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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 May 08, 2018 04:12 PM

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 Apr 24, 2018 09:04 AM

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 Apr 19, 2018 12:13 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 Apr 08, 2018 10:30 AM

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 Apr 06, 2018 04:10 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 Mar 30, 2018 06:27 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 Mar 28, 2018 10:52 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 Dec 19, 2017 11:50 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 Dec 19, 2017 03:03 AM

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

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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 Nov 29, 2017 10:14 AM

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 Oct 04, 2017 07:50 AM

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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