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The RPG Museum

Based on how it goes with your donation support, we are planning to open the experiential learning Role-Playing Game Museum to the public in early-to-mid-2023
  

RPG COMMUNITY CENTER -- PUBLIC ACCESS HOURS

Fridays 4-8 pm, Saturdays 1-5 pm. 101 N. Stone Street, Spokane, WA 99202. - [ DONATE ] - [ VOLUNTEER ] -- Ages 4 through 104+ welcomed!
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Resuming soon: Dedicated TRPG table for blind and visually impaired players and American Sign Language table for Deaf/HoH players!

What Is a role-playing game (RPG)?

A seated, cooperative, interactive storytelling recreational activity, with structured rules, in a shared imaginary setting.


What are the 4 major RPG formats?

  1. Tabletop (TRPG)
  2. Live-action (LRPG)
  3. Electronic (eRPG)
  4. Hybrid (HRPG)


See more about: RPG Formats and the RPG Model.


Hawkes-Robinson definition of a tabletop role-playing game (TRPG) (4 parts):

• Part 1 - Setting: A seated, cooperative, interactive storytelling recreational activity, with structured rules, in a shared imaginary setting.

• Part 2 – Participants: Participants include a facilitator and referee known as the Game Master (GM), and one or more role-playing game players (RPGer), controlling one or more quantitatively and qualitatively well defined and evolving player character(s) (PC), generally distinctively separate from the player.

• Part 3 – Action declaration: Each participant verbally declares imaginary actions taken by the created PC or GM-controlled entities, which are not physically acted out by the player.

• Part 4 – Results determination: Simple results are determined by agreed fiat, while more challenging results are determined by a combination of narrative and mathematical calculations that include static & random variables, plus situational modifiers, enabling participants to vicariously


What are the 9 minimum required items for participation in TRPG?

  1.  1 GM
  2.  1+ players
  3.  Randomizing agent (dice, cards, chit, etc.)
  4.  Static & dynamically changing writing, storage, & retrieval methods (typically pencil & paper, tablet, adaptive writing tool, etc.).
  5.  Rules system – published or homebrew, or not even in print, key is that previously agreed upon structured rules system. Not let’s pretend, not improv “yes and”.
  6.  Adventure module: Adventure/conflict/story - prepared (published or homebrew) or improvised
  7.  Somewhere to gather – generally seated, the key is not moving around, you are stationary, not acting out physically, the action.
  8.  Cooperative social interaction - interactive communication interface of some kind (speaking, writing, signing, etc.), working together.
  9.  Time





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