Every day our research and community programs are helping to improve lives across the world through the power of accessible and inclusive cooperative music and role-playing games!
Researching the effects and uses of all role-playing game (RPG) formats for more than 40 years:
Live-action (LRPG and larp)
RPG Tour & Advocacy
Each year we travel the country with the wheelchair accessible RPG Mobile. Our goal is to raise awareness about accessibility and inclusiveness in gaming. We take our research and community programs across the country, especially to those in under-served and un-served locations, even rural and remote locations, where we are often needed the most.
Community & Online Programs
Our community programs help improve the function and quality of life for participants, and have a positive impact in the neighborhoods where we are running these programs.
The community programs also add to the body of research through in-the-field data and analysis.
Education, Training, & Professional Development
Providing extensive education and training programs as well as professional development information and resoures for RPG volunteers, professionals, and industry standards of practice.
Learn about RPG Research, the RPG Community Center and the RPG Museum an Interactive Role-Playing Game Historical Museum, in this short 3 minute explanatory video.
We provide free professional development resources for established and aspiring professionals wishing to incorporate role-playing games into their profession. Including but not limited to:
Therapists / Healthcare Workers
Professional Game Masters
And many others!
What Does RPG Research Do?
We globally research the effects of all role-playing game formats, provide in-the-field and online community programs locally and globally, provide free training to volunteers openly share our research repository and more than 40 years of experience.
Learn about the wheelchair accessible RPG Trailer, RPG Research, our founder, and how cooperative music and role-playing games can help.
About RPG Research
We are a 100% volunteer-run non-profit 501(c) charitable research and human services organization with staff across 6 continents, based in Spokane, Washington, USA.
We have been involved with role-playing games (RPGs) and cooperative music since the 1970s, researching the effects of RPG s since 1983, and since 2004 we have been providing the world's largest free and open research repository on role-playing games, including the RPG historical museum archives. We also provide regular in-person and online community programs for ages 4 through seniors adults, including the general population and many diverse needs populations, especially at-risk populations.
We aggregate research and actively generate new research on the effects of cooperative music and all role-playing game formats: tabletop, live-action, electronic, and hybrids.
We provide social cooperative community programs worldwide, and provide extensive accessibility advocacy and training. We also use the wheelchair accessible RPG Mobile facilities to provide comfortable, safe, and environmental stimulus controlled environments for those populations that benefit from such considerations.
Building on the research, using it to train our growing network of volunteers, our community, interactive experiential RPG Museum, and online programs directly help improve the lives of people around the world. The data from these programs cycles back to further the research body of knowledge and contribute to the archives.
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Learn a bit about our accessibility advocacy and solutions as well as perspectives from the psychological professions about how role-playing games can help people improve their cognitive functioning, behavioral and social skills, and how RPGs can overall help improve quality of life for participants. At Pax East Unplugged in Philadelphia.
Learn some more about RPG Research and how role-playing games can help improve the quality of life for many people.
RPG Research Programs
We are involved in a variety of research and field programs that help communities throughout the world directly.
This page provides a brief overview of our programs for many different populations from various disciplines.
View this fun video collage of RPG Research's programs.
Join our team of nearly 200 volunteers worldwide!
Our volunteers make a huge difference! Our programs are improving the quality of life the people we server around the world.
Learn more about RPG Research, our founder Hawke Robinson, and our Vice President John Welker, on the Wizards of the Coast Dragon Talk show. From Seattle/Tacoma/Renton, Washington region.
Learn more about RPG Research and our founder, as well as how role-playing games can help with incarcerated popluations, and others, to improve their functioning, social skills, and overall quality of life. Live (recorded) broadcast from GenCon in Indianapolis, Indiana.