Rpg Research

Improving lives through the power of accessible and inclusive music and role-playing games.

aka The RPG Research Project   |   SPOKANE, WA   |  www.rpgresearch.com

Mission

Mission: 4-Part Mission Statement - https://rpgresearch.com/mission (does not fit within this text block). Vision: https://rpgresearch.com/vision Impact: https://rpgresearch.com/impact

Ruling year info

2018

President & Founder

William Hawkes-Robinson

Vice-President

John Welker

Main address

1312 N MONROE ST 114

SPOKANE, WA 99201 USA

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Formerly known as

The RPG Research Project

EIN

82-3521274

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Other Medical Research N.E.C. (H99)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Drop in and RPG at Spark Central

Public community programs for at-risk and other youth and adults 6 to 17+, senior adults, people with various disabilities, and more. For anyone curious about what a tabletop role-playing game (RPG) is, this is the perfect opportunity for you, or your child, to try it out.
This program is limited by the number of available volunteers each week and the number of donations each month. Each month that we have more donations and more trained, background checked, available volunteers, then we can provide more programs to more people around the Northwest, USA (and training people around the world).
http://www2.rpgresearch.com/about/at-spark-central
We provide a selection of pre-generated characters for you to pick from, so you can quickly join this distinctive form of shared narrative, cooperative problem solving, socially interactive, imaginative, distinct, recreational activity.

Spark Central provides the safe, comfortable, nurturing environment, and the RPG Research Project Core Volunteers will provide the paper, pencils, books, dice, miniatures, maps, experience, and fun!
The first role-playing game was officially published in 1974 with the tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons. Since then, there have been thousands of games created for every genre and setting imaginable.

Role-playing games come in 4 major formats:

Tabletop (RPG)
Live-action (LARP)
Computer-based (CRPG)
Solo adventures books & modules (SABM)

Engaging in role-playing gaming can have significant benefits for participants, including:

Social Skills: communication, cooperative problem solving, conflict resolution, turn taking, impulse control.
Imagination: visualization, creative problem solving,
Learning: Education through exploration is very powerful, causality (cause and effect), experimentation.
Intrinsic motivation.
Reading, reading comprehension, grow passion for reading.
Basic math skills, ratios, statistics.

And a very long list of other benefits shown by a wide range of research studies.

Population(s) Served

Using volunteer researchers around the world, performing ongoing, multiple, multi-disciplinary research studies on the effects of role-playing games on various populations and targeted recreational, educational, or therapeutic goals. Though based in Spokane, Washington, our volunteer researchers and support staff are all around the world. Our budget and capabilities are directly determined by how much donation support we get each year. Funds raised the previous year determine what we can do for the upcoming year. Research is released either through open peer-reviewed journals, or first to our donors, and then at a later date to the general public with no pay wall.

Population(s) Served
Adults

https://www.rpgresearch.com/bcirpg
RPG Research is a huge advocate for accessibility and inclusiveness in gaming. Not only through all of our training, advocacy, and accessible mobile facilities, but through our active projects to make gaming accessible to all.

The ultimate in accessibility potential is through the Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technologies based on Electroencephalogram (EEG) technologies, literally allowing a person to interface with computer system purely with the thoughts of their brain.

Also, when linked with haptics, robotics, AR, VR, and other technologies it is the potential in ultimate immersive experiences.

We have been hard at work experimenting with EEG and BCI equipment with music and RPGs since 2004.

Since 2019 our research and development team have been working on Project Ilmatar - https://github.com/rpgresearch/erpg/wiki - an opensource, online, multiplayer, turn-based, cooperative-play, electronic, role-playing game designed from the ground up for maximal accessibility including BCI control support.

While the software is free, the hardware we have to purchase to realize this technology fully is expensive. We are currently utilizing OpenBCI which still costs from hundreds to even thousands of dollars per headset.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Electronic Role-Playing Game Development for all ages.
RPG Research is a huge advocate for accessibility and inclusiveness in gaming. Not only through all of our training, advocacy, and accessible mobile facilities, but through our active projects to make gaming accessible to all.

The ultimate in accessibility potential is through the Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technologies based on Electroencephalogram (EEG) technologies, literally allowing a person to interface with computer system purely with the thoughts of their brain.

Also, when linked with haptics, robotics, AR, VR, and other technologies it is the potential in ultimate immersive experiences.

We have been hard at work experimenting with EEG and BCI equipment with music and RPGs since 2004.

Since 2019 our research and development team have been working on Project Ilmatar - https://github.com/rpgresearch/erpg/wiki - an opensource, online, multiplayer, turn-based, cooperative-play, electronic, role-playing game designed from the ground up for maximal accessibility including BCI control support.

While the software is free, the hardware we have to purchase to realize this technology fully is expensive. We are currently utilizing OpenBCI which still costs from hundreds to even thousands of dollars per headset.

Population(s) Served

https://www.rpgresearch.com/dropin
Open global community "Drop In and RPG" open role-playing game sessions.

"Drop In and Play" other game, drum circle, and music jam open sessions through RPG Research.

Our volunteers sometimes fall behind on updating our Events page, but that is the first place to check for any upcoming events to sign up for.

Also see our Broadcasts schedule for other sessions you can watch and/or join.

Generally we consistently offer the following open community programs (all times PST8PDT):

Drop In & RPG Saturdays Noon to 3:00 pm PST8PDT (online through RPG Research until Spark Central re-opens) (active).

Tolkien Moot, Third weekend of July each year, 8:00 am to 10:00 pm (active).

Halloween Special, Call of Cthulhu, October 31st 9:00 pm to 1:00am+ (active).

New Years Special, Paranoia RPG, December 31st 9:00 pm to 1:00am+ (active)

Many other events each week via our Events Page.

Population(s) Served

https://www.rpgresearch.com/learning-options
RPG Research freely shares our learning process with the public over our live video streams, recorded sessions on our Patreon page or our upcoming Gumroad page, and other publications at various locations.


One of the best methods to get the most training from us for free, is to join as a volunteer and participate in one 4-hour training per week (see our schedule), and then "give back" to the community twice per month by helping with out programs.
Currently we have 20 levels of achievement. We used to offer only 4 levels, and this was too steep a learning and commitment for most (though some have stuck to it over the years). As we break these into smaller bite-size units, we are trying to get the lower levels to about 12-16 weeks of training per level. The higher level programs may have to be longer but we are trying to break those down into 6 month (or less) units as much as possible.


Levels 1 training is fairly stabilized and mostly complete and ready. Levels 2 through 5 are getting close to this completion.

Levels 6+ are still being worked out as far as the specific details.

Game Tiers

Learning Pathways

Volunteer Roles

Our Youtube Channel - youtube.com/rpgresearch

Our Twitch Channel - twitch.tv/rpgresearch

Our Research Repositories - /research

Our RPG Historical Museum - www.rpgmuseum.org (coming soon!) - donate to RPG Historical Museum: gofundme.com/rpgmuseum

Trainee Workbooks & Study Guides www.rpgpublishers.com (coming soon!)
You can use our freely shared public information to self-train, but you will be missing out on the peer review benefits and the materials we can't release publicly due to copyright.You can join as a volunteer and go through our various learning pathways once per week, with regular testing.
You can use the above to work toward completing one of our training diplomas at various levels.
You can participate in-person or online during our multiple live training sessions per week.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth
Seniors
Adults
Children and youth
Seniors
Adults
Children and youth
Seniors

Where we work

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Rpg Research

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

William Hawkes-Robinson

RPG Research

Term: 2017 -


Board co-chair

Brooke Lively

RPG Research

Term: 2018 -

Emily Messina

Eastern Washington University

John Welker

Danielle Whitworth

Kate Hyatt