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Welcome to the RPG Research Project Website.

by Hawke Robinson published Oct 19, 2016 05:45 PM, last modified Jan 23, 2018 02:36 PM
RPG Research is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Beginning in 1985 at a school for gifted & talented children, evolving and online since 2004, and incorporating as a non-profit in 2017, this website is a volunteer repository of research information on the effects of all forms of role-playing games.

As an international community of volunteer researchers, we have been studying the effects of role-playing games since 1985, and since 2004 providing an open online research repository investigating the effects of all role-playing game formats: tabletop, live-action (LARP), computer-based, and solo adventures.

The RPG Research project aggregates existing research, and creates new research through the help of many people and resources internationally.

If you would like to help with the research side of the project, please complete our Research Sign-up form, and indicate if you would be interested as a research participant, or as a volunteer to help implement research projects.

Also aggregating documentation on considerations for optimizing the RPG experience, whether you are a researcher, professional, or layperson just wishing to have the best gaming experience possible.

The RPG Research Project is a volunteer-run effort from an aggregate of various professionals and trainees. If you are interested in dedicated professional commercial services, including consulting, training, and direct services, consider contacting RPG Therapeutics LLC (North America & Europe, since 2004), The Bodhana Group (Pennsylvania, since 2009), Wheelhouse Workshop (Seattle greater areas, since 2015) and others listed at the bottom of this site.

Some volunteers coming from a Recreation Therapy background, use the research from the website, and/or contribute to the body of research, by utilizing role-playing games to help people achieve their educational and therapeutic goals through the intentional use of role-playing games (RPG) and music. They work with toddlers, youth, and adults of all ages, to help improve the quality of their lives.



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Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to sign up as a volunteer for RPG Research, see these links for the list of volunteer opportunities and/or volunteer sign-up form.


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