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Starting August 20th!

Weekly games 1-4 PM Saturdays
Sign-ups required in advance!

Ages 12+

 

Join The Party!

Sign ups: $20 per in-person game session
Typical games last 3 hours
Contact us for placement and more information!


A portion of all fees goes to the TPI scholarship program!

Located at - 1855 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010
Contact Ricki - (831) 601 9822 or The.Puppetry.Institute@gmail.com

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The Dragon Academy

A Creative Space for Art and Imagination!

Into the Dragon's den!

Dungeons, dragons, and a safe space to explore art and imagination! 
The Dragon Academy is The Puppetry Institute's own dedicated gaming lounge.
Join us in the Capitola Mall for social gaming, fantasy art creation, miniature painting, and beyond!

 

Learn to play or run tabletop games in a fully immersive magical environment!
Create art, props, miniatures, dice and more! 
We have events and classes open for all ages - in person and online!

Costumes welcome and photoshoots with our life-size props and creatures are encouraged!

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Dungeon Adventures

The Puppetry Institute invites everyone to come and celebrate the grand opening of our latest venture, THE DRAGON ACADEMY right next door to our SFX workshop! 

Our adventures are lead by experienced game-masters and open to seasoned and new adventurers alike! Game groups are separated by age groups for kids, teens, or adults - with gaming experiences tailored and moderated to be appropriate for every group's needs.

Tabletop games such ad D&D provide a creative outlet that encourages co-operation, imagination, and problem solving. The inherently social nature of tabletop provides opportunities for youth to build interpersonal social-emotional skills, explore new ideas, and creatively express themselves in a safe environment. Players are encouraged to work together to overcome obstacles in an environment where failures are low-risk and can even add to the fun of the story!

At The Puppetry Institute we have always strongly believed in the powerful emotional-health benefits of imagination and creativity.  It's a fun way to practice new skills, gain self-confidence, and process emotions. Fantasty tabletop roleplay takes all of that - with added social benefits that have been bringing parties together since the 1980s!

Fantasy Art Studio

The Dragon Academy is located next to our SFX workshop, where we hold classes for the creation of
props, puppets, cosplay an more! The Dragon Academy also hosts a variety of tabletop related classes.

- Digital Art & Creature Design class

- 3D printing and miniature painting

- Custom Resin Dice Casting

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The Dragon Academy Staff

Meet your Game Masters!

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Collette Harrison

Collette is a UCSC student that has worked at the Puppetry Institute as a dragoneer in the Doctor Mecurio show and an intern since 2017. Collette is studying game design and is experienced in a variety of artistic mediums from 2D to 3D as well as cosplaying.

A tabletop and video game enthusiast, Collette has always had a fascination with the fantastical, especially dragons, and pursues such inspirations through their art and work at the Puppetry Institute. 

As a Dungeon Master, Collette aims to create a safe space in which people can explore their imaginations and discover new interests. 

Kyle Vincent

Kyle has been playing tabletop games for 23 years, and running tabletop right out of the gates.  Pulling inspiration from hall of his nerdy hobbies, his greatest joy in gaming is creating fully living breathing worlds for his player to adventure in.

 

"Just like any dice game we are gambling, just this time we are gambling with story."

interests. 

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Torrey Chandran

Torrey is a teacher and artist who has just joined the institute! They have been acting and creating for many years. Torrey has been teaching kids about both science and art since they were a teenager and loves seeing everyone find their own unique spark.

 

They have a variety of skills that they hope to help others learn including acting, drawing both digital and traditional art,  and making costumes/cosplay. Torrey has been a game master for roughly 5 years and is excited to teach people the ins and outs of D&D and is happy to provide GM services to groups that need one.

 

Rules and Policies

We aim to make
The Dragon Academy safe and fun for everyone!

Please help us by doing your part:

 

Big Three rules:
- The Game Master's decisions are final!
- Play cooperatively! All quests are fellowships, there is no main protagonist!
- Be kind or be elsewhere!

Health and Saftey rules:
- Must provide proof of vaccination or a negative test no older than 48 hours to play
- Please wear a mask while in the game room. No exceptions!

The Rule of Nine - Or "DnD Etiquette"

These are common guidelines for a great gaming experience at any table!

1. Set Expectations - your Game Master will establish what fits into the game world! Unsure if your backstory will fit? Ask your GM and they'll help you!
2. Pay Attention - DnD is a collaborative story, be a good listener and wait for your turn to speak!  While not required, many players take notes to remember key bits of info!
3. Be prepared - We can help you set up a sheet, but please keep track of it! Paper or digital is okay! Dice and pencils are available, but we suggest your bring your own!
4. Share The Spotlight - Interact with other player's characters and lift each other up! There's no "i" in team... or in dungeons and dragons!
5. Respect time and schedules - Show up on time, and although we encourage being silly sometimes, try not to derail the gameplay and prevent story progress!
6. Play Nice - We're here for a fun experience! Be cooperative, not competitive!
7. Avoid Metagaming - Play your character as if they were in a story book, not as if you are trying to beat a videogame. Metagaming means a character breaks the fourth wall and acts on knowledge from outside the story. Unsure if your character would know something? Ask to make an insight check!
8. Get Narrative Consent: Ask before making something up about another player's character. GMs will also ask you before making assumptions about your character!
9. Resolve Conflicts Off the Table: If there's an issue with another player, speak to the GM after the session!

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Class Prices

The Dragon Academy is part of TPI's non-profit art school!
A third of class fees goes to our non-profit program, which makes art and creativity accessible to local youth who need it most!

When you buy a class with us, you help provide materials and teaching time for kids in your community, to help them bring their dreams to life!
Learn more here!
Single Game Session

  $20.00 in person / $15.00 online

Join one of our game sessions lead by our professional GMs!

Contact us for placement and more info. 

Character Creation Jam

Always wanted to play, but never knew where to start? Our Beginners Workshop is the perfect starting point! Kids and adult workshops available online or in person with one of our amazing DM’s!

The class includes

-Players Handbook 

- Character sheets 

-Full set of Dice

 - 6 miniature characters

 - 1 miniature Dragon or Monster of your choice

- 3 two hour classes.

Dungeon Master 101 Class

Always wanted to play, but never knew where to start? Our Beginners Workshop is the perfect starting point! Kids and adult workshops available online or in person with one of our amazing DM’s!

The class includes

 -Players Handbook

 - Character sheets 

-Full set of Dice

 - 6 miniature characters

 - 1 miniature Dragon or Monster of your choice
 
- 3 two hour classes.

Dungeon Master 101 Class

Always wanted to play, but never knew where to start? Our Beginners Workshop is the perfect starting point! Kids and adult workshops available online or in person with one of our amazing DM’s!

The class includes

 -Players Handbook 

- Character sheets

 -Full set of Dice 

- 6 miniature characters

 - 1 miniature Dragon or Monster of your choice
 
- 3 two hour classes.

Painting Miniatures

Scholarships Available!

In this 3 hour workshop you’ll learn to paint the characters, creatures, and terrain that will inhabit your world!

Choose between 6 mini’s, 3 monsters, or a piece of terrain.

Game Hosting

Let Our Imaginative Dungeon Masters create an adventure for

your Group or Guild (up to 8 players) in our Dragon filled game room! One 3-hour one shot session.