About The RPG Research Project Community Website
Beginning around 1985, and becoming more formalized in 2004, The RPG Research Project Community is a global and interdisciplinary community effort to research the effects of role-playing games (RPGs) in all formats: tabletop (TRPG), live-action (LARP), computer-based (CRPG), & solo adventures (CYOA). This open community website was created in 2004 as a central repository for past, current, and future research. Additional focus includes studies on the therapeutic and educational aspects of RPGs. The community is welcomed and encouraged to contribute to this site through the many resources provided, including document archives, forum bulletin board, chat rooms, audio & video archives, polls, surveys, and more.
The RPG (Role-Playing Game) Research Project was sparked around 1985, founded by Hawke Robinson (W.A. Hawkes-Robinson) around 2004, as an ongoing series of short and long-term projects that include studies on the therapeutic and educational aspects of role-playing games.
Where viable, additional emphasis is placed on determining any causality related to participation in all forms of role-playing gaming: tabletop, solo/choose your own adventure, computer-based, or live-action (LARP).
This research includes tracking any other projects around the world that use role-playing games as an intervention modality to achieve educational or therapeutic goals.
While the site is the primary repository of "The RPG Research Project", it is intended as an open community site for everyone interested in these topics, and it is hoped that others will join the site to share their research, insights, experiences, etc. to further enhance this site as a central repository of all information on these topics.
Many resources are available on this site:
- Blog (for all registered users)
- Documents repository
- Audio, video, & other multi-media respository