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Fallacy Fantasy Land

Students role-play a fictional hero character who must travel through a magic kingdom in order to find a treasure. Along the way, the hero is attacked by strange monsters who challenge him or her using arguments which are constructed in the form of a fallacy. The student needs to name the fallacy in order to proceed.

For example, as the player gets to the third stop in their journey, they might draw a card on which there is a fierce troll saying You cannot proceed further since none of the other heroes got past this point. They all stopped here, so you should stop here too!

If the student correctly identifies this fallacy as the appeal to tradition then they get to proceed to the next stop.