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WHAT DOES RPG RESEARCH DO?

  • We provide the world's largest free and open research repositories on the effects of all role-playing game (RPG) formats, including tabletop, live-action, electronic, and hybrids.

  • We are building the world's most comprehensive role-playing game museum, covering all RPG formats, and providing interactive learning through in-person and online experiences. YOU CAN HELP FUND ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

  • As part of our Vision and Mission, we provide in-person and online community programs and global events that have a real impact, using role-playing games that help improve the quality of life for participants, for ages 2 years old, through senior adults, and everyone in between.

  • RPG Research helps individuals, groups, organizations, schools, libraries, community centers, recreational organizations, detention facilities, mental health and transition facilities, and others to to provide programs directly, or train others to provide effective approaches for research and evidence-in-practice supported cooperative music and role-playing game programs that improve function and quality of life for diverse populations.

  • We provide adaptive services and advocacy for people with disabilities, neurodifferences, and other accessibility considerations, through adapted cooperative music and role-playing game programs.

  • We globally research the effects of all role-playing game formats for their potential to measurably  improve function and quality of life for diverse populations.

  • We provide services to under-served and un-served individuals and groups with the mobile wheelchair accessible facilities through our founder's RPG Mobile Fleet.

  • We provide the world's most comprehensive RPG training for free, to those willing to volunteer to help with our programs and research.

  • We are 100% unpaid volunteers using cooperative music and role-playing games to help improve the function and quality of life for people and organizations around the world.


New Revised Level 1 Training Workbook Now Available

Published by RPG Publishers dba, directly supporting RPG Research's free volunteer training programs, and RPG.LLC's professional training services, the latest enhanced and revised edition of this workbook is now available as of February 26th, 2021!

BUY THE LEVEL 1 TRAINING WORKBOOK ON AMAZON TODAY!

Note, 20% of all profits from sales of this book are donated by RPG Publishers dba to RPG Research. Also note the link goes to smile.amazon.com, select RPG Research as your charity of choice from the list, and then whenever you shop on smile.amazon.com a small percentage of all your shopping will be donated by Amazon.com to RPG Research at no added cost to you!


30,000 people helped directly, across 6 continents in 2020 by RPG Research community programs

* with just 130 volunteers and only $10k USD in donations!

We have been involved with role-playing games since 1977.


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RPG Research provides the world's largest role-playing game research archives freely available studying the effects of all RPG formats (including thousands of content items and growing).

Improving lives through the power of accessible & inclusive role-playing games.Open & Free Research and Community Programs

RPG Research is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable research and human services global volunteer-run organization studying the effects of cooperative music and all role-playing game formats and their potential to improve lives around the world. All of our staff and executives are 100% unpaid volunteers who believe in our Mission and Vision to make a real Impact. This includes research into role-playing game therapy (RPG Therapy), role-playing games for education (RPG education), applied role-playing gaming (applied RPG), and many other uses.

See the Research Repositories

See the RPG Research blogs:  Newest (2021+) -- Old (2016-2020) -- Oldest (2004-2016)(our volunteers are still migrating content from old to new servers)

RPG Museum Historical Visual and Experiential Role-Playing Game Museum, In-Person and Online

Additional resources (from RPG Research founder W.A. Hawkes-Robinson) on: Academia.edu and Researchgate.net

Learn more:

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Our on-site, mobile activity vehicles, and online programs are helping improve the quality of life of life for thousands of people around the world every year! 

Beginning with our founder, RPG Research has been involved with:
  • Role-playing games since 1977.

  • Software development since 1979 including ERPGs.

  • Researching their effects since 1983. 

  • Providing programs in educational settings and for educational goals since 1985.

  • Working with at-risk, high-risk, and incarcerated populations since 1989.

  • Providing therapeutic RPG programs for many populations since 2004, improving research, professional standards, and evidence-in-practice for the therapeutic application of role-playing games.

  • Providing the world's largest open and free online research repository on the effects of role-playing games since 2004.

  • RPG Research incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable research & human services organization in 2017.

We are 100% run by unpaid volunteers (including executive staff and board members) across 6 continents. In addition to the thousands of volunteers for specific events through partnership with other organizations over the decades, since 2016 we began developing a model that trains and retains volunteers long-term rather than just per-event, and helps spread our research and community programs globally.

In 2016 we had just 2 regular volunteer staff members. In 2018 we had 10 regular volunteer staff members. In early-to-mid 2019 we had around 30 volunteers. By the end of 2020 we were at 130 volunteers across 6 continents!


RPG Research's founder Hawke Robinson as special guest on Psychology at the Table. Discussing accessibility in RPGs. PAX East Unplugged 2018.

 
 

Helping Tens of Thousands of People Globally Each Year!


With an average of only around $3,000/yr in donations, our lean and efficient programs, thanks to our extensively trained volunteers, the impact of our programs provide so many benefits to many thousands of people globally each year. We work with many diverse communities. We especially reach out to those in under-served and un-served locations online and in-person with help from our accessible mobile facilities, the wheelchair accessible RPG Bus and RPG Trailers.

Just imagine how many more we can help with funding!


Your donations really make a difference with a real impact on improving lives around the world!

ADVISORY NOTE: AS WITH EVERYTHING AT RPG RESEARCH, ALL INFORMATION IS PROPOSED BASED ON THE LATEST RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE-IN-PRACTICE INFORMATION. WE WELCOME DIFFERING VIEWPOINTS, PERSPECTIVES FROM MANY DISCIPLINES, ALTERNATE THEORIES, AND ESPECIALLY _CONSTRUCTIVE_ CRITICISM AND FEEDBACK. AS WITH EVERYTHING AT RPG RESEARCH IT IS AN ITERATIVE BEST EFFORT APPROACH THAT GROWS THROUGH THE INVOLVEMENT OF MORE AND DIVERSE CONTRIBUTORS.


KREM2 News Article: https://www.krem.com/article/news/local/spokane-county/local-man-opens-unique-mobile-therapy-unit-to-help-physically-disabled/293-333302903 - RPG Research Hawke Robinson on KREM2 & Northwest Cable News Network presenting the Wheelchair Accessible RPG Trailer. 2016
 
 

RPG Research's Hawke Robinson (CEO), & John Welker (VP), on Wizards of the Coast's Dragon Talk show with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble. Discussing uses and benefits of role-plaing games. 2018.


 
 


RPG Research Collage Video (rough cut)
 
 



RPG Research founder, Hawke Robinson, at GenCon 2019 on GenCon TV's Tabletakes. The first of many requested appearances on this show. Covering use of role-playing games with incarcerated populations and others. 2019.
 
 

 

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RPG Research - About us

We are a team of passionate people whose goal is to improve everyone's life globally through our research and community programs using cooperative music and role-playing games.

Our staff consists entirely of more than 100 unpaid volunteers across 5 continents, dedicated to making lives better.