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RPG Research: A 100% Volunteer-Run 501(c)3 Non-profit Charitable Research & Human Services Organization. Mission - Vision - Impact
Our Founders & Volunteer Staff Have Been Providing the Benefits of Role-Playing Games & Community Programs Since 1977!"
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About RPG (Role-Playing Game) Research

We are a 100% volunteer-run non-profit 501(c)3 charitable research and human services organization based in Spokane, Washington, USA. 

Our roots begin with our founder, Hawke Robinson, our co-founders John Welker and Danielle Whitworth, and our wonderful highly trained volunteer staff, who have been directly involved with providing tabletop role-playing game (RPG) community programs since the 1970s.

After decades of informal and semi-formal operations as the RPG Research Project, we incorporated as RPG Research as a Washington State non-profit public charity in September 2017 and received our IRS 501(c)3 tax-exempt status verification letter January 16th, 2018 which is retroactively in effect since 2017.

Our non-profit Tax ID Employer Identification Number (EIN): 82-3521274.

IRS Public Charity Status: 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi) * with an effective date of September 26th, 2017.

Donors may deduct contributions they make to us.

We are also eligible to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522.

This means your donations to RPG Research may be tax deductible!

Our new headquarters are are located at the new RPG Center:

RPG Research

101 North Stone Street

Spokane, WA 99202, USA



Company History


World's first role-playing game is officially published.


RPG Research founders and staff begin role-playing game community programs.


RPG Research founders and staff begin researching optimizing the RPG experience, including tabletop RPGs, electronic role-playing game development, live-action role-play, hybrid RPGS, online remote text-based and over the phone remote tabletop and electronic RPGs.


RPG Research founders and staff begin receiving payment as paid, professional, game master, providing commercial RPG game services.


RPG Research's founder writes first 8 page research paper on the effects of role-playing games.


RPG Research founder and staff begin providing role-playing games as a daily class, 5 days a week during classroom time.


RPG Research founder and staff begin using role-playing games with high-risk and incarcerated populations.


RPG Research founder and staff providing web live-streaming and video-conference-based tabletop RPG sessions via CuSeeMe, java applets, and other methods.


RPG Research founder and staff move research repository archives from multiple locations to single free and public resource at the website.


RPG Research incorporates as C-Corp non-profit charity and 501(c)3 status.


RPG Research acquires real estate and opens the RPG Center, Role-Playing Game Community Center


RPG Research opens RPG Museum providing historical interactive experiential learning role-plying game museum for all RPG formats and games leading up to the creation of RPGs, as far back as ~3,500 BCE.

RPG Research's Volunteer Staff

RPG Research's Volunteer Staff. This section includes RPG Research volunteers past and present.

Hawke Robinson

Founder, CEO, an Chair. Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist with a background in neuroscience, computer science, research psychology, music, play therapy, habilitation therapy, nursing, and more. Involved with role-playing games since 1977. GM Instructor, Level 19 GM.

John Welker

Co-founder, Vice President. Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist. US Army 21 year veteran, Retired LPN. Involved with RPGs since 1979. GM Trainee Level 5

Danielle Whitworth

Co-founder, Corporate Staff Secretary. Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist with an additional background in Sports Medicine. GM Trainee Level 4

Brooke Lively

Vice-chair, Board of Directors

Emily Messina, PhD., CTRS

RPG Research Board of Directors. Director, Therapeutic Recreation Department, Eastern Washington University.

Kate Hyatt


Niklas Anderson

IT Director, Board of Directors.

Aaron Birdwell

GM Trainee

Alexis Rounsville

GM Trainee Level 1

Aaron Stoyack


Adam Kantz

TRPG Player 1 & Show Performer

Adina Rubin-Budick


Ahmed Khalaf


Aislynn Kenney

GM Trainee

Alex Belovich

Grant Writer

Alia Chenikov


Alliah Spottedblanket

GM Trainee

Allison Dawson


Alyssa Marylee Heflin


Amber DeWitt

GM Trainee Level 1, Archivist

Ana Ryburn

GM Trainee

Andrew Messersmith

TRPG Player 1 & Show Performer

Angela Kraker


Anthony Hinyub


Anthony Hirt

Game Software Developer

Anthony Ruffin


Anushka Joshi

Grant Writer

Aubry Birkland

GM Trainee

Autumn Asay

GM Trainee

Bakhtawar Daud

Game Software Developer

Bill Rounsville

GM Trainee Level 1

Blake Rose

GM Trainee

Brad Kane


Brandon Allen

Game Software Developer

Brandon Roan

RPG Advocate 1

Brennan Robinson

Software Developer

Brian Connolly

GM Trainee

Brian Huseland

GM Trainee Level 1, Tolkien specialist

Charles (Charlie) Loyd

GM Trainee Level 1

Daniel Ivey

GM Trainee Level 3

David Griffith

GM Trainee Level 2

Joe Koenen

GM Trainee Level 1

Katy Koenen

GM Trainee Level 1

Karla McCallum

GM Trainee Level 1

Natalia Weizenbach-Marc

GM Trainee Level 1

Rin Ragudo

Marketing Manager

Shane Dean

GM Trainee Level 1

Syrus DeWitt

GM Trainee Level 1

Terrance MacMullan, PhD.

GM Trainee Level 1

Valerie Krepel

Development Team Manager