Role-Playing Game Research - 2020 RPG Research Year in Review

2020 RPG Research Year in Review - The Short List

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  1. Hawke ,Danielle, and John working on Gen Con 2020 Programming - link
  2. BFRPG Accessible Character Sheet published at website
  3. Began using Odoo 13 to replace Plone and 6 other separate products.
  4. Began prep for RPG Conference 2020


  1. Met with Cursed Crypt at their factory
  2. Spark Central Community center Workshops
  3. Gen Con TV TableTakes - Hawke Robinson Neurodiversity in Gaming and more!



  1. Looked into multiple fundraisers (Les Schwab Tires, St Patrick's Day parade.
  2. COVID-19
  3. Moved Spark Central Drop-in and RPG Online
  4. Purchased New Trailer (Octane) (now fleet includes RPG Trailer 2 (1 was destroyed by theives), RPG Bus, and RPG Trailer 2)
  5. GenCon TV TableTakes March 20th



  1. Continued Spark Central moved online for Drop-in and RPG
  2. Began work on TFN's Event Platform for ZoeCon, Technorama, Realm Builders, WorldCon, and GenCon Film Festival 
  3. Zoe Con April 24
  4. Unboxing "Stranger Things" D&D Starter Set
  5. Received Activity Kit from Wizard of the coast (D&D Beyond)
  6. Stabilized 12 week training program
  7. GenCon TV - GenCon Roundtable: GenConVersations - Socializing Distantly & General Well Being



  1. Mentioned in NBC News article - link pending
  2. Rrefurbished laptop purchases for RPG Research from donor funds for ERPG department, purchased through Techsoup
  3. ASL RPG sessions resume
  4. Started move from Odoo 13 to Odoo 12
  5. Rolling for Change Podcast -
  6. GenConTV - Gen Con Roundtable: GenConVersation - Mental Health And Socializing Distantly 



  1. Accessible Gaming Quarterly (Need AD)
  2. Critical Core Playtest
  3. World of Beru ends season 2.
  4. RPG Tour from WA across country to ME to TX and back to WA. -
  5. Created RPG and GoFundMe -
  6. Received DOTS Accessibility Committee Invitation
  7. Hosted Technorama Australia convention on co-developed TFN Event Platform


  1. Hosted Realm Makers convention on co-developed TFN Event Paltform
  2. Hosted WorldCon 78 on co-developed TFN Event Platform
  3. GenCon 2020 - RPG Research Workshops
  4. GenCon 2020 - RPG Games
  5. GenCon 2020 - Ancient and World Tabletop Games
  6. Hosted GenCon film festival co-developed TFN Event Platform
  7. GenCon TV Tabletakes - Overcoming Interpersonal and Societal Conflict Through the Power of Role-Playing Gaming



  1. Spark Central (at same time as World Con and Gen Con)
  2. GenCon 2020 - RPG Research Workshops
  3. GenCon 2020 - RPG Games
  4. GenCon 2020 - Ancient and World Tabletop 
  5. RPG Research vacation Aug 3-9, for everyone to recover from intense summer of programs.
  6. Phase 1 BCI-ERPG completed
  7. Phase 2 BCI-ERPG begins
  8. Archivists department formed and begins consolidating and cleaning up research archives.
  9. Work continues with RPG Museum, now with archivist team added.
  10. Mindcrack Podcast
  11. GenCon TV Tabletakes - Role-Playing Game Group Formation, Communication, and Dynamics with Hawke Robinson August 21



  1. PBS KIDS contacted Hawke
  2. Alexis and Danielle stared RPG Research inventory
  3. Change GM level 1 training program from 12 weeks to 16 weeks.


  1. Save against Fear - 
  2. Rescheduled SpoCon Epic for April 2021
  3. Archivists team completes moving 1,000+ content items (estimated ~10,000 items)
  4. Personally Speaking guest on KYRS Thin Air Community Radio - 
  5. Call of Cthulhu Halloween late night special broadcast - 


  1. OpenBCI R&D Kit
  2. Paper submitted to Educational Psychology Review - "Play for Growth: A Systematic Literature Review of Games and Socioemotional Skills" by Lucy Zheng, et al.
  3. RPG Training Workbook Amazon Preview Edition Published
  4. Selected RPG Museum catalog software


  1. MindCrack Charity fundraising 8-hour RPG marathon
  2. Scheduled New Game Evaluation and brought back Advocacy class
  3. GenCon TV TableTakes (begins at 1:15:37)


Hawke Robinson

Known across multiple industries as "The Grandfather of Therapeutic Gaming" because he has been studying the effects and uses of role-playing games and their potential to achieve therapeutic goals longer than anyone else, Hawke Robinson is a Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist.

He has a diverse and deep background in Therapeutic Recreation / Recreation Therapy, computer science, neuroscience, cognitive neuropsychology, neurotech, research psychology, nursing, play therapy, education, music, and role-playing gaming.

  • Hawke Robinson has been involved with role-playing games in community settings since 1977.
  • Studying methods for optimizing the experience of role-playing games, software development, and online since 1979.
  • A paid professional game master since 1982.
  • Studying the effects of role-playing games upon participants since 1983.
  • Providing role-playing games in educational settings and for educational goals since 1985.
  • Working with incarcerated populations since 1989.
  • Researching and using role-playing games to achieve therapeutic goals for a wide range of populations from 2 years old through senior adults since 2004.
  • Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit 501(c)3 charitable research and human services organization, RPG Research.
  • Founder and CEO of the for-profit RPG Therapeutics LLC and RPG.LLC.
  • Author of multiple books in technology and gaming W.A. Hawkes-Robinson books available on Amazon.
  • Creator of the wheelchair accessible RPG Mobile fleet vehicles and trailers.
  • Founder of the experiential learning Role-Playing Game RPG Museum, and much more.
  • Creator of the Brain-Computer Interface Role-Playing Game (BCI RPG) and many other related projects.
You can learn more about Hawke Robinson at

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