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Hobby Games, Including RPG's Up, Video Games Down in 2010 s

Hobby Games, Including RPG's Up, Video Games Down in 2010 s

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

According to reports from vendors, sales of Video Games were actually down 8% during the first 7 months of 2010, while Hobby games, including Role Playing Games, sales were all up across the board...

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New Section added to website: Books

New Section added to website: Books

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:43 PM

I recently added a new section to the website under the Documents section, books. These are various books that I have read, am reading, or plan to read. They are related in some way to any of the following: role-playing gaming, therapy, psychology, psychology research, recreation therapy, play therapy, neuropsychology, cognitive neuropsychology, bio and neuro feedback, and similar topics. I hope this resource will be helpful for others in their research as well.

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Psychology Today Articles on Role-playing Games

Psychology Today Articles on Role-playing Games

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 04, 2017 05:23 AM

Some notes for future reading, research, and commentary.

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Road Map draft

Road Map draft

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:45 PM

I have had many conversations with folks about where this project is at, and where it is planned to go, and I have blogged a bit about the overall vision of the future, but now I need to write down the approximate road map of the next few stages that has been discussed with others but not written down until now...

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RPG Research Registration and Questionnaire Now Available

RPG Research Registration and Questionnaire Now Available

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

Both the online and print registration forms and questionnaires are now available to the general public to fill out and submit...

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Lack of RPG's at Whiz Kids

Lack of RPG's at Whiz Kids

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:48 PM

I was running around town trying to track down various books for my son and others today. While I was at the downtown Riverside Mall en route to the Auntie's book store there (they had one of the books I needed on hold for me), I noted a store I had not seen before calling itself "Calendar Club Go Games". I decided to find out if they carried any role-playing games...

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Brochures and Questionnaires beta stage now under way, setup at Merlyn's

Brochures and Questionnaires beta stage now under way, setup at Merlyn's

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:51 PM

Many thanks to John, the owner of Merlyn's in Spokane, for allowing me to setup the trifold brochure stand, with sign, with questionnaire, and drop box, at his store.

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Wading back into Warhammer FRP again

Wading back into Warhammer FRP again

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 15, 2015 12:08 AM

Since hearing that the folks in Israel claimed that WHFRP is less combat oriented than D&D 4th edition, I once again am trying to wade through the Warhammer rpg rule books, and will actually begin making some characters, though the whole setup of the game grates my nerves almost as much as World of Warcraft MMORPG does...

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Vampire: The Requiem RPG

Vampire: The Requiem RPG

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 17, 2016 02:14 PM

Though I've had the books for some time, it was not until this weekend that my eldest son finally indicated he wanted to make a character.

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Anima - Beyond Fantasy RPG

Anima - Beyond Fantasy RPG

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 15, 2015 12:14 AM

I bought the core rulebook and the Gaia Volume some time ago, but folks we not quite ready for learning yet another system.

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Serenity RPG

Serenity RPG

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 15, 2015 12:16 AM

We have been playing the Serenity (aka Firefly) Role-playing Game now for several weeks in a row. It is very much enjoyed by everyone due to the feel and setting of the game. Here are a few thoughts about the game so far...

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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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