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Online since 2004. Our founder has been studying the effects of all RPG formats since 1983, and involved with and experimenting with various RPG formats since the 1970s

“…Hawke is sort of the grandfather of therapeutic gaming. He has been tracking and involved in the therapeutic and educational application of role-playing games longer than anyone else.” –Adam Johns, Game to Grow, Executive Director, Lead Facilitator.

A Non-profit 501(c) Charitable organization

RPG Research is a 501(c)3 non-profit human services charitable organization. Our staff study the effects of all role-playing game formats: tabletop, live-action, solo adventure books/modules, & computer-based. Since 2004 our website has provided an open, free, international repository of research information. Our multidisciplinary programs draw from therapeutic recreation, music, neuroscience, psychology, and other knowledge domains. Based on the available research, our community programs help people achieve their educational, recreational, and therapeutic goals, measurably improving their quality of life.

Looking for Consulting, Professional Paid RPG Entertainment, Education, Therapy, or Training?

RPG Research focuses on research and community programs. For those looking for consulting and professional services using role-playing games, music and recreation therapy, contact RPG Therapeutics LLC. On-site and online services they provide include:

  • Consulting and counseling services
  • Paid RPG Sessions & RPG Parties
  • Find a Game Master / RPG Professional
  • Online Education courses
  • RPG programs for educational settings
  • RPG programs for Therapy sessions
  • Therapeutic RPG in healthcare facilities

Support RPG Research

RPG Research is a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)3 non-profit human services, charitable, research and community services organization. You can directly support our programs by donating today!

Our Philosophy About Research & Sharing

“He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.” ― Thomas Jefferson, Selected Writings

2017 RPG Research at Spokane Convention Center with Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer with Cosplayers:
2017 RPG Research at Spokane Convention Center with Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer with Cosplayers:
2017 RPG Research volunteers and participants with Wheelchair friendly RPG Trailer
2017 RPG Research at Spokane Convention Center with Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer with Cosplayers:
2017 RPG Research at Spokane Convention Center with Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer with Cosplayers:
2017 RPG Research at Spokane Convention Center with Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer with Cosplayers:
2017 Spokane Convention Center RPG Research GM John Welker with youth: No Thank You Evil RPG
2017 Spokane Convention Center RPG Research GM John Welker with youth: No Thank You Evil RPG
2017 Spokane Convention Center RPG Research GM John Welker with youth: No Thank You Evil RPG
2005 RPG Research & MerpCon I
2005 RPG Research & MerpCon I
2005 RPG Research & MerpCon I
2017: RPG Research & Tolkien Moot XIII
Tolkien Moot XIII 2017
2017: RPG Research & Tolkien Moot XIII
2007 RPG Research with EWU & North East Youth Center (NYEC): Fantastic Fun for All: Extreme Medieval Sports: Hawke's Lance-A-Lot
2007 RPG Research with EWU & North East Youth Center (NYEC): Fantastic Fun for All: Extreme Medieval Sports: Hawke's Lance-A-Lot
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
RPG Research Core Volunteer Staff July 2017
2009 RPG Research and Middle-earth Talk Show Youth Panel
2009 RPG Research and Middle-earth Talk Show Youth Panel
RPG Research Core Volunteer Staff July 2017
2017 July RPG Research Core Volunteer Staff
RPG Research Core Volunteer Team Fall 2017
2007 RPG Research and the Northeast Youth Center (NYEC) & EWU, Left: Lord Wiezel of Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), Hawke, Right: Professor Barbara Brock
2007 RPG Research and the Northeast Youth Center (NYEC) and EWU, Left: Lord Wiezel of Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), Hawke, Right: Professor Barbara Brock
2007 RPG Research and the Northeast Youth Center (NYEC) & EWU, Left: Lord Wiezel of Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), Hawke, Right: Professor Barbara Brock
RPG Research & MDA: Shield Painting for Battle Royale LARP, Summer 2017
2017: RPG Research & MDA: Shield Painting for Battle Royale LARP
2017 Rpg Research Muscular Dystrophy Association
RPG Research Community Gaming session, includes Participants with Cerebral Palsy 2015
2015 RPG Research Community Gaming session, includes Participants with Cerebral Palsy
RPG Research Community Gaming session, includes Participants with Cerebral Palsy 2015
2017 RPG Research at SpoCon Convention
2017 RPG Research at SpoCon Convention
2017 RPG Research at SpoCon Convention
2015: RPG Research Community Gaming with Cp
2015: RPG Research Community Gaming with Cp
2015: RPG Research Community Gaming with Cp
2016 RPG Research & Tolkien Moot
Tolkien Moot XII 2016 LARP
2016 RPG Research & Tolkien Moot
2010: RPG Research & MerpCon VI
2010: RPG Research & MerpCon VI
2010: RPG Research & MerpCon VI
2017 RPG Research Tolkien Moot XIII
2017 RPG Research Tolkien Moot XIII
Tolkien Moot 2017
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
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
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 WorldCon: Sasquan Gaming by John Welker of Spokane Area Gaming Alliance & RPG Research
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
2015 RPG Research & The Spartan Show's Adventurer's Guild on Twitch
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
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 Observing, Assessing, & Advising Wheelhouse Workshop's RPG Social Skills Youth Program, Seattle. Hawke with Adam Davis & Adam Johns
2017 RPG Research Observing, Assessing, & Advising Wheelhouse Workshop's RPG Social Skills Youth Program, Seattle. Hawke with Adam Davis & Adam Johns
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
2014 RPG Research Autism Program, 1940s Gumshoe, for Civic Resource Skills Development
RPG Research Program for Autism Spectrum RPG
2015 RPG Research one of many of our Gaming Rooms
2015 RPG Research one of many of our Gaming Rooms
2015 RPG Research one of many of our Gaming Rooms
2014: Extra-Life 24 hours Gaming Fundraiser for Children's Hospitals
2014: Extra-Life 24 hours Gaming Fundraiser for Children's Hospitals
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.
2016 RPG Research & Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Tour #1, Tacoma: Writer: Matt Vancil of The Gamers, Journey Quest, etc.
2016 RPG Research & Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Tour #1, Tacoma: Writer: Matt Vancil of The Gamers, Journey Quest, etc.
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RPG Research Gaming Vision Burntsiennaart
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RPG Research Gaming Vision bobooks
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RPG Research Gaming Vision anastasia1995

Our roots began in 1977 when our founder was introduced to tabletop role-playing games and began experimenting with different variables for tabletop and computer-based RPGs. By 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 a school for gifted & talented children, and other educational settings thereafter. Then in 2004 increasing focus on therapeutic potential of RPGs. 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. RPG Research, as of September 26, 2017, is an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization, as a publicly supported charity: 170(b)(1)(A)(vi).

Public Calendar

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.

Join our Volunteer Team

Check out our list of volunteer opportunities 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).

RPG Research, RPG Trailer, Tolkien Moot & Volunteers 2017

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.

We extend our geographic reach for research and helping people, both online and with the RPG Fleet, including the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer, RPG Staff Command SUV, & Wheelchair Accessible RPG Bus mobile facilities. Our volunteers travel the country, including those in under-served and un-served rural & remote locations, providing services to those that benefit the most.

RPG Fleet Convoy April 27 2018

The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Prototype provides space for 6 to 12 people to participate in a cozy setting. Providing a safe, clean, comfortable environment (effectively a living room on wheels), with kitchenette, shower, fridge, stove, and more. It can accommodate up to 3 people in wheelchairs.

The Ideal Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer, will be a custom-built similar trailer, with slide-outs adding 4+' of width, and an improved layout and lower ride height, that can accommodate 6-8 people in wheelchairs, including wheelchair accessible bathroom. You can support building the ideal RPG Trailer by donating to the fundraiser here: http://gofundme.com/rpgtrailer

(The RPG Trailer prototype is privately owned by RPG Research founder Hawke Robinson, and freely loaned to RPG Research as needed. The Ideal Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer fundraiser is for a trailer that will be owned by Hawke Robinson until paid off, and then freely donated to RPG Research when RPG Research has the funds to cover the costs of licensing, insurance, and maintenance.)

The RPG Bus

The Wheelchair Accessible RPG Bus provides a mobile facility, comfortable for role-playing games or music, for up to 6 people, including up to 2 people in wheelchairs. (The RPG Bus is privately owned by RPG Research founder Hawke Robinson, but freely loaned to RPG Research as needed).

RPG Staff Command Vehicle

The RPG Command vehicle (tongue in cheek nickname), is an Infiniti QX-56 4x4 SUV, capable of carrying 7+ passengers, with lots of gear for tableop and live-action RPG sessions to remote locations, including difficult off-road areas, and heavy snow/ice locations. We can transport our staff and other players to help each other connect. (Vehicle privately owned by RPG Research founder Hawke Robinson, but freely loaned to RPG Research as needed).

Chat With Us Online

Join the conversation on our Public Chat Server (using Discord). We welcome your questions and suggestions!

2016 RPG Research & Tolkien Moot

Support RPG Research & Donate Today!

Donation information

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