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by admin published Jun 20, 2015 05:05 PM, last modified Aug 16, 2015 03:05 PM
A collection of blogs from throughout the site from all users. Less formal updates than the News section about therapeutic and educational aspects of role-playing games.
Picking up Wheelchair Friendly RPG Research Trailer Prototype Thursday September 29, 1:00 PM

Picking up Wheelchair Friendly RPG Research Trailer Prototype Thursday September 29, 1:00 PM

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 28, 2016 08:06 AM

After an 18 month-long search, a previous attempting falling through last week due to vandalism/theft, scheduled for 2nd attempt at picking up a prototype of the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Thursday, September 29th, 2016, at 1:00 pm...

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Thoughts on RPG Assessment Process

Thoughts on RPG Assessment Process

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 20, 2016 12:15 PM

This was triggered by someone's question in a Facebook group, and I thought it worthwhile to repost here, in a more legible format, and more useful platform...

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2nd Attempt RPG Research Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Prototype Purchase

2nd Attempt RPG Research Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Prototype Purchase

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 26, 2016 06:47 PM

UPDATE 20160926 Second Attempt: Well, I did it, I went ahead and bought the Forest River Vengeance 19V using my own funds. I didn't dip into the donation funds. Still saving donations money for the more optimal custom-build down the road, while I use the prototype to work out logistics, legal, and other hoops...

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"Are you available to develop a therapeutic role play video game?"

"Are you available to develop a therapeutic role play video game?"

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 31, 2016 01:10 AM

Someone just emailed me this question today. Considering my 30+ years in tech, my 30+ years in RPGs, and 12+ years in recreation therapy and RPG therapy, certainly my overall default answer would be a resounding YES! But in reality it depends on the details of course...

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Delayed for an Indeterminate Period of Time, Working Toward Solutions

Delayed for an Indeterminate Period of Time, Working Toward Solutions

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 06, 2016 08:35 PM

It is increasingly looking like, for an indeterminate amount of time, I may have to set aside all the volunteer work with populations that have special needs, and Therapeutic Recreation, RPG Therapy, Music Therapy, Neuroscience, & Research Psychology related efforts of the past 12 years (since 2004). I may have to go back to the tech industry to rebuild funds to resume these efforts...

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Google Business offers no industry categories for Recreation Therapy, Music Therapy, or even generic "Therapy"

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2016 12:23 PM

In creating the Google "My Business" page, I found there are no categories even close to Recreation Therapy (RT), Therapeutic Recreation (TR), Music Therapy, or even a generic "Therapy", and yet they have "Reiki Therapy" and other far more obscure offerings...

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Interdisciplinary RPG Therapeutics

Interdisciplinary RPG Therapeutics

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 11, 2016 06:28 PM

While listening to some research on neurological music therapy program descriptions, I was struck by the overlap of the RPG Therapy programs as a very interdisciplinary delivery of services...

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Have Fun Learning InfoSec Through Role-playing Gaming

Have Fun Learning InfoSec Through Role-playing Gaming

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 21, 2016 09:32 AM

Tonight I begin play-testing the brand new Cryptomancer RPG by Chad Walker. It is a role-playing game specifically useful for teaching the basics of Information Security (InfoSec) to laymen (and professionals), in a fun way. It is first and foremost designed as a fun fantasy RPG setting (with the InfoSec twist), that just happens to teach basic InfoSec concepts and good (and bad) practices as a byproduct of participation.

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Avista (Energy Company) Worker and RPG Research Discussion on RPG-based Professional Training

Avista (Energy Company) Worker and RPG Research Discussion on RPG-based Professional Training

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 25, 2016 12:31 PM

I just had a surprising dialog with some Avista (my local power company) workers regarding role-playing games...

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Game to Grow Episode 1

Game to Grow Episode 1

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 11, 2016 03:42 PM

Join the live broadcast Monday, July 11th, 5:00 pm Pacific time. The first episode in the monthly series on the benefits and uses of games...

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The Original Cast & Story "The Gamers" Movie Funding Now Underway!

The Original Cast & Story "The Gamers" Movie Funding Now Underway!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 05, 2016 11:31 AM

In 2002, it all began with the original "The Gamers" movie. Now 15 years later, it is time to finish the story, and you can make it happen!

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Escapism and Gaming

Escapism and Gaming

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 18, 2016 02:29 PM

The arguments about "Escapism" often recur, and I recently saw someone posting about it again. This topic is addressed in the presentations at Washington State and Pacific Northwest American Therapeutic Recreation Association Conferences, so here is a snippet on the topic...

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RPG Training Programs

RPG Training Programs

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 14, 2016 04:38 PM

The RPG Therapeutics LLC website has updated the section of the site listing training options for "Introduction to RPG Training Series", "Role-Playing Game Advocate", "RPG Facilitator", "Game Master in Education", and "Game Master in Therapy" and "Introduction" series of training and certification programs.

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Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Video Summary

Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer Video Summary

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 14, 2016 10:45 AM

A video summary about the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer ...

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Presention on Conflict and Barriers to Interpersonal Effectiveness Addressing Inculcated Stereotyping and Prejudice toward RPG

Presention on Conflict and Barriers to Interpersonal Effectiveness Addressing Inculcated Stereotyping and Prejudice toward RPG

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 12, 2016 12:05 PM

A presentation I created back in 2014 for PSYC 315 "Pyschology of Human Relations" course at Eastern Washington University (EWU) on the biases and stereotyping between RPG, gamers, and non-gamers.

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Hawke Mostly Offline over the Summer

Hawke Mostly Offline over the Summer

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 06, 2016 10:21 PM

This won't impact the RPG Research community. Just an FYI for folks that I am personally going to be mostly offline most of the coming summer. This _may_ include periodically being in the wilderness where there isn't any cell phone signal (let alone Internet)...

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King Tut's dagger blade made from meteorite

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 06, 2016 10:16 PM

King Tut's dagger blade made from meteorite, study confirms Weapon was made by hammering in 14th century BC, 600 years before iron smelting developed in Egypt.

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Call for Participants - ASL Gaming!

Call for Participants - ASL Gaming!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 06, 2016 10:24 PM

Do you know ASL? Are you Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Hearing with ASL? Do you like fun games? There is a group putting together an online (via video) gaming group, and they would love to hear from you!

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Gender bias issues in RPG Industry

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 06, 2016 10:14 PM

June 1st, 4:43 pm, 2016. There is an article making the rounds titled "Publishers: STOP HIRING ARTISTS WHO CAN’T FOLLOW DIRECTIONS", which includes includes issues related to some of the current research on gender experiences in the gaming industry and community...

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RPG Trailer Benefits FAQ

RPG Trailer Benefits FAQ

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 06, 2016 10:09 PM

June 2nd, 12:59 am, 2016. Someone was recently asking again, "what are the benefits of the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer", so I am re-posting it here for others in case you had similar questions and missed the FAQs section of the trailer's website...

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Presentation Video for Texas State University / Living Games Pre-Conference

Presentation Video for Texas State University / Living Games Pre-Conference

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 18, 2016 02:25 PM

A short 14 minute summary, created for the Texas State University (TSU) / Living Games 2016 Conference/Pre-conference

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Fun and Function, How RPG Can Heal

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 06, 2016 10:05 PM

An interview from some months ago, "FUN AND FUNCTION: HOW RPGS CAN HEAL YOUR MIND AND BODY" Posted on March 21, 2016 by Kit Partin...

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Classcraft.com

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 06, 2016 08:49 PM

No time to research this right now, but stumbled across: http://www.classcraft.com will be interesting to delve into after finals are over. Anyone had any experience with it?

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Hipsters & Boardgames

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 07, 2016 10:16 AM

A recent article was floating around proclaiming "Let’s thank hipsters for the return of board games", apparently written by what others described as a "hipster". My attempt to comment to the article with examples/proof that it is more likely economically driven was however "declined, reason: other"...

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Planning for VR/AR integration/supplementation of RPG/LARP

Planning for VR/AR integration/supplementation of RPG/LARP

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 01, 2016 03:53 PM

I am in the middle of finals right now, but will be looking into trying to test out Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) TRPG & LARP using a combination of items...

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1985, The First Kernels of The RPG Research Project

1985, The First Kernels of The RPG Research Project

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 03, 2016 01:57 AM

Someone recently questioned how I could have first started the initial threads of research that lead to The RPG Research Project as far back as around 1985. Here is some information...

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Call for RPG/LARP Bibliography Volunteers

Call for RPG/LARP Bibliography Volunteers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 02, 2016 01:23 PM

The RPG Research Project community website needs you! We need some volunteers to help create and organize some bibliography pages on LARP, RPG, and related topics...

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RPG in Prisons

RPG in Prisons

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 02, 2016 12:25 PM

An archived article from 2010 was recently doing the rounds in Facebook RPG groups, here is more information on the topic and some of my relevant thoughts and experiences.

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Approximate Group Demographics

Approximate Group Demographics

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 03, 2016 02:08 PM

This is just a rough approximation summarizing the demographics of the players in my groups since coming to Spokane in 2004...

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Intense PTSD Class Yesterday

Intense PTSD Class Yesterday

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 10, 2016 11:17 AM

In yesterday's class on trauma & PTSD, with the mid-term taking place tomorrow, at the end of the class we had a young Afghanistan veteran share his experiences with PTSD, it was intense to say the least...

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2 Day Workshop Intro to Compassion Focused Therapy

2 Day Workshop Intro to Compassion Focused Therapy

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 28, 2016 10:33 AM

I am attending a 2 day workshop on CFT this week, all day Thursday & Friday, in Spokane, Washington...

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En Route to Journey Quest 3!

En Route to Journey Quest 3!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 11, 2016 12:20 AM

I am now on the road to the Seattle / Tacoma area. Tomorrow I have a one line bit part in a tavern scene for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment's web series "Journey Quest 3"...

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Harassment and Worse in RPG Industry & Community

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 04, 2016 12:57 AM

A blog article was posted to the CAR-PGA (The Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games) mailing list today, regarding terrible behavior by the RPG industry & Community...

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Very busy week! EWU, TSU, WSTRA, & WSU.

Very busy week! EWU, TSU, WSTRA, & WSU.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 01, 2016 04:33 PM

I am taking a quick few minutes for a mental break to provide just a quick blurb in case you thought I fell off the planet... :-)

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WSTRA Conference 17

WSTRA Conference 17

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Mar 29, 2016 11:07 AM

I am Presenting on RPGs for Therapy & Education at Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association 17th Annual conference (WSTRA Con 17), April 2nd.

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Working on RPG Research Presentation Videos

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Mar 24, 2016 11:30 AM

I am now working on a presentation video from the PNWATRA conference.

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How far to go with trolls?

How far to go with trolls?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Mar 10, 2016 03:27 PM

Recently in a Facebook conversation regarding the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer, I had some interaction with what turned out to be a troll. At first I thought it might be a legitimate interaction, but only too late was it clear they were otherwise... I thought it would be fun to post the interaction here for future reference.

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JourneyQuest is at Death's Door - 34 Hours Remain to Save JourneyQuest

JourneyQuest is at Death's Door - 34 Hours Remain to Save JourneyQuest

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Feb 18, 2016 01:03 PM

We now have 34 hours (and counting down!) to raise over $125,000 and save JourneyQuest. - Don't let this fantastic series die. Save them now!

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Returned from Speaking at 2016 PNATRA Conference in Portland

Returned from Speaking at 2016 PNATRA Conference in Portland

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 30, 2016 05:12 PM

Late last night I returned home from speaking at the 2016 Pacific Northwest American Therapeutic Recreation Association conference...

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PNW RPG Research – RPG Therapy

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 07, 2016 07:08 PM

Posted on January 27, 2016. "In a previous blog post a few years ago, I mentioned the social and developmental benefits of roleplaying games." by Chad Knick...

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Mockery of Gamers

Mockery of Gamers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 05, 2016 04:00 PM

In a Facebook group posting, someone stated: "I question why America sees LARPing as something to be mocked". Here is a response...

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ADD/ADHD Students Part 1

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 19, 2016 01:56 PM

I am currently taking an elective course in Teaching Youth & Teens with ADD / ADHD & Executive Function (EF) Deficits. Basically how to understand and provide appropriate adaptations when teaching this population group. Part of the course includes online discussions. I thought I would save for discussion outside of the classroom, my postings of related topics. I welcome feedback from others...

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ADD/ADHD Classroom Modifications: Gamification - Competitive vs. Cooperative

ADD/ADHD Classroom Modifications: Gamification - Competitive vs. Cooperative

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 04, 2016 12:39 AM

This is a less formal, discussion posting. Not really cleaned up, since I have other deadlines looming where I need to focus my time. But I wanted to post it while thinking about it, before it gets buried by other projects. It is a slightly lengthy, not quite essay, regarding my concerns about the recommendations for "gamification" of instruction in the classroom, especially competitive versus cooperative. It is posted more as a forum discussion request. I look forward to everyone's comments. At the time of this posting I was taking an elective course in Teaching Youth & Teens with ADD / ADHD & Executive Function (EF) Deficits. Basically how to understand and provide appropriate adaptations when teaching this population group. Part of the course includes online discussions. I thought I would save for discussion outside of the classroom, my postings of related topics. I welcome feedback from others...

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Invited to Speak at WSTRA Con XVII

Invited to Speak at WSTRA Con XVII

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 14, 2016 09:21 PM

I was just contacted by Professor Emily Messina, PhD, CTRS, President of the Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association. She has invited me to speak again at their upcoming 17th annual conference...

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Role-Playing Gamers Have More Empathy Than Non-Gamers

Role-Playing Gamers Have More Empathy Than Non-Gamers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 13, 2016 06:55 PM

An article about researching indicating that Tabletop Role-Playing Gamers score higher on empathy measurement tools. Thank you CAROL PINCHEFSKY ON JANUARY 13, 2016, for posting this on Geek & Sundry.

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RPG Research Upcoming Conferences Early 2016

RPG Research Upcoming Conferences Early 2016

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 14, 2016 06:14 PM

Here is some additional information on the upcoming conferences I am planning to attend in the first half of 2016. This includes the topics of presentation/discussion at each, schedule, location, etc.

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RPG Research 2015 Update

RPG Research 2015 Update

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 22, 2016 02:20 AM

Here is a video summary of the past year, and upcoming year, for the RPG Research Project.

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Video from The Two Bards on The RPG Trailer

Video from The Two Bards on The RPG Trailer

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Dec 30, 2015 05:57 PM

A very kind and supportive video from Andy Dopieralski, Scott C. Brown, & Brian Lewis of The Two Bards Podcast, and The Gamers movies, Journey Quest series, etc. Talking about The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer.

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Effects of Trait Hostility and Violent Video Games

Effects of Trait Hostility and Violent Video Games

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Dec 18, 2015 10:14 AM

Effects of Trait Hostility, Mapping Interface, and Character Identification on Aggressive Thoughts and Overall Game Experience After Playing a Violent Video Game - Younbo Jung, PhD, Namkee Park, PhD, and Kwan Min Lee, PhD - Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

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Thank you Anonymous for your donation!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Dec 10, 2015 08:30 PM

A donor preferring to remain anonymous kindly supported the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer with a donation.

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RPG Research Project Presenting at PNWATRA Conference January 2016 in Portland OR

RPG Research Project Presenting at PNWATRA Conference January 2016 in Portland OR

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Dec 10, 2015 10:35 PM

The schedule for the Pacific Northwest American Therapeutic Recreation Association conference has been confirmed. I will be presenting at the Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon, on "The use of Role-Playing Games (RPG) as an Intervention Modality" on January 29th, 2016, from 2:20 pm to 3:50 pm.

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Website User Account Self-Registration Now Available

by admin — last modified Nov 14, 2015 05:25 PM

We had some technical issues requiring disabling of users creating new accounts. We believe those issues are now resolved. You can now create your own accounts on the website so that you can participate in the forum, comments, uploads, etc. Thank you for your patience and support!

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If You Like RPG - Have You Seen "The Gamers" Movies?

If You Like RPG - Have You Seen "The Gamers" Movies?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 04, 2015 04:21 PM

I am amazed how many avid role-playing gamers I run into that haven't even heard of The Gamers movies by Dead Gentlemen Productions and Zombie Orpheus Entertainment members. If you love role-playing games, you should have seen The Gamers movies. Help Zombie Orpheus Entertainment get to the next goal of The Gamers: The Series!

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24 Hour Gaming Event - Fund Raiser for Children's Miracle Network - Extra Life

24 Hour Gaming Event - Fund Raiser for Children's Miracle Network - Extra Life

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 03, 2015 10:04 AM

Join the fun: 24 hour Spokane Gaming Event - Saturday to Sunday, November 7-8 - Fund Raiser for Children's Hospital - Extra Life Event

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Thank you Christopher Kelly!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 31, 2015 01:37 AM

Thank you Christopher Kelly, for donating $20 to the wheelchair friendly RPG Trailer fund raiser!

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Example Dialog regarding RPG Therapy on TheRpgSite.com

Example Dialog regarding RPG Therapy on TheRpgSite.com

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 15, 2015 02:50 PM

There is an interesting thread regarding the Bodhana group and the use of role-playing games for therapy. I recently stumbled across it and have been enjoying the dialog. I thought I would share a snippet that might be helpful others to understand an example of how the use of RPG for therapy would be applied...

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Michael Tresca Interview of RPG Research's Hawke Robinson - Part 3 of 3

Michael Tresca Interview of RPG Research's Hawke Robinson - Part 3 of 3

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 15, 2015 08:29 PM

Hawke Robinson is founder and Primary Investigator for The RPG Research Project, and the creation of the RPG Trailer. Michael Tresca: "I've known Hawke Robinson, Washington State registered Recreation Therapist (#RE60526204) for some time but haven't gotten a chance to interview him before." This is part 3 of 3 parts to this interview...

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Amalgamation of Panels, Q&A, Hangouts, Broadcasts, Interviews, & Presentations on RPG Research Studies on the Effects of RPG, and RPG used for Therapy & Education by Hawke Robinson

Amalgamation of Panels, Q&A, Hangouts, Broadcasts, Interviews, & Presentations on RPG Research Studies on the Effects of RPG, and RPG used for Therapy & Education by Hawke Robinson

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 01, 2016 11:07 AM

It has been a VERY busy 10 months. I've spoken at 3 conventions/conferences, sat on panels and presentations, and been in a live Q&A chat session, and had multiple interviews. All about the effects of role-playing games, and their use to achieve therapeutic and educational goals for many different populations. Here is a listing of all these in one location for your convenience...

Amalgamation of Panels, Q&A, Hangouts, Broadcasts, Interviews, & Presentations on RPG Research Studies on the Effects of RPG, and RPG used for Therapy & Education by Hawke Robinson - Read More…

Thank You Anonymous!

Thank You Anonymous!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 09, 2015 09:37 AM

Thank you Anonymous, for donating $20 to the wheelchair friendly RPG Trailer fund raiser!

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Thank You Sandra Buskirk!

Thank You Sandra Buskirk!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 09, 2015 09:08 AM

Thank you Sandra Buskirk, for donating $25 to the wheelchair friendly RPG Trailer fund raiser!

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Thank you Barry Drake!

Thank you Barry Drake!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 09, 2015 09:06 AM

Thank you Barry Drake, for donating $100 to the wheelchair friendly RPG Trailer fund raiser!

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Thank You John Muir!

Thank You John Muir!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 09, 2015 09:05 AM

Thank you John Muir, for donating $40 to the wheelchair friendly RPG Trailer fund raiser!

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Thank You Michael Tresca!

Thank You Michael Tresca!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 09, 2015 09:02 AM

Thank you Michael Tresca, for donating $25 to the wheelchair friendly RPG Trailer fund raiser!

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Thank you Anonymous!

Thank you Anonymous!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 09, 2015 09:00 AM

Thank you Anonymous, for donating $25 to the wheelchair friendly RPG Trailer fund raiser!

Thank you Anonymous! - Read More…

Focusing on Coursework for Fall Quarter

Focusing on Coursework for Fall Quarter

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 24, 2015 08:39 PM

Well, it is that time of year again, the university's quarter has started back up, so in addition to my usual full time parenting, I will be heads-down focusing on coursework. This means I won't be hanging out on the social networks and such, since I only use that for community building and not for personal use...

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Pax Video: RPG for Youth Skill Development

Pax Video: RPG for Youth Skill Development

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 24, 2015 11:57 AM

A recently formed organization (2013) roughly in the Seattle area (Kirkland, Washington more specifically), called Wheelhouse Workshop, spoke at this year's PAX Prime. Here is a video of their discussion about using role-playing games to help develop skills for teenagers...

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Michael Tresca Interview of RPG Research's Hawke Robinson - Part 2 of 3

Michael Tresca Interview of RPG Research's Hawke Robinson - Part 2 of 3

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 15, 2015 02:55 PM

Hawke Robinson is founder and Primary Investigator for The RPG Research Project, and the creation of the RPG Trailer. Michael Tresca: "I've known Hawke Robinson, Washington State registered Recreation Therapist (#RE60526204) for some time but haven't gotten a chance to interview him before." This is part 2 of 3 parts to this interview...

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RPG Related Panel Recordings from WorldCon 73 Sasquan

RPG Related Panel Recordings from WorldCon 73 Sasquan

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 23, 2015 12:02 PM

If you missed the 3 panels I was on, or wished to review them if you were able to attend them at the 73rd Annual World Science Fiction convention aka Sasquan, here are links to recordings of each.

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Join RPG Research's Hawke Robinson Live Q&A on #RPGNET Hosted by Dan Davenport

Join RPG Research's Hawke Robinson Live Q&A on #RPGNET Hosted by Dan Davenport

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 10, 2016 11:12 AM

Join the Q&A Session on the #RPGNET Chat server. Dan will be hosting as Hawke Robinson, founder of The RPG Research Project, discusses his research on the effects of role-playing games, and discusses the wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer campaign. Join us live Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Central Time...

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Thank you Sarah Lynne Bowman!

Thank you Sarah Lynne Bowman!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 23, 2015 07:40 AM

Thank you very much for donating to the fund raiser for building the wheelchair friendly RPG Trailer.

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Thank you Michael Auayan!

Thank you Michael Auayan!

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 23, 2015 07:41 AM

Thank you very much for donating to the fund raiser for building the wheelchair friendly RPG Trailer.

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Join Live RPG Research Q&A on #RPGNET

Join Live RPG Research Q&A on #RPGNET

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 22, 2015 09:14 AM

Join the Q&A Session on the #RPGNET Chat server. Dan will be hosting as Hawke Robinson, founder of The RPG Research Project, discusses his research on the effects of role-playing games, and discusses the wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer campaign. Join us live Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Central Time...

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Michael Tresca Interview of RPG Research's Hawke Robinson - Part 1 of 3

Michael Tresca Interview of RPG Research's Hawke Robinson - Part 1 of 3

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 15, 2015 02:56 PM

Hawke Robinson is founder and Primary Investigator for The RPG Research Project, and the creation of the RPG Trailer. Michael Tresca: "I've known Hawke Robinson, Washington State registered Recreation Therapist (#RE60526204) for some time but haven't gotten a chance to interview him before." This is part 1 of 3 parts to this interview...

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Another Interview by HBO VICE Documentary Group of Hawke Robinson Founder of the RPG Research Project

Another Interview by HBO VICE Documentary Group of Hawke Robinson Founder of the RPG Research Project

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 29, 2015 03:59 PM

Another member of the documentary group VICE, as seen on HBO and online, has asked for another interview regarding Autism Spectrum and role-playing games.

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Now Adding RPG-related Research Documents Daily

Now Adding RPG-related Research Documents Daily

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 31, 2015 02:24 PM

Now that the 2,000+ blog postings are finished being copied over from the old site, I am now moving the hundreds of various research articles, abstracts, etc...

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Where Did RPG Dice Come From?

Where Did RPG Dice Come From?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 27, 2015 04:06 PM

A brief video summary from Grognard Games about the various dice used in RPG...

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Role-playing history game gets students jazzed

Role-playing history game gets students jazzed

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 27, 2015 12:58 PM

Archived from the USA Today site in case it disappears - USA TODAY visits a class at Barnard College "Reacting to the Past" - Robert Deutsch and Jason Allen.

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How “Dungeons & Dragons” saved my autistic son

How “Dungeons & Dragons” saved my autistic son

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 26, 2015 05:40 PM

" D&D has always appealed to introverts with rich inner lives. For my boy, it was a lifeline to the outside world. Delani Bartlette, The Good Men Project" Article from Salon.com archived here in case it disappears...

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RPG Research Gamers Survey Phase 2 - This Time At WorldCon 2015

RPG Research Gamers Survey Phase 2 - This Time At WorldCon 2015

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 09, 2016 01:26 PM

Now that the 73rd WorldCon / Sasquan is over, the data entry from phase 2 of the surveys of gaming / gamers begins. This project originally began in 2013...

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8 foot RPG Research WorldCon Poster At Printers

8 foot RPG Research WorldCon Poster At Printers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 17, 2015 06:35 PM

Among other activities, I am speaking on 3 panels, and have a poster presentation on "Super Science Saturday" at WorldCon 73 (Sasquan), August 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. For the poster, I have delivered the file to the printers to create an 8 foot by 4 foot poster summarizing my 10+ years (so far) of work on the RPG Research Project...

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My 5th Edition Books Stolen

My 5th Edition Books Stolen

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 16, 2015 02:24 PM

Most of my 5th edition books were stolen last night. 3x player handbooks, 1-2x DMGs, 1x Monster Manual.

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Still moving over 2,000 blog postings to new site

Still moving over 2,000 blog postings to new site

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 09:14 PM

As some of you are aware, the server was completely replaced some weeks ago, after months of preparation. I am still moving the content from the old server to the new one.

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Firefly RPG

Firefly RPG

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 23, 2015 07:50 AM

I ran the Serenity RPG for a while years ago, and we all enjoyed it very much. I was saddened when it they did not renew the license and make more content. Fast-forward a few years, and they produced the Firefly role-playing game. I recently finished running a group through it, and here are my thoughts overall about the differences...

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Help Fund Gaming at WorldCon & Future Spokane Area Events

Help Fund Gaming at WorldCon & Future Spokane Area Events

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 07, 2015 02:19 PM

The 73rd Annual WorldCon Science Fiction convention (aka Sasquan) has a separate gaming portion. The organizer John Welker has a fundraiser to help make the gaming experience at WorldCon the best possible. Please hurry and donate so he can cover the costs of special guests and events!

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RPG Research & Hawke Robinson at WorldCon

RPG Research & Hawke Robinson at WorldCon

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 15, 2015 02:56 PM

Two different groups requested my participation in WorldCon 73 (Sasquan) so as per request here is my short bio and schedule from August 19th to 23rd. I hope to see many of you there.

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Hawke's Gaming Areas, Materials, & Collections, for Tabletop, Live-action, and Computer-based RPG

Hawke's Gaming Areas, Materials, & Collections, for Tabletop, Live-action, and Computer-based RPG

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 21, 2015 07:53 PM

Here are photos of my primary gaming room at my house. I also have secondary, tertiary, and quarternary game rooms in the house, plus several at the office. Feel free to post links to your game room photos in the comments.

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The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer

The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 15, 2015 02:56 PM

I already regularly run (for free) non-modified role-playing games that include players with Autism Spectrum, Cerebral Palsy, and at-risk youth in the Spokane area. I would like to be able to provide these games to a much broader geographic area, including rural areas, and groups that do not have their own facilities. The Role-playing Gaming trailer will make it possible to provide these sessions to many more people over a much wider area and populace.

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Submitting Phase 2 Survey on Gender Experiences in RPG

Submitting Phase 2 Survey on Gender Experiences in RPG

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 15, 2015 02:57 PM

Submitting to the Washington State University (WSU) Institutional Review Board (IRB) the survey for phase 2 on Survey of Gender Experiences in the Gaming Community and/or Industry this week.

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RPG Research Trailer Flyer

RPG Research Trailer Flyer

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 15, 2015 02:57 PM

A PDF of a flyer for the Role-Playing Gaming Research Project Trailer is now available for those wishing to help spread the word for this gofundme.com/rpgtrailer campaign. Many thanks to those that support the goal that this trailer will help make it possible to provide tabletop and live-action (LARP) role-playing gaming to under-served locations and populations.

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RPG Resarch Poster Abstract for WorldCon

RPG Resarch Poster Abstract for WorldCon

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 14, 2015 01:48 PM

Saturday August 22nd, 2015 will be "Super Science Saturday" at WorldCon / Sasquan. I have been asked to present a (4' wide) poster for one of the events. Here is the abstract they have accepted from me...

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RPG Research Project Status Update

RPG Research Project Status Update

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 25, 2015 05:45 PM

Here is a video status update for June 25th, 2015 on the RPG Research Project.

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Two Bards Podcast Mentions RPG Research Trailer

Two Bards Podcast Mentions RPG Research Trailer

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 15, 2015 02:57 PM

wo Bards Podcast Episode #101 mentions RPG Research and the RPG Research Trailer...

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SERVERS OVERHAUL CURRENTLY UNDERWAY - PLEASE CHECK BACK IN 24-72 HOURS - THANK YOU

SERVERS OVERHAUL CURRENTLY UNDERWAY - PLEASE CHECK BACK IN 24-72 HOURS - THANK YOU

by admin — last modified Aug 12, 2015 08:57 PM

This site is undergoing a complete overhaul. Please check back in 24-72 hours. Thank you for your patience. RPG (Role-Playing Game) Research is an ongoing long-term series of projects that include studies on the therapeutic and educational aspects of role-playing games, with additional emphasis on determining any causality related to participation in role-playing gaming. This research includes tracking any other projects around the world that use role-playing games as educational or therapeutic intervention modalities.

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The RPG Research Trailer Updated Information

The RPG Research Trailer Updated Information

by admin — last modified Jun 25, 2015 03:00 PM

This was too long to post in full on some sites such as GeekAndSundry.com, so I have the full-length version here to be linked to.

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List of Created Autism Spectrum Program Plans Utilizing Role-playing Games as Intervention Modalities From a Therapeutic Recreation Approach

List of Created Autism Spectrum Program Plans Utilizing Role-playing Games as Intervention Modalities From a Therapeutic Recreation Approach

by admin — last modified Mar 06, 2016 04:14 AM

So far I have completed 3 different program plans specifically designed for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) toddlers, youth, & adults, and are likely applicable to the broader range of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD).

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Study on Gender Bias in Gaming Community and Industry - Some Early High-level Initial Information

Study on Gender Bias in Gaming Community and Industry - Some Early High-level Initial Information

by admin — last modified Jun 22, 2015 02:28 PM

While not ready to release a comprehensive report, there are some numbers that are pretty straight forward and should be of interest to many. This is a self-report questionnaire on experiences and perceptions of gender bias in the gaming community and industry.

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Help Make The RPG Research Trailer a Reality?

Help Make The RPG Research Trailer a Reality?

by admin — last modified Jun 20, 2015 05:01 PM

I am trying to increase the geographic ability to provide RPG sessions for many populations around the North America. This will also later help improve the reach of research efforts, and then after that provide actual therapeutic programs using RPG in all forms to help with development and healing. The studies are the on therapeutic & educational effects of role-playing gaming (tabletop, live-action, & computer-based). Hoping folks see the benefit of helping to make this portable RPG research facility a reality. I know this is a reach, but thought it important enough to at least see if it can be made a reality. If not something you feel you could help with, please consider letting others know. Thank you for your time and consideration! - http://www.gofundme.com/rpgtrailer

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Yet Another Example of Inculcated Stigma Regarding Role-Playing Gamers

Yet Another Example of Inculcated Stigma Regarding Role-Playing Gamers

by admin — last modified Sep 29, 2016 08:25 AM

Yet another anecdotal example, remember this is just an informal blog entry, not a research report: I was getting a haircut yesterday at a chain in Spokane, Washington. During the usual conversation, it finally came up about my research efforts with role-playing games. The female stylist seemed quite happy to hear that, was about to speak, paused and then looked over at her co-worker, saying hesitantly...

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RPG as Therapy Presentation - Seattle Childrens Hospital WSTRA Con 16

RPG as Therapy Presentation - Seattle Childrens Hospital WSTRA Con 16

by admin — last modified Mar 06, 2016 12:55 PM

90 minute 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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