RPG (Role-Playing Game) Research Focusing on Only RPG Community Center Tabletop Role-Playing Game Programs Now Due to Insurance Restrictions

RPG (Role-Playing Game) Research Focusing on Only RPG Community Center Tabletop Role-Playing Game Programs Now In order to comply with requirements to get insurance, this page lists the focused scope

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Role-playing game players, including Autism spectrum, and RPG Research trained volunteer staff game masters running RPGs in the wheelchair accessible RPG Bus (loaned for our use by Hawke Robinson), celebrating a great dice role at a key point in the game.

As of April 28th, 2022, Role-Playing Game Research non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization RPG Research will plan to only provide the following limited scope until insurance is resolved for the RPG Community Center:

* We will continue as an incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit charity operating only in Spokane Washington.

* We will continue as a 100% volunteer-run organization, but with a greatly reduced, Spokane local-only staff of around 10 volunteers.

* We will continue with our existing board of directors (some of which are remote, and include a Ph.D. professor) and quarterly meetings as required for our incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit charity status.

* We will continue our weekly Administrative Staff meetings

* We will continue recording our private volunteer training sessions, but they will not be uploaded to the public, nor be live-streamed.

* We will continue our volunteer staff weekly training, but it will only be for in-person Spokane staff.

* We will continue, as we always have, with a full application, interview, reference checks, up-front full background checks on all of our volunteers and staff, and ongoing regular background checks of all staff.

* We will continue with our existing Mission and Vision statements in the long run, but during this suspended services period, in order to qualify for insurance, our impact will be limited to only local, in-person, tabletop role-playing game, community programs, only for adults and teenagers (13+ years old).

* We will only have minimal Social Media postings, with significant process and approval oversight for our postings before they are allowed to go public.

* We will continue using private recorded security cameras for everyone's safety at all of our tabletop sessions (with signed waivers of permission from all participants).

* We will continue to use sign-in / sign-out processes for all sessions.

* We will continue our community Drop In and RPG in-person programs at the Spark Central Community Center, as that has been under Spark Central’s insurance coverage for the nearly 5 years we've been running our RPG programs there.

* We will continue our current Spokane School District Drop In and RPG programs through Spark Central that are currently underway.

* Initially, pending insurance approval, we are only planning to offer limited hours for the open community tabletop role-playing game sessions. A minimum of 2 volunteers, plus one per table will be in attendance during the open community hours. Tentatively proposed open community schedule is:

  1. Saturdays 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  2. Tuesdays 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  3. Fridays 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

* To get insurance, Initially we will provide only up to 3 tables at a time, with a maximum of 5 players per table (plus the volunteer game master facilitator, for a maximum of 6 people per table). This means the maximum community center tabletop role-playing game room occupancy will be no more than 15 community participants (with at least 5 volunteers facilitating).

This list will be updated, potentially without notice, as we further negotiate with insurance companies.

Please consider donating today to help us through this transition period. 


Hawke Robinson

A Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist with a background in Therapeutic Recreation, computer science, neuroscience, cognitive neuropsychology, research psychology, nursing, play therapy, education, 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 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 CEO of the non-profit 501(c)3 charitable research and human services organization, RPG Research.
Founder and President of the for-profit <https://rpgtherapy.com">RPG Therapeutics LLC and RPG.LLC.
Author of the RPG Professional Workbook available on Amazon.
Creator of the wheelchair accessible RPG Mobile fleet.
Founder of the RPG Museum.

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