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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 Aug 13, 2015 12:40 PM

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 Aug 06, 2015 01:05 AM

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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My Gaming Rooms, Gaming Materials, & Collections

My Gaming Rooms, Gaming Materials, & Collections

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 02, 2015 04:09 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 Aug 09, 2015 12:49 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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RPG as Therapy Presentation - Seattle Childrens Hospital WSTRA Con 16

RPG as Therapy Presentation - Seattle Childrens Hospital WSTRA Con 16

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

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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RPG Gender Bias Research Stage 2 - Status Update

RPG Gender Bias Research Stage 2 - Status Update

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:55 AM

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

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

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

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 14, 2015 01:04 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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RPG Research Status Update

RPG Research Status Update

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 07:40 PM

A lot has happened over the past several months, and there is actually a backlog developing, so I thought I would take a minutes to organize the backlog, update folks on what has been completed, and look ahead to what is coming down the pipe. If there is anything I forgot to include, please let me know so I can integrate it into this article. Many of the items in the queue might unfortunately be stuck until the summer holiday from university. Consider this also my public TODO list...

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LARPing as a Form of Therapy - Panel Hangout Broadcast - Wed. March 26 6:00 pm Pacific

LARPing as a Form of Therapy - Panel Hangout Broadcast - Wed. March 26 6:00 pm Pacific

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

Join the discussion with the panel regarding the therapeutic uses of role-playing gaming, especially LARP (Live-Action Role-Playing). Featuring Dr. Sarah Bowman, Hawke Robinson, Chris Shell, and Jamie Metzger, hosted by Kristin Brumley. Additional details below...

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When Does Role-Playing Gaming Become "Bad" For Participants?

When Does Role-Playing Gaming Become "Bad" For Participants?

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 07:47 PM

What do you think is a reasonable baseline for "safe" RPG participation? With different populations, when is there "too much of a good thing"? Do you have any anecdotes, or better yet research data that validates any particular stance? I am slowly building up the background for extensive research on the potential therapeutic uses of role-playing games in various formats (tabletop, live-action, computer-based) for various populations (TBI, PTSD, Autism-spectrum, LD's, etc.), with the assumption that there is potential benefit. But what are the potential risks?

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Creating LARP Program for Autism Spectrum Toddlers

Creating LARP Program for Autism Spectrum Toddlers

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 07:52 PM

Due to excessively strict NDA of the organization, I am very limited in what I can post, but letting those following the RPG Research, beginning working with autism-spectrum toddlers today from a recreation therapy approach, and developing an activity program that is LARP (Live-Action Role-Playing) quest-style for this population group, that we will actually implement in the next few weeks.

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Original D&D White Books 2013 Reprint Special Collector's Edition Boxed Set - Unboxing

Original D&D White Books 2013 Reprint Special Collector's Edition Boxed Set - Unboxing

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 07:54 PM

A walk down a path of RPG nostalgia / history, Wizards of the Coast has reprinted the original D&D white book set, and bundled it in a wooden box with dice. Here you will find many photos of the unboxing process with a few comments, and a comparison my ancient original of one of the the Blackmoor supplement...

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Original D&D White Book Box Set

Original D&D White Book Box Set

by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 12, 2015 07:57 PM

Just received this reprint of the ultimate in retro / nastalgic role-playing gaming, the Original D&D in a full box set.

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