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International Friendship Day: How to make friends (and then plunder their gold!) (Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5)

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Celebrate International Friendship Day by exploring how we navigate friendships and trust by playing Bards and Bandits!


Friendship is an important gateway to building bonds, developing camaraderie and trust between people, which ultimately forms the communities in which we live. We tend not to think very much about trust as being essential to friendship, but when you pay attention, you notice that trust is everywhere. The world is built on trust and without trust there is no friendship.

Celebrate International Friendship Day with Arludo’s Director of Games, Andrew Harris. Together, students will play the online game Bards & Bandits, organically testing their intuitions and ideas about who to trust and why to trust them, and developing social strategies to emerge victorious! How will they amass the greatest treasure? By plundering their enemies? Or by trusting their friends?

Students then interpret the real-time game data from this session to discuss and learn about how trust is built and lost, reputation and consequences, risk and reward, and ultimately develop a better understanding of building friendships through trust, their peers and the world around them.

Learn all about the risks and rewards of cooperation and competition in this thrilling game for the whole class.



Event Details

Date & Time

  31-Jul-2023    11:45AM   + Google Calendar  + iCal Export

Event Type

Live Event - Scheduled

Delivery Platform



45 Minutes




Primary, Secondary

Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

Special Event

Learning Intentions & Success Criteria

• Questioning and Predicting
• Conducting Investigations
• Processing and Analysing Data and Information
• Problem-Solving
• Communicating

• PSY5-3 describes diversity and variation on the nature of personality, disease, disorders, intelligence and creativity and their influence on human behaviour
• PSY5-4 explains a range of psychological theories and identifies the application of these theories to everyday life
• PSY5-5 demonstrates an understanding of the importance of ethics in psychology, research and the interpretation of data
• PSY5-6 recognises the applications and influence of psychology in popular culture and its importance to social factors
• PSY5-7 examines suitable research methods including procedures and critical analysis when completing action based learning
• PSY5-8 communicates psychological information and ideas using appropriate written, oral and visual forms.

Behaviour and Engagement:
• S4: Relationships and Wellbeing
• S5: Respectful Relationships

Presenter Bio

Andrew is the game master at Arludo, with over a decade of game development experience. As the Director of Games he believes that the best games are those that teach you something about yourself or the world around you through their gameplay and stories. By seamlessly blending education with fun, Andrew has crafted games that are loved by students and praised for their innovative design.

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Technology and Materials Requirements

Either a smartphone, tablet, or computer for students to play Bards & Bandits on, either individually or as a group. Bards & Bandits can be downloaded for free from App Store or Google Play.

This virtual incursion will run via Zoom. A device with internet connectivity with the capability of streaming video is required.

Attendees can choose to have their cameras enabled or disabled, but all microphones will be muted.

The incursion will include a live presentation and time for a Q&A. Questions can either be submitted as part of your DART booking form or in the Zoom chat.

All student participants must be supervised by a teacher or parent/guardian for this virtual incursion.

If you have any queries please contact the provider

Name: Arludo

Phone: Send us an email!

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://arludo.com/gdc2023

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