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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.
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 Sep 21, 2017 04:29 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 Sep 08, 2017 01:49 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 Sep 01, 2017 09:55 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 Aug 16, 2017 12:50 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 20, 2017 04:26 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 5:00 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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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 II & Entry-Level GM Trainer, Trainee

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 30, 2017 12:05 AM

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 Game Master I & Player Trainer, Trainee

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 30, 2017 12:01 AM

A mid-level position. The Volunteer Level 1 Professional Game Master (GM) Trainee will learn to run regular sessions with various participants, at various locations, and provide training, where necessary, to players on how to play the applicable role-playing game. 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 29, 2017 11:55 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 29, 2017 11:50 PM

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 29, 2017 11:46 PM

This is an entry-to-mid-level volunteer position with potential for optional peer-training possibly available. 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. Education Types include: disruptive student, zone-out student, argumentative student, etc.

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Volunteer RPG Player Archetype II Trainee - Therapeutic Settings

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 29, 2017 10:56 PM

This is a mid-level volunteer position with free peer-training potentially available. The player archetype is responsible for filling the role of various role-playing gamer "types". The Level 2 Player Archetype is trained to 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 II examples include: Autism spectrum, MD, CP, brain injury, etc. This is an approach similar to roles played in First Aid and Search & Rescue training programs. This is an excellent means of gaining experience toward other professional RPG 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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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 Jul 29, 2017 04:59 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 Jun 28, 2017 11:20 AM

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 24, 2017 07:13 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 Aug 22, 2017 04:29 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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The new Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer prototype, the RPG Research International Community, and RPG Therapeutics, Featured on KREM 2 News & Northwest Cable News!

The new Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer prototype, the RPG Research International Community, and RPG Therapeutics, Featured on KREM 2 News & Northwest Cable News!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 23, 2016 10:14 PM

On Monday, October 10th, 2016, Hawke Robinson, Founder of the RPG Research Project Community Website, President of RPG Therapeutics LLC, and creator of the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer, was interviewed over a 4 hour period from 5:00 am to 9:00 am by KREM 2 news reporter Kaitlin Loukides, with 4 short 1-3 minute live broadcast segments (one each hour)!

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RPG Trailer First Tour Scheduling

RPG Trailer First Tour Scheduling

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Mar 04, 2017 10:36 PM

Now that I have the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Prototype, I need to think about scheduling... How about a little mini tour!

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The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Prototype Is Now A Reality

The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Prototype Is Now A Reality

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 04, 2016 11:34 AM

The wheelchair friendly RPG Trailer prototype is now a reality! Based in Spokane, and hoping to provide services throughout North America. The first session is scheduled for next week...

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Picking up Wheelchair Friendly RPG Research Trailer Prototype Thursday September 29, 1:00 PM

Picking up Wheelchair Friendly RPG Research Trailer Prototype Thursday September 29, 1:00 PM

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 29, 2016 10:07 PM

After an 18 month-long search, a previous attempting falling through last week due to vandalism/theft, scheduled for 2nd attempt at picking up a prototype of the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Thursday, September 29th, 2016, at 1:00 pm...

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Thoughts on RPG Assessment Process

Thoughts on RPG Assessment Process

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 19, 2017 12:04 PM

This was triggered by someone's question in a Facebook group, and I thought it worthwhile to repost here, in a more legible format, and more useful platform...

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2nd Attempt RPG Research Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Prototype Purchase

2nd Attempt RPG Research Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Prototype Purchase

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 26, 2016 06:47 PM

UPDATE 20160926 Second Attempt: Well, I did it, I went ahead and bought the Forest River Vengeance 19V using my own funds. I didn't dip into the donation funds. Still saving donations money for the more optimal custom-build down the road, while I use the prototype to work out logistics, legal, and other hoops...

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"Are you available to develop a therapeutic role play video game?"

"Are you available to develop a therapeutic role play video game?"

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 31, 2016 01:10 AM

Someone just emailed me this question today. Considering my 30+ years in tech, my 30+ years in RPGs, and 12+ years in recreation therapy and RPG therapy, certainly my overall default answer would be a resounding YES! But in reality it depends on the details of course...

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Delayed for an Indeterminate Period of Time, Working Toward Solutions

Delayed for an Indeterminate Period of Time, Working Toward Solutions

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 06, 2016 08:35 PM

It is increasingly looking like, for an indeterminate amount of time, I may have to set aside all the volunteer work with populations that have special needs, and Therapeutic Recreation, RPG Therapy, Music Therapy, Neuroscience, & Research Psychology related efforts of the past 12 years (since 2004). I may have to go back to the tech industry to rebuild funds to resume these efforts...

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Google Business offers no industry categories for Recreation Therapy, Music Therapy, or even generic "Therapy"

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2016 12:23 PM

In creating the Google "My Business" page, I found there are no categories even close to Recreation Therapy (RT), Therapeutic Recreation (TR), Music Therapy, or even a generic "Therapy", and yet they have "Reiki Therapy" and other far more obscure offerings...

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Interdisciplinary RPG Therapeutics

Interdisciplinary RPG Therapeutics

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 11, 2016 06:28 PM

While listening to some research on neurological music therapy program descriptions, I was struck by the overlap of the RPG Therapy programs as a very interdisciplinary delivery of services...

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Have Fun Learning InfoSec Through Role-playing Gaming

Have Fun Learning InfoSec Through Role-playing Gaming

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 08, 2016 05:01 PM

Tonight I begin play-testing the brand new Cryptomancer RPG by Chad Walker. It is a role-playing game specifically useful for teaching the basics of Information Security (InfoSec) to laymen (and professionals), in a fun way. It is first and foremost designed as a fun fantasy RPG setting (with the InfoSec twist), that just happens to teach basic InfoSec concepts and good (and bad) practices as a byproduct of participation.

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Avista (Energy Company) Worker and RPG Research Discussion on RPG-based Professional Training

Avista (Energy Company) Worker and RPG Research Discussion on RPG-based Professional Training

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 25, 2016 12:31 PM

I just had a surprising dialog with some Avista (my local power company) workers regarding role-playing games...

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Game to Grow Episode 1

Game to Grow Episode 1

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 11, 2016 03:42 PM

Join the live broadcast Monday, July 11th, 5:00 pm Pacific time. The first episode in the monthly series on the benefits and uses of games...

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The Original Cast & Story "The Gamers" Movie Funding Now Underway!

The Original Cast & Story "The Gamers" Movie Funding Now Underway!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 05, 2016 11:31 AM

In 2002, it all began with the original "The Gamers" movie. Now 15 years later, it is time to finish the story, and you can make it happen!

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Escapism and Gaming

Escapism and Gaming

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 21, 2017 08:54 AM

The arguments about "Escapism" often recur, and I recently saw someone posting about it again. This topic is addressed in the presentations at Washington State and Pacific Northwest American Therapeutic Recreation Association Conferences, so here is a snippet on the topic...

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RPG Training Programs

RPG Training Programs

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 14, 2016 04:38 PM

The RPG Therapeutics LLC website has updated the section of the site listing training options for "Introduction to RPG Training Series", "Role-Playing Game Advocate", "RPG Facilitator", "Game Master in Education", and "Game Master in Therapy" and "Introduction" series of training and certification programs.

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Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Video Summary

Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Video Summary

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 14, 2016 10:45 AM

A video summary about the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer ...

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Presention on Conflict and Barriers to Interpersonal Effectiveness Addressing Inculcated Stereotyping and Prejudice toward RPG

Presention on Conflict and Barriers to Interpersonal Effectiveness Addressing Inculcated Stereotyping and Prejudice toward RPG

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 12, 2016 12:05 PM

A presentation I created back in 2014 for PSYC 315 "Pyschology of Human Relations" course at Eastern Washington University (EWU) on the biases and stereotyping between RPG, gamers, and non-gamers.

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Hawke Mostly Offline over the Summer

Hawke Mostly Offline over the Summer

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 06, 2016 10:21 PM

This won't impact the RPG Research community. Just an FYI for folks that I am personally going to be mostly offline most of the coming summer. This _may_ include periodically being in the wilderness where there isn't any cell phone signal (let alone Internet)...

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King Tut's dagger blade made from meteorite

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 06, 2016 10:16 PM

King Tut's dagger blade made from meteorite, study confirms Weapon was made by hammering in 14th century BC, 600 years before iron smelting developed in Egypt.

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Call for Participants - ASL Gaming!

Call for Participants - ASL Gaming!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 06, 2016 10:24 PM

Do you know ASL? Are you Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Hearing with ASL? Do you like fun games? There is a group putting together an online (via video) gaming group, and they would love to hear from you!

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Gender bias issues in RPG Industry

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 06, 2016 10:14 PM

June 1st, 4:43 pm, 2016. There is an article making the rounds titled "Publishers: STOP HIRING ARTISTS WHO CAN’T FOLLOW DIRECTIONS", which includes includes issues related to some of the current research on gender experiences in the gaming industry and community...

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RPG Trailer Benefits FAQ

RPG Trailer Benefits FAQ

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 06, 2016 10:09 PM

June 2nd, 12:59 am, 2016. Someone was recently asking again, "what are the benefits of the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer", so I am re-posting it here for others in case you had similar questions and missed the FAQs section of the trailer's website...

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Presentation Video for Texas State University / Living Games Pre-Conference

Presentation Video for Texas State University / Living Games Pre-Conference

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 18, 2016 02:25 PM

A short 14 minute summary, created for the Texas State University (TSU) / Living Games 2016 Conference/Pre-conference

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Fun and Function, How RPG Can Heal

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 06, 2016 10:05 PM

An interview from some months ago, "FUN AND FUNCTION: HOW RPGS CAN HEAL YOUR MIND AND BODY" Posted on March 21, 2016 by Kit Partin...

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Classcraft.com

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 16, 2017 12:10 PM

No time to research this right now, but stumbled across: http://www.classcraft.com will be interesting to delve into after finals are over. Anyone had any experience with it?

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