ASL GM I - Game Master: American Sign Language, Volunteer, Trainee

by Hawke Robinson published 2018/09/13 01:04:00 GMT-7, last modified 2018-12-19T11:30:08-08:00
Volunteer trainee position open for Deaf, Hard of Hearing (HoH), or hearing, ASL proficient signers. RPG Research has openings for 2-3 ASL proficient game masters for tabletop (TRPG) and live-action (LARP) role-playing games (RPG), trainee volunteer positions. Training does apply toward RPG Therapeutics LLC's certified professional game master certifications. Requires proficiency in American Sign Language, and commitment for the training necessary to become a proficient game master working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing players.

ASL Volunteer Tabletop Role-Playing Game Master I


American Sign Language proficient Game Master Volunteer for Deaf & Hard of Hearing players participating in Tabletop Role-Playing Games in community centers for non-profit organization RPG Research.


If needed, we will train an ASL proficient person interested in becoming a Game Master (GM) for one or more tabletop role-playing game systems.



Conversational American Sign Language proficiency. At least 5 years ASL experience. Will _not_ be an interpreter, but needs to be able to manage a conversation between 3 to 6 people around a game table and be able to communicate with hearing staff (some of which can sign to a limited degree). Deaf & Hard of Hearing are welcomed to apply.



  • At least some Tabletop Role-Playing Game Master experience preferred, though we are willing to train anyone interested. If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, our organization founder has some ASL ability, so can work with you, as long as you are patient with slow signing, to help you learn how to GM a group. If no prior RPG experience attending one 3-hour training session per week typically takes 3-6 months training to be able to run your first game. More frequent attendance can accelearte this process.
  • Meet the RPG Research GM skills requirements for a proficient GM in a public setting, especially with youth players from ages 5 through 17 and up.
  • Must pass background check since will be working with youth and other protected populations.

Department(s): RPG, Accessibility

Location(s): Primarily greater Spokane area, options to expand to other locations later.

Reports to: Senior Game Masters and staff supervisors.

General Purpose

Run tabletop role-playing (RPG). Provide training to new players, including understanding the game system rules and gaming etiquette. Help fellow volunteers.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Run tabletop RPG sessions at various locations.
  • Typically 1-6 players per session.
  • Sessions are typically 3-4 hours, though may be as short as 1 hour for very young participants.
  • Prepare adventures in accordance with RPG Research rules and guidelines, including GM Code of Conduct.
  • Complete assessment forms when appropriate.
  • Prepare character sheets for participants to choose from.
  • Run adventures ranging from "one shots" to ongoing mid-length and long-term campaigns.
  • Address any group interpersonal issues, and maintain players compliance with RPG Research Player Code of Conduct.
  • Attend either in-person, or via remote access, at least one free training session / administrative meeting per week (3-4 hours)
  • Availability for at least 2 regular group sessions per month (game sessions typically 3-4 hours) (in addition to training sessions).
  • Strongly self-motivated
  • Strong collaborative work ethic
  • Reliable schedule compliance

Education and Training


  • Proficient with ASL(conversational enough to run an RPG session as GM). (at least 5 years ASL experience)
  • Must pass background check before allowed to work with clients.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of role-playing game system rules for at least one published game system (willing to train).
  • Assertive (not aggressive) presence with confident but warm, friendly, empathetic, and compassionate communication style.

Core Competencies (will train)

  • Proficient American Sign Language
  • Organizational skills
  • Group dynamics conflict resolution skills
  • Storytelling skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Enthusiastic communication style that excites others with your passion about the topics discussed.
  • "Can do" attitude, and an eye for seeing where people need help before they have to ask.
  • Outgoing presence.
  • Well organized approach to preparing for game sessions and tracking participant progress
  • Passionate supportive energy

Working Conditions

Game Master will frequently work at RPG Research offices, or other locations including but not limited to:

  • Conventions
  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Educational institutions
  • Care facilities
  • Mobile Facility, the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer at various locations


Training: 3-6 hours per week free training available (we offer up to 5 training sessions per week, must attend at least 1 training session per week.

Run/Playing/GM: 4-8 hours per month (at least 2 sessions per month in addition to the weekly training sessions). Typically Fridays 3-7 pm.


Compensation: Volunteer (no financial compensation).

Job Types: Part-time, Temporary, Internship

Salary: $0.00 /year

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