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).
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Role-playing Gaming since the 1970s.
Previous LPN, US Army Medic.
Registered Recreational Therapist.
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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If you have questions, would like to donate, request services, join in the research, or sign up as a volunteer, please do contact us.