About Us

Open & Free Research & Community Programs

Improving Lives Through the Power of Accessible & Inclusive Role-Playing Games

Our Roots Begin in 1977

RPG Research is a 501(c)3 non-profit research and human services charitable organization, that is 100% volunteer-run, studying the effects of all role-playing game formats and their potential to improve lives around the world. This includes tabletop, live-action, electronic, and hybrid formats.

Beginning with our founder, we have been involved with role-playing games since 1977, researching their effects since 1983, using RPGs for educational goals since 1985, with incarcerated populations since 1990, and in therapeutic settings since 2004.

In 2018 we had only 10 regular volunteers (partnering with many other organizations). As of February 2020 we hit over #118! Our volunteers span 5 continents, and come from diverse backgrounds and demographics.

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