Drop in and RPG Community Programs

by Hawke Robinson published 2018/09/06 09:46:00 GMT-7, last modified 2022-09-20T12:09:42-07:00
We offer free accessible, inclusive, role-playing game (and sometimes cooperative music) programs, free and open to the public ages 5 to 105+.

Friday August 23rd, 2019 4-7 pm - Spark Central


1214 West Summit Parkway, Spokane, WA, 99201


 Look for the wheelchair accessible RPG Bus and/or RPG Trailer.


We offer role-playing games (RPGs) at non-gamer locations to raise awareness about accessibility, inclusiveness, and RPGs, especially exposing this to as wide a range of populations as possible. Offering free introductions to role-playing games outside of the gamer/geek community bubble. We are volunteers out in the widest community possible each week offering role-playing games to those who know the least about them. Trying to dispel the myths, and engage people in the benefits of cooperative play.  
We frequently run free and open to the public games and music program programs at community centers, libraries, mobile street corners & public parks, long-term care & rehabilitation facilities, or other related locations, usually open to the general public.
These include a variety of tabletop role-playing games (RPG), live-action role-playing (Larp), solo adventure books and modules (SABM), and sometimes drum circles as cooperative play primers for the larps and trpg sessions.
Or we show up with the RPG Bus & RPG Trailer at a pre-announced location, such as a park, parking lot, etc.
There people can drop in and  join either a 1-shot RPG session, or continuing campaigns.
This is also where we begin transitioning our GM trainees "into the wild". Giving them ongoing guidance and supervision, but with players other than our fellow volunteers.
We are also trying to not be "preaching to the choir" at existing gamer venues, and instead try to bring gaming to locations without gaming and gamers, to help non-gamers experience the joys and benefits of RPGs.
Seating is first-come-first-serve. Brand new players do get priority over experienced players since we want to make sure as many new people are introduced to gaming as possible. Number of tables and game offerings vary each day depending on the number of volunteers available that day.
We freely provide these programs to people from ages 5 to 105+ years old.
We hope you will join us!

Tier 1 Games

  • No Thank You Evil (NTYE) (TRPG)
  • Doctor Who RPG (DWAITS) (TRPG)
  • Adventures in Middle-earth (AiMe) or The One Ring RPG (TOR) (TRPG)
  • Dungeons & Dragons (D&D): Basic Expert Companion Masters Immortals (BECMI), Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition (AD&D1), or 5th Edition (D&D 5e) (TRPG)
  • The Hirelings Larp (LRPG)
  • NeverWinter Nights (ERPG)


Tier 2 Games

  • GURPS Cops
  • Old West
  • Star Wars
  • Star Trek Adventures
  • Superheroes
  • Cyberpunk
  • Steampunk

Tier 3 Games

  • Call of Cthulhu
  • Custom-created cooperative (no PvP) Neverwinter Nights modules and persistent world options
  • Dresden Files (pending)
  • Shadowrun (pending)
  • Dystopia Rising Larp (pending)
  • World of Darkness (pending)

All Friday sessions are 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm local time.



We are at different locations each week.

Fridays 4 pm to 7 pm

  • 1st Fridays at various mobile locations (see Mobile Locations section schedule below for dates and locations each month).
  • 2nd Fridays at Spark Central (see Spark Central section schedule below for address information and dates).
  • 3rd Fridays at Inland Northwest Area Libraries (See libraries schedule section below for more information on dates and locations each month).
  • 4th Fridays at Spark Central (see Spark Central section schedule below for address information).
  • 5th Friday of the month we take as a day off or a retreat training day.


Saturday locations schedule coming soon!

  • 1st Saturdays of the month at (pending)
  • 2nd Saturdays of the month at (pending)
  • 3rd Saturdays of the month at (pending)
  • 4th Saturdays of the month at (pending)


RPG BUS/TRAILER PHOTO HERE (manito park photo)

Mobile Locations

Drop in and RPG is a free weekly event open to the public, introducing the general public to role-playing games and related activities.
Anyone is welcome to join.

Availability is limited to how many of our volunteer game masters are available that day (they have to juggle "day jobs", life, etc.).

RPG Research is 100% volunteer run.

1st Fridays at various mobile locations

Upcoming Mobile Locations

June 7th, 2019:

July -- Canceled due to Katy & Hawke's wedding

August 2nd, 2019:

September 6th, 2019:

September 11th through 20th, 2019:

October 4th, 2019:

November 1st, 2019:

December 6th, 2019:

Proposed Future Locations

Rest are tentatively planned, specific dates remain the same, but specific order of locations may change, so please check back each month before attending.

Tentative: Northeast Youth Center (NEYC), Hillyard (may be on different month pending their schedule roster)

29th & Regal on the South Hill

 2019: Downtown Spokane Main Street & Browne (pending okay to use those meters).


2019: Spokane, junction of Ruby & Division (pending permission from property owners, Spokane Oil & Lube).

2019: Liberty Lake, WA (details pending)

 2019: Post Falls, ID (details pending)

 2019: Airway Heights, WA (details pending, weather permitting)

2020: Cheney, WA (details pending)

 2020: Coeur d'Alene, ID (Details pending)

 2020: Newport, WA (details pending)

2020: Deer Park, WA (details pending)

2020: Lewiston, ID (details pending)

2020: Kellogg, ID (details pending)

2020: Missoula, MT (details pending)

2020: Tricities, WA / OR (details pending)

 2020: Seattle, WA (details pending)

 2020: Portland, OR (details pending)

 2020: details pending

 2020: details pending.



  • January 4th, 2019: Corner of Sprague & Pines in Spokane Valley. Look for the RPG Bus!
  • February 1st, 2019: Northtown Square (corner of Welleslley & Division), Spokane, WA. - February 1st, 2019: Parking Lot of Northtown Square corner of Wellesley and DIvision between Red Lobster & Starbucks. If you get there and we are no longer there, then we may have needed to move to Hillyard on corner of Market St and Liberty (just north of Zips)
  • March 1st, 2019: Corner of Empire & Market (Zips parking lot), Hillyard area Spokane, WA
  • April 5th, 2019: Corner of Ruby & Jackson, Spokane, WA, on street in front of O'Reilley's Auto Parts just north of The General Store.
  • May 3rd, 2019 4-7 pm - Manito Park 18th & Grand, North East Main Entrance Parking Lot and Field.
  • May 17th, 2019 4-7 pm - Spokane Valley Library

  • Saturday May 18th, 10 am to 10 pm - Spokane Falls Community College - Empire Game Co


2nd & 4th Fridays 4-7 pm at Spark Central Community Center


Phone: 509-279-0299


The Inlander information



3rd Fridays at Inland Northwest Regional Libraries

November & December 2018: North Spokane County Library (see library location information section below for address)

January & February 2019: North Spokane County Library (see library location information section below for address)

March 15th, 2019: Deer Park Spokane County Library (see library location information section below for address)

April 19th, 2019: Argonne Library, Spokane, WA (see library location information section below for address)

May 17th, 2019: pending

June 21st, 2019: pending

July 19th, 2019: pending

August 16th, 2019: pending

September 13th, 2019: pending

October 18th, 2019: pending

November 15th, 2019: pending

December 20th, 2019: pending

Spokane County Library Location Information

Argonne Spokane County Library

4322 N Argonne Rd
Spokane, WA 99212
Phone: 509.893.8260

Website: https://www.scld.org/locations/argonne/

Deer Park Spokane County Library

208 S Forest Ave
Deer Park, WA 99006
Phone: 509.893.8300

Website: https://www.scld.org/locations/deer-park/

North Spokane County Library

44 E Hawthorne Rd
Spokane, WA 99218
Phone: 509.893.8350

Website: https://www.scld.org/locations/north-spokane/




Typical Games Offered

Game systems include (but not necessary limited to):
  • Wizards of the Coast D&D 5e (fantasy genre)
  • Cubicle 7 / D&D5e Adventures in Middle-earth (fantasy genre)
  • Cubicle 7 The One Ring RPG  (fantasy genre)
  • Hobbit Tales, from the Green Dragon Inn (cooperative story telling card game as ice breaker to RPG sessions)
  • Monte Cooke Games No Thank You Evil (children's imagination mixed genres)
  • FFG Star Wars RPG (science fiction genre)
  • Super Heroes genre RPGs
  • Chaosium Call of Cthulhu (horror genre)
  • Cubicle 7 Doctor Who RPG (science fiction genres)
  • Steve Jackson Games GURPS Cops (police procedural genre)
  • Gumshoe detective/mystery genre
  • Cyberpunk genre
  • Steampunk genre
  • Kenzer & Company Aces & Eights (wild west genre) (evaluating as non-mystic Old West RPG versus GURPS Old West, Original Boot Hill and d20 3.x Boot Hill)


Other Games & Activities

We may also be running others activities and game systems/settings, some recent examples include:
  • Drum circles
  • Live-action role-playing (LARP), both non-boffer and boffer types.
  • Gumshoe system, Trail of Cthulhu (horror)
  • Top Secret, New World Order (espionage)
  • Paranoia (new) (darkly humorous sci-fi genre)
  • Hero Kids (Kids on Bikes 80s style)
  • Mutant Year Zero (dystopian / post apocalyptic)
  • The Expanse RPG
  • Cypher System RPG (Monte Cook Games)



About "Drop In and RPG"

Drop In and RPG is a program offering by the non-profit 501(c)3 RPG Research. Our founder began role-playing gaming in the mid 1970s, began researching the effects of RPGs in 1983, running programs at educational settings in 1985, and at therapeutic settings in 2004.

We have volunteers around the world, from all walks of life, helping to run these programs.

If you are interested in helping, please help spread the word, and consider donating or volunteering today!



Game Systems/Settings

  • No Thank You Evil - all ages 5 years old on up.
  • D&D 5th Edition - typically 8/9 years old on up.
  • Adventures in Middle-earth - typically 10 years old on up. Either Eves
    of Mirkwood adventure or Darkening of Mirkwood campaign.
  • Star Wars RPG - typically 10 years old on up.
  • The One Ring RPG - typically 12 years old on up.
  • In the near future we are hoping to add a super hero RPG, a modern
    police procedural/mystery RPG, maybe a Western RPG, and maybe Doctor Who RPG.

Seating is basically first-come, first-served, though some groups are
recurring regular participants who may sometimes have reserved a spot
as long as they show up on time.

Seating priority is for people under 18 years of age, so if we have
full tables, and a youth wants to join, we expect adults to yield their
seat for the benefit of the youth.

Depending on our GM availability we offer between 1 to 6 tables. This
is determined by a combination of which game masters can attend that
day, how many players are attending, and by what system/setting the
players are hoping to play.



Manito Park

North East Main Entrance Parking Lot and Field

With RPG Bus and RPG Trailer 4-7 pm

On the first Friday of each month we will be at various locations announced each month on the RPG Research News page, and updated weekly on our Twitter feed. Weather and location permitting we will be there with the wheelchair accessible RPG Bus and/or RPG Trailer. Locations are across the greater Inland Empire. Each month will be a new location (just on first Fridays).

Manito Park May 3rd, 2019

Location image of event venue





Soon, in addition to the Friday sessions, we will also be offering weekly Saturday sessions as well!

More information coming soon!

We are looking at locations in the Spokane Valley and Airway Heights areas.

Currently planning somewhere around Saturdays 11 am to 2 pm, or Noon to 3 pm, or somewhere along those lines.

This section will be updated in the coming month as we lock this in.

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