Blog Collection

by Hawke Robinson published 2018/08/28 18:05:29 GMT-7, last modified 2018-08-28T18:05:29-07:00
In this collection you will find the latest RPG Research community Blog Postings throughout the entire RPG Research website. These are less formal but usually more timely postings, provide the more human community connection with the international volunteers helping make RPG Research possible. Remember, we are all unpaid volunteers, doing what we can to help improve the overall human condition, so please be kind and supportive.
Technology at the Tabletop Game - Synergy Or Discord? Technology at the Tabletop Game - Synergy Or Discord?
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Mar 16, 2020 01:06 PM

I am a huge advocate for technology. Look at my tech resume, and you will see what I mean. Technology is an extremely powerful tool to help improve the human experience, but at the tabletop game setting, it can be extremely detrimental if not used in very controlled ways. This article provides a few pointers on how to keep technology your friend in such settings, and the worst of the pitfalls to easily be avoided.

501(C)3 RPG RESEARCH NEEDS YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEER HELP! 501(C)3 RPG RESEARCH NEEDS YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEER HELP!
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Feb 27, 2020 08:26 AM

We have grown so quickly, we really need administrative volunteer help for about 4-5 hours a week! 2 years ago we were were helping people with just 10 volunteers & 1-2 programs per month. Now we've hit volunteer #115, and WE NOW PROVIDE A DOZEN PROGRAMS A WEEK! 99% of our volunteers are helping directly with the programs as game masters, facilitators, transcriptions, software development, etc. NOW WE REALLY NEED ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEERS A FEW HOURS PER WEEK! We desperately need people willing to help about 4-5 hours per week

Improving Access to Tabletop Role-Playing Games by Overcoming High Barriers to Introductory Play Improving Access to Tabletop Role-Playing Games by Overcoming High Barriers to Introductory Play
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 29, 2020 11:56 AM

Any of you following our 10 or so streams per week have probably heard RPG Research's founder Hawke Robinson state time and again that RPG publishers have set an unnecessarily high barrier to entry due to dependence on the mass-loading and mentor model in about 99% of role-playing games. This generally means that the vast majority of the world population is left out of the benefits of RPGs. We're fixing that, without dumbing down the game systems and their benefits!

Extra Life Fundraiser 25 hour gaming marathon streams Extra Life Fundraiser 25 hour gaming marathon streams
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Nov 02, 2019 10:53 AM

We are helping raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals by streaming gaming for 25 hours! Both tabletop and electronic role-playing games on Youtube and Twitch respectively. Please donate today, and you can join in the fun too!

Back From ATRA Conference - Catching up Back From ATRA Conference - Catching up
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 21, 2019 10:21 AM

We're back from the long RPG Tour and American Therapeutic Recreation Association's national annual conference in Reno, Nevada. We were on the road from September 11th through 20th, and are now catching up. We provided ATRA CEUs accredited workshops on role-playing games.

BECMI Basic D&D Now RPG Research's Introductory D&D Version of Choice BECMI Basic D&D Now RPG Research's Introductory D&D Version of Choice
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 29, 2019 02:42 PM

As has been discussed in many of our weekly broadcasts, research meetings, talk shows, and board meetings, we haven't been happy with D&D 5e's introductory approach for people that have never role-played before. After years of experimentation, months of debate, and weeks of training, we're officially beginning the transition to use BECMI's Basic D&D as introduction to RPG instead of D&D 5e for ages 10+. For ages 4/5+ we're happily still using No Thank You Evil (NTYE).

RPG Research Reaches Volunteer Number 70! RPG Research Reaches Volunteer Number 70!
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 29, 2019 11:21 PM

From 1983 through 2015 it was just Hawke working with other organizations. Then just about 2 years ago we were at just volunteer number 9, now we have hit 70! And it is looking very likely we may hit or exceed 100 before the end of the year! And spanning multiple continents!

Hawke unavailable June 25 through July 20 2019 Hawke unavailable June 25 through July 20 2019
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 27, 2019 11:05 AM

RPG Research's founder & president, Hawke Robinson, is going to be unavailable for several weeks, except for emergencies, from June 25th through July 20th, 2019. Please note the other contact options listed during his absence.

Neuroscience of Learning and RPG (excerpts)
by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 13, 2019 01:11 PM

These are brief excerpts from some of my papers on the neuroscience of learning and relevance to role-playing games. Complete versions are available to Patreon supporters, research staff and RPG.Education students.

Mother to child: "Those kinds of people kill people" (talking about role-playing gamers) March 15th, 2019. Mother to child: "Those kinds of people kill people" (talking about role-playing gamers) March 15th, 2019.
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Feb 26, 2020 02:30 PM

Variations of this happen so often that I generally don't bother posting about it anymore. Typically anywhere from once per month to once per week, I encounter something in the ballpark of these negative attitudes about role-playing gamers/gaming from the inculcated myths. But this past Friday was exceptional, with 3 separate families forbidding their children!

Looking for Specific Type of Live-Action Role-Playing Game Combination
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Mar 17, 2019 01:14 PM

A lot of larps are either more combat oriented or more freeform oriented. We're looking for something that is as close to a heroic, "good guys only", tabletop role-playing game, but includes moving around physically, but does not allow any physical contact, and isn't overly focused on combat. Anyone know of something actually published, with adventures, that fits these criteria? This is for atrisk and incarcerated populations.

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