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RPG Research Status Update

RPG Research Status Update

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 07:40 PM

A lot has happened over the past several months, and there is actually a backlog developing, so I thought I would take a minutes to organize the backlog, update folks on what has been completed, and look ahead to what is coming down the pipe. If there is anything I forgot to include, please let me know so I can integrate it into this article. Many of the items in the queue might unfortunately be stuck until the summer holiday from university. Consider this also my public TODO list...

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LARPing as a Form of Therapy - Panel Hangout Broadcast - Wed. March 26 6:00 pm Pacific

LARPing as a Form of Therapy - Panel Hangout Broadcast - Wed. March 26 6:00 pm Pacific

by admin — last modified Jun 01, 2016 11:09 AM

Join the discussion with the panel regarding the therapeutic uses of role-playing gaming, especially LARP (Live-Action Role-Playing). Featuring Dr. Sarah Bowman, Hawke Robinson, Chris Shell, and Jamie Metzger, hosted by Kristin Brumley. Additional details below...

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When Does Role-Playing Gaming Become "Bad" For Participants?

When Does Role-Playing Gaming Become "Bad" For Participants?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 07:47 PM

What do you think is a reasonable baseline for "safe" RPG participation? With different populations, when is there "too much of a good thing"? Do you have any anecdotes, or better yet research data that validates any particular stance? I am slowly building up the background for extensive research on the potential therapeutic uses of role-playing games in various formats (tabletop, live-action, computer-based) for various populations (TBI, PTSD, Autism-spectrum, LD's, etc.), with the assumption that there is potential benefit. But what are the potential risks?

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Creating LARP Program for Autism Spectrum Toddlers

Creating LARP Program for Autism Spectrum Toddlers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 07:52 PM

Due to excessively strict NDA of the organization, I am very limited in what I can post, but letting those following the RPG Research, beginning working with autism-spectrum toddlers today from a recreation therapy approach, and developing an activity program that is LARP (Live-Action Role-Playing) quest-style for this population group, that we will actually implement in the next few weeks.

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Creating LARP Program for Autism Spectrum Toddlers

Creating LARP Program for Autism Spectrum Toddlers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Mar 06, 2016 04:26 AM

Due to excessively strict NDA of the organization, I am very limited in what I can post, but letting those following the RPG Research, beginning working with autism-spectrum toddlers today from a recreation therapy approach, and developing an activity program that is LARP (Live-Action Role-Playing) quest-style for this population group, that we will actually implement in the next few weeks.

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Original D&D White Books 2013 Reprint Special Collector's Edition Boxed Set - Unboxing

Original D&D White Books 2013 Reprint Special Collector's Edition Boxed Set - Unboxing

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 07:54 PM

A walk down a path of RPG nostalgia / history, Wizards of the Coast has reprinted the original D&D white book set, and bundled it in a wooden box with dice. Here you will find many photos of the unboxing process with a few comments, and a comparison my ancient original of one of the the Blackmoor supplement...

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Original D&D White Book Box Set

Original D&D White Book Box Set

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 07:57 PM

Just received this reprint of the ultimate in retro / nastalgic role-playing gaming, the Original D&D in a full box set.

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Using Therapeutic Role-Playing Gaming to Help in the Treatment of Sexual Abuse Victims

Using Therapeutic Role-Playing Gaming to Help in the Treatment of Sexual Abuse Victims

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 15, 2015 02:58 PM

A Christian gamers podcast group calling themselves "Saving the Game" recently interviewed a representative of The Bodhana Group regarding A PROPOSAL for using role-playing games for therapeutic treatment of sexually abused children and adolescents, as well as the abusers.

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UPDATE: JCAL Special Issue on 'Learning Analytics in Massively Multiuser Games, Virtual Environments and Courses' (clarification of scope and extension of proposal-submission deadline)

UPDATE: JCAL Special Issue on 'Learning Analytics in Massively Multiuser Games, Virtual Environments and Courses' (clarification of scope and extension of proposal-submission deadline)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:03 PM

Date: Sat Sep 14 14:15:21 2013 - Dear colleagues, Following the posting of the Call for Papers for the abovementioned special issue of the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, several prospective authors have enquired as to what constitutes a 'massive' number of learners for the purposes of the special issue.....

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Join the RPG Research Email Discussion List

Join the RPG Research Email Discussion List

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:05 PM

Join the RPG Research Email discussion list. Some people find it easier to discuss complex topics via email. We have setup such an option for you if you wish...

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Using Role-Playing Games to Treat PTSD at the VA Hospital

Using Role-Playing Games to Treat PTSD at the VA Hospital

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 04, 2016 06:09 PM

Timothe Loya served six years as a U.S. Marine, also serving in Iraq, and has proposed using tabletop role-playing games to treat returning veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

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Using Role-playing Games To Assist Recovery of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients

Using Role-playing Games To Assist Recovery of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 17, 2016 01:08 PM

Originally presented as a slide show presentation for Eastern Washington University class "Recreation Therapy for People with Disabilities". This video is a presentation on the hypothetical use of role-playing games to help a patient with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) progress through various recovery stages. This includes Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA), Computer-based RPG, Tabletop, and Live-action role-play (LARP).

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Scheduled downtime for all Internet services, Monday, August 26th, 6:00 pm Pacific

Scheduled downtime for all Internet services, Monday, August 26th, 6:00 pm Pacific

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:30 PM

Co-location facility is moving my servers from one rackspace to another. This is taking place August 26th, around 6:00 pm (Pacific Time), so all sites and domain emails will be offline during that transition. you can still contact me via the gmail account and my cell of course. Thank you for your patience.

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Call for Papers: JCAL Special Issue on 'Learning Analytics in Massively Multiuser Virtual Environments and Courses'

Call for Papers: JCAL Special Issue on 'Learning Analytics in Massively Multiuser Virtual Environments and Courses'

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:32 PM

I was asked via email, by Mark Lee of Charles Sturt University, Australia, to spread the word about their call for papers. Please take a look and spread the word to those you think might be interested.

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TODO List Backlog

TODO List Backlog

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:34 PM

Over the past few months, I've developed a little bit of a backlog on some of the TODO items for RPG Research, here is a short summary of the items I am hoping to catch up over the next few weeks...

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RPG Research at Spocon 2013

RPG Research at Spocon 2013

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:41 PM

I will be at Spocon throughout the weekend in Spokane, Washington performing research...

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RPG Research at Spocon 2013

RPG Research at Spocon 2013

by admin — last modified Jun 22, 2015 04:03 AM

Representatives from RPG Research will be at Spocon throughout the weekend in Spokane, Washington performing research, this August 9th through 11th.

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Live from Tolkien Moot IX - Middle-earth Talk Show Episode 50! August 4th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Live from Tolkien Moot IX - Middle-earth Talk Show Episode 50! August 4th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:48 PM

Be sure to join Michael Martinez, Hawke Robinson, and special guest Professor Chris Seeman for the 50th episode of Middle-earth Talk, broadcast live from Tolkien Moot IX, Sunday, August 4th, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Pacific Time. Live Broadcast of Middle-earth Talk Episode 50 - August 4th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. Don't miss the 50th episode of Middle-earth Talk, with special guest Professor Chris Seeman, live at Tolkien Moot IX!

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Live from TolkienMoot IX - RPG Research First Public Discussion. August 3rd at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.

Live from TolkienMoot IX - RPG Research First Public Discussion. August 3rd at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:46 PM

RPG Research First Public Meeting, August 3rd 1:00 pm (Pacific) - The Role-Playing Gaming Research Project will be having their first public discussion meeting on the therapeutic and educational effects of role-playing games on participants. This will be both in-person, and simulcast live over the Internet from the Tolkien and gaming convention, TolkienMoot IX....

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RPG Research First Public Meeting, Saturday August 3rd 1:00 pm (Pacific)

RPG Research First Public Meeting, Saturday August 3rd 1:00 pm (Pacific)

by admin — last modified Jun 22, 2015 04:03 AM

We are going to have our first public discussion meeting discussing the therapeutic and educational effects of role-playing games on participants. This will be both in-person, and simulcast live over the Internet....

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RPG Research First Public Meeting, August 3rd 1:00 pm (Pacific)

RPG Research First Public Meeting, August 3rd 1:00 pm (Pacific)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:50 PM

We are going to have our first public discussion meeting discussing the therapeutic and educational effects of role-playing games on participants. This will be both in-person, and simulcast live over the Internet via TolkienMoot IX streams.

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RPG Research at Spocon 2013 - Gender-bias Questionnaire, Stage 2

RPG Research at Spocon 2013 - Gender-bias Questionnaire, Stage 2

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:53 PM

Just received the good news that I will be allowed to perform the gender-bias questionnaire at Spocon this year, August 9-11.

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Should We Create Monthly RPG Research Discussion Group Meetings?

Should We Create Monthly RPG Research Discussion Group Meetings?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:55 PM

Just curious if folks would attend (on site and/or online) a monthly community discussion meeting group, if it was formed, discussing the therapeutic and educational aspects of role-playing gaming?

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PBS Off Book Documentary on Dungeons & Dragons

PBS Off Book Documentary on Dungeons & Dragons

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 13, 2015 12:59 AM

Dungeon's Master commentary on PBS short 7 minute documentary on D&D.

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Common (mis?)-conception that role-playing gamers are also avid comic book fans?

Common (mis?)-conception that role-playing gamers are also avid comic book fans?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 13, 2015 01:01 AM

I recently received a private message on Academia.edu from a member informing me about a comic-book-culture-related topic he thought I would find of interest. Though I've been an avid role-playing gamer since 1979, I was never really hooked by comic books, graphic novels, etc...

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Hypothesis of the Role-playing Gamer "Floater"

Hypothesis of the Role-playing Gamer "Floater"

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 03, 2016 06:48 PM

Originally posted Jun 04, 2013 02:35 PM: I have a new hypothesis as to why the stereotypes about role-playing gamers have become stronger over the decades rather than being disproved over time (as all the research indicates). I call it a hypothesis of the "Role-playing Gamer Floater"...

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Hypothesis of the Role-playing Gamer "Floater"

Hypothesis of the Role-playing Gamer "Floater"

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 20, 2016 11:23 AM

I have a new hypothesis as to why the stereotypes about role-playing gamers have become stronger over the decades rather than being disproved over time (as all the research indicates). I call it a hypothesis of the "Role-playing Gamer Floater"...

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First Send of RPG Questionnaire to a Senator and a Representative

First Send of RPG Questionnaire to a Senator and a Representative

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 13, 2015 01:12 AM

I just sent the first two government representatives, on my extensive list, a form of the questionnaire about their views regarding role-playing games and gamers. Will see if they respond, and what the responses are like. The first I contacted were Washington state eastern Washington United States Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R), and United States Senator (for Washington) Patty Murray (D).

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My best ICT lesson: algorithms and binary meets fantasy scenarios

My best ICT lesson: algorithms and binary meets fantasy scenarios

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Feb 03, 2016 01:53 PM

Inspired by the book Computational Fairy Tales, Chris Leach created a fantasy world for his ICT class to introduce them to computational thinking - Re-posted here for archival purposes, an interesting article on how an information and communication technologies instructor used fantasy settings, that could be tied into role-playing gaming to help explain mathematical and computer science based concepts in ways that might be more accessible to a wider audience....

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Opinion - Big Bang Theory episode on Dungeons & Dragons - The Love Spell Potential

Opinion - Big Bang Theory episode on Dungeons & Dragons - The Love Spell Potential

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 13, 2015 01:21 AM

Last week, the sitcom The Big Bang Theory spent almost an entire episode on Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). This was episode 23 of Season 6, titled "The Love Spell Potential". If you were not a tabletop Role-playing gamer before, did their representation in any way alter your view of tabletop RPG? Did it increase, decrease, or not at all impact your view of role-playing games and gamers? If you are already a tabletop RPGer, how did you feel about the representation on the show? How did you feel about the sexual rules added? The stereotypes?

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