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by Hawke Robinson published Oct 21, 2016 09:51 AM, last modified Oct 21, 2016 09:51 AM
Israeli group attempting to use RPG's as therapy tool

Israeli group attempting to use RPG's as therapy tool

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 15, 2015 12:20 AM

I was just running the usual periodic search for anything related to RPG research or RPG therapy, and found out there is a group in Israel recently attempting to use role playing games as an assist to therapy for children. The original site is in Hebrew, so I have to rely on the postings from "Purple Pawn" to keep posted. Though my stepfather is Jewish, if I could talk him into reading it for me....

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New RPG Research Trifold Brochure nearly complete

New RPG Research Trifold Brochure nearly complete

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 16, 2015 02:46 PM

Another important step in building momentum on the RPG Research Project is nearly complete...

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We now have research facilities and new contact information available...

We now have research facilities and new contact information available...

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

We now have research facilities and new contact information available...

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Age of Conan Hyborian Adventures

Age of Conan Hyborian Adventures

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 16, 2015 03:04 PM

Found this for only $10 including with 30 day play.

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Irritated with DDO

Irritated with DDO

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 16, 2015 02:49 PM

I did not play DDO for several months. The characters that I had advanced some levels are now all completely gone (free account). Irritating.

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Biofeedback and RPG research

Biofeedback and RPG research

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 16, 2015 03:08 PM

On October 30th, 2011, I was having a discussion about the various bio-feedback and neuro-feedback experiments I have performed related to music therapy, and it occurred to me that the same technology could potentially help make it easier to develop a therapeutic modality with role playing games using the same equipment, at the very least to try to determine the recreation therapy goal of a state of "flow" more objectively....

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Update on various Role Playing Games I've been researching and using lately

Update on various Role Playing Games I've been researching and using lately

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 16, 2015 03:10 PM

It has been a very busy couple of months actually doing role playing gaming with a number of different RPG systems. I haven't posted in a while, so thought I would give a quick update on what I have been working with lately...

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Would RPG be effective for treating PTSD, especially war veterans? Or would it be counter productive?

Would RPG be effective for treating PTSD, especially war veterans? Or would it be counter productive?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 21, 2016 11:58 AM

A number of people have suggested undertaking research on whether using RPGs could be helpful or harmful for war veterans struggling with PTSD.

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Role-playing games act as a unifying communal practice

Role-playing games act as a unifying communal practice

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 16, 2015 03:14 PM

Using the examples of Vampire: Masquerade, and Werewolf, by White Wolf, the book provides some nice examples....

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Role playing gaming can potentially provide greater catharsis

Role playing gaming can potentially provide greater catharsis

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 17, 2015 02:35 AM

Assuming the Aristotelian belief in catharsis is true (there is some debate about the validity of catharsis in the psychology research world)...

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Resuming World of Warcraft research

Resuming World of Warcraft research

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 17, 2015 02:37 AM

I first tried out WoW out near the beginning of the year (2011), spent a couple hours, then moved on to the other MMORPGs I am studying, spending about 1-2 hours each. Now I am going to spend about a month or so on each game to get a more in depth understanding of each, beginning with the market share giant, World of Warcraft. So far, my initial impressions are not very favorable....

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Warhammer FRP - Ideal For Immature Gamers?

Warhammer FRP - Ideal For Immature Gamers?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 17, 2015 02:40 AM

I have delved a little further into the Warhammer Fantasy Role Play rules, and from what I am seeing, I have a working theory as to where WH FRP may have it's usefulness for a specific subtype of role playing gamer, the immature player.

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Trying to merge WOW accounts

Trying to merge WOW accounts

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 17, 2015 02:42 AM

I originally started with a trial, and then purchased the retail versions. Now my keys are scattered across two accounts under one email address, and the website self help I was unable to find directions to make this work, and the normal "merge" function won't allow it to merge. So I have had to contact Blizzard's tech support.

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MMORPG research, some initial thoughts.

MMORPG research, some initial thoughts.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 17, 2015 02:45 AM

A few months ago I tried out a number of computer-based RPGs. I've dabbled with different ones over the decades and always felt they were flat, 2-dimensional, boring, hack-n-slash and quickly uninteresting. I thought I would get a more up to date view of the most popular ones. Here are some of my initial experiences. I plan to spend more time over coming months digging deeper of course...

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Some thoughts on dependent variables to consider

Some thoughts on dependent variables to consider

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 17, 2015 02:47 AM

Just a quick list of a few of the dependent variables to test over time.

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Some independent variables to consider

Some independent variables to consider

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 17, 2015 02:49 AM

Just some thoughts on some of the independent variables to modify and then observe the different results (if any)...

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Which state & federal legislators have engaged in role-playing gaming?

Which state & federal legislators have engaged in role-playing gaming?

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

Which state & federal legislators have engaged in role-playing gaming?

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Game Master Therapist & Game Master Instructor

Game Master Therapist & Game Master Instructor

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 04:51 PM

If indicated viable from the research results of all the previous steps, define the requirements for a Game Master Therapist (GMT) or Game Master Instructor (GMI) in applying a role-playing game therapeutic or educational module.

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Early theory thoughts - Overview

Early theory thoughts - Overview

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 17, 2015 02:51 AM

Just the general overview theory I have about participation in RPGs. These ideas will be tested as I work out more detailed hypotheses to test these concepts for validity...

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Vision of the future

Vision of the future

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 22, 2017 04:23 PM

It is still far to early to be sure that this vision for the future will even be relevant several years from now, as the research data begins to roll in, but if any of the core assumptions hold even remotely true, then the long term goal of creating RPG therapy modules could become a reality.

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Create Adventure Modules for Specific Client Needs, such as PTSD, Depression, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery, and others

Create Adventure Modules for Specific Client Needs, such as PTSD, Depression, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery, and others

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 04:54 PM

Experiment with creating “adventure modules” specifically designed to address targeted population needs such as socialization issues between different groups.

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Determine if any Controllable Variables That Can Lead to Using Role-playing Games as a Therapeutic Modality

Determine if any Controllable Variables That Can Lead to Using Role-playing Games as a Therapeutic Modality

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

Determine if there are any controllable, repeatable "positive" or "negative", statistically significant characteristics of role-playing gaming sessions that can clearly be defined and controlled, and might be most useful to using role-playing games for specific therapeutic treatments, either separately or in conjunction with other therapy modalities.

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