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Determine Optimal Duration of Role-playing Gaming Sessions

Determine Optimal Duration of Role-playing Gaming Sessions

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:52 PM

Test different durations of game sessions from 45 minutes up to 8 hours, in 1 hour, and later 30 minute increments, to determine the optimal duration for maximal therapeutic benefit per session.

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Differences Between Shorter Single Adventures versus Longer Campaigns

Differences Between Shorter Single Adventures versus Longer Campaigns

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 08:59 PM

Determine if any differences are indicated from participation in shorter single sessions versus longer "campaigns" over different durations.

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Apply Neuro-imaging Scans Comparing Role-playing Gamers to Non-gamers.

Apply Neuro-imaging Scans Comparing Role-playing Gamers to Non-gamers.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 09:01 PM

Looking not just for real-time neurological activity during game sessions, but also if any significant long term changes are indicated in brain activity patterns, or even any physiological differences compared to control groups (such as those who have never participated in role-playing gaming).

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Israeli Army Frowns on D&D Players

Israeli Army Frowns on D&D Players

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 09:04 PM

By Hanan Greenberg - Published: 02.28.05, 14:17 / Israel News - IDF says “They're detached from reality and suscepitble to influence,” regarding role-playing gamers and so D&D players are automatically given a low security clearance...

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Use Bio-feedback and Neuro-feedback on Role-playing Gamers to Monitor Physiological and Neurological Activity

Use Bio-feedback and Neuro-feedback on Role-playing Gamers to Monitor Physiological and Neurological Activity

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 09:06 PM

Perform bio-feedback and neuro-feedback analysis on role-playing gamers before, during, and after gaming sessions to determine if any measurable effects are observable by these media.

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If causality proven, begin attempting to narrow down the variables

If causality proven, begin attempting to narrow down the variables

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:12 PM

If the early research data actually indicates causality, attempt to narrow and clarify the variables, looking for any differentiations in results...

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Israeli Army Frowns on D&D Players

Israeli Army Frowns on D&D Players

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

By Hanan Greenberg - Published: 02.28.05, 14:17 / Israel News - IDF says “They're detached from reality and suscepitble to influence,” regarding role-playing gamers and so D&D players are automatically given a low security clearance... PLEASE NOTE THERE MAY BE SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS WITH THE VALIDITY OF THIS ARTICLE.

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Miscellaneous RPG Research Reports Out There

Miscellaneous RPG Research Reports Out There

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 21, 2017 08:55 AM

I was recently performing some general searching for any other research related to role-playing games that I might have previously missed, and found a few odds and ends. I'm posting links to what I found here. I will later go over them in more depth, analyze, and comment accordingly. Of course, the much larger list is here: http://rpgr.org/documents/list-of-other-rpg-research-projects

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Health and obesity rates of different types of role-playing gamers? LARP, Computer-based, Tabletop.

Health and obesity rates of different types of role-playing gamers? LARP, Computer-based, Tabletop.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:19 PM

Another variable to consider when researching different RPG medium participants (LARP, Computer-based, Tabletop) is the physical health and conditioning of role-playing gamers...

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Any causal differences on participants between heroic versus evil campaigns?

Any causal differences on participants between heroic versus evil campaigns?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:25 PM

If there are indicators that role-playing games have a causal impact on participants, attempt to determine if there are any differentiations in impact on test subjects between "heroic" and "evil" game campaign settings.

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Cooperative RPG Versus Competitive RPG

Cooperative RPG Versus Competitive RPG

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:23 PM

Tabletop role-playing games are generally speaking a cooperative play situation (of course there are exceptions). LARP and video-game-based "RPG" are generally competitive. Does changing tabletop RPGs to more competitive approaches impact any of the potential therapeutic value compared to "normal" cooperative role-playing gaming?

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Need 2 More Panelists for ZoeCon Discussion of RPG Benefits, Any Takers?

Need 2 More Panelists for ZoeCon Discussion of RPG Benefits, Any Takers?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:29 PM

I need 2 more panelists to join me on the educational and/or therapeutic benefits of RPGs at ZoeCon next month. Anyone available?

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An Overview History and Potential Therapeutic Value of Role Playing Gaming (2004)

An Overview History and Potential Therapeutic Value of Role Playing Gaming (2004)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 10:44 PM

Originally written in 2004, and periodically tweaked over the years. After decades of using RPGs in educational settings, this was the paper that started the therapeutic focus and building of the RPG Research website. There are very few social table-top recreation activities available that are cooperative rather than competitive in nature. Role playing gaming is by design a cooperative past time, which in and of itself may have significant benefits in the world where everything is becoming competitive at all ages and levels of society...

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Determine repeatable causal influences of role-playing games on single variable tests through controlled experiments

Determine repeatable causal influences of role-playing games on single variable tests through controlled experiments

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:33 PM

Determine through controlled experiments if there are any repeatable causal influences on those who participate regularly in role playing gaming recreational activities.

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Demographic idiosyncrasies of role-playing gamers

Demographic idiosyncrasies of role-playing gamers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:35 PM

Goal 4, determine/validate if there are any correlative demographic idiosyncrasies in variables found between intensely dedicated role-playing gamers, more casual but experienced role playing gamers, and the general population.

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Goal 3 - Evaluate what, if any, of the notable correlative data has any causal relationship

Goal 3 - Evaluate what, if any, of the notable correlative data has any causal relationship

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:36 PM

Determine if the correlative tests indicating significant differences in role-playing gamers from the general populace, are a causal result of their participation in role-playing games? ...

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Østerskov Efterskole - Danish public high school teaching all subjects using LARP

Østerskov Efterskole - Danish public high school teaching all subjects using LARP

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Feb 03, 2016 01:52 PM

Thanks to feedback from @Jmstar on Twitter, he pointed out a public school in Denmark teaching all subjects for what in the US we would consider sort of upper high school, or post high school between high school and college, teaching in depth educational subjects entirely using LARP techniques.

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Goal 2 - Begin Efforts to Differentiate Between Correlative and Causal data.

Goal 2 - Begin Efforts to Differentiate Between Correlative and Causal data.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:44 PM

Attempt to differentiate between correlative and causal data related to role-playing gamers. When possible, use blind, double blind, and triple blind study methodologies.

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Goal 1 - update correlative data

Goal 1 - update correlative data

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:46 PM

Though the ultimate goal is to establish causality, there are some correlative aspects that should be checkedinto. Attempt to verify or invalidate existing correlative and meta-research results. Much of the existing research is dated from the 1980's and 1990's. Attempt to bring the research up to date, and verify if there are any statistically significant differences found between role-playing gamers and the general populace, at difference age and other demographic levels...

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Updated list of goals for the RPG Research Project

Updated list of goals for the RPG Research Project

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:51 PM

Recently updated the main page's list of goals. Over the next few weeks, I will elaborate on the details of each of those goals. Here is the overview list:

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PBS Idea Channel mentions RPG Research

PBS Idea Channel mentions RPG Research

by admin — last modified Sep 22, 2015 02:57 AM

Last week the PBS Idea Channel ran a piece on Dungeons & Dragons benefits. Today they responded to comments from last weeks video, and mentioned in the comments section of their video (towards the end of the video on Justin Bieber), mentioned RPG Research and suggested people should check out the website.

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Added Youtube Channel, Google Plus, and Orkut for RPG Research

Added Youtube Channel, Google Plus, and Orkut for RPG Research

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:53 PM

Initially this may just be a video blog, or similar less formal means of sharing ideas about the RPG Research Project. But over time hopefully more formal presentations will be made available. I also hope to engage in live broadcast discussion on the topics of the therapeutic aspects of role-playing games. These are in addition to the existing Twitter and Facebook areas.... Added Youtube Channel, Google Plus, and Orkut for RPG Research

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Thoughts on RPG player stereotypes.

Thoughts on RPG player stereotypes.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:56 PM

This was in response to some of the comments at the youtube PBS Idea Channel topic on D&D, but of course the very limited 500 characters to respond was insufficient to provide much detail other than just my summarized opinion. Here I hope to elaborate a bit more regarding role-playing gamer stereotypes over the past 30+ years, and the variants I have observed...

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How do different physical settings impact tabletop sessions?

How do different physical settings impact tabletop sessions?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:10 PM

I'm getting ready to get a couple of new groups together, and was thinking about how to setup the seating and such. Here are some thoughts (additional thoughts from others are welcome)...

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Well, so much for RPG.net as a useful resource

Well, so much for RPG.net as a useful resource

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:13 PM

I guess I should have staged the polls more slowly. Clearly too much attention was drawn by posting too many new polls too closely together. RPG.net just moved ALL the polls effectively to their bit-bucket the Ads/Open Promo Classifieds section, basically spelling the death of those polls. :-(

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Oops! Stepped on a transgender argument landmine in rpg.net

Oops! Stepped on a transgender argument landmine in rpg.net

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:20 PM

Two of the polls on rpg.net have been closed because they triggered transgender debate. No offense was ever intended, and the listed of transgender separate from male and female was meant to be inclusive not exclusive.

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More polls on RPG.net

More polls on RPG.net

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:22 PM

In addition to reviving the earlier polls, I have added several more polls in rpg.net, here is a list of the current polls running there. I hope to replicate these on other sites as well. It has been a useful process however unscientific the data itself maybe it, it is still interesting....

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Anecdotal Experiences of Stigma as a tabletop role-playing Gamer

Anecdotal Experiences of Stigma as a tabletop role-playing Gamer

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 02, 2016 03:13 PM

This is a copy of the posting I made on the rpg.net forum back around June 2012, regarding role-playing gamer stigma. It is a very long post. What have your experiences been with role-playing gaming, gamers, and any social stigma?

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