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Develop a Role-Playing Gaming Therapeutic Recreation Handbook of Practice?

Develop a Role-Playing Gaming Therapeutic Recreation Handbook of Practice?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:33 AM

As I continue to peruse in depth the Recreation Therapy Handbook of Practice, and tracking the sections of the book that could use role-playing gaming as a treatment (see my eaarlier posting notes for example), I'm considering trying to take on the (overwhelming) task of creating an RPG specific version of the book...

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Join CAR-PGa (Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games)

Join CAR-PGa (Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:37 AM

An international network of researchers into all aspects of role-playing games (RPGs). This organization has been around for decades and has a rich treasure trove of resources available.

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Request For Comments on Role-Playing Gaming Therapeutic Recreation Handbook of Practice Drafts

Request For Comments on Role-Playing Gaming Therapeutic Recreation Handbook of Practice Drafts

by admin — last modified May 17, 2016 01:11 PM

A dedicated section of the site has been setup for this proposal and drafts. Both as a repository for PDFs and Wiki pages for more direct community involvement. As I continue to peruse in depth the Recreation Therapy Handbook of Practice, and tracking the sections of the book that could use role-playing gaming as a treatment (see my eaarlier posting notes for example), I'm considering trying to take on the (overwhelming) task of creating an RPG specific version of the book...

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Scott Thorne's thoughts on the future of the RPG market.

Scott Thorne's thoughts on the future of the RPG market.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:39 AM

He points out the 80/20 factor, that 80% of the market is controlled by the top 3 (or so) products, and all the remaining products only account for 20% of the sales. He also comments on the continuing downturn of paper RPG sales, but the increasing up swing in eBook RPG material...

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Scott Thorne's thoughts on the future of the RPG market.

by admin — last modified Jun 22, 2015 04:03 AM

e points out the 80/20 factor, that 80% of the market is controlled by the top 3 (or so) products, and all the remaining products only account for 20% of the sales. He also comments on the continuing downturn of paper RPG sales, but the increasing up swing in eBook RPG material...

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RPG as Therapeutic Recreation for People with Disabilities - Relevant Notes - Part 1

RPG as Therapeutic Recreation for People with Disabilities - Relevant Notes - Part 1

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

Based on The Recreational Therapy Handbook of Practice, and WHO ICF (World Health Organization) (International Classification of Functioning). This will be edited periodically, and is only in a notes format for now. It is hoped to turn this into a more comprehensive document at a later date.

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Therapeutic Recreation for People with Disabilities

Therapeutic Recreation for People with Disabilities

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:45 AM

Glad to have finally started Therapeutic Recreation for People with Disabilities course today at EWU.

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Role-playing Game Therapy Related Domains

Role-playing Game Therapy Related Domains

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:48 AM

Added a section to the front page enumerating the existing psychological domains that are applicable in a role-playing game therapy context...

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Analysis of the Report “Alienation and the Game Dungeons and Dragons”

Analysis of the Report “Alienation and the Game Dungeons and Dragons”

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 03, 2016 04:52 PM

One important note from this report is "role-playing gamers are 2.7 times less likely to have feelings of meaninglessness than non-gamers."

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Alas, Comment Deleted from geeksdreamgirl.com

Alas, Comment Deleted from geeksdreamgirl.com

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 01:11 AM

I had attempted to comment on a posting from the geeksdreamgirl.com website, related to depression and the holidays. This seemed perfectly relevant to the RPG Research Project's goals. Alas, she/they deleted the posting immediately, apparently considering it spam. That is a real shame, since it is so relevant to the goals of the project. Here is what was attempted to be posted in reply...

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The Defamation of Role-playing Gaming and Gamers

The Defamation of Role-playing Gaming and Gamers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 06, 2018 12:33 PM

With less than 3% of the mainstream media and press reports providing even remotely positive coverage, it is not surprising that the general public has so many misconceptions about this cooperative recreational activity ...

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The Potential Benefits and Deficits of Role Playing Gaming

The Potential Benefits and Deficits of Role Playing Gaming

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 28, 2017 04:43 PM

There are very few social table-top recreation activities available that are cooperative rather than competitive in nature.

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Role-playing Games Used as Educational and Therapeutic Tools for Children, Youth, and Adults

Role-playing Games Used as Educational and Therapeutic Tools for Children, Youth, and Adults

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 01:20 AM

An essay providing examples of existing efforts, and potential possibilities for using role-playing games with children, youth, and adults for education and therapy.

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Should RPG Research Bother with Social Network Sites

Should RPG Research Bother with Social Network Sites

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 22, 2017 04:21 PM

This week a Facebook user asked us to create an account on Google Plus, and this has created a cascade of issues. Your feedback is needed on this topic, how social network sites might impact your participation in the RPG Research Project. I have also posted a video regarding this topic.

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1994 - Role-playing games to treat suicidal schizoid

1994 - Role-playing games to treat suicidal schizoid

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 18, 2017 03:24 PM

The Conclusion portion of Blackmon's report sums up the many possibilities that developing and establishing use of role-playing games for targeted therapeutic benefit may be able to provide for those in serious need:

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3 Years in a Row - RPGs Booming, while Video Games are Down

3 Years in a Row - RPGs Booming, while Video Games are Down

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 01:31 AM

For three years in a row now, the sales of hobby games including tabletop role-playing games, have been experiencing a significant boom in sales growth, while the video game industry has been down year after year since 2010. Apparently equal to the Pokemon CCG boom of early 2000's, but spread across a broader range rather than a single product, the entire hobby and role-playing gaming industry is benefiting...

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Online role-playing games hurt marital satisfaction, says BYU study

Online role-playing games hurt marital satisfaction, says BYU study

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 01:33 AM

A BYU study claiming that MMORPGs have a damaging impact on marital satisfaction. "Online role playing games negatively affect real-life marital satisfaction, according to a new Brigham Young University study published Feb. 15 in the Journal of Leisure Research."

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Maine State Senator Playing Orc on World of Warcraft Elected Despite Opponents Attacks On Her Gaming Hobby

Maine State Senator Playing Orc on World of Warcraft Elected Despite Opponents Attacks On Her Gaming Hobby

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 03:43 PM

Colleen Lachowicz, Democrat for Maine state senate, won despite attacks claiming concern over her "fitness for office" due to her online "disturbing alter ego". These attacks from her opposition were targeting her online gaming in World of Warcraft...

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"Knock it off" Shows and Writers Still Perpetuating Negative RPG Gamer Stereotypes, Even in Webisodes

"Knock it off" Shows and Writers Still Perpetuating Negative RPG Gamer Stereotypes, Even in Webisodes

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 22, 2017 04:37 PM

As Mike Rugnetta, host of the PBS Idea Channel, said to the writers of Big Bang Theory, that keep perpetuating all the negative stereotypes about role-playing gamers, "Knock it off." A challenge to writers to try something different.

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Why Do Tabletop RPGs Have Such a Gender Ratio Imbalance? What Can Be Done to Improve the Balance?

Why Do Tabletop RPGs Have Such a Gender Ratio Imbalance? What Can Be Done to Improve the Balance?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:47 PM

This topic has come up so many times in so many locations, I wanted to try to (eventually) get enough insights, to begin having some direction for some targeted research to attempt some kind of genuine answer. Until then, just some thoughts and suggestions about the possible reasons why, and also suggestions as to what might help bring more balance?

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Monsters Are People Too

Monsters Are People Too

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:28 PM

12-year-old uses Dungeons and Dragons to help scientist dad with his research . The paper describing the results—delightfully entitled “Monsters are people too”...

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Update correlative and meta-research information regarding role-playing gamers

Update correlative and meta-research information regarding role-playing gamers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:30 PM

Most of the existing research on role-playing gamers is dated from the 1980's and early 1990's. As an initial significant first step for the RPG Research Project, bring the correlative and meta-analysis data up to date.

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12-year-old uses Dungeons and Dragons to help scientist dad with his research

by admin — last modified Jun 22, 2015 04:03 AM

The paper describing the results—delightfully entitled “Monsters are people too”...

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Abstract - Encounters at the Imaginal Crossroads: An Exploration of the Experiences of Women in Role-playing Games

Abstract - Encounters at the Imaginal Crossroads: An Exploration of the Experiences of Women in Role-playing Games

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:32 PM

This is a doctoral thesis by Christopher J. Dyszelski, Candidate for the Degree: Doctor of Philosophy. This study was a critical, archetypal, feminist ethnography and psychological inquiry into the experiences of women in tabletop role-playing gaming and its culture.

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Environmental Impact on Role-playing Gamers

Environmental Impact on Role-playing Gamers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:34 PM

Determine ideal environmental settings for role-playing game sessions, and if various settings have different effects on the therapeutic or educational impact of role-playing gaming.

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Determine if Role-playing Gaming Has Different Therapeutic or Educational Effects on Different Populations

Determine if Role-playing Gaming Has Different Therapeutic or Educational Effects on Different Populations

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:36 PM

Determine differences between various populations and cultures in response to participating in role-playing game sessions.

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BBC - What happened to Dungeons and Dragons?

BBC - What happened to Dungeons and Dragons?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:40 PM

By Darren Waters - BBC News Online - Monday, 26 April, 2004, 12:40 GMT 13:40 UK. In the 1980s millions of teenagers world-wide would battle dragons armed with just dice, paper and pens. D&D became part of youth sub-culture but as the game celebrates its 30th birthday, is anyone still playing?

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Determine if Different RPG Campaign Settings Have Different Therapeutic and Educational Effects on Participants

Determine if Different RPG Campaign Settings Have Different Therapeutic and Educational Effects on Participants

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:46 PM

Within a specific genre, determine if different campaign settings have any measurable differences in specific therapeutic or educational influences on participants.

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Compare Therepeutic and Educational Differences Between Different RPG Genres

Compare Therepeutic and Educational Differences Between Different RPG Genres

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:49 PM

Determine if different role-playing game genres have any measurable differences.

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Compare Therapeutic and Educational Differences Between Different Role-playing Game Systems

Compare Therapeutic and Educational Differences Between Different Role-playing Game Systems

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:51 PM

Determine if different game systems such as Dungeons & Dragons versus Lord of the Rings role-playing gaming, have any measurable differences in effect on the participants.

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