Histrionix™ Learning Company provides interactive, game-based curriculum (and teacher training) to public, private and home schools that improves student achievement by engaging all learning styles, enhancing critical thinking skills and encouraging creative problem solving, which are the building blocks of thoughtful, twenty-first century students — and citizens.
Since 2007 – we, Rick Brennan and Jason Darnell, the founding fathers and co-owners of Histrionix Learning Company – have been busy writing, designing and building a core curriculum aligned social studies strategy and simulation game called Historia™. In the beginning, educational game design was only a late night labor of love since we were history teachers by trade with growing families to help raise, too. Still, we continued to refine Historia all these many years and have now made educational game design the core of our game based learning company because we were convinced – then as now – that our game was new and modern and meaningful. And fun.
Historia is our core curriculum aligned, social studies simulation and strategy game.
Photo by Brian Waniewski
Currently, Historia is being used by teachers in New York City at The Institute of Play's (IOP) Quest2Learn (Q2L) school and in Houston, Texas at The Ripley House Promise Community School to teach history, world cultures, government, geography, and economics — all at once. If you are interested in having Historia at your middle, high or home school, please contact us
"Historia is a fun and effective way to learn about history firsthand through a game. It also gives kids more appreciation for history and respect for other cultures." Vishnu N. Age 12
"It doesn't even feel like you're learning because its so fun!" Caleb Z. Age 12
"Historia is living inside the history you are learning." Julia E. Age 12
"For the first time, I understand how history was lived instead of imagining how." Madeline M. Age 11
"Historia is basically the textbook coming to life." Olivia C. Age 11
Histrionix Learning Company recently formed a strategic partnership with Neighborhood Centers, Inc (NCI) to build a one of its kind, first of its kind game play school on The Ripley House Middle School campus in the historic East End of Houston, Texas. Working together, Histrionix and NCI will train Ripley’s teachers and staff on the pedagogy and practice of classroom games and game-play while simultaneously converting the curriculum to meaningful, game-like learning experiences that build twenty-first century skills – like creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and cooperation.