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Amalgamation of News Coverage, Panels, Q&A, Hangouts, Broadcasts, Interviews, & Presentations on RPG Research Studies on the Effects of RPG, and RPG used for Professionals, Therapy, and Education



Below is a combined listing about the RPG Research project, and the project founder Hawke Robinson, including: panel sessions, Q&A sessions, interviews, articles, essays, presentations on the effects of role-playing games, rpg therapy program plans, rpg education, research and examples from using role-playing games to achieve therapeutic and educational goals for many populations including Autism spectrum (ASD/PDD/Asperger's), ADHD, brain injury (TBI, stroke, etc.), spinal cord injury (SCI), at-risk youth, incarcerated youth and adults, the Deaf and hard of hearing, Muscular Dystrophy (MD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), and others.

 

Listed in reverse order from most recent to oldest



2023





2022


<pending>




2021


  1. Tolkien Moot XVII - details pending - www.tolkienmoot.org
  2. RPG Conference 2021 - details pending - www.rpgconference.org
  3. ZoeCon ?
  4. GenCon ?
  5. ATRA Conference ?
  6. Podcast interview (Grant's): 
  7. Podcast interview:
  8. Podcast interview: 
  9. Paper interview: 
  10. Published Paper with Lucy Zheng and others: 


<more pending>



2020



  1. Software Development Platform We Helped Extend TheFantasy.Network Streaming Platform (TFN) to Support Live Worldwide RPG Conventions including GenCon and WorldCon.
  2. ZoeCon IV - 
  3. Technorama Australia - 
  4. Realm Makers - 
  5. Saved WorldCon 78 from cancellation - 
  6. GenCon 2020 - 
  7. GenCon 2020 Film Festival - 
  8. BCI RPG - Phase 1 completed August 2020. Begin Phase 2 - text-based, menu-driven, custom-built, online, turn-based, BCI-controlled, multiplayer ERPG.
  9. Tolkien Moot XVI - 


<more pending>



2019


  1. WSTRA Conference
  2. TolkienMoot XV
  3. GenCon 2019
  4. SpoCon
  5. ATRA Conference
  6. BCI RPG - Phase 1 Begins - August 2019 - NWN module creation prototype training for new ERPG Dev team.


<more pending>





2018

  1. INTERVIEW - Wizards of the Coast Dragon Talk - January 22nd. http://www2.rpgresearch.com/blog/wizards-dragon-talk-jan-22-2018
  2. CONVENTION - ZoeCon III - February 16-18 - https://zoecon.net/
  3. EVENT - March - Launching new show: "Heroes of the Mist", fundraiser on Twitch.tv/rpgresearch for RPG Research - http://mistheroes.com
  4. BOARD MEETING - RPG Research Board - March
  5. CONFERENCE - WSTRA Conference - April
  6. CONFERENCE - Living Games Conference - May - Boston, Massachusetts
  7. BOARD MEETING - RPG Research Board - July 6th -
  8. EVENT - MDA Summer Camp - July - Rathdrum, Idaho
  9. EVENT - Tolkien Moot XIV - July 21st - Spokane, WA. - www.tolkienmoot.org
  10. EVENT - SpoCon - August - Spokane, WA. - August 10-12 - www.spocon.org
  11. TOUR - Great Western RPG Tour - WA, OR, CA, AZ, NV, UT, WY, MT.

 

 

2017

  1. ESSAY - November 2017 - "Using Role-Playing Games to Enhance the Learning Process, from the Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective" - https://www.academia.edu/35290673/Using_Role-Playing_Games_to_Enhance_the_Learning_Process_from_the_Cognitive_Neuropsychology_Perspective - alternate link: https://www.patreon.com/posts/using-role-games-15610091
  2. INTERVIEW - Columbia Chronicle (Miranda Manier) - Interviewed November 7th - Published November 27th, 2017 - http://www.columbiachronicle.com/arts_and_culture/article_9706e6ee-cf10-11e7-b35e-636cd3e15551.html
  3. WORKSHOP - RPG Research Drum Circle Facilitation Workshop at Indie Air Radio Concert Hall - http://www2.rpgresearch.com/blog/drum-circle-facilitation-workshop-november-4th-2017-1-3-pm-spokane-wa
  4. BROADCAST - RPG Research Patreon Supporter Broadcast (October) - Currently only available to Patreon supporters, will be available to general public in a few weeks.
  5. CONVENTION - FanNex.us - http://www2.rpgresearch.com/blog/at-fan-nexus-2017
  6. AWARD - Trustee of the Year Award, The RPG Brain Trust - http://www2.rpgresearch.com/blog/rpg-brain-trust-2017-trustee
  7. ORGANIZATION MIILESTONE - RPG Bus purchased -
  8. BROADCAST - RPG Research Patreon Supporter Broadcast (September) - Available to general public shortly.
  9. INTERVIEW - Men's Health Magazine - Pending publication.
  10. INTERVIEW - Shippensburg University (Hunter Wolfe) - Pending publication.
  11. INTERVIEW - Kills Screen - Chris Berg - Tabletop RPGs as Social Therapy - https://killscreen.com/articles/dungeons-mind-tabletop-rpgs-social-therapy/
  12. ORGANIZATION MILESTONE - RPG Research, after 13+ years of operation, is finally incorporated as a Washington State non-profit company. We are not (yet) federally 501(c)3 (that will require considerable funds and time, but it is on our list of milestones to consider reaching for in 2018.
  13. MONTHLY COMMUNITY PROGRAM - Spark Central - http://www2.rpgresearch.com/about/at-spark-central
  14. BROADCAST - RPG Research Patreon Supporter Broadcast (August) -
  15. CONVENTION PANEL - Role-playing Gaming as Therapy - http://www2.rpgresearch.com/blog/spocon-role-play-as-therapy
  16. CONVENTION PANEL - SpoCon -  SpoCon - Cultivating Long-term Role-Playing Gaming Groups - http://www2.rpgresearch.com/blog/spocon-long-term-group
  17. CONVENTION PANEL - SpoCon - Psychology of Gamers & Hackers - http://www2.rpgresearch.com/blog/spocon-2017-psychology-of-gamers-and-hackers
  18. BROADCAST - RPG Research Patreon Supporter Broadcast (July) -
  19. ORGANIZATION MILESTONE DUNGEONS & DRAGONS LICENSE - Wizards of the Coast provides license to W.A. Hawkes-Robinson and all his organizations to use RPGs for charity, fundraisers, professionally, and commercially, including for-profit services. The first organization in the world to receive this kind of license (as far as we know) - https://www.patreon.com/posts/12241076
  20. INTERVIEW - High Level Games, Josh Heath - Unpublished? June 2017.
  21. PROGRAM PLAN - Muscular Dystrophy Association - LARP & TRPG "Battle Royale" July 18, LARP & TRPG "Epic Quest".- (details coming soon).
  22. PROGRAM TRAINING - Navos Mental Health - RPG Training for care professionals, training schedule pending Summer - (details coming soon).
  23. BROADCAST - RPG Research Patreon Supporter Broadcast (June) -
  24. ORGANIZATION MILESTONE - Acquisition of 22' wheelchair ramp (donated by US Veteran through Muscular Dystrophy Association referral) - http://www2.rpgresearch.com/blog/rpg-trailer-ramp-extension
  25. TOUR - RPG Trailer Tour #3 - Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association annual conference, Bellingham, Washington, Western Washington University - http://www.rpgresearch.com/blog/tour-3
  26. VIDEO - Twitch - Legends Through Shadow Trailer - (Hawke as a Dwarf Bard in this weekly D&D 5th Edition Series) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2A-qAEmPLw - Archives: http://www.spokanerpg.com/adventurers-guild/new-adventures
  27. BROADCAST - RPG Research Patreon Supporter Broadcast (May) -
  28. TOUR - RPG Trailer Tour #2 - Pacific Northwest Therapeutic Recreation Association annual conference, Portland, Oregon - http://www.rpgtrailer.com/about/rpg-trailer-tours/rpg-trailer-tour-2-redux
  29. VIDEO - Zombie Orpheus Entertainment - Journey Quest, Support the RPG Trailer & RPG Research - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS3Ty7Hn27I
  30. BROADCAST - RPG Research Patreon Supporter Broadcast (April) -
  31. INTERVIEW (AUDIO) - Ego Check with The Id DM (Michael Mallen) – Episode 7 – Hawke Robinson - https://theiddm.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/ego-check-with-the-id-dm-episode-7-hawke-robinson/
  32. PROGRAM - Spark Central Community Center -
  33. BROADCAST - RPG Research Patreon Supporter Broadcast (March) -
  34. PODCAST - RPG Research Podcast Episode 7
  35. PODCAST - RPG Research Podcast Episode 6
  36. PODCAST - RPG Research Podcast Episode 5
  37. PODCAST - RPG Research Podcast Episode 4
  38. PODCAST - RPG Research Podcast Episode 3
  39. PODCAST - RPG Research Podcast Episode 2
  40. PODCAST - RPG Research Podcast Episode 1

 

2016

  1. INTERVIEW (Facebook broadcast): KREM2 / Northwest Cable News broadcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KREM2/videos/10153881882091301/
  2. INTERVIEW (TV broadcast & article): Northwest Cable News: "Local man opens unique mobile therapy unit to help physically disabled": http://www.nwcn.com/news/local/spokane-county/local-man-opens-unique-mobile-therapy-unit-to-help-physically-disabled/333306503
  3. INTERVIEW (TV broadcast): KREM2 News "Local man opens up mobile therapy unit": http://www.rpgresearch.com/blog/RPG-Research-on-KREM-2-News
  4. PROGRAM PLAN / RESEARCH - Engaged by third party to develop Interactive RPG on mobile devices for substance dependency rehabilitation program -
  5. VIDEO - Game to Grow Webisode Project Episode 1: What is Therapeutic Gaming? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BupSsM3iPjw
  6. TOUR - RPG Trailer Tour #1 - http://www.rpgresearch.com/blog/RPG-Research-on-KREM-2-News
  7. ARTICLE/INTERVIEW: "Dungeons of the Mind: Tabletop RPGs as Social Therapy": https://killscreen.com/articles/dungeons-mind-tabletop-rpgs-social-therapy/
  8. ARTICLE: Article: "PNW RPG Research – RPG Therapy": https://gastrogamer.org/2016/01/27/pnw-rpg-research-rpg-therapy/
  9. ARTICLE/INTERVIEW: "Fun and Function: How RPGs Can Heal Your Mind and Body": https://unicornbooty.com/fun-and-function-how-rpgs-can-heal-your-mind-and-body/ - Jennifer Partin (interviewed 2015, published 2016).
  10. VIDEO: Short summary video of The RPG Research Project & The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer. A bit stilted in presentation style, but useful fast summary: https://youtu.be/zBDw8haKAWk
  11. PRESENTATION: Texas State University (TSU) / Living Games Pre-conference presentation video (with voice-over) in absentia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WsTnYmRRFM
  12. PRESENTATION: Eastern Washington University, Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association (WSTRA) April 2nd, 2016 Presentation: http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/wstra-2016-rpg-research-presentation-20160329zzf3.pdf/view
  13. VIDEO (PRESENTATION): Eastern Washington University, Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association (WSTRA) April 2nd, 2016 (pending upload), Cheney, WA.
  14. PRESENTATION: Pacific Northwest American Therapeutic Recreation Association (PNWATRA) January 2016 Presentation: (pending upload), Portland, OR. - http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/pnwatra-2016-rpg-research-presentation-1.pdf/view

 

2015

  1. VIDEO: 2015 Year-end summary of all that accomplished this past year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBPbCMKVf2I
  2. VIDEO - Andy, Scott, Brian, Two Bards, Gamers, JQ, Happy Holidays - Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I53H3_XwGgM
  3. ARTICLE/INTERVIEW: - HBO's VICE Documentary Article Includes Interview of Hawke Robinson of RPG Research - "Denmark - LARPing Is the Future of Education"
  4. ARTICLE: "Hawkes-Robinson's RPG Research Project": http://elthosrpg.blogspot.com/2015/09/hawkes-robinsons-rpg-research-project.html
  5. CHAT LOG - #RPGNET Q&A on RPG Research & RPG Trailer. https://gmshoe.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/qa-hawke-robinson-the-rpg-research-project/ - http://rpgresearch.com/news/join-live-rpg-research-q-a-on-rpgnet
  6. ARTICLE/INTERVIEW: Michael Tresca 3 part interview of Hawke Robinson, founder of RPG Research & RPG Therapeutics LLC. - http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/interviews/michael-tresca-interview-of-hawke-robinson-part-1-of-3
  7. AUDIO - 73rd Annual World Science Fiction Convention Panel - Game Mastering 101 Panel, August 21, 2015. Panel Members: Annie Bellet , John Welker , W. A. Hawkes-Robinson
  8. AUDIO - WorldCon 73 / Sasquan Panel - Game Designers Toolbox Panel, August 20, 2015. - Panel Members: Ken Burnside , John Welker , W. A. Hawkes-Robinson , Alan Stewart Moderator , Ari Goldstein
  9. VIDEO - WorldCon / Sasquan Panel - Gaming for Therapy, Gaming for Education, August 19, 2015. Panel Members: John Welker Moderator , W. A. Hawkes-Robinson
  10. ARTICLE: Autism & Role-Playing Games: http://www.bordeglobal.com/foruminv/index.php?showtopic=322640
  11. VIDEO - Seattle Children's Hospital, Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association (WSTRA) 16th Annual Conference, Presentation on - "The Therapeutic and Educational Uses of Role-Playing Games (RPG) as Intervention Modalities for Individuals and Groups from the Therapeutic Recreation Perspective" Certified by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) - http://www.rpgresearch.com/blog/enhanced-video-rpg-as-therapy-presentation-seattle-childrens-hospital-wstra-con-16
  12. RESEARCH - Status Update - Gender Bias in the Gaming Community and Industry, Phase 2, Status Update - http://www.rpgresearch.com/blog/rpg-gender-bias-research-stage-2-status-update-1

 

2014

  1. VIDEO - Zombie Orpheus Entertainment's, Creators of "The Gamers", Journey Quest" and other movies. ZoeCon II - http://www.rpgresearch.com/blog/rpg-research-speaking-at-zoecon-ii-video
  2. VIDEO - Live-Action Role-Playing (LARP) as Therapy - Google Hangout Panel - "LARPing as a Form of Therapy" - http://www.rpgresearch.com/news/larping-as-a-form-of-therapy-panel-hangout-broadcast-wed-march-26-6-00-pm-pacific - with Dr. Sarah Lynne Bowman, Chris Shell, Jamie Metzger, & Hawke Robinson. Hosted by Kristin Brumley of "Stay in Character".
  3. PRESENTATION - Eastern Washington University - Conflict and Barriers to Interpersonal Effectiveness and Role-Playing Gaming - http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/rpgr-a0008a-hawkes-robinson-conflict-and-barriers.pdf/view

 

2013

  1. VIDEO - Presentation on the use of Role-playing games to aid in the recover of brain injury clients for Eastern Washington University course on Recreation Therapy for People with Disabilities - http://www.rpgresearch.com/blog/had-presentation-today-on-rpg-therapy-for-tbi-clients
  2. PROGRAMS: List of 3 Autism Spectrum Example Program Plans - http://www.rpgresearch.com/blog/list-of-created-autism-spectrum-program-plans-utilizing-role-playing-games-as-intervention-modalities-from-a-therapeutic-recreation-approach
  3. RESEARCH - Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=WV1-YHMAAAAJ&hl=en
  4. RESEARCH - Academia.edu: https://ewu.academia.edu/HawkeRobinson
  5. RESEARCH - Researchgate.net: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/William_Hawkes-Robinson
  6. RESEARCH - Report Summary from RPG Research - Phase 1 - Experiences of Gender Bias in the Gaming Community & Industry, High Level Initial Report - http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/gender-bias/gender-bias-in-gaming-high-level-initial-report.pdf/view

 

2012

  1. PBS Idea Channel Mentions and recommends RPG Research for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnWIdLt6Mco
  2. ESSAY - Anecdotal Experiences of Stigma Related to Role-Playing Games - http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/rpgr-a0012a-anecdotal-experiences-of-stigma-orig.pdf/view
  3. ESSAY - Why People Like to Participate in Role-Playing Games - http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/rpgr-a00008-why-people-like-to-participate-in-role-playing-gaming-activities

 

2011

  1. ESSAY - Eastern Washington University - Analysis of the Report "Alienation and the Game Dungeons & Dragons" - http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/analysis-of-the-report-201calienation-and-the-game-dungeons-and-dragons201d

 

2008

  1. ESSAY - The Defamation of Role-Playing Gaming and Gamers - http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/the-defamation-of-role-playing-gaming-and-gamers
  2. ESSAY - Role playing Games Used as Educational and Therapeutic Tool for Youth and Adults - http://www.academia.edu/3668971/Role-playing_Games_Used_as_Educational_and_Therapeutic_Tool_for_Youth_and_Adults alternative url: http://www2.rpgresearch.com/blog/the-defamation-of-role-playing-gaming-and-gamers

 

2007

  1. ESSAY - Eastern Washington University - Updated program, RPG for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/rpg-adapted-for-the-deaf-using-asl
  2. MAGAZINE PUBLICATION - Other Minds - The Battle Over Role Playing Gaming - http://as01.mynetgear.com:7070/omzine/table-of-contents#section-1
  3. FRENCH TRANSLATION - Other Minds Magazine - La bataille autour du jeu de rôle - http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/2007-rpgr-a00002-fr-la-bataille-autour-du-jeu-de-role
  4. ESSAY - Eastern Washington University - Potential Benefits & Deficits of Role-Playing Gaming - http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/older-revisions/rpgr-a0002-potential-benefits-and-deficit-of-role.pdf/view

 

2006

  1. VIDEO - Eastern Washington University - RPG/LARP for The Deaf & Hard of Hearing - http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/rpg-adapted-for-deaf-using-asl-flyer
  2. PROGRAM PLAN - RPG / LARP for The Deaf & Hard of Hearing - http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/older-revisions/rpgr-a0007a-deaf-american-sign-language-rpg-ver-2.pdf/view -
  3. Using RPGs to help reduce social isolation, important adaptation and cultural considerations for this population.
  4. ORGANIZATION MILESTONE - Rpg Research dedicated website with acquisition of rpgresearch.com (and related variant domain names) -

 

2004

  1. ESSAY - Eastern Washington University - An Overview History and Potential Therapeutic Value of Role-Playing Gaming - http://www.rpgresearch.com/documents/rpg-research-project/archives/an-overview-of-the-history-and-potential-therapeutic-value-of-role-playing-gaming
  2. RESEARCH & PROGRAM PLANS - Experiments in optimizing the tabletop role-playing game (RPG / TRPG) experience.
  3. RESEARCH - Beginning of "Gamer Floater" & "Gamer stereotypes self-fulfilling prophecy" hypotheses development.
  4. RESEARCH - Inclusion of diagnosed Autism Spectrum (ASD / PDD) participants in game sessions, concerted effort to help them work on better social skills, frustration/anger management, working cooperatively to problem solve, impulse control, etc.
  5. ORGANIZATION MILESTONE - Sections on Hawke Enterprising, Hawkes Haven, Merp.com began to share, discuss, and aggregate RPG Research data, essays, public sharing, interaction, discussion, etc.

 

2000

  1. RPG SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT - SuiteGM Software -

 

1998

  1. ORGANIZATION MILESTONE - Creation of Merp.com (Middle-earth Role-Playing Community) - .

 

1996

  1. RESEARCH - Running Tabletop RPG over Internet using CuSeeMe & Other Tools.

 

1995

  1. RPG SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT - MerpMaker Software -


1989-1990

Begin using RPGs with incarcerated populations - Hawke using RPGs in Salt Lake County/City Jail

 

1988

  1. RESEARCH - Merging 3 weekly full groups, 20+ players in overlapping shared campaign

 

1987

  1. CONVENTION - RPGA, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition (AD&D1) - Organized, hosted, trained Dungeon Masters (DM), supervised event. RPGA-based 2-day convention, 60 participants. Millcreek Library, Salt Lake City, UT

 

1986

  1. CONVENTION - RPGA, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition - Organized, hosted, and ran RPGA-based 12 hour mini-convention. 12 players. Hosted at home, Salt Lake City, UT.

 

1985

  1. PROGRAM PLAN/CURRICULUM - Realms of Inquiry "A School for Gifted & Talented Children", Salt Lake City, UT - Learn How to Play and Run Role-Playing Games. Monday through Friday, 5 weeks. - (missing, searching).
  2. Hawke running 3 paid groups per weekend.

 

1983

  1. ESSAY - Realms of Inquiry - "Role-playing Games, The Myths and Reality" - (8 pages) - (missing, searching).
  2. Hawke begins getting paid to run RPG sessions

 

1982

  1. RPG PROFESSIONAL MILESTONE - Professional Game Master - Charging players for game sessions, 3 groups weekly.

 

1980

  1. Begin experiments in optimizing the RPG environment and experience for maximum enjoyment levels from respondent surveys.


1979

Hawke begins coding text-based RPGs on various platform.



1978

Hawke begins playing AD&D periodically.

 

1977

Hawke first introduced to D&D by cousin.

 

1974

The world's first published Role-playing game: Dungeons & Dragons.

 

Contact Information

Email: rpgresearcher at gmail dot com

Phone/Text: (509) 481-5437

Twitter: rpgresearch

Youtube: http://youtube.com/rpgresearch

 

Essays/Papers Citing RPG Research

  1. 2015. "Role-Playing Games as a Structure for Teaching Art", by Jeni Crone. Columbia College Chicago. https://jenicroneartmat.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/jcrone_rpginart.pdf

 

 

WARNINGS/CORRECTIONS

There are now some fake and/or questionable articles floating around that claim to cite the efforts of W.A. Hawkes-Robinson (aka Hawke Robinson). While I hate to perpetuate their showing up in searches, some may be worth comment/correction.


 


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