About Us

RPG Research Core Volunteer Staff July 2017
RPG Research, RPG Trailer, Tolkien Moot & Volunteers 2017
2007 - RPG Research at Northeast Youth Center Spokane (NEYC).. Lance-A-Lot Joust, Extreme Medieval Sports Program for At-risk youth.
RPG Research & MDA: Shield Painting for Battle Royale LARP, Summer 2017
RPG Research, Cerebral Palsy Participant
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 RPG Research & The Spartan Show's Adventurer's Guild on Twitch

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.

Roots in 1984

Our roots began with the founder, Hawke Robinson, who began role-playing gaming in the 1970s, and then in 1984, at a school for gifted & talented children, began researching the effects of RPGs, and then utilizing them in an educational settings to enhance the learning process for participants.

Since the 1970s

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).

SINCE 2004

We went online as an international repository of research information on the effects of all RPG formats. Adding research and programs using RPGs to achieve therapeutic goals for a wide range of populations, and making RPGs as inclusive as possilble for various people with disabilities and adaptation needs.


RPG Research is also a community of volunteers. in addition to the ongoing research efforts,we design and implement community programs for a wide range of populations. The results from those programs are documented and fed back into the body of research. This means our programs both help improve the lives of our participants, while at he same time furthering the knowledge domain shared with the international community.


We have spent years providing accessible and adaptive programs to meet the needs of a diverse range of populations, maximizing their experiences. We often provide programs for people with: Muscular Dystrophy (MD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Brain Injuries (TBI, stroke, etc.), Deaf & hard of hearing, and many others.


Using the wheelchair accessible RPG Trailer and RPG Bus, we are able to implement research and programs throughout the country, especially for those in rural, under-served, and un-served locations.


The RPG Research website is an open, international repository of research information aggregating more than 30 years of research on the effects of all role-playing game formats.

We also provide a number of additional services over the internet, including RPG sessions and much more from our studios and other locations, maximizing the potential reach to as many people as possible.


RPG Research is 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.


We have staff members that have been involved with role-playing games & music for more than 30 years each. A number of our staff members are, or have been Recreational Therapists, LPNs, CNAs, EMTs, and from other diverse helping professions.

We have been designing and implementing education programs using RPGs since 1985, and therapeutic programs using RPGs and music since 2004.

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.

Meet the Team

Our hard working volunteer team members come from diverse backgrounds.

Project Founder, Hawke Robinson

Hawke Robinson

Founder, President, & CEO

Role-playing gaming since the 1970s.

Researching RPGs since 1984.

Previously CNA, Habilitation Therapist, and CTO.

Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist.

Project Core Volunteer, John Welker

John Welker

Vice President

Role-playing Gaming since the 1970s.

Previous LPN, US Army Medic.

Registered Recreational Therapist.

Project Core Volunteer, Danielle Whitworth

Danielle Whitworth


Professional RPG Advocate in Training

Currently at student at Eastern Washington University working toward her B.A. in Therapeutic Recreation and the NCTRC Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist certification.

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Jacob Jones, Volunteer & Game Master
Volunteer & Writer, Drake Robinson
Charles Loyd, Volunteer RPG Advocate, Snaga
Brad Kane, Volunteer, GM, EMT
Daniel Ivey, Volunteer
Ryan Allison, Previous Volunteer RPG Advocate Trainee
Heather Allison, Previous Volunteer, RPG Player.
Karla McCallum, Previous Volunteer, Player, GM

Contact Us

If you have questions, would like to donate, request services, join in the research, or sign up as a volunteer, please do contact us.