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by Hawke Robinson published Oct 21, 2016 09:51 AM, last modified Oct 21, 2016 09:51 AM
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 23, 2017 02:33 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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Wizards of the Coast, Dungeons & Dragons, "No" to any use of Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer or other helping services.

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

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 22, 2017 06:42 PM

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 04, 2017 08:52 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 May 20, 2017 09:14 PM

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

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Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Tour #3 May 5-7, 2017

Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Tour #3 May 5-7, 2017

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 08, 2017 10:55 AM

RPG Therapeutics LLC, RPG Research, now on the third tour with the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer! See the map for tour route. Drop on by and say hi!

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Preparing for RPG Research Presentation at WSTRA 17

Preparing for RPG Research Presentation at WSTRA 17

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 24, 2017 05:53 PM

UPDATE: UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO A CLERICAL OR OTHER ERROR, THEY ARE NOT INCLUDING MY PRESENTATION IN THE SCHEDULE, SO IT TURNS OUT I WILL _NOT_ BE SPEAKING AT THIS YEAR'S WSTRA. - - - May 6th is the 17th annual conference for the Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association. I will be presenting on Using Role-Playing Games to Achieve Therapeutic & Educational Goals: The First Steps, and showing the 50-100+ professionals the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer.

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Tax Court Denies Exempt Status To Group Using Trading Card Games To Promote Sobriety

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 04, 2017 12:24 AM

"GameHearts was founded to promote sobriety by providing alternative gaming activities. "

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RPG Research Short Status Update

RPG Research Short Status Update

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 03, 2017 05:56 PM

Just a quick status update about today's activities related to the RPG Research Project's recent activities...

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RPG Trailer: Legends Through Shadow

RPG Trailer: Legends Through Shadow

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Feb 24, 2017 12:59 PM

A fun little trailer the show creator put together for the weekly Internet show in which I have a supporting role as one of the adventurers.

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2017 Schedule So Far

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Feb 15, 2017 01:42 PM

Things are really ramping up. Here is what the schedule for the year is looking like so far...

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RPG Research Podcast Episode 6

RPG Research Podcast Episode 6

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Feb 08, 2017 04:42 PM

Just finished recording episode 6 of The RPG Research Podcast w/ John Welker & Hawke Robinson. Includes video this time.

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Adventures in Middle-earth Group 2

Adventures in Middle-earth Group 2

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 29, 2017 12:32 AM

It is increasingly looking likely that this will, for those participating in Fantasy TRPG, become the standard system platform and setting for RPG Research, RPG Therapeutics, etc. To have a more consistent baseline to compare between groups.

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The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Second Tour - Feb 2-4, 2017

The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Second Tour - Feb 2-4, 2017

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 27, 2017 05:27 PM

The RPG Trailer will be on a second tour February 2nd through 4th, from Spokane, Washington, to Portland, Oregon (and back).

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Interactive Complexity Coding

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 08, 2017 11:04 PM

Where this will be accepted is still unclear, but it is something I came across during my time with Play Therapy, that seems very appropriate for Recreation Therapy / Therapeutic Recreation (RT / TR) and possibly some forms of RPG Therapy. It might only be applicable for mental health clients. I ran it by several professors, and facilities managers, and they were intrigued, but unable to provide further clarification. I welcome additional feedback from others.

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Middle-earth d20 Loremaster's Guide Delayed

Middle-earth d20 Loremaster's Guide Delayed

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Dec 23, 2016 10:55 AM

Those that preordered the Loremaster's Guide for the Open Game License (OGL) of D&D 5th Edition (5e) adaptation to Middle-earth based on Cubicle 7's The One Ring RPG (TOR) back in April 2016, recently received notification that there will be a further delay in release of the PDF...

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Preview Review of Adventures in Middle-earth Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Player's Guide

Preview Review of Adventures in Middle-earth Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Player's Guide

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Dec 12, 2016 11:20 AM

The creators of The One Ring Role-Playing Game (TOR), have created the first licensed D&D-based Middle-earth RPG, "Adventures in Middle-earth". Here is a preview from a decades-long Tolkien-based gamer. While I received the PDFs many months ago, I finally received the hard copies of the d20 Tolkien RPG System based on The One Ring (TOR) by Cubicle 7: "Adventures in Middle-earth Players guide" for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. Definitely plan for this to be at Tolkien Moot XIII!

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Japanese Researcher Study Indicates RPGs Effective for Helping People on the Autism Spectrum

Japanese Researcher Study Indicates RPGs Effective for Helping People on the Autism Spectrum

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 29, 2016 11:31 AM

Japanese researcher, Kohei Kato, has shown promising measurable results using role-playing games to improve the quality of life for people on the Autism Spectrum...

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RPG Research Podcast Coming Soon!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 28, 2016 12:07 PM

John Welker & Hawke Robinson will be recording the first monthly RPG Research podcast shortly!

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RPG Handbook of Practice Wiki Back Online

RPG Handbook of Practice Wiki Back Online

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 11, 2016 10:47 AM

As per request, an updated wiki version of the handbook is now available, for public contribution...

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Preview & Review of Middle-earth Adventures D&D 5e Role-Playing Game by Cubicle 7 & Mike Mearls

Preview & Review of Middle-earth Adventures D&D 5e Role-Playing Game by Cubicle 7 & Mike Mearls

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 05, 2016 03:13 PM

The creators of The One Ring Role-Playing Game, and Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Francesco Nepitello, Mike Mearls, and others, worked very hard to collaborate in creating the first licensed Tolkien-based game using d20!

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RPG Handbook of Practice Update

RPG Handbook of Practice Update

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 09, 2016 12:07 PM

A new draft of the Therapeutic Recreation Role-Playing Gaming Handbook of Practice has been uploaded. This is as always a Request for Comments (RFC), and additional contributors. Would folks be interested in contributing if I once again setup a Wiki version?

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A Good Problem to Have, So Many Opportunities to Help Others! But Sharing Warning to Self...

A Good Problem to Have, So Many Opportunities to Help Others! But Sharing Warning to Self...

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 04, 2016 12:01 AM

Sharing Caution to Self, Beware Too Many Brands in the Fire, This is a reminder to myself, but also to share (because it is a good "problem" to have), about needing to throttle back from adding too many brands in the fire (to mix metaphors)...

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The Muscular Dystrophy Association

The Muscular Dystrophy Association

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 03, 2016 11:31 PM

Finished a wonderful meeting at the Spokane HQ for the MDA. They are interested in collaborating on efforts to use Role-Playing Games to help those people with Muscular Dystrophy (MD).

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Adventures in Middle-earth D&D 5e Tolkien-based Gaming

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 30, 2016 02:22 AM

While I received the PDFs many months ago, I finally received the hard copies of the d20 Tolkien RPG System based on The One Ring (TOR) by Cubicle 7: "Adventures in Middle-earth Players guide" for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. You can count on this version being at next year's Tolkien Moot XIII!

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DUNGEONS OF THE MIND: TABLETOP RPGS AS SOCIAL THERAPY

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 25, 2016 12:00 PM

An article on Killscreen.com, "DUNGEONS OF THE MIND: TABLETOP RPGS AS SOCIAL THERAPY" by Chris Berg was just published. It includes a range of RPG researchers and therapists from a variety of disciplines including: drama therapy, family therapy, sociology, recreation therapy / therapeutic recreation, and more!

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