The digital version has all of the material from the box set, however you will need your own dice.
Our facilitator's guide is packed with best practices and tips to help parents and professionals run effective game groups. For example, the guide explains how to:
Help kids who may often struggle to fit in to feel welcome and valuable
Build social confidence for kids who have struggled with friendships
Support the development of self-advocacy skills during group work
Use game events to provide opportunities to view events and feelings from other perspectives, even when emotions are heightened and intense
Support formation of friendships and caring for others
Manage group dynamics when conflict emerges
Adjust the game for a range of player needs
Game Master's Guide
Quick-start rules for game masters. Critical Core is adapted from the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Open SRD rule set. This makes it easier for existing game masters to dive in and begin running groups. Several elements of the game mechanics have been simplified for easier pick-up and play.
3 Starter Adventure Modules
Critical Core's adventure modules are specifically designed based on over a decade of experience running therapeutic game groups. More adventures are being designed and will be released on a regular basis.
Each module features a complete story in which a team of adventurers—your players— work together as heroic protagonists to avert disaster, triumph over adversity, and ultimately save the world. While they do so, they build social-emotional confidence and problem-solving skills. Players practice reading, math, organizing belongings, communicating emotions, working as a team, gray-area thinking, and perspective-taking, all without feeling like they’re in a classroom or a clinic!
Using a unique story-design structure called the DOTS system, story moments called “game encounters” are mapped to Core Capacities, a typology of social and emotional skills built on the established frameworks of the DIR/Floortime model of Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities (FEDC) combined with the Game to Grow team's training in human development, family therapy, and education.
Gameplay is balanced, featuring encounters full of role-play, combat, and exploration. There are moments of drama and comedy, hope and fear, triumph and disaster, all designed to keep players engaged and eager to come back session after session.
Pre-generated Character Sheets
A set of illustrated pre-generated character sheets help new game masters and players to get started quickly, reflecting Critical Core's adapted and simplified game mechanics.
Spell Cards, Monster Cards, and Ability Cards
Useful visualization aids and quick reference cards for remembering key game mechanics.
Printable tokens that can be used to visually represent player characters and non-player characters / monsters.
An ultra high resolution printable map of Toverus - the world of Critical Core. You'll find lots of details that will spark your imagination if you want to build your own adventures.