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RPG (Role-Playing Game) Research - 30,000+ people directly helped by RPG Research in 2020!

30,000+ people directly helped by RPG Research in 2020! With just 130 volunteers and spending less than $10,000 USD

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Photo: RPG Research volunteers at Eastern Washington University with RPG Trailer demonstrating accessibility challenges and role-playing game accessibility to  EWU therapeutic recreation students.


We are still finishing crunching the numbers for 2020, but we have found that our efforts directly impacted AT LEAST 30,000 lives in 2020!

With fewer than 150 volunteer and less than $10,000 in funding, we helped improve the lives of tens of thousands of people across 6 continents! It looks like we may have raised up to $18,000 USD in 2020, but the difference did not arrive until the end of the year after all of our programs in 2020 were complete. This means all the programs that were measurably providing a direct impact on people, were provided with less than $10,000 USD!

  1. This means that each $1 USD donated to RPG Research measurably improved the quality of life for more than 3 people!
  2. This means that each volunteer directly impacted the lives of at least 230 people!

This of course does not count the harder to measure impact from the ripple effect of our programs. For example proven reduction of the juvenile crime rate in local neighborhoods from our programs. 

This includes our programs providing:

  1. Free Role-playing game sessions: tabletop, live-action, electronic, and hybrids
  2. Free Accessibility, accessible/adaptive development, training, advocacy
  3. RPG Tours
  4. Cooperative music and drum circles
  5. Online events hosting platform development for TheFantasy.Network, WorldCon 78 New Zealand, GenCon and GenCon Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, Technorama Australia, Realm Makers, Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, ZoeCon, Spokane School District, Spark Central community center, and many others others!
  6. Free training
  7. Free Workshops
  8. Open Research
  9. Community centers, libraries, schools, parks, public events, online, and mobile facilities
  10. Free consulting services (donations welcomed!)
  11. Electronic role-playing game brain-computer interface development program (opensource)
  12. And much more!


For more information about how our programs have such an incredible impact, see our:

  1. Impact Statement
  2. Vision Statement
  3. Mission Statement
  4. Blog News (as events and programs unfolded)
  5. Some previous events listings
  6. Upcoming events

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Hawke Robinson

A Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist with a background in Therapeutic Recreation, computer science, neuroscience, cognitive neuropsychology, research psychology, nursing, play therapy, education, and role-playing gaming.
Hawke Robinson has been involved with role-playing games in community settings since 1977. Studying methods for optimizing the experience of role-playing games since 1979. A paid professional game master since 1982. Studying the effects of role-playing games upon participants since 1983. Providing role-playing games in educational settings and for educational goals since 1985. Working with incarcerated populations since 1989. Researching and using role-playing games to achieve therapeutic goals for a wide range of populations from 2 years old through senior adults since 2004.
Founder and CEO of the non-profit 501(c)3 charitable research and human services organization, RPG Research.
Founder and President of the for-profit <https://rpgtherapy.com">RPG Therapeutics LLC and RPG.LLC.
Author of the RPG Professional Workbook available on Amazon.
Creator of the wheelchair accessible RPG Mobile fleet.
Founder of the RPG Museum.

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