Collection of RPG Research Questions

by Hawke Robinson published 2018/10/24 15:36:00 GMT-7, last modified 2022-08-18T10:11:07-07:00
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7 Big Questions
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 18, 2022 10:12 AM

Who are you? What do you want? Why are you here? Where are you going? And other important questions, can be addressed in creative ways through role-playing games, and then lead to personal application of the same...

Alienation and Role-playing games
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 18, 2022 10:12 AM

Examine differences in feelings of alienation between active players and nonplayers. Gamers diverge from peer-culture in mass media awareness, but not in more significant aspects.

Artificial Intelligence Technologies and Role-Playing Games
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 18, 2022 10:35 AM

Includes using AI to teach/train tabletop and live-action role-playing gamers, using AI as assistant tools to help tabletop and live-action RPGers and Game Masters, as well as more typical use of AI in electronic and hybrid role-playing games.

Evaluating Anime RPGs
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 18, 2022 10:17 AM

What Anime focused role-playing games have been, and are currently available in print? Pros and cons for use related to our vision and mission statements, community programs, and research projects.

Player-centered gaming
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 18, 2022 10:26 AM

Paraphrasing and referencing approaches from Carl Rogers on Client-centered Therapy and Student-centered Education, how do these principles apply (or not) in a role-playing gaming setting?

RPGs and how they reinforce concepts of Theory of Mind, especially for those with Developmental Delays (DD) or Impairment (DI)
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 18, 2022 10:29 AM

Discussion and research links to, concepts of Theory of Mind, and how role-playing games can help people enhance their development related to ToD, and how those with developmental delays can benefit form using RPG to help improve the learning process of repetition necessary for some disiabilities to help them advance in their development...

RPGs Primer & Don't Split the Party
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 18, 2022 10:29 AM

Research on RPGs Primer & Don't Split the Party: In response to someone at the Ph.D. level, who recently released a podcast and shockingly made the completely erroneous claims that there is not _any_ existing legtimate, peer-reviewed, research on tabletop RPG, RPGer traits, any correlative data on RPGers, any publications in respected journals, any studies from psychologists or psychiatrists, or any research on the effects of RPGs, I have whipped up this page in order to help. Working together and sharing will help float all boats. Pulling apart and isolating will continue to founder the ship.

Technology at the Tabletop Game - Synergy Or Discord? Technology at the Tabletop Game - Synergy Or Discord?
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 18, 2022 10:29 AM

I am a huge advocate for technology. Look at my tech resume, and you will see what I mean. Technology is an extremely powerful tool to help improve the human experience, but at the tabletop game setting, it can be extremely detrimental if not used in very controlled ways. This article provides a few pointers on how to keep technology your friend in such settings, and the worst of the pitfalls to easily be avoided.

xR (VR, AR, etc.) Technologies and Role-Playing Games (RPG)
by Hawke Robinson — last modified Aug 18, 2022 10:38 AM

Includes using virtual reality, augmented reality, and other "X" reality technologies with role-playing games. Not just as xR video electronic role-playing games, but as adjuncts/enhancements to tabletop and live-action RPGs. For example using Google Tilt painted dungeons for TRPG or larp players to "see" the dungeon room by room, while still playing with analog methods of dice rolling, etc.

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