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A collection of blogs from throughout the site from all users. Less formal updates than the News section about therapeutic and educational aspects of role-playing games.
Opportunities Currently Open at RPG Research

Opportunities Currently Open at RPG Research

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 17, 2018 12:25 PM

We have updated our list of currently open opportunities at RPG Research. These include Game Masters, American Sign Language GM, RPG Facilitators, RPG Advocates, Player Archetype Specialists, Webmaster, Social Networker, Marketing, Real-time Artist for Twitch Show, Music / Drum-circle Facilitator, Volunteer Coordinator, Game Writer, Game Designer, Therapeutic Recreation Program Planner, Administrative Assistant, Broadcast / Streaming Technician, Close Captions & Transcript Writer, Project Manager, & Research Assistants. Apply today!

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Nominate RPG Research to Speak on: "TED Talk - Ideas Worth Spreading"

Nominate RPG Research to Speak on: "TED Talk - Ideas Worth Spreading"

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 14, 2018 10:36 AM

An increasing number of people have been asking about how they could make it possible for us to speak on TED Talk "Ideas Worth Spreading", here is the information you requested so you can undertake the nomination process...

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A week in the life of RPG Research

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 22, 2018 01:23 PM

Here is an example of the work we did this week, a typically busy week at RPG Research...

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Come for a full day of Gaming Fun at SpoCon Game Day! June 23rd, 2018

Come for a full day of Gaming Fun at SpoCon Game Day! June 23rd, 2018

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 18, 2018 03:24 PM

If you can make it to the Spokane, Washington area June 23rd, 2018, come by for a full day of gaming fun! Also a great chance to check out the RPG Bus, RPG Trailer, RPG Research, RPG Therapeutics, and more!

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Research on RPGs Primer & Don't Split the Party

Research on RPGs Primer & Don't Split the Party

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 14, 2018 12:41 AM

In response to someone at the Ph.D. level, who recently released a podcast and shockingly made the completely erroneous claims that there is not _any_ existing legtimate, peer-reviewed, research on tabletop RPG, RPGer traits, any correlative data on RPGers, any publications in respected journals, any studies from psychologists or psychiatrists, or any research on the effects of RPGs, I have whipped up this page in order to help. Working together and sharing will help float all boats. Pulling apart and isolating will continue to founder the ship.

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RPGs, Working Memory, Thinking Illustratively and Elaborately

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:16 PM

In a TED talk by Peter Doolittle, he talked about two memory constructs, multitasking and working memory, and in this particular talk focused on Working Memory. This is something where role-playing games may support his recommendations in trying to improve how important things are remembered...

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Brooke Lively

Brooke Lively

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 19, 2018 06:19 PM

Brooke joined RPG Research in April 2018. She is the organization's Volunteer Coordinator and Director of Fundraising & Marketing.

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Upcoming Great Western Tour August 2018: RPG Research, RPG Therapeutics, Wheelchair Accessible RPG Trailer & RPG Bus.

Upcoming Great Western Tour August 2018: RPG Research, RPG Therapeutics, Wheelchair Accessible RPG Trailer & RPG Bus.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 09, 2018 02:38 PM

We are getting ready for our longest tour yet. From Spokane Washington, to Sand Diego California, to Tucson Arizona, and back! The wheelchair accessible RPG Bus and RPG Trailer will be on the road for weeks, meeting with people, providing tours, example music and RPG sessions, presentations, and more. We will be posting the tour schedule (as we nail it down with others), in coming months. Bookmark this posting for updates. We would love to meet you in person.

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RPG Talk Show Community Live Broadcast 20180609

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 09, 2018 01:41 PM

Join us for the RPG Talk Show community live broadcast at 11:00 am Pacific time every 2nd Saturday of the month. We cover the latest community news related to use and research on the educational, professional, or therapeutic considerations of role-playing games in all formats.

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Auditions Open for Tabletop RPG Twitch Stream Players (Ends June 21, 2018)

Auditions Open for Tabletop RPG Twitch Stream Players (Ends June 21, 2018)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 19, 2018 11:57 AM

We are accepting applications and auditions for players to be in the upcoming Twitch tabletop RPG show "Heroes of the Mist" for RPG Research. Applications/auditions close June 21st. Announcement of selected candidates June 22nd. Show launches June 24th (weekly, Sunday nights).

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Significant Progress on Paperwork for Pilot Research Study Using RPGs Within the Constraints of a University Setting

Significant Progress on Paperwork for Pilot Research Study Using RPGs Within the Constraints of a University Setting

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 09, 2018 01:39 PM

Significant progress made today in the paperwork process for putting together the study on "Efficacy Assessment of Role-playing Games as an Instructional Technique within the Constraints of a University Academic Setting from the Neuropsychology Perspective"...

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Reminder of RPG Research Breadth of RPG Formats, Genres, Systems, & Settings

Reminder of RPG Research Breadth of RPG Formats, Genres, Systems, & Settings

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 03, 2018 07:26 AM

There has been some misrepresentation about our focus and breadth, so here is a quick clarification for people abut the game genres, systems, settings, we use in our research and community programs, far beyond just D&D..

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Incorporating RPG into Clinical Practice Presentation at WSTRA 2018 by RPG Research & RPG Therapeutics

Incorporating RPG into Clinical Practice Presentation at WSTRA 2018 by RPG Research & RPG Therapeutics

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:07 PM

RPG Research and RPG Therapeutics LLC representatives are presenting at the upcoming 2018 Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association (WSTRA) annual professional conference. The topic: "Role-Playing Game (RPG) Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (TRS) Game Master (GM) Step 1: How to Develop and Integrate Role-Playing Games as an Intervention Modality into Therapeutic Recreation Programs."

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New ASL RPG Website Launched

New ASL RPG Website Launched

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 20, 2018 08:49 PM

The new ASL RPG community sub-website is launched on the RPG Research server.

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Braille Dice from FigmentsOfFilaments

Braille Dice from FigmentsOfFilaments

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:08 PM

Unfortunately the dice we purchased were very poorly made, with holes through them, inconsistent sizing, too light, and poor design for those with visual impairment. Also I was unable to easily contact the seller for support. At this point I'm sorry to say I can't recommend them. If the issues are addressed in the future by the seller, and pending feedback from Nexus center and others, I will update this posting accordingly.

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Help RPG Research Acquire Role-Playing Game Books and Materials

Help RPG Research Acquire Role-Playing Game Books and Materials

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 19, 2018 12:24 PM

Help RPG Research acquire role-playing game books and supplies for research and community programs.

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Preference for competitive or cooperative games?

Preference for competitive or cooperative games?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:08 PM

A question that came up from others elsewhere (social network poll): "How do you rather play games? Cooperatively, no preference, competitively?"

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Professional Ethics, Friendly vs. Friends

Professional Ethics, Friendly vs. Friends

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:08 PM

This came up in an Alignable social network thread, and I thought others might enjoy it being shared here. "What do you think is an appropriate relationship with a client/customer? " This also addresses some of the topics of RPG Professionals / Paid Game Masters, etc.

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Recent Discussion Partial Short List of RPG Benefits

Recent Discussion Partial Short List of RPG Benefits

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:09 PM

Here are excerpts from a recent email summarizing just a few of the many benefits of RPGs...

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Using RPGs to correct misbehaviour

Using RPGs to correct misbehaviour

by Shaun Low — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:09 PM

I've had a lot of students over the years, many of whom would display acts of misbehaviour in and outside of class. Today, I would like to discuss my experiences with using RPGs to correct such traits. I also have a short anecdote that would hopefully inspire parents and educators out there.

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Volunteer ASL proficient Game Master for Role-Playing Game sessions. Deaf & HoH Community in Greater Spokane Area

Volunteer ASL proficient Game Master for Role-Playing Game sessions. Deaf & HoH Community in Greater Spokane Area

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Mar 21, 2018 09:56 PM

RPG Research, a non-profit charitable 501(c)3 organization, is looking for a volunteer American Sign Language proficient game master for tabletop role-playing games.

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Should Game Masters for Role-Playing Games be Paid? It Depends.

Should Game Masters for Role-Playing Games be Paid? It Depends.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Mar 23, 2018 11:05 AM

Increasingly heated debate has been growing in recent years about whether role-playing game masters (RPG GMs) should be paid or not. It depends... NOTE: This article focuses on pure entertainment RPG Professionals, not RPG Professionals in educational or therapeutic settings. To be clear, this is a blog posting, as an opinion piece, not a formal essay or research paper. For more formal essays, see the research sections of the site. This informal article is from the first-person experiential perspective, that attempts to include persuasive argument components, as someone involved with RPGs since the 1970s running many sessions per week, and paid as a GM (when desired) since the 1980s.

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Join Us At ZoeCon III Feb 16-18, 2018, Bellevue, WA: RPG Research, RPG Trailer, RPG Therpeutics

Join Us At ZoeCon III Feb 16-18, 2018, Bellevue, WA: RPG Research, RPG Trailer, RPG Therpeutics

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Feb 15, 2018 08:32 AM

Join us. 6 of us will be at ZoeCon III in Bellevue, WA. We'll be there with the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer, running RPG sessions, speaking on panels, doing presentations, providing tours, etc.

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Wizards of the Coast D&D Dragon Talk Broadcast Notes

Wizards of the Coast D&D Dragon Talk Broadcast Notes

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Feb 07, 2018 01:35 PM

Here are notes from the January 22nd, 2018 interview broadcast at Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons & Dragons, "Dragon Talk" with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble, interviewing John Welker & Hawke Robinson of RPG Research, Spokane Area Gaming Alliance, & RPG Therapeutics LLC, about role-playing game education, therapy, and more. Currently a work in progress. I am working on it each day in small snippets of time while juggling everything else. I will let folks know when it is ready for sharing.

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Photos of Hawke's new studio and gaming setup

Photos of Hawke's new studio and gaming setup

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 10, 2018 11:37 PM

New Years eve, 2017/2018 I consolidated resources from all over my house, into the broadcast area. Here are some early photos.

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New artwork for RPG Research, RPG Trailer, and other projects by Hawke Robinson

New artwork for RPG Research, RPG Trailer, and other projects by Hawke Robinson

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Dec 27, 2017 01:13 AM

In preparation for our being on Wizards of the Coast's Twitch Channel broadcast show "Dragon Talk", I've been scrambling to get some artwork and video intro/outro files created by a variety of talented artists.

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Can you help? Spokane community volunteer and donor needs help finding an affordable warehouse to store wheelchair accessible vehicles.

Can you help? Spokane community volunteer and donor needs help finding an affordable warehouse to store wheelchair accessible vehicles.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Dec 21, 2017 02:28 PM

I have been parking the wheelchair accessible trailer and bus we use to help the community, in my driveway for a little over a year. Now the neighbors are complaining. Can you help in this search?

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Famous IP without RPG

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:10 PM

This has come up a few times and was recently renewed, so I thought I would post this page as an ongoing list to update. As far as I know, there are no _licensed_ games for these intellectual property items...

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My First 20 or 50 Hours in the New Life is Feudal MMO

My First 20 or 50 Hours in the New Life is Feudal MMO

by Drake — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:10 PM

A thoughtless and quirky remembrance of Life is Feudal, the MMO

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Game Journals

by John Welker — last modified Dec 16, 2017 06:26 PM

The start of my documentation and journalism of RPG games I run

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Ivan Van Norman Says Kind Things about RPG Research & RPG Therapeutics on Wizards DragonTalk!

Ivan Van Norman Says Kind Things about RPG Research & RPG Therapeutics on Wizards DragonTalk!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Dec 07, 2017 12:17 PM

November 13th, 2017 Ivan Van Norman was on Wizards of the Coast's D&D Dragon Talk with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble for their Twitch.tv Channel!

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Scheduled to be on Wizards of the Coast's "Dragon Talk" show January 22nd, 2018!

Scheduled to be on Wizards of the Coast's "Dragon Talk" show January 22nd, 2018!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Feb 04, 2018 04:56 PM

Great news! We are now scheduled to be on the Wizards of the Coast Twitch show, Dragon Talk with Greg Tito, this coming January 22nd, 2018!

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Back to Finishing TR Textbook Chapter on RPGs

Back to Finishing TR Textbook Chapter on RPGs

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Dec 07, 2017 10:25 AM

Now that finals over, resuming trying to finish the 30 page textbook chapter on using RPGs for Therapeutic Recreation...

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Cognition - Using RPGs to Enhance the Learning Process, from the Cognitive Neuropsychology Perspective

Cognition - Using RPGs to Enhance the Learning Process, from the Cognitive Neuropsychology Perspective

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:11 PM

This could be applied to all RPG Formats in various ways, with different strengths and weaknesses presenting in each format: Tabletop, Live-Action (LARP), computer-based, or solo adventure books/modules. Ideally a mix of all 4 formats would likely have the most powerful effects. This is from a recent assignment for a cognitive neuroscience class. I only had about an hour or two to whip this up, so this is just a simple, quick essay for a class assignment. It isn't very well put together, because the assignments are only worth about 1-10 points out of 1,000, while the tests add up to 800 points of the total grade, so please forgive the lack of formality and poor quality. Hopefully you will still find the information listed useful. I hope in the future to write a much better, more formal version, but with my existing backlog, who knows when that will be, so I am posting this here as a placeholder reminder for me to hopefully work on it in the future. Even in this rough format, it may still be useful for some interesting topical discussions.

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Initial Review of The Gamers: The Shadow Menace

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 16, 2017 09:11 AM

This is an initial review, with just my first impressions upon the first viewing of the brand new offering in the original The Gamers Series: The Shadow Menace. I attempt to avoid any overt spoilers by keeping this review more abstract rather than specific.

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Thoughts on Cthulhu Halloween 2017

Thoughts on Cthulhu Halloween 2017

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 13, 2017 07:29 AM

My regular Tuesday Worlds of Beru group asked that I run a special Cthulhu session for this year, since Halloween fell on Tuesday. You can view the video on our Youtube channel, and here is a brief summary of my thoughts about the session (I haven't had a chance to watch it)...

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Spokane Drum Circle Facilitation Workshop - November 4th, 2017. 1-3 pm, Spokane, WA.

Spokane Drum Circle Facilitation Workshop - November 4th, 2017. 1-3 pm, Spokane, WA.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 05, 2017 08:57 PM

Workshop: "An Introduction to Drum Circle Facilitation" at the Indie Air Radio concert hall in Spokane, Washington, Saturday, November 4th, 2017. Space is limited to 35 people, so book you seat right away. Proceeds go toward building the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer fundraising campaign. We also use drum circles as part of the RPG / LARP experience, to summon for gathering, to build cooperative attitudes, paying attention and following directions, excite or relax participants depending on the goals of the adventure. We have more than enough drums for you, or you are welcome to BYOD (Bring Your Own Drum) if you wish. See you there!

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New RPG Research Trifold Brochures, Just in Time for Fan Nexus Convention!

New RPG Research Trifold Brochures, Just in Time for Fan Nexus Convention!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 04, 2017 08:00 PM

Just in time for this week's Fan Nexus convention at downtown Spokane Convention center, we have printed significantly updated and improved trifold brochures about RPG Research.

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RPG Research Now Officially Incorporated as a Non-Profit

RPG Research Now Officially Incorporated as a Non-Profit

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 04, 2017 06:51 PM

After 13+ years operating as a non-entity group of volunteers. Today we received our certificate of incorporation of RPG Research as a Washington State Non-profit.

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What Tools Do You Use for Your Campaigns?

What Tools Do You Use for Your Campaigns?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:11 PM

As asked in Geek Therapy Community on Facebook by Pâris Conte, "To those here that write campaigns, build campaign settings, etc... What system do you use to store and organise your notes? A hand written journal? Specific software? Why did you chose what you use?". Such a lengthy response would be a terrible wall of text on FB, so I'm answering it here where both longevity and formatting are MUCH better...

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Social Workers’ Perceptions of the Association Between Role Playing Games and Psychopathology

Social Workers’ Perceptions of the Association Between Role Playing Games and Psychopathology

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 04, 2017 05:08 AM

Whereas role-playing and table-top role-play games (RPGs) have been proven to have potential as therapeutic tools, playing RPGs is often stereotypically associated with social incompetence and psychiatric disorders.

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RPG Research and RPG Trailer at 2017 Fan Nexus Spokane

RPG Research and RPG Trailer at 2017 Fan Nexus Spokane

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 06, 2017 12:52 PM

Now is your chance to check out, up close, the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer, be introduced to role-playing games, learn about the power of all RPG formats, learn how RPGs can be used in professional educational and therapeutic settings to help participants achieve their goals, and much more. Come check us out in the vendor section of the downtown Spokane Convention Center, October 6-8, 2017!

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Current RPG Research Queue, Fall 2017

Current RPG Research Queue, Fall 2017

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 15, 2017 11:46 AM

Here is a quick listing of some of the research currently in the queue for RPG Research, as of September 15th, 2017...

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RPG Research Mentioned at PAX South 2016

RPG Research Mentioned at PAX South 2016

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 10, 2017 12:32 PM

The Wheelhouse Workshop founders Adam Johns and Adam Davis were discussing RPG's and therapy, and mentioned the RPG Research Project website as a useful resource...

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Optimizing the RPG Experience for Building Camaraderie As Quickly and Strongly as possible

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:12 PM

Drawing on Therapeutic Recreation theories, methodologies, and protocols, there are a number of "ice breaking" techniques when forming new groups, to help improve building camaraderie. Also taking into account Tuckman's theories on group formation (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing (Adjourning/Mourning)). This article combines all those concepts with using role-playing games to achieve these goals, and techniques for optimizing the RPG experience to improve this process, as well as some examples of games that build some aspects into their systems. This is a work in progress.

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2017 Testimonial about RPG Research from the Muscular Dystrophy Association

2017 Testimonial about RPG Research from the Muscular Dystrophy Association

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:12 PM

"... I was a counselor at the MDA 2017 Summer Camp ... All I can say is that you guys are AWESOME. My shy camper completely opened up for the first time ... had the best time. ... was his favorite activity from the camp! ... Thank you for everything that you guys do. I'm forever grateful to you! " --Emily

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Does RPG reading complexity impact participant development of intrinsic reading motivation, speed of development, and total reading advancement?

Does RPG reading complexity impact participant development of intrinsic reading motivation, speed of development, and total reading advancement?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 22, 2017 04:45 PM

RPGs are well known to spark interest in reading, and may promote overall reading advancement. That being said, how much does the reading comprehension required for RPGs impact this overall advancement? Using "Adult" RPG Systems with youth, rather than "bringing down" a system to "their level". This is one anecdotal example that I can share, since it is my own kids, but I have seen repeated many times in practice with others, over the years. But have not (yet) run a controlled study to validate or negate these observations. Your thoughts and experiences?

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RPG Research on SpoCon Panel, Psychology of Gamers and Hackers from the Information Security Perspective

RPG Research on SpoCon Panel, Psychology of Gamers and Hackers from the Information Security Perspective

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:13 PM

Here is the audio recording from the SpoCon 2017 panel on "Psychology of Gamers and Hackers". Panelists included: Dr. Mark Rounds and Hawke Robinson.

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RPG Research on SpoCon Panel, Role-Playing [Gaming] as Therapy

RPG Research on SpoCon Panel, Role-Playing [Gaming] as Therapy

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 15, 2017 05:15 PM

Here is the audio recording from the SpoCon 2017 panel on "Role-Playing [Gaming] as Therapy". Panelists included: Gail Glass (Recreation Therapist), John Welker, and Hawke Robinson.

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RPG Research on SpoCon Panel, Cultivating Long Term Role-Playing Gaming Groups

RPG Research on SpoCon Panel, Cultivating Long Term Role-Playing Gaming Groups

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 15, 2017 05:26 PM

Here is the audio recording from the SpoCon 2017 panel on "Cultivating Long Term Role-Playing Gaming Groups". Panelist included: Chris Bruscas, John Welker, and Hawke Robinson.

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Spocon

by Danielle Whitworth — last modified Aug 12, 2017 08:05 PM

Having a great time in the RPGtrailer at Spocon!! Come visit us tomorrow from 8am-noon.

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RPG Research at Spocon 2017 Panels with John Welker and Hawke Robinson

RPG Research at Spocon 2017 Panels with John Welker and Hawke Robinson

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 08, 2017 12:50 PM

John Welker and Hawke Robinson will be participating in a number of panels at this year's 2017 SpoCon in Spokane, Washington, August 11-13. If you are interested, here is the schedule...

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Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer at SpoCon 2017 Public Tour

Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer at SpoCon 2017 Public Tour

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 06, 2017 12:43 AM

The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer will be at this year's Science Fiction & Fantasy convention in Spokane, Washington, SpoCon 2017, all three days, August 11-13. The public is welcome to tour the trailer, and potentially see it in action. here is the tour schedule...

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Game Schedule in RPG Trailer at SpoCon 2017 - August 11-13

Game Schedule in RPG Trailer at SpoCon 2017 - August 11-13

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 08, 2017 11:51 PM

Here is the game schedule for the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer at this year's SpoCon in downtown Spokane August 11th through 13th...

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The RPG Research Project's Public Meeting and Broadcast, August 5th, 2017

The RPG Research Project's Public Meeting and Broadcast, August 5th, 2017

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 05, 2017 01:01 AM

The RPG Research Project meets, and broadcast publicly, regarding current events, research, discoveries, etc. pertinent to The RPG Research Project. People from all related efforts around the world are invited to join in sharing their updates as well. This tends to be more high level than our podcast/vidcasts, mostly providing a brief overview for people. Meetings range anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on other participants contributions. Sometimes it is just a quick summary status update of the past month, and the upcoming month. Everyone is welcome to join in the conversation!

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Role-Playing Gaming at The Spark Central, Spokane, WA, provided by RPG Research volunteers.

Role-Playing Gaming at The Spark Central, Spokane, WA, provided by RPG Research volunteers.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 24, 2017 01:55 PM

On the third Friday of each month, beginning August 18th, 2017, thanks to Spark Central and The RPG Research Project, volunteers will be providing role-playing gaming sessions at The Spark Central in Spokane, Washington, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Pacific Time), open to the public. Spark Central location and contact information: 1214 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane, WA, 99201509.279.0299info@spark-central.org

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MDA Camp 2017 - "Battle Royale: The Summoning"

MDA Camp 2017 - "Battle Royale: The Summoning"

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 26, 2017 01:16 PM

"The Summoning". Using drums, and forming a drum circle, with drum circle facilitation techniques. At the July 18th, 2017, Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp, at Twinlow Retreat near Rathdrum Idaho. We introduced participants to drumming, shield decorating, boffer LARP, and parallel tabletop RPG.

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Setting Up for LARP, RPG, & Drumming at MDA Camp

Setting Up for LARP, RPG, & Drumming at MDA Camp

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 21, 2017 05:34 PM

Here is a photo and short video clip of the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer being setup at this year's Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) summer camp in Idaho. RPG Research volunteers, using the RPG Trailer, preparing to provide adaptive drum circles, tabletop role-playing (RPG), and live-action role-playing (LARP) to children ages 6-17 with Muscular Dystrophy (MD), July 18th and 20th.

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Story #X: Story Title - RPG Story of the Template

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 21, 2017 01:20 PM

Story #__: ____________________. A series of anecdotal postings sharing observations, comments, and other relevant experiences, about the effects of role-playing gaming...

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Story #5: Orc Tribes Turn On Each Other When Bored - RPG Story of the Template

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:13 PM

Story #__: ____________________. A series of anecdotal postings sharing observations, comments, and other relevant experiences, about the effects of role-playing gaming...

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Story #4: incorporating Real Drum Circles as part of LARP/RPG Storyline - RPG Story of the Template

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:14 PM

Story #__: ____________________. A series of anecdotal postings sharing observations, comments, and other relevant experiences, about the effects of role-playing gaming...

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MDA Summer Camp and RPG / LARP Update on the RPG Research Project and The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer

MDA Summer Camp and RPG / LARP Update on the RPG Research Project and The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 19, 2017 12:17 PM

This is the week we are providing drumming, tabletop, and live-action role-playing gaming services to the Muscular Dystrophy Association's summer camp. We just finished the first day's services, and will be providing the second day tomorrow. Here is a quick status update...

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RPG Research at TolkienMoot XIII

RPG Research at TolkienMoot XIII

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 16, 2017 10:36 PM

Here is information, photos, and links to some of the RPG Research volunteers at this year's 13th annual Tolkien Moot convention...

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10 Days To TolkienMoot XIII. RSVP Today!

10 Days To TolkienMoot XIII. RSVP Today!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 05, 2017 01:33 AM

Tolkien Moot XIII begins in just 10 days! 7:30 am, July 15th, 2017!

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Help Us Reach Patreon Goal #4 - Live Broadcasts - And get the Wheelchair Accessible RPG Bus Up and Running

Help Us Reach Patreon Goal #4 - Live Broadcasts - And get the Wheelchair Accessible RPG Bus Up and Running

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 03, 2017 04:13 PM

When you help us reach the 4th goal, you unlock Live Monthly RPG Research Broadcasts, and help get the Wheelchair Accessible RPG Bus up and running!

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RPG Research Project Patreon Goal #3 Unlocked! All Thanks To You!

RPG Research Project Patreon Goal #3 Unlocked! All Thanks To You!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 02, 2017 09:43 PM

Thanks to the kind support of Patreon supporters like you, we have just crossed the threshold for goal #3!

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Volunteer Game Master IV Trainee

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 30, 2017 12:10 AM

The Level 4 Game Master will run regular sessions with various people, at various locations. The GM IV is also the master trainer of all other GMs, and the senior level team leader. The GM IV provides advocacy, public speaking, training for players, game masters, educators, and therapists for Role-playing games. Volunteer-level free training begins immediately.

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Volunteer Game Master III - Therapist & Trainer, Trainee

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 30, 2017 12:07 AM

A senior level position. The Volunteer Game Master III (GM) Trainee provides role-playing game, and optional music, services to people with specific therapeutic needs (RPG Therapy), and provide RPG training (RPG Education) to people wishing to learn similar skills. Volunteer-level free training begins immediately.

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Volunteer Game Master I & Player Trainer, Trainee

Volunteer Game Master I & Player Trainer, Trainee

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 09, 2018 09:15 AM

A mid-level position. The Volunteer Level 1 Professional Volunteer Game Master (GM) Trainee will learn to run RPG sessions in accordance with RPG Research standards. Sessions are for a broad range of participant populations, at various locations. We do offer training for those wishing to develop the appropriate skills, and willing to regularly attend the free weekly training sessions.

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Volunteer Game Master II & Entry-Level GM Trainer, Trainee

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Mar 07, 2018 01:57 PM

A senior level position. The volunteer Game Master II (GM) provides role-playing game, and optional music, services to people with specific needs, and provide RPG training for entry-level Game Masters to those wishing to learn similar skills. Volunteer-level free training begins immediately.

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Volunteer Role-Playing Game Writer I Trainee

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 29, 2017 11:58 PM

An entry-level position. The Role-Playing Game Writer I, working with other staff members, develops, documents, and updates our TR based role-playing game adventures and related documents. Adventures are created for various projects, and created on a project specific basis as needed. Volunteer-level free training begins immediately.

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Volunteer RPG Facilitator I Trainee

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 18, 2018 10:54 PM

An entry level position. Help organize, manage, and facilitate RPG and related events using role-playing games, drum circles, and other recreational activities at various locations, conventions, and other events. Volunteer-level free training begins immediately.

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Volunteer RPG Advocate I Trainee

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 11, 2018 09:42 AM

An Entry Level Position. The Volunteer RPG Advocate Trainee, Level 1, promotes and advocates for role-playing games and related endeavors, including: RPG advocacy and therapeutic recreation advocacy.

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Volunteer RPG Player Archetype II Trainee - Education Settings

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 18, 2018 11:41 PM

This is an entry-to-mid-level volunteer position. The player archetype is responsible for filling the role of various role-playing gamer "types" in education settings. The participant takes on various Player Archetype roles to help train Game Master Educators to learn how to address such situations more effectively. Types include: disruptive student, distractable student, zoned-out student, argumentative student, student with various LDs, etc.

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Volunteer RPG Player Archetype II Trainee - Therapeutic Settings

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 18, 2018 11:28 PM

This is an antry-to-mid-level volunteer position. The level 1 player archetype is responsible for filling the role of various role-playing gamer "types". The Level 2 Player Archetype, for Therapeutic Settings, is a staff member that has been trained to respectfully and professionally fulfil this role in therapeutic settings. The participant takes on various Player Archetype roles to help train Game Master Therapists to learn how to address such situations more effectively. Therapeutic player archetype examples include: Autism spectrum, MD, CP, brain injury, etc. This is an approach similar to roles played in First Aid, ICU, Search & Rescue, talk therapy, and similar training programs. This is an excellent means of gaining experience toward other RPG professional positions.

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Volunteer RPG Player Archetype I Trainee (Volunteer / Entry-level / Trainee)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 29, 2017 10:26 PM

This is an entry-level volunteer position with the possibility of optional free peer-training available. The player archetype is responsible for filling the role of various role-playing gamer "types". The participant takes on various Player Archetype roles to help training Game Masters learn how to address such situations more effectively. Types include: Munchkin, Rules Lawyer, Murder-hobo, etc. For people with little-to-no prior professional RPG experience, this is an excellent means of getting started gaining that experience.

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Ryan Allison (Past Volunteer)

Ryan Allison (Past Volunteer)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 20, 2017 09:27 PM

Ryan is an avid RPG player and training as an RPG Advocate and Trainer. He is also a master of the culinary arts and hospitality. Another specialty of Mr. Allison is the art of Garde Manger (Fruit and Vegetable Artistry).

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Jacob Jones

Jacob Jones

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 29, 2017 08:52 PM

Jacob is an avid RPG player, Game Master, and training as an RPG Advocate and Trainer. He is also an excellent professional master of the culinary arts.

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Danielle Whitworth

Danielle Whitworth

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 29, 2017 08:50 PM

Danielle is training as recreational therapist at Eastern Washington University, she is also training as an RPG Advocate and RPG Trainer.

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John Welker

John Welker

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 29, 2017 10:20 AM

John Welker received his Licensed Practical Nurse certification in 1995 and has worked in many care facilities, he has been involved with role-playing games since 1979, and is working toward being the first fully certified RPG Therapeutic RPG Trainer. He is also a military veteran.

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Brad Kane

Brad Kane

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 17, 2017 03:46 PM

Brad joined the core volunteer team in November 2017. In addition to his diverse and extensive RPG background he is a professional firefighter, dispatcher, and EMT.

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Charles Loyd

Charles Loyd

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 17, 2017 09:49 AM

Charles joined the core volunteer team in September 2017.

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Daniel Ivey

Daniel Ivey

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 28, 2017 12:28 AM

Daniel joined the core volunteer team in November 2017. He has years of experience with D&D from 2nd edition on up.

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Wizards of the Coast Dungeons & Dragons D&D Conference Call Results

Wizards of the Coast Dungeons & Dragons D&D Conference Call Results

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 28, 2017 05:32 PM

Here are the results from our conference call with Wizards of the Coast (sub of Hasbro), regarding permissions for using Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) for education, therapy, entertainment, training, etc. in free and paid settings...

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Hawke Robinson

Hawke Robinson

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 27, 2018 04:40 PM

Hawke Robinson is the founder of The RPG Research Project, Primary Investigator (PI), is registered with the Washington State Department of Health as a Recreational Therapist, and working toward his national CTRS.

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Drake Robinson

Drake Robinson

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 10, 2018 04:17 PM

Drake is an aspiring writer, an avid role-playing gamer since 2004, has co-written and been game master for a number of the adventures used in gaming conventions, and written a number of (unpublished) fantasy and science fiction short stories and novellas.

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Heather Allison (Past Volunteer)

Heather Allison (Past Volunteer)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 20, 2017 09:30 PM

Heather is an avid tabletop role-playing gamer, and a wonderful volunteer!

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Karla McCallum (Past Volunteer)

Karla McCallum (Past Volunteer)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 20, 2017 09:28 PM

Karla was very briefly associated with The RPG Research Project, but for only a few weeks in June and July of 2017.

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Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Now has Ramp Extensions thanks to generous donation from Veteran referred by the MDA!

Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Now has Ramp Extensions thanks to generous donation from Veteran referred by the MDA!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 23, 2017 04:55 PM

The Wheelchair Friendly now has the ramp extensions to accommodate electric wheelchairs and scooters. And actually this version also includes handrails for those that can walk but need some extra support.

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Which RPG System to Use? RPG System Impact on Play Style? It Depends...

Which RPG System to Use? RPG System Impact on Play Style? It Depends...

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:14 PM

While it does appear to be true about game system differences "in the wild" having a notable impact on play style, arguably the setting and Game Master may have a much greater impact than the RPG system.

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UPDATE! Wizards of the Coast, Dungeons & Dragons, "No" to any use of Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer or other helping services.

UPDATE! Wizards of the Coast, Dungeons & Dragons, "No" to any use of Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer or other helping services.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 01, 2017 02:15 PM

UPDATE: JULY 2017 WIZARDS OF THE COAST PROVIDED US WITH A LICENSE! - After years of trying to get any kind of response, the only one we could get for using D&D publicly, was "No" to any use by our company, RPG Therapeutics, or The RPG Research Project, or The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer, and all of our community endeavors, including charity, special needs populations, brain injury recovery, veterans, Autism Spectrum, etc. Hopefully this is just a Tier 1 Support issue. But we just can't get a hold of a human being to speak to. Here is what has happened far...

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These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books

These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 16, 2017 12:07 PM

Here is an interesting article detailing some of the Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) structures, with some interesting insights and commentary summing up a few of the examples.

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Average Setup And Preparation Time

Average Setup And Preparation Time

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:14 PM

A great question on the Facebook RPG Connection group page: "All right dungeon Masters listen up let us know what you do to prepare for a game and how long does it usually take you." Here is my lengthy response for a wide range of variables...

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Summer 2017 Schedule

Summer 2017 Schedule

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 15, 2017 12:39 PM

Is it nearly June, and here is a quick overview of what is already scheduled for this summer...

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Confirmed: Writing entire chapter on RPG for 4th edition textbook "Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation"

Confirmed: Writing entire chapter on RPG for 4th edition textbook "Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation"

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 30, 2017 10:17 AM

Wonderful news, I just received an email today confirming they wish for me to proceed with writing the entire chapter on using role-playing games as a facilitation technique for therapeutic recreation!

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Notes from experiments on RPG optimization (Standard Non-therapeutic/education settings)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 26, 2017 01:15 PM

Here is a summary of many observations I have made through various experiments in trying to optimize the RPG experience. These are based both on observations (most of which include thousands of hours of recorded RPG sessions), verbal feedback, and formal assessment forms from participants. Scores of variables were taken into consideration and repeatedly tweaked to try to find some level of causal changes, but at this stage are probably only at best correlative, in the enjoyment levels of participants. There are plenty of potential confounds here, and so every statement should have that taken into consideration that these should be further researched with more rigorous techniques. However, implementation of these observations does seem to have lead to consistently higher assessment & observation scores. I hope others find this useful for trying to optimize your own RPG setting. This was a non-therapeutic and non-educational setting, it was only for standard leisure activity of tabletop role-playing games.

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4 Big Questions

4 Big Questions

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 05:15 PM

As summarized in Babylon 5, and applicable to RPG character development, and player goals...

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