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Less formal updates than the News section about therapeutic and educational aspects of role-playing games.
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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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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