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Drop in and RPG Community Programs

by Hawke Robinson published 2018/09/06 10:46:00 GMT-6, last modified 2019-02-15T13:20:35-07:00
We offer free role-playing game programs, free and open to the public ages 5+. 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.



 We frequently run free and open to the public games at a community centers, libraries, mobile locations, or other related facilities, usually open to the general public. 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. We freely provide these programs to people from ages 5 to 80+ years old. We hope you will join us!





We are at different locations each week.

Fridays 4 pm to 7 pm

  • 1st Fridays at various mobile locations (see schedule below for different location each month).
  • 2nd Fridays at Spark Central (see schedule below for address information).
  • 3rd Fridays at Spokane Area Libraries (See schedule below for address information).
  • 4th Fridays at Fridays at Spark Central (see schedule below for address information).


Saturdays 11 to 2 pm - Saturdays location 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)


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

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).


January 4th, 2019: Corner of Sprague & Pines in Spokane Valley. Look for the RPG Bus!



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 Market & Liberty in Hillyard.



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

April 5th, 2019: Tentative: Northeast Youth Center (NEYC), Hillyard (may be on different month pending their schedule roster)

May 7th, 2019: 29th & Regal on the South Hill

June 5th, 2019: Manito Park northeast corner (pending ability to book the location)

July 2nd, 2019: Downtown Spokane Main Street & Browne (pending okay to use those meters).

August 2nd, 2019: Spokane corner of Ruby & Jackson on street in front of O'Reilleys Auto Parts just north of The General Store.

September 6th, 2019: Spokane, junction of Ruby & Division (pending permission from property owners, Spokane Oil & Lube).

October 4th, 2019: Liberty Lake, WA (details pending)

November 1st, 2019: Post Falls, ID (details pending)

December 6th, 2019: Airway Heights, WA (details pending, weather permitting)

January 3rd, 2020: Cheney, WA (details pending)

February 7th, 2020: Coeur d'Alene, ID (Details pending)

March 6th, 2020: Newport, WA (details pending)

April 3rd, 2020: Deer Park, WA (details pending)

May 1st, 2020: Lewiston, ID (details pending)

June 5th, 2020: Kellogg, ID (details pending)

July 3rd, 2020: Missoula, MT (details pending)

August 7th, 2020: Tricities, WA / OR (details pending)

September 4th, 2020: Seattle, WA (details pending)

October 2nd, 2020: Portland, OR (details pending)

November 6th, 2020: details pending

December 11th, 2020: details pending.



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


Phone: 509-279-0299


The Inlander information



3rd Fridays at North Spokane County Library

North Spokane County Library:

44 E Hawthorne Rd
Spokane, WA 99218
Phone: 509.893.8350

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




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.


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.




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