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Our roots began in 1983 studying the effects of all RPG formats, with an 8 page paper on "The Myths & Realities of Role-Playing Games". Around 1985 providing educational programs using RPGs in schools. This overall body of experience and research has accumulated offline over the decades and finally went online in 2004, sharing the international body of interdisciplinary research with the public.

Some RPG Research volunteers are pure researchers, while other volunteers also provide accessible community programs, building upon and feeding back into, the body of research. These RPG-based programs have been successful in helping a wide range of people with diverse needs. Through our community programs we help participants achieve their educational and therapeutic goals.

Wheelchair friendly RPG Trailer
Wheelchair friendly RPG Trailer

We extend our geographic reach for research and helping, both online and with the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer & RPG Bus mobile facilities. Our volunteers travel the country, including those in under-served and un-served rural locations, providing services to those that benefit the most. The RPG Trailer provides people with a comfortable, safe, wheelchair accessible gaming and music “living room on wheels", for the optimal experience.

2017 RPG Research at Spokane Convention Center with Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer with Cosplayers:

2005 RPG Research & MerpCon I

2017 Spokane Convention Center RPG Research GM John Welker with youth: No Thank You Evil RPG

2007 RPG Research with EWU & North East Youth Center (NYEC): Fantastic Fun for All: Extreme Medieval Sports: Hawke's Lance-A-Lot

2017 RPG Research & Muscular Dystrophy Association: Battle Royale Boffer LARP, Summer 2017

2009 RPG Research & Middle-earth Talk Show Youth Panel

2017 July RPG Research Core Volunteer Staff

2007 RPG Research and the Northeast Youth Center (NYEC) & EWU, Left: Lord Wiezel of Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), Hawke, Right: Professor Barbara Brock

2017: RPG Research & Tolkien Moot XIII

2017: RPG Research & MDA: Shield Painting for Battle Royale LARP

2015 RPG Research Community Gaming session, includes Participants with Cerebral Palsy

2017 RPG Research at SpoCon Convention

2015: RPG Research Community Gaming with Cp

2016 RPG Research & Tolkien Moot

2010: RPG Research & MerpCon VI

2017 RPG Research Tolkien Moot XIII

2016 RPG Research Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Tour #1. Seattle with Wheelhouse Workshop's Adam Johns & Adam Davis, Hawke, and The Two Bards Podcast Andy Dopieralski

2015 WorldCon: Sasquan Gaming by John Welker of Spokane Area Gaming Alliance & RPG Research

2015 RPG Research & The Spartan Show's Adventurer's Guild on Twitch

2014 Program for Autism Spectrum ASD / PDD Toddlers 2-5 years old at Eastern Washington University (EWU): Save the Royal Family Adapted LARP

2017 RPG Research insite Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Prototype at FanNex.us

2017 RPG Research Observing, Assessing, & Advising Wheelhouse Workshop's RPG Social Skills Youth Program, Seattle. Hawke with Adam Davis & Adam Johns

2014 RPG Research Autism Program, 1940s Gumshoe, for Civic Resource Skills Development

2015 RPG Research one of many of our Gaming Rooms

2014: Extra-Life 24 hours Gaming Fundraiser for Children's Hospitals

2016 RPG Research & Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Tour #1, Tacoma: Writer: Matt Vancil of The Gamers, Journey Quest, etc.

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The RPG Research website is an open, international, multidisciplinary repository of research information on the effects of all Role-Playing Game (RPG) formats.

RPG Formats include:

  • Tabletop (TRPG)
  • Live-action (LARP)
  • Computer-based (CRPG)
  • Solo adventure  books and modules (SABM).

RPG Research is a Washington State non-profit company.

We are an interdisciplinary international team of volunteers aggregating research in a public repository and providing community and adaptive programs, using RPGs to empower people to achieve their educational, recreational, and/or therapeutic goals for a measurably better quality of life.

The data from these community programs is fed back into the research repository, and shared with the public, furthering the body of knowledge.

Support The RPG Research Project

You can directly support more research and services, through our Patreon page.

Since 1983 RPG Research's founder, Hawke Robinson, has been researching the effects & uses of RPGs. He is a Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist, with an interdisciplinary background in recreation therapy, music therapy, neuroscience, computer science, and research psychology. He has been involved with RPGs since the 1970s, using RPGs for client education goals since 1985, and for client therapeutic goals since 2004.

Since early 2017, Hawke has been joined by a growing core team of dedicated, wonderful, volunteers, helping grow the reach and capabilities of the research and program plans.

Chat With Us Online

Join the conversation on our public Discord Chat Server. We welcome your questions and suggestions!

Join our Volunteer Team

Check out our (constantly changing) list of volunteer needs/positions here.

Then click the Volunteer Sign Up Button, and complete the form. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible, typically in a day or three (remember we are all volunteers).

2016 RPG Research & Tolkien Moot

RPG Research Timeline

Some of the most notable events, (detailed version) here:

1983

  • 8 page paper on "The Myths & Realities of Role-Playing Games".
  • Players paying for RPG sessions. $1 per player per session.

1984/5

  • High school course on RPGs, 5 days per week, at Realms of Inquiry A School for Gifted & Talented Children. (Realms of Inquiry).

1985-1988

  • Organize, host, and run RPGA conventions.
  • Run RPGs for gold miners in wilderness.

2000-2003

  • RPGing in Silicon Valley / Bay Area, California.

2004

2006

2007

2008

2011

2013

2014

2015

Gender Bias in the Gaming Community and Industry, Phase 2, Status Update - http://www.rpgresearch.com/blog/rpg-gender-bias-research-stage-2-status-update-1

Seattle Children's Hospital, Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association (WSTRA) 16th Annual Conference, Presentation  on - "The Therapeutic and Educational Uses of Role-Playing Games (RPG) as Intervention Modalities for Individuals and Groups from the Therapeutic Recreation Perspective" Certified by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) - http://www.rpgresearch.com/blog/enhanced-video-rpg-as-therapy-presentation-seattle-childrens-hospital-wstra-con-16

2016

2017

2018

  • Launch of RpgEducation.com "RPG Education Platform" by RPG Therapeutics LLC
  • RpgNetwork.net "RPG gig economy platform" planned launch later in year.
  • INTERVIEW - Wizards of the Coast Dragon Talk - January 22nd. http://www2.rpgresearch.com/blog/wizards-dragon-talk-jan-22-2018
  • CONVENTION - ZoeCon III - February 16-18 - https://zoecon.net/
  • BOARD MEETING - RPG Research Board - March
  • CONFERENCE - WSTRA Conference - April
  • BOARD MEETING - RPG Research Board - June
  • EVENT - MDA Summer Camp - July - Rathdrum, Idaho
  • EVENT - Tolkien Moot XIV - July - Spokane, WA.
  • EVENT - SpoCon - August - Spokane, WA.