Interview with D&D Kids Author Uri Kurlianchik (3)

This arti­cle is the last part of my three part inter­view with Uri Kurlianchik. It is sup­posed to shed some light on the events around removal of the D&D Kids series from the Wiz­ards of the Coast home­page. The pre­lim­i­nary arti­cle of my series can be found here. After the inter­view I will take a look back at what was said and writ­ten and as well hope to pub­lish an inter­view with Kynn, who is men­tioned by Uri in part two.

Jan: How did you get to vis­it­ing schools and pre­sent­ing D&D to kids? What are your motives and goals con­cern­ing this kind of work?

Uri: I came upon this job by chance dur­ing my uni­ver­sity years and signed up imme­di­ately. Trav­el­ing from school to school and telling sto­ries and play­ing games, work­ing with a bunch of awe­some DMs and all-around groovy peo­ple? This was noth­ing short of my dream job! After I fin­ished my BA, I started doing this full time (13–14 groups). The rest is history.

Jan: Do you still visit schools to present D&D to kids? If so, in the name of WotC?

Uri: Sure do! Just this month, we had an adven­ture build­ing sem­i­nar which had pro­duced some extra­or­di­nary ideas, a series of LARPs based on High­lander and a week-long adven­ture explor­ing Gnos­tic and neo­pla­tonic ideas. Now it’s sum­mer vaca­tion but after­ward I’m get­ting back to reg­u­lar gam­ing with full throttle.

Jan: Has your finan­cial rela­tion with WotC changed dur­ing course of recent events? Like, if they paid you for school vis­its or writ­ing arti­cles, do they still do so? Or have they com­pletely bro­ken up with you?

Uri: Wiz­ards had hon­ored all con­tracts and agree­ments. Say­ing more would be a breach of con­fi­den­tial­ity. Regard­ing my after school-activity, it was not affected by “the events” (sounds omi­nous, doesn’t it?) in any way.

Jan: If I may ask, have the recent events put you in some kind of per­sonal jeopardy?

Uri: I cer­tainly hope not! Much can be said about my crit­ics, but I very strongly doubt any of them are mad enough to come here all the way from the States to try to assas­si­nate me!
I did find the whole affair very frus­trat­ing how­ever. Through­out my life I was spared the com­pany of hate­ful peo­ple who lack any­thing even remotely resem­bling a sense of humor. Finally get­ting to meet them was a very sober­ing and unpleas­ant expe­ri­ence.
I shud­der to think of these peo­ple around chil­dren. I think noth­ing muti­lates a child more than an edu­ca­tor with­out a sense of humor. My grand­fa­ther, blessed be his mem­ory, used to say that peo­ple with­out a sense of humor are crip­ples. I want to upgrade his state­ment; peo­ple with­out a sense of humor are a great dan­ger to this world.

Jan: Is there any­thing you’d like the read­ers to know? Or some things you like to explain?

Uri: Yes. Those who liked my arti­cles, espe­cially the funny quotes that came along with them, could be inter­ested in vis­it­ing my new site, DND­kids. It’s got tons of funny table talk from both kids and adults, as well as old and new arti­cles about gam­ing with chil­dren. Gamers with quotes of their own are more than wel­come to send me their funny (or scary) sto­ries – the more fun and LOLz there are online the bet­ter life will be for every­one.
Soon DND­kids will also have gam­ing mate­ri­als and art pro­duced by my stu­dents. Any­one who’s inter­ested in gam­ing with chil­dren, either because they want some advice on play­ing with kids or sim­ply because they find my anec­dotes amus­ing, will enjoy what DND­kids has to offer.

Lastly, I write of what I see with my eyes and hear with my ears. I have nei­ther the means nor the desire to gather sta­tis­tics on global gam­ing or edu­ca­tion habits, nor do I write of what should be, I have no idea what should be, I’m not a politi­cian.
I write only of the var­i­ous expe­ri­ences pro­vided by my work. If this offends some­one, they should address their com­plaints to the source, not the vessel.

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About Jan

Jan is a passionate gm. His current favorites are D&D 4 and D&D3/Pathfinder. He muses about gamestyles, adventure design and rpg theory. He is always on the hunt for ideas and advice to get better at gaming. His German blog is "De Malspoeler" ("the insane gamer" or "the insanity pretender"), where he is haunted by a gull that is interfering with his writings. In real life he is a computer scientist from south-western Germany and likes playing volleyball.
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