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by admin published Jun 20, 2015 05:05 PM, last modified Nov 29, 2017 07:58 AM
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.
Current RPG Market

Current RPG Market

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 13, 2015 01:46 AM

I recently received an email asking about any current Role-playing game market information I might have...

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Gender Bias in Gaming

Gender Bias in Gaming

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 22, 2017 04:24 PM

I am currently in a course titled "The Psychology of Women" and we are covering various gender-bias topics. Recently on the CAR-PGa email list a link was sent related to gender-bias in gaming. Have you seen/experienced gender-bias related to gaming?

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What is Question/Hypothesis of the RPG Research Observation Group 1?

What is Question/Hypothesis of the RPG Research Observation Group 1?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 22, 2017 04:20 PM

I had a recent question on Facebook about my posting: "Finished session 5 with RPG Preliminary Observation group 1, using Ea d20 RPG in a Tolkien Middle-earth setting." The question was from Sarah Lynne Bowman, author of The Functions of Role-playing Games: How Participants Create Community, Solve Problems and Explore Identity. She asked: "What's the research question/hypothesis?"

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RPG's Approved by a VA Hospital for Trial Use for PTSD Veterans

RPG's Approved by a VA Hospital for Trial Use for PTSD Veterans

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 10, 2016 11:16 AM

Far from official, but Timothe Loya on Facebook has stated he has been given approval for potentially using tabletop RPG's as a possible therapeutic treatment of PTSD veterans at his local VA hospital....

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Had presentation today on RPG Therapy for TBI clients.

Had presentation today on RPG Therapy for TBI clients.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 17, 2016 01:28 PM

Had presentation today at EWU: Role-playing Game Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury clients. Will be posting slides, recorded video, and documents over the next few days on the RPG Research website.

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RPG Recreation Therapy Hypothetical Scenario - Bipolar Clients in Complex Interpersonal Interactions

RPG Recreation Therapy Hypothetical Scenario - Bipolar Clients in Complex Interpersonal Interactions

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 10, 2016 11:15 AM

As we continue through the course on Recreation Therapy for People with Disabilities at Eastern Washington University, we have various assignments to write up hypothetical scenarios with hypothetical clients. This is one with several types of scenarios with hypothetical bipolar clients using tabletop role-playing gaming as the core activity. This is a high level overview, rather than a detailed activity analysis.

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Tabletop RPG Recreation Therapy Example Scenario - Visual Impairment

Tabletop RPG Recreation Therapy Example Scenario - Visual Impairment

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 02, 2018 06:54 PM

This is an excerpt from the RPG Handbook of Practice book I have been working on. This section is for clients with significant to complete visual impairment due to traumatic brain injury to the occipital lobe. It can be extrapolated for the whole range of visual impairments. The client wants to participate in a non-therapy-setting leisure activity of tabletop role-playing gaming. The Recreation Therapist will need to evaluate and write up the potential challenges and modifications that may be necessary for the client to participate in this activity with as little difficulty as possible....

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RPG Research Status Update Video on Youtube Channel

RPG Research Status Update Video on Youtube Channel

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 13, 2015 02:28 AM

Just posted a status update video, 10 minutes long, providing a status update on RPG Research. Please check it out, and comment.

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New RPG Website for the Greater Spokane Area Role-Playing Gamers

New RPG Website for the Greater Spokane Area Role-Playing Gamers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Dec 18, 2016 04:44 PM

A new site - www.spokanerpg.com - dedicated to role-playing gamers (tabletop and LARP) in the greater Spokane and C'dA area.

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New Sections: RPG Therapy and RPG Education Example Lists

New Sections: RPG Therapy and RPG Education Example Lists

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 13, 2015 12:24 PM

Created two new lists on the website. One is a list of role-playing gaming therapy examples, another a list of role-playing gaming used for educational purposes.

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Where are Those Research Reports.... Don't you Just Hate When That Happens?

Where are Those Research Reports.... Don't you Just Hate When That Happens?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 18, 2017 03:24 PM

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....

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Experiences with Classic Tabletop Role-Playing Gaming Via Google Hangout

Experiences with Classic Tabletop Role-Playing Gaming Via Google Hangout

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:06 AM

If you can't find anyone to join you in your favorite tabletop RPG, Google's Hangout might be your solution. We have been experimenting with 5 participants since November, here is information about how it is going so far...

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Which RPG Therapy Book Cover do you Prefer?

Which RPG Therapy Book Cover do you Prefer?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:11 AM

Which of these three book cover mockups do you prefer (hypothetically of course)...

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Role-playing Gaming Recreation Therapy Handbook of Practice Cover Mockup

Role-playing Gaming Recreation Therapy Handbook of Practice Cover Mockup

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:13 AM

Here are two mockups of covers for the hypothetical RPG RT Handbook of Practice...

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Develop a Role-Playing Gaming Therapeutic Recreation Handbook of Practice?

Develop a Role-Playing Gaming Therapeutic Recreation Handbook of Practice?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:33 AM

As I continue to peruse in depth the Recreation Therapy Handbook of Practice, and tracking the sections of the book that could use role-playing gaming as a treatment (see my eaarlier posting notes for example), I'm considering trying to take on the (overwhelming) task of creating an RPG specific version of the book...

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Join CAR-PGa (Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games)

Join CAR-PGa (Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:37 AM

An international network of researchers into all aspects of role-playing games (RPGs). This organization has been around for decades and has a rich treasure trove of resources available.

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Request For Comments on Role-Playing Gaming Therapeutic Recreation Handbook of Practice Drafts

Request For Comments on Role-Playing Gaming Therapeutic Recreation Handbook of Practice Drafts

by admin — last modified May 17, 2016 01:11 PM

A dedicated section of the site has been setup for this proposal and drafts. Both as a repository for PDFs and Wiki pages for more direct community involvement. As I continue to peruse in depth the Recreation Therapy Handbook of Practice, and tracking the sections of the book that could use role-playing gaming as a treatment (see my eaarlier posting notes for example), I'm considering trying to take on the (overwhelming) task of creating an RPG specific version of the book...

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Scott Thorne's thoughts on the future of the RPG market.

Scott Thorne's thoughts on the future of the RPG market.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:39 AM

He points out the 80/20 factor, that 80% of the market is controlled by the top 3 (or so) products, and all the remaining products only account for 20% of the sales. He also comments on the continuing downturn of paper RPG sales, but the increasing up swing in eBook RPG material...

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Scott Thorne's thoughts on the future of the RPG market.

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

e points out the 80/20 factor, that 80% of the market is controlled by the top 3 (or so) products, and all the remaining products only account for 20% of the sales. He also comments on the continuing downturn of paper RPG sales, but the increasing up swing in eBook RPG material...

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RPG as Therapeutic Recreation for People with Disabilities - Relevant Notes - Part 1

RPG as Therapeutic Recreation for People with Disabilities - Relevant Notes - Part 1

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 10, 2016 11:10 AM

Based on The Recreational Therapy Handbook of Practice, and WHO ICF (World Health Organization) (International Classification of Functioning). This will be edited periodically, and is only in a notes format for now. It is hoped to turn this into a more comprehensive document at a later date.

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Therapeutic Recreation for People with Disabilities

Therapeutic Recreation for People with Disabilities

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:45 AM

Glad to have finally started Therapeutic Recreation for People with Disabilities course today at EWU.

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Role-playing Game Therapy Related Domains

Role-playing Game Therapy Related Domains

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:48 AM

Added a section to the front page enumerating the existing psychological domains that are applicable in a role-playing game therapy context...

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Analysis of the Report “Alienation and the Game Dungeons and Dragons”

Analysis of the Report “Alienation and the Game Dungeons and Dragons”

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Apr 03, 2016 04:52 PM

One important note from this report is "role-playing gamers are 2.7 times less likely to have feelings of meaninglessness than non-gamers."

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Alas, Comment Deleted from geeksdreamgirl.com

Alas, Comment Deleted from geeksdreamgirl.com

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 01:11 AM

I had attempted to comment on a posting from the geeksdreamgirl.com website, related to depression and the holidays. This seemed perfectly relevant to the RPG Research Project's goals. Alas, she/they deleted the posting immediately, apparently considering it spam. That is a real shame, since it is so relevant to the goals of the project. Here is what was attempted to be posted in reply...

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The Defamation of Role-playing Gaming and Gamers

The Defamation of Role-playing Gaming and Gamers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 06, 2018 12:33 PM

With less than 3% of the mainstream media and press reports providing even remotely positive coverage, it is not surprising that the general public has so many misconceptions about this cooperative recreational activity ...

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The Potential Benefits and Deficits of Role Playing Gaming

The Potential Benefits and Deficits of Role Playing Gaming

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Dec 12, 2018 11:09 AM

There are very few social table-top recreation activities available that are cooperative rather than competitive in nature.

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Role-playing Games Used as Educational and Therapeutic Tools for Children, Youth, and Adults

Role-playing Games Used as Educational and Therapeutic Tools for Children, Youth, and Adults

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 01:20 AM

An essay providing examples of existing efforts, and potential possibilities for using role-playing games with children, youth, and adults for education and therapy.

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Should RPG Research Bother with Social Network Sites

Should RPG Research Bother with Social Network Sites

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 22, 2017 04:21 PM

This week a Facebook user asked us to create an account on Google Plus, and this has created a cascade of issues. Your feedback is needed on this topic, how social network sites might impact your participation in the RPG Research Project. I have also posted a video regarding this topic.

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1994 - Role-playing games to treat suicidal schizoid

1994 - Role-playing games to treat suicidal schizoid

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jan 18, 2017 03:24 PM

The Conclusion portion of Blackmon's report sums up the many possibilities that developing and establishing use of role-playing games for targeted therapeutic benefit may be able to provide for those in serious need:

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3 Years in a Row - RPGs Booming, while Video Games are Down

3 Years in a Row - RPGs Booming, while Video Games are Down

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 01:31 AM

For three years in a row now, the sales of hobby games including tabletop role-playing games, have been experiencing a significant boom in sales growth, while the video game industry has been down year after year since 2010. Apparently equal to the Pokemon CCG boom of early 2000's, but spread across a broader range rather than a single product, the entire hobby and role-playing gaming industry is benefiting...

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Online role-playing games hurt marital satisfaction, says BYU study

Online role-playing games hurt marital satisfaction, says BYU study

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 01:33 AM

A BYU study claiming that MMORPGs have a damaging impact on marital satisfaction. "Online role playing games negatively affect real-life marital satisfaction, according to a new Brigham Young University study published Feb. 15 in the Journal of Leisure Research."

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Maine State Senator Playing Orc on World of Warcraft Elected Despite Opponents Attacks On Her Gaming Hobby

Maine State Senator Playing Orc on World of Warcraft Elected Despite Opponents Attacks On Her Gaming Hobby

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 03:43 PM

Colleen Lachowicz, Democrat for Maine state senate, won despite attacks claiming concern over her "fitness for office" due to her online "disturbing alter ego". These attacks from her opposition were targeting her online gaming in World of Warcraft...

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"Knock it off" Shows and Writers Still Perpetuating Negative RPG Gamer Stereotypes, Even in Webisodes

"Knock it off" Shows and Writers Still Perpetuating Negative RPG Gamer Stereotypes, Even in Webisodes

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 22, 2017 04:37 PM

As Mike Rugnetta, host of the PBS Idea Channel, said to the writers of Big Bang Theory, that keep perpetuating all the negative stereotypes about role-playing gamers, "Knock it off." A challenge to writers to try something different.

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Why Do Tabletop RPGs Have Such a Gender Ratio Imbalance? What Can Be Done to Improve the Balance?

Why Do Tabletop RPGs Have Such a Gender Ratio Imbalance? What Can Be Done to Improve the Balance?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:47 PM

This topic has come up so many times in so many locations, I wanted to try to (eventually) get enough insights, to begin having some direction for some targeted research to attempt some kind of genuine answer. Until then, just some thoughts and suggestions about the possible reasons why, and also suggestions as to what might help bring more balance?

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Monsters Are People Too

Monsters Are People Too

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:28 PM

12-year-old uses Dungeons and Dragons to help scientist dad with his research . The paper describing the results—delightfully entitled “Monsters are people too”...

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Update correlative and meta-research information regarding role-playing gamers

Update correlative and meta-research information regarding role-playing gamers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:30 PM

Most of the existing research on role-playing gamers is dated from the 1980's and early 1990's. As an initial significant first step for the RPG Research Project, bring the correlative and meta-analysis data up to date.

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12-year-old uses Dungeons and Dragons to help scientist dad with his research

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

The paper describing the results—delightfully entitled “Monsters are people too”...

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Abstract - Encounters at the Imaginal Crossroads: An Exploration of the Experiences of Women in Role-playing Games

Abstract - Encounters at the Imaginal Crossroads: An Exploration of the Experiences of Women in Role-playing Games

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:32 PM

This is a doctoral thesis by Christopher J. Dyszelski, Candidate for the Degree: Doctor of Philosophy. This study was a critical, archetypal, feminist ethnography and psychological inquiry into the experiences of women in tabletop role-playing gaming and its culture.

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Environmental Impact on Role-playing Gamers

Environmental Impact on Role-playing Gamers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:34 PM

Determine ideal environmental settings for role-playing game sessions, and if various settings have different effects on the therapeutic or educational impact of role-playing gaming.

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Determine if Role-playing Gaming Has Different Therapeutic or Educational Effects on Different Populations

Determine if Role-playing Gaming Has Different Therapeutic or Educational Effects on Different Populations

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:36 PM

Determine differences between various populations and cultures in response to participating in role-playing game sessions.

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BBC - What happened to Dungeons and Dragons?

BBC - What happened to Dungeons and Dragons?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:40 PM

By Darren Waters - BBC News Online - Monday, 26 April, 2004, 12:40 GMT 13:40 UK. In the 1980s millions of teenagers world-wide would battle dragons armed with just dice, paper and pens. D&D became part of youth sub-culture but as the game celebrates its 30th birthday, is anyone still playing?

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Determine if Different RPG Campaign Settings Have Different Therapeutic and Educational Effects on Participants

Determine if Different RPG Campaign Settings Have Different Therapeutic and Educational Effects on Participants

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:46 PM

Within a specific genre, determine if different campaign settings have any measurable differences in specific therapeutic or educational influences on participants.

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Compare Therepeutic and Educational Differences Between Different RPG Genres

Compare Therepeutic and Educational Differences Between Different RPG Genres

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:49 PM

Determine if different role-playing game genres have any measurable differences.

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Compare Therapeutic and Educational Differences Between Different Role-playing Game Systems

Compare Therapeutic and Educational Differences Between Different Role-playing Game Systems

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:51 PM

Determine if different game systems such as Dungeons & Dragons versus Lord of the Rings role-playing gaming, have any measurable differences in effect on the participants.

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Determine Optimal Duration of Role-playing Gaming Sessions

Determine Optimal Duration of Role-playing Gaming Sessions

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 07:52 PM

Test different durations of game sessions from 45 minutes up to 8 hours, in 1 hour, and later 30 minute increments, to determine the optimal duration for maximal therapeutic benefit per session.

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Differences Between Shorter Single Adventures versus Longer Campaigns

Differences Between Shorter Single Adventures versus Longer Campaigns

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 08:59 PM

Determine if any differences are indicated from participation in shorter single sessions versus longer "campaigns" over different durations.

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Apply Neuro-imaging Scans Comparing Role-playing Gamers to Non-gamers.

Apply Neuro-imaging Scans Comparing Role-playing Gamers to Non-gamers.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 09:01 PM

Looking not just for real-time neurological activity during game sessions, but also if any significant long term changes are indicated in brain activity patterns, or even any physiological differences compared to control groups (such as those who have never participated in role-playing gaming).

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Israeli Army Frowns on D&D Players

Israeli Army Frowns on D&D Players

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 09:04 PM

By Hanan Greenberg - Published: 02.28.05, 14:17 / Israel News - IDF says “They're detached from reality and suscepitble to influence,” regarding role-playing gamers and so D&D players are automatically given a low security clearance...

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Use Bio-feedback and Neuro-feedback on Role-playing Gamers to Monitor Physiological and Neurological Activity

Use Bio-feedback and Neuro-feedback on Role-playing Gamers to Monitor Physiological and Neurological Activity

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 09:06 PM

Perform bio-feedback and neuro-feedback analysis on role-playing gamers before, during, and after gaming sessions to determine if any measurable effects are observable by these media.

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If causality proven, begin attempting to narrow down the variables

If causality proven, begin attempting to narrow down the variables

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:12 PM

If the early research data actually indicates causality, attempt to narrow and clarify the variables, looking for any differentiations in results...

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Israeli Army Frowns on D&D Players

Israeli Army Frowns on D&D Players

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

By Hanan Greenberg - Published: 02.28.05, 14:17 / Israel News - IDF says “They're detached from reality and suscepitble to influence,” regarding role-playing gamers and so D&D players are automatically given a low security clearance... PLEASE NOTE THERE MAY BE SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS WITH THE VALIDITY OF THIS ARTICLE.

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Miscellaneous RPG Research Reports Out There

Miscellaneous RPG Research Reports Out There

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 21, 2017 08:55 AM

I was recently performing some general searching for any other research related to role-playing games that I might have previously missed, and found a few odds and ends. I'm posting links to what I found here. I will later go over them in more depth, analyze, and comment accordingly. Of course, the much larger list is here: http://rpgr.org/documents/list-of-other-rpg-research-projects

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Health and obesity rates of different types of role-playing gamers? LARP, Computer-based, Tabletop.

Health and obesity rates of different types of role-playing gamers? LARP, Computer-based, Tabletop.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:19 PM

Another variable to consider when researching different RPG medium participants (LARP, Computer-based, Tabletop) is the physical health and conditioning of role-playing gamers...

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Any causal differences on participants between heroic versus evil campaigns?

Any causal differences on participants between heroic versus evil campaigns?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:25 PM

If there are indicators that role-playing games have a causal impact on participants, attempt to determine if there are any differentiations in impact on test subjects between "heroic" and "evil" game campaign settings.

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Cooperative RPG Versus Competitive RPG

Cooperative RPG Versus Competitive RPG

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:23 PM

Tabletop role-playing games are generally speaking a cooperative play situation (of course there are exceptions). LARP and video-game-based "RPG" are generally competitive. Does changing tabletop RPGs to more competitive approaches impact any of the potential therapeutic value compared to "normal" cooperative role-playing gaming?

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Need 2 More Panelists for ZoeCon Discussion of RPG Benefits, Any Takers?

Need 2 More Panelists for ZoeCon Discussion of RPG Benefits, Any Takers?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:29 PM

I need 2 more panelists to join me on the educational and/or therapeutic benefits of RPGs at ZoeCon next month. Anyone available?

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An Overview History and Potential Therapeutic Value of Role Playing Gaming (2004)

An Overview History and Potential Therapeutic Value of Role Playing Gaming (2004)

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 13, 2018 10:44 PM

Originally written in 2004, and periodically tweaked over the years. After decades of using RPGs in educational settings, this was the paper that started the therapeutic focus and building of the RPG Research website. There are very few social table-top recreation activities available that are cooperative rather than competitive in nature. Role playing gaming is by design a cooperative past time, which in and of itself may have significant benefits in the world where everything is becoming competitive at all ages and levels of society...

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Determine repeatable causal influences of role-playing games on single variable tests through controlled experiments

Determine repeatable causal influences of role-playing games on single variable tests through controlled experiments

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:33 PM

Determine through controlled experiments if there are any repeatable causal influences on those who participate regularly in role playing gaming recreational activities.

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Demographic idiosyncrasies of role-playing gamers

Demographic idiosyncrasies of role-playing gamers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:35 PM

Goal 4, determine/validate if there are any correlative demographic idiosyncrasies in variables found between intensely dedicated role-playing gamers, more casual but experienced role playing gamers, and the general population.

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Goal 3 - Evaluate what, if any, of the notable correlative data has any causal relationship

Goal 3 - Evaluate what, if any, of the notable correlative data has any causal relationship

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:36 PM

Determine if the correlative tests indicating significant differences in role-playing gamers from the general populace, are a causal result of their participation in role-playing games? ...

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Østerskov Efterskole - Danish public high school teaching all subjects using LARP

Østerskov Efterskole - Danish public high school teaching all subjects using LARP

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Feb 03, 2016 01:52 PM

Thanks to feedback from @Jmstar on Twitter, he pointed out a public school in Denmark teaching all subjects for what in the US we would consider sort of upper high school, or post high school between high school and college, teaching in depth educational subjects entirely using LARP techniques.

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Goal 2 - Begin Efforts to Differentiate Between Correlative and Causal data.

Goal 2 - Begin Efforts to Differentiate Between Correlative and Causal data.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:44 PM

Attempt to differentiate between correlative and causal data related to role-playing gamers. When possible, use blind, double blind, and triple blind study methodologies.

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Goal 1 - update correlative data

Goal 1 - update correlative data

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:46 PM

Though the ultimate goal is to establish causality, there are some correlative aspects that should be checkedinto. Attempt to verify or invalidate existing correlative and meta-research results. Much of the existing research is dated from the 1980's and 1990's. Attempt to bring the research up to date, and verify if there are any statistically significant differences found between role-playing gamers and the general populace, at difference age and other demographic levels...

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Updated list of goals for the RPG Research Project

Updated list of goals for the RPG Research Project

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:51 PM

Recently updated the main page's list of goals. Over the next few weeks, I will elaborate on the details of each of those goals. Here is the overview list:

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PBS Idea Channel mentions RPG Research

PBS Idea Channel mentions RPG Research

by admin — last modified Sep 22, 2015 02:57 AM

Last week the PBS Idea Channel ran a piece on Dungeons & Dragons benefits. Today they responded to comments from last weeks video, and mentioned in the comments section of their video (towards the end of the video on Justin Bieber), mentioned RPG Research and suggested people should check out the website.

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Added Youtube Channel, Google Plus, and Orkut for RPG Research

Added Youtube Channel, Google Plus, and Orkut for RPG Research

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:53 PM

Initially this may just be a video blog, or similar less formal means of sharing ideas about the RPG Research Project. But over time hopefully more formal presentations will be made available. I also hope to engage in live broadcast discussion on the topics of the therapeutic aspects of role-playing games. These are in addition to the existing Twitter and Facebook areas.... Added Youtube Channel, Google Plus, and Orkut for RPG Research

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Thoughts on RPG player stereotypes.

Thoughts on RPG player stereotypes.

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 10:56 PM

This was in response to some of the comments at the youtube PBS Idea Channel topic on D&D, but of course the very limited 500 characters to respond was insufficient to provide much detail other than just my summarized opinion. Here I hope to elaborate a bit more regarding role-playing gamer stereotypes over the past 30+ years, and the variants I have observed...

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How do different physical settings impact tabletop sessions?

How do different physical settings impact tabletop sessions?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:10 PM

I'm getting ready to get a couple of new groups together, and was thinking about how to setup the seating and such. Here are some thoughts (additional thoughts from others are welcome)...

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Well, so much for RPG.net as a useful resource

Well, so much for RPG.net as a useful resource

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:13 PM

I guess I should have staged the polls more slowly. Clearly too much attention was drawn by posting too many new polls too closely together. RPG.net just moved ALL the polls effectively to their bit-bucket the Ads/Open Promo Classifieds section, basically spelling the death of those polls. :-(

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Oops! Stepped on a transgender argument landmine in rpg.net

Oops! Stepped on a transgender argument landmine in rpg.net

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:20 PM

Two of the polls on rpg.net have been closed because they triggered transgender debate. No offense was ever intended, and the listed of transgender separate from male and female was meant to be inclusive not exclusive.

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More polls on RPG.net

More polls on RPG.net

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:22 PM

In addition to reviving the earlier polls, I have added several more polls in rpg.net, here is a list of the current polls running there. I hope to replicate these on other sites as well. It has been a useful process however unscientific the data itself maybe it, it is still interesting....

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Anecdotal Experiences of Stigma as a tabletop role-playing Gamer

Anecdotal Experiences of Stigma as a tabletop role-playing Gamer

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jun 02, 2016 03:13 PM

This is a copy of the posting I made on the rpg.net forum back around June 2012, regarding role-playing gamer stigma. It is a very long post. What have your experiences been with role-playing gaming, gamers, and any social stigma?

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"Gamer folk are more cunning than most"

"Gamer folk are more cunning than most"

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:24 PM

An entertaining quote from the Serenity RPG...

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A couple of new polls on RPG.net

A couple of new polls on RPG.net

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:29 PM

I posted a couple of (unscientific) polls on rpg.net related to the demographics of role-playing gamers. The first one is average income (in estimated annual United States Dollars), the other on current relationship status (married, single, divorced, etc.). This is specific to tabletop role-playing gamers.

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Dialog on rpg research on rpg.net

Dialog on rpg research on rpg.net

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:30 PM

A little bit of a thread on the rpg.net site about RPG research...

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Participation Registration Progressing

Participation Registration Progressing

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:41 PM

Though it has been slow, people are bit by bit registering to participate in the research project in one form or another.

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Hobby Games, Including RPG's Up, Video Games Down in 2010 s

Hobby Games, Including RPG's Up, Video Games Down in 2010 s

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

According to reports from vendors, sales of Video Games were actually down 8% during the first 7 months of 2010, while Hobby games, including Role Playing Games, sales were all up across the board...

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New Section added to website: Books

New Section added to website: Books

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:43 PM

I recently added a new section to the website under the Documents section, books. These are various books that I have read, am reading, or plan to read. They are related in some way to any of the following: role-playing gaming, therapy, psychology, psychology research, recreation therapy, play therapy, neuropsychology, cognitive neuropsychology, bio and neuro feedback, and similar topics. I hope this resource will be helpful for others in their research as well.

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Psychology Today Articles on Role-playing Games

Psychology Today Articles on Role-playing Games

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Oct 04, 2017 05:23 AM

Some notes for future reading, research, and commentary.

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Road Map draft

Road Map draft

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:45 PM

I have had many conversations with folks about where this project is at, and where it is planned to go, and I have blogged a bit about the overall vision of the future, but now I need to write down the approximate road map of the next few stages that has been discussed with others but not written down until now...

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RPG Research Registration and Questionnaire Now Available

RPG Research Registration and Questionnaire Now Available

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

Both the online and print registration forms and questionnaires are now available to the general public to fill out and submit...

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Lack of RPG's at Whiz Kids

Lack of RPG's at Whiz Kids

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:48 PM

I was running around town trying to track down various books for my son and others today. While I was at the downtown Riverside Mall en route to the Auntie's book store there (they had one of the books I needed on hold for me), I noted a store I had not seen before calling itself "Calendar Club Go Games". I decided to find out if they carried any role-playing games...

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Brochures and Questionnaires beta stage now under way, setup at Merlyn's

Brochures and Questionnaires beta stage now under way, setup at Merlyn's

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:51 PM

Many thanks to John, the owner of Merlyn's in Spokane, for allowing me to setup the trifold brochure stand, with sign, with questionnaire, and drop box, at his store.

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Wading back into Warhammer FRP again

Wading back into Warhammer FRP again

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 15, 2015 12:08 AM

Since hearing that the folks in Israel claimed that WHFRP is less combat oriented than D&D 4th edition, I once again am trying to wade through the Warhammer rpg rule books, and will actually begin making some characters, though the whole setup of the game grates my nerves almost as much as World of Warcraft MMORPG does...

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Vampire: The Requiem RPG

Vampire: The Requiem RPG

by Hawke Robinson — last modified May 17, 2016 02:14 PM

Though I've had the books for some time, it was not until this weekend that my eldest son finally indicated he wanted to make a character.

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Anima - Beyond Fantasy RPG

Anima - Beyond Fantasy RPG

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 15, 2015 12:14 AM

I bought the core rulebook and the Gaia Volume some time ago, but folks we not quite ready for learning yet another system.

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Serenity RPG

Serenity RPG

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 15, 2015 12:16 AM

We have been playing the Serenity (aka Firefly) Role-playing Game now for several weeks in a row. It is very much enjoyed by everyone due to the feel and setting of the game. Here are a few thoughts about the game so far...

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Israeli group attempting to use RPG's as therapy tool

Israeli group attempting to use RPG's as therapy tool

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 15, 2015 12:20 AM

I was just running the usual periodic search for anything related to RPG research or RPG therapy, and found out there is a group in Israel recently attempting to use role playing games as an assist to therapy for children. The original site is in Hebrew, so I have to rely on the postings from "Purple Pawn" to keep posted. Though my stepfather is Jewish, if I could talk him into reading it for me....

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New RPG Research Trifold Brochure nearly complete

New RPG Research Trifold Brochure nearly complete

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 16, 2015 02:46 PM

Another important step in building momentum on the RPG Research Project is nearly complete...

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We now have research facilities and new contact information available...

We now have research facilities and new contact information available...

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

We now have research facilities and new contact information available...

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Age of Conan Hyborian Adventures

Age of Conan Hyborian Adventures

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 16, 2015 03:04 PM

Found this for only $10 including with 30 day play.

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Irritated with DDO

Irritated with DDO

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 16, 2015 02:49 PM

I did not play DDO for several months. The characters that I had advanced some levels are now all completely gone (free account). Irritating.

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Biofeedback and RPG research

Biofeedback and RPG research

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 16, 2015 03:08 PM

On October 30th, 2011, I was having a discussion about the various bio-feedback and neuro-feedback experiments I have performed related to music therapy, and it occurred to me that the same technology could potentially help make it easier to develop a therapeutic modality with role playing games using the same equipment, at the very least to try to determine the recreation therapy goal of a state of "flow" more objectively....

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Update on various Role Playing Games I've been researching and using lately

Update on various Role Playing Games I've been researching and using lately

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 16, 2015 03:10 PM

It has been a very busy couple of months actually doing role playing gaming with a number of different RPG systems. I haven't posted in a while, so thought I would give a quick update on what I have been working with lately...

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Would RPG be effective for treating PTSD, especially war veterans? Or would it be counter productive?

Would RPG be effective for treating PTSD, especially war veterans? Or would it be counter productive?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 21, 2016 11:58 AM

A number of people have suggested undertaking research on whether using RPGs could be helpful or harmful for war veterans struggling with PTSD.

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Role-playing games act as a unifying communal practice

Role-playing games act as a unifying communal practice

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 16, 2015 03:14 PM

Using the examples of Vampire: Masquerade, and Werewolf, by White Wolf, the book provides some nice examples....

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