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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.
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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Mockery of Gamers

Mockery of Gamers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 20, 2016 11:37 AM

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 Jan 19, 2016 02:16 PM

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. 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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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 Jan 04, 2016 07:15 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 Oct 15, 2015 02:52 PM

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!

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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 Oct 15, 2015 02:56 PM

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 Aug 26, 2015 05:18 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 Oct 15, 2015 02:57 PM

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 Jun 20, 2015 05:01 PM

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 Oct 15, 2015 02:57 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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A Vision of the RPG Research Trailer

A Vision of the RPG Research Trailer

by admin — last modified Aug 02, 2015 01:18 PM

I have been mulling over an idea for about half a year now. And it solves a lot of logistics issues in trying to further the research on the effects of role-playing games. An RPG Trailer as a portable facility/office...

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Let WorldCon 2015 Know if you Want RPG Therapy Panel

Let WorldCon 2015 Know if you Want RPG Therapy Panel

by admin — last modified Jun 21, 2015 05:47 AM

Let them know if you too would like to see a panel on the therapeutic effects/uses of role-playing games at the 2015 WorldCon in Spokane!

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Avedon's Interaction Patterns Analysis RPG Summary Page

Avedon's Interaction Patterns Analysis RPG Summary Page

by admin — last modified Jun 22, 2015 02:36 PM

I have found Avedon's Interaction analysis very useful in explaining and developing role-playing games for various intervention goals. I created a "cheat sheet" that summarizes many pages of the concepts into one page, with specific notes for all forms of RPG.

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Book announcement - Virtual Worlds for Online Learning: Cases and Applications

by admin — last modified Jun 21, 2015 06:22 AM

I have not had a chance to review this book (I hope to do so after Tolkien Moot is over, too much on my plate right now). Since this is somewhat related, I was asked by Mark Lee to spread the word to others, so here is the press release he submitted about this book. -- Announcing the publication of the following title (now available for pre-order): ---

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

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

by admin — last modified Oct 15, 2015 02:58 PM

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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RPG Gender Bias Research Stage 2 - Status Update

RPG Gender Bias Research Stage 2 - Status Update

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

Just a quick update to let folks know where I am at on this project....

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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

by admin — last modified Jun 21, 2015 06:30 AM

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.

A quick summary of my gaming groups & activities.

by admin — last modified Jun 22, 2015 02:36 PM

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

by admin — last modified Jun 22, 2015 02:35 PM

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

by admin — last modified Jun 21, 2015 07:07 AM

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

Utilizing Role-Playing Games In Social Skills Assessment and Intervention

by admin — last modified Oct 15, 2015 02:58 PM

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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Raw Data from Research on Gender Bias in Gaming Community and Industry

Raw Data from Research on Gender Bias in Gaming Community and Industry

by admin — last modified Jun 25, 2015 03:09 PM

Since it is taking too long to get around to the formal analysis and paper write-up, I am posting much of the raw data here (without the comments for now), without much in the way of analysis. At some point I hope to provide a more formal document, but hopefully the numbers speak well for themselves and will be helpful for those interested in the topic. This is not the complete data set, but the more significant aspects from the very large total data.

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Possible to Develop "Road Rage" Treatment Through RPG?

by admin — last modified Jun 21, 2015 07:20 AM

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

by admin — last modified Oct 15, 2015 02:58 PM

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.

by admin — last modified Jun 21, 2015 07:27 AM

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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RPG Therapeutics Presenting at WSTRA 16

RPG Therapeutics Presenting at WSTRA 16

by admin — last modified Jun 22, 2015 04:03 AM

Founder of RPG Therapeutics LLC, W. A. Hawkes-Robinson, will be presenting at the 16th Annual Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association - WSTRA​ Conference, Saturday, April 11th.

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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

by admin — last modified Jun 21, 2015 07:40 AM

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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The Spartan Show Adventurers Guild Broadcasts

The Spartan Show Adventurers Guild Broadcasts

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 14, 2015 02:14 PM

Join us for The Spartan Show Adventurer's Guild - Hawke Robinson is the DM as we broadcast live tabletop RPG sessions. 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

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 21, 2015 02:16 PM

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

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 22, 2015 02:31 PM

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

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 21, 2015 02:25 PM

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

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 21, 2015 02:28 PM

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

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 21, 2015 02:31 PM

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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Volunteers Needed - Spokane

Volunteers Needed - Spokane

by admin — last modified Jun 22, 2015 04:03 AM

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

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

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

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 25, 2015 03:03 PM

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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Using Role-Playing Games for Autism Spectrum Participants

Using Role-Playing Games for Autism Spectrum Participants

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 02, 2015 01:19 PM

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.

Using Role-Playing Games for Autism Spectrum Participants - Read More…

Join Monthly RPG Research Meeting Broadcast

Join Monthly RPG Research Meeting Broadcast

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 21, 2015 04:07 PM

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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Join Monthly RPG Research Meeting Broadcast

Join Monthly RPG Research Meeting Broadcast

by admin — last modified Jun 22, 2015 04:03 AM

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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Abantey the Roleplay Game Short Documentary

Abantey the Roleplay Game Short Documentary

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 15, 2015 02:58 PM

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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Now Playing D&D Next 5th Edition Starter Set July 2nd 2014 at Local Hobby Gaming Store...

Now Playing D&D Next 5th Edition Starter Set July 2nd 2014 at Local Hobby Gaming Store...

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 06:38 PM

We're at the local hobby/gaming story, Merlyn's in Spokane, playing the brand new 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons (aka D&D Next).

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Various Articles and Discussions on Role-playing Game Stigma

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:08 AM

Since this has been a fairly lively discussion when I have brought it up on rpg.net and geekandsundry.com forum, I thought I'd perform a brief search on current articles and discussions related to role-playing game and gamer social stigma. This is just a quick list for further research and discussion...

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Another (Anecdotal) Example Why The Popular Negative Stereotypes About Role-playing Gamers is Important to Address

Another (Anecdotal) Example Why The Popular Negative Stereotypes About Role-playing Gamers is Important to Address

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 25, 2015 03:34 PM

Here is another example of how pervasive the inculcation of misinformation, myths, and negative stereotypes about role-playing gamers has become in the united states. This person believed D&D caused her relative to commit a double homicide (mother and unborn child) in Idaho, "she thought his (in her view) 'addiction to D&D led to his killing them'".

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Why The Popular Negative Stereotypes About Role-playing Gamers Are Important to Address

Why The Popular Negative Stereotypes About Role-playing Gamers Are Important to Address

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 20, 2016 11:19 AM

Here is an example of how pervasive the inculcation of misinformation and myths of negative stereotypes about role-playing gamers has become in the united states. This is not an isolated view. I have run into many people, in many states, with diverse backgrounds, that make the same assumptions as she did, due to the popular media continuing to revile (whether through humor or other methods) role-playing gamers. This has an impact on many millions of people, that feel like they have to remain in the "closet" about their favorite recreational activity. And this is not limited to just the United States, this impacts people world-wide...

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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)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 07:21 PM

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)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 07:26 PM

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

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 07:28 PM

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

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 07:31 PM

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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