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Studies on the therapeutic and educational aspects of role-playing gaming.
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RPG Research Status Update, See the updated Summer 2017 schedule here: http://www.rpgresearch.com/blog/summer-2017-schedule ---
To use as the template for the full chapter (~30 pages) I am to finish writing this summer on Role-playing games in the textbook, the free copy of Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation Third Edition ( http://www.sagamorepub.com/products/facilitation-techniques-therapeutic-recreation-3rd-ed ) arrived this week, thanks to the kind generosity of Professor Dattilo of Penn State. But first:
* Last day of finals today
* Then a tech (Kerberos) client tomorrow to shore up some finances
* Then the Accessibility documentation for Spocon Saturday
* Then the research Sunday for the the Mordor adventure for this year's Tolkien Moot XIII Sunday
* Then the retreat Monday & Tuesday in preparing for the MDA summer camp
* and so, hopefully by Wednesday I can focus on the first full draft for the text book.
I have a rough draft I wrote last year using the 2nd edition formatting but it will have to be modified to the new layout, then send it to Professors Dattilo and McKenney for first proof-read.
Phew!


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DUNGEONS OF THE MIND: TABLETOP RPGS AS SOCIAL THERAPY - https://killscreen.com/articles/dungeons-mind-tabletop-rpgs-social-therapy/ An article on Killscreen.com, "DUNGEONS OF THE MIND: TABLETOP RPGS AS SOCIAL THERAPY" by Chris Berg was just published. It includes a range of RPG researchers and therapists from a variety of disciplines including: drama therapy, family therapy, sociology, recreation therapy / therapeutic recreation, and more! Interviews and information included from:
* Adam Johns & Adam Davis of Wheelhouse Workshop in Seattle, Washington.
* Jack Berkenstock Jr., MHS, in Pennsylvania, of The Bodhana Group, Save Against Fear, & Game to Grow, in Pennsylvania
* Professor Sarah Lynne Bowman, PhD, in Texas, author of "The Functions of Role-Playing Games", and staff for The WyrdCon Companion, The International Journal of Role-Playing, & The Living Games Conference
* Hawke Robinson founder of The RPG Research Project community website (http://rpgresearch.com), The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer (http://rpgtrailer.com), & RPG Therapeutics LLC (http://rpgtherapy.com), in Spokane Washington.

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My schedule has been confirmed - 90 minute presentation on using Role-playing Games for Education & Therapy at PNWATRA Conference January 29th, 2016 in Portland OR, Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital - http://rpgr.org/blog/presentation-at-pnwatra-2016 My April 2015 presentation on this topic was certified by the national ATRA for Continuing Education Units (CEU's), and is pending confirmation for CEUs for this coming January presentation as well. This is a refined and updated version. HELP BUILD THE WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY RPG TRAILER, DONATE TODAY: http://gofundme.com/rpgtrailer

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THE ROLE-PLAYING GAME RESEARCH TRAILER FUND RAISER UPDATE
This is a wheelchair accessible trailer to provide therapeutic role-playing gaming for many people with special needs over a broad geographic area, for the many benefits provided by participation in tabletop, computer-based, and live-action role-playing.
The Role-Playing Game Research Trailer http://www.GoFundMe.com/rpgtrailer
The RPG Research Trailer Updated Information
I can't fit all the information on this within the geekandsundry forum word count, so more details here:
http://rpgresearch.com/blog/the-rpg-research-trailer-updated-information
Here are some highlights from that posting:
The vision is to increase the geographic capability to provide RPG sessions in standard formats, but providing their intrinsic benefits, for many populations around North America. This will also later help improve the reach of planned research efforts, and then after that provide actual therapeutic programs using RPG in all forms to help with development and healing of participants, from a Recreation Therapy approach.
http://www.gofundme.com/rpgtrailer
Here are a some links to just a few of the many RPG-related projects I am involved with, and that the trailer would help increase reach and benefit to others:
3 Different RPG-based Program Plans for Autism Spectrum toddlers, youth, & adults - http://rpgr.org/blog/list-of-created-autism-spectrum-program-plans-using-role-playing-games
RPG for Deaf Community - Hands On Adventure - http://rpgr.org/documents/rpg-research-documents/Deaf-American-Sign-Language-RPG-Ver-2-20111212b.pdf/view
Using Role-playing Games To Assist Recovery of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients - http://rpgr.org/blog/rpg-research-treat-tbi-presentation
RPG as Therapy Presentation - Seattle Childrens Hospital WSTRA Con 16 - http://rpgr.org/news/rpg-as-therapy-presentation-seattle-childrens-hospital-wstra-con-16
LARPing as a Form of Therapy - Panel Hangout Broadcast - Wed. March 26 6:00 pm Pacific - http://rpgr.org/news/larping-as-a-form-of-therapy-panel-hangout-broadcast-wed-march-26-6-00-pm-pacific
RPG Research Speaking at ZoeCon II - Video - http://rpgr.org/blog/rpg-research-speaking-at-zoecon-ii-video
And latest update on other programs in the works with additional examples on how the trailer would help others:
http://rpgresearch.com/blog/rpg-research-project-status-update
Please consider donating to make this a reality, and help spread the word.
Thank you, and Happy Gaming!
-Hawke Robinson
About Hawke: http://www.rpgresearch.com/staff/hawke-robinson

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http://rpgr.org/blog/the-rpg-trailer - Please donate & spread the word to help make the wheelchair accessible RPG Trailer a reality. I already regularly run (for free) role-playing games that include players with Autism Spectrum, Cerebral Palsy, and at-risk youth in the Spokane area. I would like to be able to provide these games to a much broader geographic area, including rural areas, and for groups that do not have their own facilities. The Role-playing Gaming trailer will make it possible to provide these sessions to many more people over a much wider area and populace. - GoFundMe Page: http://www.gofundme.com/rpgtrailer Here is additional information on the concept: The RPG Research Trailer - http://rpgr.org/blog/rpg-research-trailer-flyer The Two Bards Podcast Mention The RPG Research Trailer - http://rpgr.org/blog/two-bards-podcast-mentions-rpg-research-trailer Early vision of the trailer - http://rpgr.org/blog/a-vision-of-the-rpg-research-trailer Additional Trailer information - http://rpgr.org/blog/the-rpg-research-trailer-updated-information I already regularly run (for free) non-modified role-playing games that include players with Autism Spectrum, Cerebral Palsy, and at-risk youth in the Spokane area. I would like to be able to provide these games to a much broader geographic area, including rural areas, and groups that do not have their own facilities. This trailer will make it possible. Many years of research provides significant indicators that role-playing games can inherently provide many benefits to participants, and can also be a very powerful tool to help with the development and rehabilitation of many individuals and groups from a wide variety of populations. http://www.rpgresearch.com I have also been designing and providing (also for no cost to the players), recreational therapy adapted RPGs. This includes as a volunteer at various facilities, as a student for some projects, and on my own for other groups. I have been using Recreation Therapy adapted RPGs to help Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) toddlers, youth, & adults, at-risk youth, people with ADD/ADHD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and others. The RPG Trailer will make it much easier to provide role-playing games to a much broader geographic area and to under-served locations and populations. This includes all forms of role-playing games: (tabletop, live-action (LARP), and computer-based) The funding goal is for the down payment and transportation costs of a portable office (trailer) that is fully wheelchair-accessible for participants. This trailer would completely replace the need for the office gaming rooms. After the down payment, the monthly cost of the trailer is less than my monthly office costs.

http://www.gofundme.com/rpgtrailer

http://www.rpgresearch.com/the-rpg-trailer

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http://rpgr.org/blog/the-rpg-trailer - Please donate & spread the word to help make the wheelchair accessible RPG Trailer a reality. I already regularly run (for free) role-playing games that include players with Autism Spectrum, Cerebral Palsy, and at-risk youth in the Spokane area. I would like to be able to provide these games to a much broader geographic area, including rural areas, and for groups that do not have their own facilities. The Role-playing Gaming trailer will make it possible to provide these sessions to many more people over a much wider area and populace. - GoFundMe Page: http://www.gofundme.com/rpgtrailer Here is additional information on the concept: The RPG Research Trailer - http://rpgr.org/blog/rpg-research-trailer-flyer The Two Bards Podcast Mention The RPG Research Trailer - http://rpgr.org/blog/two-bards-podcast-mentions-rpg-research-trailer Early vision of the trailer - http://rpgr.org/blog/a-vision-of-the-rpg-research-trailer Additional Trailer information - http://rpgr.org/blog/the-rpg-research-trailer-updated-information I already regularly run (for free) non-modified role-playing games that include players with Autism Spectrum, Cerebral Palsy, and at-risk youth in the Spokane area. I would like to be able to provide these games to a much broader geographic area, including rural areas, and groups that do not have their own facilities. This trailer will make it possible. Many years of research provides significant indicators that role-playing games can inherently provide many benefits to participants, and can also be a very powerful tool to help with the development and rehabilitation of many individuals and groups from a wide variety of populations. http://www.rpgresearch.com I have also been designing and providing (also for no cost to the players), recreational therapy adapted RPGs. This includes as a volunteer at various facilities, as a student for some projects, and on my own for other groups. I have been using Recreation Therapy adapted RPGs to help Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) toddlers, youth, & adults, at-risk youth, people with ADD/ADHD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and others. The RPG Trailer will make it much easier to provide role-playing games to a much broader geographic area and to under-served locations and populations. This includes all forms of role-playing games: (tabletop, live-action (LARP), and computer-based) The funding goal is for the down payment and transportation costs of a portable office (trailer) that is fully wheelchair-accessible for participants. This trailer would completely replace the need for the office gaming rooms. After the down payment, the monthly cost of the trailer is less than my monthly office costs.

http://www.gofundme.com/rpgtrailer

http://www.rpgresearch.com/the-rpg-trailer

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THE ROLE-PLAYING GAME RESEARCH TRAILER FUND RAISER UPDATE
This is a wheelchair accessible trailer to provide therapeutic role-playing gaming for many people with special needs over a broad geographic area, for the many benefits provided by participation in tabletop, computer-based, and live-action role-playing.
The Role-Playing Game Research Trailer http://www.GoFundMe.com/rpgtrailer
The RPG Research Trailer Updated Information
I can't fit all the information on this within the geekandsundry forum word count, so more details here:
http://rpgresearch.com/blog/the-rpg-research-trailer-updated-information
Here are some highlights from that posting:
The vision is to increase the geographic capability to provide RPG sessions in standard formats, but providing their intrinsic benefits, for many populations around North America. This will also later help improve the reach of planned research efforts, and then after that provide actual therapeutic programs using RPG in all forms to help with development and healing of participants, from a Recreation Therapy approach.
http://www.gofundme.com/rpgtrailer
Here are a some links to just a few of the many RPG-related projects I am involved with, and that the trailer would help increase reach and benefit to others:
3 Different RPG-based Program Plans for Autism Spectrum toddlers, youth, & adults - http://rpgr.org/blog/list-of-created-autism-spectrum-program-plans-using-role-playing-games
RPG for Deaf Community - Hands On Adventure - http://rpgr.org/documents/rpg-research-documents/Deaf-American-Sign-Language-RPG-Ver-2-20111212b.pdf/view
Using Role-playing Games To Assist Recovery of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients - http://rpgr.org/blog/rpg-research-treat-tbi-presentation
RPG as Therapy Presentation - Seattle Childrens Hospital WSTRA Con 16 - http://rpgr.org/news/rpg-as-therapy-presentation-seattle-childrens-hospital-wstra-con-16
LARPing as a Form of Therapy - Panel Hangout Broadcast - Wed. March 26 6:00 pm Pacific - http://rpgr.org/news/larping-as-a-form-of-therapy-panel-hangout-broadcast-wed-march-26-6-00-pm-pacific
RPG Research Speaking at ZoeCon II - Video - http://rpgr.org/blog/rpg-research-speaking-at-zoecon-ii-video
And latest update on other programs in the works with additional examples on how the trailer would help others:
http://rpgresearch.com/blog/rpg-research-project-status-update
Please consider donating to make this a reality, and help spread the word.
Thank you, and Happy Gaming!
-Hawke Robinson
About Hawke: http://www.rpgresearch.com/staff/hawke-robinson

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List of Created Autism Spectrum Program Plans Utilizing Role-playing Games as Intervention Modalities From a Therapeutic Recreation Approach  - http://rpgr.org/blog/list-of-created-autism-spectrum-program-plans-using-role-playing-games                                                
So far I have completed 3 different program plans specifically designed for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) toddlers, youth, & adults.  If you know of other programs with similar approaches (using RPG for ASD, or using a Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation Therapy approach with role-playing games as the intervention modality), please let me know, and I will gladly add a link to your information to this article. Thank you!                                                                                  
The programs listed below were each designed to meet specific targeted goals from a Therapeutic Recreation (TR) perspective.                                                                                       
These have been developed as an interdisciplinary undergraduate student at Eastern Washington University.                                                                                                          
These program descriptions have been scattered throughout the website, so I thought people would find it helpful to have them all listed in one posting.                                                           
This is a list of the programs I have helped create.                                                                              
* Prototype of Tabletop RPG as a Modality for Therapeutic / Educational Intervention for ASD Youth & Adults to Develop Civic Resources Knowledge & Skills                                                          
http://rpgr.org/blog/first-prototype-of-tabletop-rpg-for-therapeutic-intervention                                                                                                                                  
This prototype was reviewed and play-tested by Professor Emily Messina, Director of the Therapeutic Recreation for Eastern Washington University.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
A 1940s Gumshoe Detective-style mystery set in urban Chicago.                           
                                             
The ASD guardians would like Hawke Robinson to come to Tacoma to implement this program plan, but due to the logistics (he resides in Spokane Washington on the other side of the state), has not yet been able to implement this program. The PAVE group does not have a formal facility, they utilize churches and other ASD guardians' homes for some activities, but generally arrange to meet at facilities for activities periodically. This is one of the reasons why The RPG Research Trailer would be very useful in helping to actually implement programs such as this.                                                                                                                                                                
* Using Live-Action Role-Playing Adapted Activities for ASD Toddlers                                                                                                                                               
http://rpgr.org/blog/creating-larp-program-for-autistic-toddlers                                                                                                                                                                                                    
This program plan was implemented in a single trial with ASD toddlers and their neurologically normal peer group.                                                                                                  
                                                                                         
Program plan development and implementation previewed, monitored, and reviewed by program members, volunteers, classmates, and Professor Emily Messina, Director of the Therapeutic Recreation Department for Eastern Washington University. The LARP program run simultaneously in parallel to several other activity programs created by other groups, in a large gym/dance-hall. Participants rotated from group-to-group every 15 minutes. While participants lost focus/interest in all the non-LARP activities within an average of 5 minutes (indicated typical by the ASD program's representatives), when the participants engaged in the LARP-adapted activities other results were immediately observed and comment upon by the ASD program representatives.                                                                                                                                                                                      
Immediately observed results during program implementation:                                                                                                                                                                                     
    Noted immediate reduction in presentation of significant stereotypical behaviours (hand-flapping, fixation, distraction, lack of response/interaction to/with others, etc.) during the activities using RPG-based activities compared to those activities without                                                                                                                                                                 
    Better positive experiences with cooperative engagement using RPG-based activities than those without                                                                                                          
    Better success rates at completing all tasks cooperatively with RPG approach compared to non-RPG activities (all but one participant completed all tasks successfully, and all maintained attention and focus for full duration of a 15 minute session rotation, compared to average of only 5 minutes for all the other groups running non-RPG-related activities.
    Noted improvement in interaction and communication with other participants when using the RPG-related adapted activities than those without.
    Better response and success rates in complying with instructions to correctly complete multi-staged activities.

* A Recreation Therapy-related Program Plan Using Role-playing Gaming to Prepare Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Youth & Adults to Use the Metropolitan Bus
http://rpgr.org/blog/using-role-playing-games-for-autism-spectrum-participants

Program plan utilizes tabletop and live-action role-playing game sessions to help Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) participants build up confidence and competence toward improved autonomy through use the public transit system.

This adventure activity begins by using tabletop RPG for phase I, and then Live-action role-playing (LARP) (actually using the buses) for the final phase II.

The original version of this program plan was reviewed by Professor Emily Messina, Director of the Therapeutic Recreation for Eastern Washington University.

It has also been reviewed by the Tacoma PAVE Group for addition to their programming schedule. The ASD guardians would like Hawke Robinson to come to Tacoma to implement the program plan, but due to the logistics (he resides in Spokane Washington on the other side of the state), has not yet been able to implement this program. The PAVE group does not have a formal facility, they utilize churches and other ASD guardians' homes for some activities, but generally arrange to meet at facilities for activities periodically. This is one of the reasons why The RPG Research Trailer would be very useful in helping to actually implement programs such as this.

 If you know of other programs with similar approaches (using RPG for ASD), please let me know, and I will gladly add a link to your information to this article. Thank you!

Disclaimers: http://rpgr.org/documents/disclaimers/disclaimer-for-essays-blog-news-and-other-postings

About Hawke Robinson:  http://rpgr.org/staff/hawke-robinson

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Study on Gender Bias in Gaming Community and Industry - Some Early High-level Initial Information - http://rpgr.org/blog/study-on-gender-bias-in-gaming-community-and-industry-some-results-information - 163 respondents to 11 question in-person survey from respondents regarding their opinions and experiences related to gender-bias, gender discrimination/exclusion, and sexual harassment in the gaming community and industry.
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