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Less formal updates than the News section about therapeutic and educational aspects of role-playing games.
Enhanced Video - RPG as Therapy Presentation - Seattle Childrens Hospital WSTRA Con 16

Enhanced Video - RPG as Therapy Presentation - Seattle Childrens Hospital WSTRA Con 16

Here is the improved and enhanced audio/video of the presentation "The Therapeutic and Educational Uses of Role-Playing Games (RPG) as Intervention Modalities for Individuals and Groups from the Therapeutic Recreation Perspective" at Seattle Children's Hospital for the Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association (WSTRA) 16th annual conference. The live version of this presentation was certified for Continuing Education Units (CEU's) by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA). This the sound fixed, and includes the slideshow added to the video to be easier to read. Closed captions coming soon too.

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Raw Video Now Available - at Seattle Childrens Hospital RPG as Therapy WSTRA Con 16

Raw Video Now Available - at Seattle Childrens Hospital RPG as Therapy WSTRA Con 16

The raw unedited video of my presentation "The Therapeutic and Educational Uses of Role-Playing Games (RPG) as Intervention Modalities for Individuals and Groups from the Therapeutic Recreation Perspective" at Seattle Children's Hospital for the Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association (WSTRA) 16th annual conference. The live version of this presentation was certified for Continuing Education Units (CEU's) by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA).

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A quick summary of my gaming groups & activities.

I have a few things going on related to RPG, here is a quick summary of the RPG groups I'm in, and some key events...

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The Benefits of Role-Playing Games, and How to Get Started

The Benefits of Role-Playing Games, and How to Get Started

Role-Playing games promote a number of positive social aspects, as this LifeHacker article points out. It also shows you how to get started!

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D&D 5th Edition - Hawke's House Rules

D&D 5th Edition - Hawke's House Rules

Folks have been asking me repeatedly about how to "fix" D&D 5e to tone it down a bit for their campaigns, especially for long-term campaigns, so I have posted my 5 house rules that so far, since last summer, (4 groups using them now) have helped considerably.

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Utilizing Role-Playing Games In Social Skills Assessment and Intervention

A presentation put together by Dr. James D. Persinger, PhD., of Emporia Statue University in 2003 provides a summary of the history of Role-Playing in therapy, as well as some basic history of RPGs, and numerous tips in implementing RPG-based therapy in a scholastic setting.

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Possible to Develop "Road Rage" Treatment Through RPG?

Possible to Develop "Road Rage" Treatment Through RPG?

Is it possible to develop an RPG-based program to help modify aggressive/raging drivers' cognitions and behaviors to be safer on the road?

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RPG Research Speaking at ZoeCon II - Video

RPG Research Speaking at ZoeCon II - Video

The video is now available for Hawke Robinson's RPG Research Project discussion/speech at November's 2014 ZoeCon II. ZoeCon is from Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, creators of The Gamers, The Gamers II: Dorkness Rising, The Gamers III: Hands of Fate, Journey Quest, and many other shows.

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Sad News, the Israeli Gaming Store Has Closed.

Sad News, the Israeli Gaming Store Has Closed.

The gaming store in Israel, that also was implementing therapeutic role-playing for at-risk and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) teens, sadly is closing its doors.

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Using Role-Playing Games in Recreation Therapy - Therapeutic Recreation Professional Panel Question

Using Role-Playing Games in Recreation Therapy - Therapeutic Recreation Professional Panel Question

We have a TR professional panel coming to the university shortly, and we had a teamed class assignment to create questions in advance for the panel, with APA citations, research, etc. Each team member had to create 4 questions. One of my questions was regarding the lack of any effort by the TR industry to use RPG in any format as a recreation therapy intervention modality. It will be a few weeks before the panel meets, but here is the question as submitted to the professor tonight....

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Session 2 - The Spartan Show Adventurers Guild Broadcast

Session 2 - The Spartan Show Adventurers Guild Broadcast

Join us for session #2 - Spartan Show Adventurer's Guild - I will be DM as we broadcast live the 2nd RPG session. Tuesdays 8:00 pm to Midnight (Pacific time). Includes new sketch artist drawing scenes real-time during the game! Upcoming features include audience ability to influence events and other factors in future games!

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RT / TR, RPG Therapy vs. Therapeutic RPG

RT / TR, RPG Therapy vs. Therapeutic RPG

I was attending the Professional Issues in Therapeutic Recreation course today, we were going over a chapter regarding the history of Recreation Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation, and the ever-recurring battle over TR vs. RT. This triggered some thoughts regarding the use of a role-playing game (RPG) as a therapeutic intervention modality, namely "Role-playing game Therapy" versus "Therapeutic Role-playing gaming"...

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Traumatic Brain Injury department volunteer - RPG & Music

Traumatic Brain Injury department volunteer - RPG & Music

Just a quick update, As of November 2014 I began volunteering weekly at Saint Luke's Rehabilitation (Spokane, Washington, USA) in their Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) departments (among others).

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Upcoming Video - Introduction Talk About RPG Research Around The World - ZoeCon 2014

Upcoming Video - Introduction Talk About RPG Research Around The World - ZoeCon 2014

I had a chance to briefly speak, at a high-level introductory level about the current status around the world regarding the use of role-playing games (tabletop, live-action (LARP), or computer-based) to achieve therapeutic and/or educational goals. The video will be available soon.

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Please contact me regarding your RPG projects for therapy or education

Please contact me regarding your RPG projects for therapy or education

I have spoken with many of you in recent years about your efforts to use role-playing games for achieving educational and therapeutic goals. I will be presenting very soon (possibly this weekend) with an update on the world-wide projects related to this topic. If you have a project you would like me to mention to the world, please contact me ASAP to let me know so I can include more up to date information. This includes tabletop, live-action (LARP), and computer-based forms of RPG.

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Volunteers Needed for Cooperative Tabletop Recreation (RPG) Participants Intake and Facilitation

Volunteers Needed for Cooperative Tabletop Recreation (RPG) Participants Intake and Facilitation

Help facilitating cooperative group tabletop recreation on Monday and Wednesday nights. Training begins October 6th, gaming sessions begin October 13th and 15th.

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Using Role-Playing Games for Autism Spectrum Participants

Using Role-Playing Games for Autism Spectrum Participants

I just sent to the program head, the latest draft of a recreation therapy-related activity program plan using role-playing gaming to prepare for and utilize the metropolitan Bus system for Autism spectrum participants.

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D&D 5 Review Part 1 - Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Review by RPG Research founder Hawke Robinson

D&D 5 Review Part 1 - Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Review by RPG Research founder Hawke Robinson

Part 1 in a series of reviews of the new D&D 5th Edition (previous D&D Next) Players Handbook (PHB). After the terrible 4th edition, how does 5th edition compare? Same, better, or worse?

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New Sections: RPG Therapy and RPG Education Example Lists Jan 24, 2013
RT / TR, RPG Therapy vs. Therapeutic RPG Jan 15, 2015
Possible to Develop "Road Rage" Treatment Through RPG? Apr 01, 2015
Using Role-Playing Games to Treat PTSD at the VA Hospital Sep 03, 2013
Some thoughts on dependent variables to consider May 05, 2011
RPG Research Speaking at ZoeCon II - Video Mar 30, 2015
Create Adventure Modules for Specific Client Needs, such as PTSD, Depression, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery, and others Nov 02, 2012
Participation Registration Progressing Mar 15, 2012
Study Playing RPG for 5 Minutes, "Alignment" Impact on Real-world Behaviors (Computer-based RPG) May 26, 2014
Common (mis?)-conception that role-playing gamers are also avid comic book fans? Jun 09, 2013
Trying to merge WOW accounts Jun 06, 2011
Original D&D White Book Box Set Nov 07, 2013
Role-playing Gaming Recreation Therapy Handbook of Practice Cover Mockup Jan 21, 2013
Wading back into Warhammer FRP again Dec 14, 2011
Abstract - Encounters at the Imaginal Crossroads: An Exploration of the Experiences of Women in Role-playing Games Oct 30, 2012
The Benefits of Role-Playing Games, and How to Get Started Apr 06, 2015
Role-playing games act as a unifying communal practice Jul 13, 2011
Currently Active RPG Groups in the Greater Spokane Area Jul 25, 2014
Session 2 - The Spartan Show Adventurers Guild Broadcast Feb 03, 2015
D&D 5 Review Part 1 - Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Review by RPG Research founder Hawke Robinson Aug 25, 2014
Added Youtube Channel, Google Plus, and Orkut for RPG Research Oct 20, 2012
Utilizing Role-Playing Games In Social Skills Assessment and Intervention Apr 03, 2015
Raw Video Now Available - at Seattle Childrens Hospital RPG as Therapy WSTRA Con 16 Apr 12, 2015
Using Role-Playing Games for Autism Spectrum Participants Aug 25, 2014
Role-playing games to treat suicidal schizoid Nov 13, 2012
Østerskov Efterskole - Danish public high school teaching all subjects using LARP Oct 21, 2012
Compare Therepeutic and Educational Differences Between Different RPG Genres Oct 28, 2012
Oops! Stepped on a transgender argument landmine in rpg.net Aug 20, 2012
The Potential Benefits and Deficits of Role Playing Gaming Nov 18, 2012
Can Dungeons & Dragons Make You A Confident & Successful Person? | Idea Channel | PBS Oct 14, 2012
First Prototype of Tabletop RPG as a Modality for Therapeutic / Educational Intervention Apr 24, 2014
Health and obesity rates of different types of role-playing gamers? LARP, Computer-based, Tabletop. Oct 24, 2012
Scheduled downtime for all Internet services, Monday, August 26th, 6:00 pm Pacific Aug 26, 2013
The Defamation of Role-playing Gaming and Gamers Nov 18, 2012
New RPG Website for the Greater Spokane Area Role-Playing Gamers Jan 31, 2013
Volunteers Needed for Cooperative Tabletop Recreation (RPG) Participants Intake and Facilitation Oct 02, 2014
Where are Those Research Reports.... Don't you Just Hate When That Happens? Jan 23, 2013
How do different physical settings impact tabletop sessions? Oct 12, 2012
To Use Social Network Sites or Not for RPG Research Project Nov 13, 2012
Irritated with DDO Nov 28, 2011
D&D 5th Edition - Hawke's House Rules Apr 06, 2015
What is Question/Hypothesis of the RPG Research Observation Group 1? Mar 27, 2013
New Section added to website: Books Jan 04, 2012
Join Monthly RPG Research Meeting Broadcast Aug 11, 2014
Creating LARP Program for Autism Spectrum Toddlers Feb 21, 2014
Online role-playing games hurt marital satisfaction, says BYU study Nov 08, 2012
Live from TolkienMoot IX - RPG Research First Public Discussion. August 3rd at 1:00 pm Pacific Time. Aug 01, 2013
Use Bio-feedback and Neuro-feedback on Role-playing Gamers to Monitor Physiological and Neurological Activity Oct 26, 2012
"Knock it off" Shows and Writers Still Perpetuating Negative RPG Gamer Stereotypes, Even in Webisodes Nov 01, 2012
New RPG Research Trifold Brochure nearly complete Dec 05, 2011
Thoughts on RPG player stereotypes. Oct 14, 2012
Made inroads about RPG Therapy at annual Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association 14th Annual convention Apr 07, 2013
Goal 2 - Begin Efforts to Differentiate Between Correlative and Causal data. Oct 21, 2012
First Send of RPG Questionnaire to a Senator and a Representative May 29, 2013
Update on various Role Playing Games I've been researching and using lately Aug 05, 2011
RPG Research Status Update, May 17th, 2014 May 18, 2014
Miscellaneous RPG Research Reports Out There Oct 25, 2012
3 Years in a Row - RPGs Booming, while Video Games are Down Nov 11, 2012
Enhanced Video - RPG as Therapy Presentation - Seattle Childrens Hospital WSTRA Con 16 Apr 17, 2015
Cooperative RPG Versus Competitive RPG Oct 24, 2012
Israeli Army Frowns on D&D Players Oct 26, 2012
Determine repeatable causal influences of role-playing games on single variable tests through controlled experiments Oct 23, 2012
Need 2 More Panelists for ZoeCon Discussion of RPG Benefits, Any Takers? Oct 23, 2012
Develop a Role-Playing Gaming Therapeutic Recreation Handbook of Practice? Jan 16, 2013
Environmental Impact on Role-playing Gamers Oct 30, 2012
RPG Research Status Update Apr 21, 2014
Abantey the Roleplay Game Short Documentary Jul 12, 2014
A quick summary of my gaming groups & activities. Apr 07, 2015
When Does Role-Playing Gaming Become "Bad" For Participants? Feb 25, 2014
Monsters Are People Too Oct 31, 2012
Vision of the future Dec 05, 2011
Demographic idiosyncrasies of role-playing gamers Oct 22, 2012
Differences Between Shorter Single Adventures versus Longer Campaigns Oct 28, 2012
Age of Conan Hyborian Adventures Nov 23, 2011
Road Map draft Dec 16, 2011
Tabletop RPG Recreation Therapy Hypothetical Scenario - Complete Visual Impairment Feb 25, 2013
RPG Research First Public Meeting, August 3rd 1:00 pm (Pacific) Jul 20, 2013
Join the RPG Research Email Discussion List Sep 15, 2013
RPG Recreation Therapy Hypothetical Scenario - Bipolar Clients in Complex Interpersonal Interactions Feb 25, 2013
Had presentation today on RPG Therapy for TBI clients. Mar 11, 2013
Scott Thorne's thoughts on the future of the RPG market. Jan 15, 2013
Determine if any Controllable Variables That Can Lead to Using Role-playing Games as a Therapeutic Modality Nov 01, 2012
Any causal differences on participants between heroic versus evil campaigns? Oct 24, 2012
My best ICT lesson: algorithms and binary meets fantasy scenarios May 13, 2013
Using Role-playing Games To Assist Recovery of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients Aug 29, 2013
Role-playing Games Used as Educational and Therapeutic Tools for Children, Youth, and Adults Nov 15, 2012
Which state & federal legislators have engaged in role-playing gaming? Jan 29, 2011
Early theory thoughts - Overview May 05, 2011
Determine Optimal Duration of Role-playing Gaming Sessions Oct 28, 2012
Join CAR-PGa (Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games) Jan 16, 2013
UPDATE: JCAL Special Issue on 'Learning Analytics in Massively Multiuser Games, Virtual Environments and Courses' (clarification of scope and extension of proposal-submission deadline) Sep 16, 2013
Traumatic Brain Injury department volunteer - RPG & Music Jan 06, 2015
Using Therapeutic Role-Playing Gaming to Help in the Treatment of Sexual Abuse Victims Sep 19, 2013
More polls on RPG.net Aug 20, 2012
Which RPG Therapy Book Cover do you Prefer? Jan 21, 2013
Experiences with Classic Tabletop Role-Playing Gaming Via Google Hangout Jan 22, 2013
Examiner.com Article on RPG Research Project - "Want to be part of RPG Research?" Mar 15, 2012
Update correlative and meta-research information regarding role-playing gamers Oct 31, 2012
RPG Research at Spocon 2013 - Gender-bias Questionnaire, Stage 2. Jul 19, 2013
At WSTRA Day 1 - Outdoors for All Apr 05, 2013
Analysis of the Report “Alienation and the Game Dungeons and Dragons” Nov 29, 2012
LARPing as a Form of Therapy - Panel Hangout Broadcast - Wed. March 26 6:00 pm Pacific Mar 25, 2014
Game Master Therapist & Game Master Instructor Nov 05, 2012
Call for Papers: JCAL Special Issue on 'Learning Analytics in Massively Multiuser Virtual Environments and Courses' Aug 26, 2013
Biofeedback and RPG research Oct 30, 2011
"Gamer folk are more cunning than most" Jul 23, 2012
Goal 1 - update correlative data Oct 21, 2012
Opinion - Big Bang Theory episode on Dungeons & Dragons - The Love Spell Potential May 13, 2013
Dialog on rpg research on rpg.net May 22, 2012
An Overview History and Potential Therapeutic Value of Role Playing Gaming Oct 23, 2012
Upcoming Video - Introduction Talk About RPG Research Around The World - ZoeCon 2014 Nov 22, 2014
Using Role-Playing Games in Recreation Therapy - Therapeutic Recreation Professional Panel Question Feb 13, 2015
Results from first day of Questionnaires on Gender Bias at Gamers Haven May 04, 2013
RPG's Approved by a VA Hospital for Trial Use for PTSD Veterans Mar 22, 2013
Therapeutic Recreation for People with Disabilities Jan 07, 2013
RPG Gender Bias Research Stage 2 - Status Update Apr 15, 2015
Israeli group attempting to use RPG's as therapy tool Dec 05, 2011
Any differences between different types or role-playing gaming? Tabletop, LARP, Computer, etc. Oct 24, 2012
PBS Off Book Documentary on Dungeons & Dragons Jun 23, 2013
Now Playing D&D Next 5th Edition Starter Set July 2nd 2014 at Local Hobby Gaming Store... Jul 02, 2014
Brochures and Questionnaires beta stage now under way, setup at Merlyn's Dec 14, 2011
TODO List Backlog Aug 25, 2013
Anecdotal Experiences of Stigma as a tabletop role-playing Gamer Jun 07, 2012
Live from Tolkien Moot IX - Middle-earth Talk Show Episode 50! August 4th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. Aug 01, 2013
Compare Therapeutic and Educational Differences Between Different Role-playing Game Systems Oct 28, 2012
Warhammer FRP - For Immature Gamers? Jun 15, 2011
RPG as Therapeutic Recreation for People with Disabilities - Relevant Notes - Part 1 Jan 09, 2013
Gender Bias in Gaming Apr 24, 2013
2014 Summer Release Schedule for the New Tabletop D&D 5th Edition - "Free to Play" and Staggered Release (Grumble) May 29, 2014
Apply Neuro-imaging Scans Comparing Role-playing Gamers to Non-gamers. Oct 27, 2012
Comments on Pat Robertson's Style of Christian Stigma Against Dungeons & Dragons and Role-playing games May 03, 2013
RPG Research at Spocon 2013 Aug 09, 2013
Original D&D White Books 2013 Reprint Special Collector's Edition Boxed Set - Unboxing Nov 10, 2013
Determine if Different RPG Campaign Settings Have Different Therapeutic and Educational Effects on Participants Oct 29, 2012
Hypothesis of the Role-playing Gamer Floater Jun 04, 2013
Some independent variables to consider May 05, 2011
Should We Create Monthly RPG Research Discussion Group Meetings? Jul 10, 2013
Serenity RPG Dec 14, 2011
Maine State Senator Playing Orc on World of Warcraft Elected Despite Opponents Attacks On Her Gaming Hobby Nov 08, 2012
If causality proven, begin attempting to narrow down the variables Oct 26, 2012
RPG Research Status Update Video on Youtube Channel Feb 19, 2013
Resuming World of Warcraft research Jun 15, 2011
Just left Gamers Haven - Research Questionnaire on Gender-bias May 03, 2013
BBC - What happened to Dungeons and Dragons? Oct 29, 2012
Role-playing Game Therapy Domains Dec 02, 2012
Lack of RPG's at Whiz Kids Dec 14, 2011
Vampire: The Requiem RPG Dec 14, 2011
Presenting at WSTRA Conference - Role-Playing Games as Therapeutic Intervention Modality from Therapeutic Recreation Perspective Mar 09, 2015
Alas, Comment Deleted from geeksdreamgirl.com Nov 20, 2012
Please contact me regarding your RPG projects for therapy or education Nov 20, 2014
MMORPG research, some initial thoughts. Jun 06, 2011
Would RPG be effective for treating PTSD, especially war veterans? Or would it be counter productive? Jul 10, 2011
Anima - Beyond Fantasy RPG Dec 14, 2011
Goal 3 - Evaluate what, if any, of the notable correlative data has any causal relationship Oct 22, 2012
Sad News, the Israeli Gaming Store Has Closed. Mar 26, 2015
Current RPG Market Apr 29, 2013
Role playing gaming can potentially provide greater catharsis Jul 10, 2011
Well, so much for RPG.net as a useful resource Aug 20, 2012
Determine if Role-playing Gaming Has Different Therapeutic or Educational Effects on Different Populations Oct 29, 2012
Updated list of goals for the RPG Research Project Oct 21, 2012
Why Do Tabletop RPGs Have Such a Gender Ratio Imbalance? What Can Be Done to Improve the Balance? Nov 01, 2012
A couple of new polls on RPG.net Jun 04, 2012
Live from TolkienMoot IX - Eä Tolkien Society August 3rd 5:00 pm Pacific Broadcast Aug 01, 2013
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