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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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