List of Community

& Other Organizations, Programs, Events

Providing Cooperative Music and/or Role-Playing Games

    Here you will find a growing list of resources, sites, and programs offered by us and many others around the world, related to cooperative music and all role-playing game formats.

    If you have a program you would like added to this list, please email info at rpgresearch dot com with your information and we will gladly add you here.


    • Website:  www.rpgresearch.com

    • Location(s): Global (HQ in Spokane, WA).

    • Online participation options: Many! Since 1996.

    • At-client-site options: Yes.

    • Mobile options: Yes.

    • For-profit or non-profit: Non-profit. 100% unpaid volunteer-run.

    • Participation Free or Costs:  Most programs free, some "pay what you want" / donate programs.

    • Language(s):  Primarily English & American Sign Language, but volunteers from 5 continents means capabilities for many other languages.

    • Accessibility Notes: Focused on accessibility and inclusiveness. Extensive accessibility training and equipment to improve participation prospects. Wheelchair accessible mobile facilities available.

    • Ages:  2 through 102+ years old

    • Populations:  Extremely diverse range of populations. See list of populations page here: .....

    • Key contact(s): Hawke Robinson (Founder/President), John Welker (Co-founder/VP), Danielle Whitworth (Co-founder/Secretary), Kate Hyatt (Treasurer), Brooke Lively (Vice-Chair)

    • Number of Staff: 131+ 100% unpaid volunteers as of May 2020.

    • Participant capacity: Varies. Mobile interior: 18. Mobile exterior: ~50. Online TRPG simultaneous sessions: (8 studios 6 participants each). Online events: Pending 60,000+.

    • Summary: 501(c)3 non-profit 100% unpaid volunteer-run research & human services charitable organization studying the effects of cooperative music and all role-playing game formats for the potential to help improve lives and the overall human condition globally.


    Mission Statement

    4-Part Mission Statement


    1) To clearly establish, through rigorous scientific testing, the effects on participants of: music and all role-playing game (RPG) formats: tabletop (TRPG), live-action (LRPG), electronic (ERPG), and all hybrid variants (HRPG). In addition to determining the potential relevance of correlated factors, wherever possible, significant emphasis is placed on contributing to the body of causal research information.

    2) Based on any available established research, from a variety of disciplines, using relevant evidence-based and theory-based approaches, RPG Research will assess, design, develop, implement &  evaluate intervention programs using music and/or various role-playing game formats as intervention modalities for participants to achieve their recreational, educational, professional, therapeutic or other quality-of-life-enhancing goals.

    3) Based on funding, staffing, and resource availability, RPG Research will provide these services to individuals, population groups, and communities where research indicates they may benefit the most from our programs, and advocate for accessibility and inclusiveness for the widest range of populations possible, especially those in under-served and un-served areas.

    4) Whenever legally and ethically possible, all such research information will be freely and openly shared with the public to help further advance the global body of knowledge and overall improve the experience of the human condition.


    Vision Statement

    Using scientific research and community outreach programs to determine the actual caveats & benefits from participation in cooperative music & role-playing game activities, over time we will:

    1) Eliminate the myths & stigma associated with these activities.

    2) Through these inclusive and accessible programs help the widest range of populations possible globally achieve a remarkably improved quality of life.

    3) Raise the experience of the human condition globally through the sharing of knowledge on a free platform accessible to all, while encouraging others to share their findings on this platform.

    4) Provide free training to those willing to take the time as volunteers to develop the skills necessary to achieve these goals.

    5) To provide services that achieve all of the above.



    Impact Statement

    See full statement with numbers here: https://rpgresearch.com/impact

    RPG Research directly helps improve the quality of life for hundreds (now becoming thousands) of people each year. As we grow, we hope globally it will become many millions (dare we hope billions?) of lives.

    This impact ripples out to many more people around the world benefiting from our programs every year!

    Our programs have impact in different ways, throughout different populations, due to the variety of our program offerings, and the expansiveness of our outreach, including:
        • Local and online RPG Community Programs
        • Drop In and RPG Mobile Programs with the Wheelchair Accessible RPG Bus & RPG Trailers
        • Research programs, open research repository, live Internet streams, online programs, videos, blog postings, publications, conventions, conferences, panels, etc.
        • Educational workshops, videos, online education, and other applied learning programs


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    • Website:  www.rpg.llc

    • Location(s):  Headquarters in Spokane, WA, US. Mobile options throughout USA. Online options globally.

    • Online participation options: Yes! Since 2004.

    • For-profit or non-profit: For-profit LLC.

    • Participation Free or Costs: Mostly billable servies, some pro-bono and sliding scale options available.

    • Insurance reimbursable: If your policy covers Therapeutic Recreation /Recreation Therapy.

    • Language(s):  English & ASL.

    • Accessibility Notes:  Yes, many.

    • Ages:  2 through 102+ years.

    • Populations: Many. See website for details.

    • Key contact(s): Hawke Robinson (President & founder).

    • Number of Staff: 4

    • Participant capacity: TRPG: 3 simultaneous groups (5 participants per group). 

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    • Website:   https://spark-central.org/

    • Location(s):  Spokane, WA US.

    • Online participation options: Some, including Zoom. Also through RPG Research's interactive online platform for Drop In and RPG.

    • For-profit or non-profit: Non-profit.

    • Participation Free or Costs:  Mostly free. Some fee.

    • Language(s):  English.

    • Accessibility Notes:  Some.

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    • Populations: See website.

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    • Website:  tolkienmoot.org

    • Location(s):  Online & Spokane, WA US.

    • Online participation options: Yes, since 2005.

    • For-profit or non-profit: Non-profit non-business entity, Ea Tolkien Society, an official Smial of the U.K. Tolkien Society.

    • Participation Free or Costs: Free!

    • Language(s):  English, Elvish, Dwarvish, Orcish. :-)

    • Accessibility Notes:  Yes. Contact for specific needs.

    • Ages:  9-100+ years old.

    • Populations: Open to public.

    • Key contact(s):  Hawke Robinson (founder), Brian Huseland (Smial Secretary).

    • Number of Staff: 2 + volunteers (5-10).

    • Summary:  Annual Tolkien gaming & literary convention since 2005, part of the Ea Tolkien Society.


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    • Website:   https://www.jetcityimprov.org/

    • Location(s):  5510 University Way NE, Seattle WA 98105

    • Online participation options: Some.

    • For-profit or non-profit: Non-profit 501(c)3.

    • Participation Free or Costs: Ticket fees, some free events and activities.

    • Language(s):  English.

    • Accessibility Notes:  pending

    • Ages:  Some events "family friendly" some for more mature audiences. Pay attention to program details.

    • Populations: General public. Also special programs for incarcerated populations.

    • Key contact(s): Joe Koenen.

    • Number of Staff: pending

    • Summary:  Since 1992... pending


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    • Website:   https://roleplayworkshop.com/

    • Location(s):  Oakland, CA US.

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    • Language(s):  English

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    • Key contact(s): Rebecca L. Thomas, Steve Kani.

    • Number of Staff: 2+?

    • Summary:  https://roleplayworkshop.com/about/


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      Individuals of Note




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      Hawke Robinson (W.A. Hawkes-Robinson), TRS, WSDHRRT

      RPG Research, RPG.LLC, Hawke Enterprising, Dev 2 Dev Portal LLC, Other Minds Magazine, Ea Tolkien Society, ...

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      Teaching with Dungeons & Dragons
      by Hawke Robinson — last modified Sep 08, 2018 04:01 PM

      Gamify the classroom using Dungeons and Dragons While we've seen the undisputed successes of programs like Reacting to the Past and Classcraft, we've been looking to craft and devise a classroom experience that brings together questing and leveling systems that also encourage full-text immersion while promoting self-awareness, social efficacy, agency, and team-building skills. Naturally, we've turned to Dungeons and Dragons in education, a role-playing classic that inspires world-building around your content areas and allows the students to interact within the text itself, as opposed to the typical third person point-of-view.

      Kohei Kato's Research Website
      by Hawke Robinson — last modified Jul 25, 2019 10:32 AM

      Kohei Kato is notable for his published research (one of the better studies) on the use of tabletop role-playing games to improve quality of life measurements for Autism Spectrum participants.