About RPG (Role-Playing Game) Research

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

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

We incorporated 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 can be tax deductible!

We are located at the RPG Research Role-Playing Game Center at:

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 rpgresearch.com 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.

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.

Alexis Rounsville

GM Trainee Level 1

Amber DeWitt

GM Trainee Level 1, Archivist

Bill Rounsville

GM Trainee Level 1

Brad Kane


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

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