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2018 Spring Game Days 

We're offering two Saturday Game Days, five Studio Workshops and a Game Day for Grown Ups for the Spring of 2018.

  • Game Days  Franconia Sculpture Park (w/bus from Minneapolis) & French Regional Park, $89
  • Studio Workshops at AiC Studio,2714 East 27th St., Minneapolis, $229
  • Game Day for Grown Ups Sacajawea Retreat Center at Lebanon Hills Regional Park, $89



Please consider the level of combat play in each activity. The expectations for combat play in each workshop can be very different from what adventurers are used to experiencing in our Summer Adventure Camps.

Make sure you're signing up for the right workshop!

  • Red indicates a HIGH level of combat play, the workshops are centered around this type of play.
  • Orange indicates a MODERATE level of combat play with a little time set aside for it each day.
  • Yellow indicates a LOW level of combat play, it might happen but should not be expected daily.
  • Green indicates NO COMBAT PLAY. Participants should not expect or ask for any combat play.


The Interdimensional Detritus Pocket 

Saturday, May 12th, 10am-4pm, ages 8-16 

Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail N., Shafer, MN, $89, $10 optional bus from Minneapolis

 High Combat Play


With Julian McFaul and the summer AiC staff!

A Whovian-like Adventure

The last cybernetic war of the Holocene Epoch inadvertently opened rifts in the space-time continuum and deposited legions of three warlike societies into an inter-dimensional detritus pocket paradoxically co-existing with the 1964 World's Fair.

War weary legions of soldiers that should have remained separated by centuries now strive against each other for control in a trans-dimensional circus-like, retro-imagined world-of-tomorrow.

Start play in 12th century feudal bands, in the ranks of an early 20th century combat unit or in the cybernetic enforcers of an outer galactic colony. Combat options include melee weapons, nerf products and late Holocene technologies.

Find the path to each time zone and unlock inter-dimensional doors. Befriend The Doctor and her associates and control access to all zones in the pocket.

Controlling the terrain around each sculpture adds powers to your team and potential fortresses for your defense. This game day is guaranteed to leave your head spinning and drive you to near madness as you attempt to navigate the insane pathways of the detritus pocket!


Wyddic Horror

Saturday, May 19th, 10am-4pm, ages 8-16 

French Regional Park, 12605 Rockford Rd., Plymouth, MN, $89, $10 optional bus from Minneapolis

 High Combat Play


With Julian McFaul and the summer AiC staff!

The Early Ages of The Realm are described in the great stories as an era of peace and knowledge before the coming of The Empire, and as a sanctuary of learning under a flourishing of benevolent magic before the sundering of the Elves. The wise ones of Aelarededd recount how the early clans of humanity lived in harmony and in alignment with the calling of the Erwydd u Ddaeár (Hart of a Thousand Antlers), the first earth-sigil awakened to humankind.

But the stories omit a forgotten period of strife, a lost decade of conflict set in motion by ancient families who's tenacious search for puissant arcane knowledge brought them far beyond their capabilities and unleashed the First Great Horror into the fabric of The Realm.

Play one of three ancient and powerful wyddic families in this secret history of the schism behind the Houses of Hart and Drake. Try potent and nimble new rules for spellcasting and bow-play in an epic day of melee, magic and unspeakable horror.

A Game Day for Grown-Ups

Saturday, May 26, 10am - 4pm

Sacajawea Retreat Center, 5121 McAndrews Rd, Apple Valley, $89

 Bloody Mess Level Combat Play


Come explore the games our younger adventurers are in love with; this is a chance to see what all the fuss is about from the inside. Build your own suit of armor, create swords, spellbooks and magical relics, develop a character, strategize with a team, claim interesting terrain to defend in a fantastic and closed-off part of Lebanon Hills State Park, set up fortifications and play AiC's unique variations of Strategic Capture the Flag over several miles of trails, fields and shorelines. Our counselors will be happy as ever to assist and join your teams!


10am meet and greet, intro to the games

11am strategize with your team, build props and costumes

1pm  Let the games begin!

Sacajawea Retreat Center, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 5121 McAndrews Rd., Apple Valley, MN


New story and game details coming soon!

Visit all-ages AiC workshops at CONvergence 2018!


Creating Arms & Armor

 Saturdays, 7 Sessions, 9-11:30am, ages 10-16

AiC Studio, 2714 E. 27th St., Minneapolis, MN 55406

 Moderate Combat Play


March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21 

$229 for 7 sessions

with Senior Art and Play Instructor, Tony Chapin 

Creating Arms & Armor is focused time and space to design and craft your own weapons and armor. Whether for play at home or for use in AiC’s Game Days or Summer Adventure Camps, each designer will create a full suit of working armor from head to toe, an array of weapons with scabbards, baldrics or belt clips and any extra accoutrements we might have time for.

This workshop is open to all interpretations, fantasy and science fiction. You can build futuristic powered armor and integrated holsters for your favorite nerf pistols or design post-apocalyptic armor from hubcaps and streets signs, wielding pipe wrenches and baseball bats.


Saturdays, 7 Sessions, 3-5:30pm, ages 8-16

AiC Studio, 2714 E. 27th St., Minneapolis, MN 55406

 Low Combat Play

Daniel MOnsters

March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21 

$229 for 7 sessions

with Senior Art and Play Instructor, Daniel Polnau 

We’ll join celebrated artist and puppeteer Daniel Polnau for our second annual Monsters workshop. Reach deep into your imagination and find the monster that has always been lurking inside!

Artist, mythographer, storyteller and cryptozoologist Daniel Polnau has travelled the world from Alaska to Russia and all places in between collecting tales and searching for the anomalous natural mysteries of the world.

We’ll begin our journey by looking at some favorites from literature and myth including Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwock and the Cyclopes of Greek Mythology. We’ll explore a variety of monsters from world mythology and their possible existence in the actual world today.

We'll be creating our own original monsters and fill in every detail of their monster world, inventing new languages, new music, new monster cultures.

This workshop is a rich and dynamic blend of mask making, storytelling, role playing, musical instrument design & construction, stage combat and puppet-making including shadow puppets, hand puppets and larger than life puppets.

You’ll be immersed in dripping eyeballs, scrambling tentacles, horrendous breath defenses, venomous fangs, razor sharp claws and all manner of indescribable monster powers.

Minature Landscapes for Tabletop Gaming

Tuesdays, 7 Sessions, 6-8:30pm, ages 10+

AiC Studio, 2714 E. 27th St., Minneapolis, MN 55406

 No Combat Play


March 6, 13, 20, 27 April 3, 10, 17 

$229 for 7 sessions

with Senior Art and Play Instructor, Tony Chapin 

Master craftsman and miniature landscape artist Tony Chapin will help you design your own table top world as a work of art or for miniature war gaming.

Design landscapes and ruins for Warhammer or go with miniature cityscapes or futuristic worlds for Marvel's Heroclix.

Take it further and build an entire 5' diameter globe and populate your planet with oceans, continents, mountains and cities.

The Mysterious Library

Sundays, 7 Sessions, 2 - 4:30pm, ages 8-16

AiC Studio, 2714 E. 27th St., Minneapolis, MN 55406

 No Combat Play


March 11, 18, 25 April 8, 15, 22, 29

$229 for 7 sessions

with Senior Art and Play Instructor, Maggie Arbeiter 

Help us create a multitude of books and props for a mysterious and magical library intended for our Summer Adventure Camps. Create spellbooks and books of lore about mythological flora and fauna, heroes and villains, ancient lost relics and the alchemical secrets of the sages.

Create content for your books by taking on several author's aliases, some trustworthy and some bunk. Write books to lead adventurers astray or lead them to new powers.

Design costumes and gear for the mystical librarians and learn how to operate the library for summer adventure camp.

PINBOX 3000 Workdays at AiC

1 Saturday Session, 12 - 4:30pm

AiC Studio, 2714 E. 27th St., Minneapolis, MN 55406

 No Combat Play


Saturday Feb 24th, March 3, April 28 and/or May 5

$80 for 1 session

with Pete Talbot and Olli Johnson from the "Cardboard Teck Instantute"

Marvelous AiC instructors, Pete and Olli, say it's time to flip out and get crafty. Construct the famous Pinbox 3000, a DIY tabletop pinball game system made of cardboard!

One Saturday a month the Cardboard Teck Instantute offers Pinbox design workshops at AIC Studio for each participant to assemble their own pinbox and create one or more of their own custom designed play boards. Create action ramps, spinners, bumpers and obstacles.