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?
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.
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...
Just received this reprint of the ultimate in retro / nastalgic role-playing gaming, the Original D&D in a full box set.
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.
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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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.
Originally presented as a slide show presentation for Eastern Washington University class "Recreation Therapy for People with Disabilities". This video is a presentation on the hypothetical use of role-playing games to help a patient with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) progress through various recovery stages. This includes Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA), Computer-based RPG, Tabletop, and Live-action role-play (LARP).
Co-location facility is moving my servers from one rackspace to another. This is taking place August 26th, around 6:00 pm (Pacific Time), so all sites and domain emails will be offline during that transition. you can still contact me via the gmail account and my cell of course. Thank you for your patience.
Call for Papers: JCAL Special Issue on 'Learning Analytics in Massively Multiuser Virtual Environments and Courses'
I was asked via email, by Mark Lee of Charles Sturt University, Australia, to spread the word about their call for papers. Please take a look and spread the word to those you think might be interested.
Over the past few months, I've developed a little bit of a backlog on some of the TODO items for RPG Research, here is a short summary of the items I am hoping to catch up over the next few weeks...
I will be at Spocon throughout the weekend in Spokane, Washington performing research...
Live from TolkienMoot IX - RPG Research First Public Discussion. August 3rd at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.
RPG Research First Public Meeting, August 3rd 1:00 pm (Pacific) - The Role-Playing Gaming Research Project will be having their first public discussion meeting on the therapeutic and educational effects of role-playing games on participants. This will be both in-person, and simulcast live over the Internet from the Tolkien and gaming convention, TolkienMoot IX....
Be sure to join Michael Martinez, Hawke Robinson, and special guest Professor Chris Seeman for the 50th episode of Middle-earth Talk, broadcast live from Tolkien Moot IX, Sunday, August 4th, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Pacific Time. Live Broadcast of Middle-earth Talk Episode 50 - August 4th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. Don't miss the 50th episode of Middle-earth Talk, with special guest Professor Chris Seeman, live at Tolkien Moot IX!
The Eä Tolkien Society will all be at Tolkien Moot IX, broadcasting their monthly meeting from the convention, August 3rd at 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Pacific time. Be sure to join us and the live audience in discussion of all things Tolkien....
We are going to have our first public discussion meeting discussing the therapeutic and educational effects of role-playing games on participants. This will be both in-person, and simulcast live over the Internet via TolkienMoot IX streams.
Just received the good news that I will be allowed to perform the gender-bias questionnaire at Spocon this year, August 9-11.
Just curious if folks would attend (on site and/or online) a monthly community discussion meeting group, if it was formed, discussing the therapeutic and educational aspects of role-playing gaming?
Dungeon's Master commentary on PBS short 7 minute documentary on D&D.