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Less formal updates than the News section about therapeutic and educational aspects of role-playing games.
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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Join Monthly RPG Research Meeting Broadcast

Join Monthly RPG Research Meeting Broadcast

The monthly RPGResearch.com meetings will begin broadcasting through Google Plus Hangout and Youtube.com/rpgresearch, on the first Saturday of each month from 11:00 am to Noon (Pacific Time). Please join in the conversation regarding the therapeutic and educational uses of role-playing gaming in all forms (tabletop, live-action, computer-based, etc.).

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Currently Active RPG Groups in the Greater Spokane Area

Currently Active RPG Groups in the Greater Spokane Area

If you know of, or are participating or planning a tabletop RPG in the greater Spokane / C'dA area, please post here (and on the spokanerpg.com website) to let others know.

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Abantey the Roleplay Game Short Documentary

Abantey the Roleplay Game Short Documentary

RPG Research has been linking to Abantey's RPG workshop for years. Recently I stumbled across a short 7 minute documentary on their efforts to use role-playing games for educational and other benefits from a summer camp approach in California. Well worth checking out...

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2014 Summer Release Schedule for the New Tabletop D&D 5th Edition - "Free to Play" and Staggered Release (Grumble)

2014 Summer Release Schedule for the New Tabletop D&D 5th Edition - "Free to Play" and Staggered Release (Grumble)

Why is WotC spreading out the release of the Players Handbook, Dungeon Masters Guide, and Monster Manual over several months, rather than releasing those core components in the same month??? They are making a free PDF of the Basic set available for download, but the initial download will only be a basic Players Handbook, with no rules to actually run a game. They are planning to emulate the online gaming world's "Free to Play" approach. They will be releasing future free basic versions of the rules via PDF that will include some rules for play, and then also staggering the release of the hardcovers. Internal Correspondence reports the release dates for many of the new D&D products that Wizards of the Coast has announced for the Summer, beginning in July.

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Study Playing RPG for 5 Minutes, "Alignment" Impact on Real-world Behaviors (Computer-based RPG)

Study Playing RPG for 5 Minutes, "Alignment" Impact on Real-world Behaviors (Computer-based RPG)

Though this is a computer-based RPG (Role-Playing Game) study, pending testing with tabletop, it seems possible that it could apply in tabletop RPG, LARP (Live-Action Role-Playing), and maybe even CYOA (Choose Your Own Adventure) forms of RPG as well? I would be interesting to perform the same style study with the other formats to see if the format changes the results (or not). Received 10/26/13; Revision accepted 12/11/13

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RPG Research Status Update, May 17th, 2014

RPG Research Status Update, May 17th, 2014

Here is a status update on some projects from the past month developing tabletop and live-action role-playing games for use as educational and therapeutic intervention modalities for autism spectrum adults.

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First Prototype of Tabletop RPG as a Modality for Therapeutic / Educational Intervention

First Prototype of Tabletop RPG as a Modality for Therapeutic / Educational Intervention

This is my first prototype rough draft in the development of role-playing gaming as a modality for therapeutic / educational interventions. For a Recreation Therapy course in which I am currently enrolled at Eastern Washington University, our task last week was to "Develop a Tabletop Leisure Education Game" for a group of Autism Spectrum (and other) adults in a facility near the Seattle area (we are in Spokane, WA). Of course I selected (with the approval of my assigned partner in the project, Tabletop Role-Playing Gaming (RPG ) for this assignment, in this case a 1940s Gumshoe Detective-style mystery set in urban Chicago...

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RPG Research Status Update

RPG Research Status Update

A lot has happened over the past several months, and there is actually a backlog developing, so I thought I would take a minutes to organize the backlog, update folks on what has been completed, and look ahead to what is coming down the pipe. If there is anything I forgot to include, please let me know so I can integrate it into this article. Many of the items in the queue might unfortunately be stuck until the summer holiday from university. Consider this also my public TODO list...

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LARPing as a Form of Therapy - Panel Hangout Broadcast - Wed. March 26 6:00 pm Pacific

LARPing as a Form of Therapy - Panel Hangout Broadcast - Wed. March 26 6:00 pm Pacific

Join the discussion with the panel regarding the therapeutic uses of role-playing gaming, especially LARP (Live-Action Role-Playing). Featuring Dr. Sarah Bowman, Hawke Robinson, Chris Shell, and Jamie Metzger, hosted by Kristin Brumley. Additional details below...

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When Does Role-Playing Gaming Become "Bad" For Participants?

When Does Role-Playing Gaming Become "Bad" For Participants?

What do you think is a reasonable baseline for "safe" RPG participation? With different populations, when is there "too much of a good thing"? Do you have any anecdotes, or better yet research data that validates any particular stance? I am slowly building up the background for extensive research on the potential therapeutic uses of role-playing games in various formats (tabletop, live-action, computer-based) for various populations (TBI, PTSD, Autism-spectrum, LD's, etc.), with the assumption that there is potential benefit. But what are the potential risks?

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Creating LARP Program for Autism Spectrum Toddlers

Creating LARP Program for Autism Spectrum Toddlers

Due to excessively strict NDA of the organization, I am very limited in what I can post, but letting those following the RPG Research, beginning working with autism-spectrum toddlers today from a recreation therapy approach, and developing an activity program that is LARP (Live-Action Role-Playing) quest-style for this population group, that we will actually implement in the next few weeks.

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Original D&D White Books 2013 Reprint Special Collector's Edition Boxed Set - Unboxing

Original D&D White Books 2013 Reprint Special Collector's Edition Boxed Set - Unboxing

A walk down a path of RPG nostalgia / history, Wizards of the Coast has reprinted the original D&D white book set, and bundled it in a wooden box with dice. Here you will find many photos of the unboxing process with a few comments, and a comparison my ancient original of one of the the Blackmoor supplement...

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Original D&D White Book Box Set

Original D&D White Book Box Set

Just received this reprint of the ultimate in retro / nastalgic role-playing gaming, the Original D&D in a full box set.

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Using Therapeutic Role-Playing Gaming to Help in the Treatment of Sexual Abuse Victims

Using Therapeutic Role-Playing Gaming to Help in the Treatment of Sexual Abuse Victims

A Christian gamers podcast group calling themselves "Saving the Game" recently interviewed a representative of The Bodhana Group regarding A PROPOSAL for using role-playing games for therapeutic treatment of sexually abused children and adolescents, as well as the abusers.

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UPDATE: JCAL Special Issue on 'Learning Analytics in Massively Multiuser Games, Virtual Environments and Courses' (clarification of scope and extension of proposal-submission deadline)

Date: Sat Sep 14 14:15:21 2013 - Dear colleagues, Following the posting of the Call for Papers for the abovementioned special issue of the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, several prospective authors have enquired as to what constitutes a 'massive' number of learners for the purposes of the special issue.....

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Join the RPG Research Email Discussion List

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Join the RPG Research Email discussion list. Some people find it easier to discuss complex topics via email. We have setup such an option for you if you wish...

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Using Role-Playing Games to Treat PTSD at the VA Hospital

Using Role-Playing Games to Treat PTSD at the VA Hospital

Timothe Loya served six years as a U.S. Marine, also serving in Iraq, and has proposed using tabletop role-playing games to treat returning veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

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