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.
A Vision of the RPG Research Trailer A Vision of the RPG Research Trailer
by RPG Research Admin — last modified Nov 21, 2020 09:27 AM

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...

Gender bias issues in RPG Industry
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 25, 2020 10:14 AM

June 1st, 4:43 pm, 2016. There is an article making the rounds titled "Publishers: STOP HIRING ARTISTS WHO CAN’T FOLLOW DIRECTIONS", which includes includes issues related to some of the current research on gender experiences in the gaming industry and community...

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 RPG Research Admin — last modified Oct 25, 2020 10:14 AM

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

Where are Those Research Reports.... Don't you Just Hate When That Happens?
by Jennifer Siegel — last modified Oct 25, 2020 10:14 AM

In conversation on Facebook yesterday, I mentioned, as I have done a number of times in recent years, about my reading two different research reports about inpatient groups and role-playing gaming. I seemed to recall the papers mentioning they were schizophrenic, and one report was a disaster, while the other was an outstanding success....

Wizards of the Coast D&D Dragon Talk Broadcast Notes Wizards of the Coast D&D Dragon Talk Broadcast Notes
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 25, 2020 10:13 AM

Here are notes from the January 22nd, 2018 interview broadcast at Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons & Dragons, "Dragon Talk" with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble, interviewing John Welker & Hawke Robinson of RPG Research, Spokane Area Gaming Alliance, & RPG Therapeutics LLC, about role-playing game education, therapy, and more. Currently a work in progress. I am working on it each day in small snippets of time while juggling everything else. I will let folks know when it is ready for sharing.

Thoughts on RPG Assessment Process Thoughts on RPG Assessment Process
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 25, 2020 10:13 AM

This was triggered by someone's question in a Facebook group, and I thought it worthwhile to repost here, in a more legible format, and more useful platform...

Potential Cataloging Software for RPG Museum
by Janine Winfree — last modified Oct 11, 2020 09:18 AM

Archivist Janine Winfree created a list of open-source, free, or low-cost cataloging programs for the RPG Museum. She provides a brief summary of each of these systems as well as her personal recommendations for RPG Museum.

Volunteer Game Master I & Player Trainer, Trainee
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 25, 2020 10:14 AM

A mid-level position. The Volunteer Level 1 Professional Volunteer Game Master (GM) Trainee will learn to run RPG sessions in accordance with RPG Research standards. Sessions are for a broad range of participant populations, at various locations. We do offer training for those wishing to develop the appropriate skills, and willing to regularly attend the free weekly training sessions.

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.

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