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The Goal: To build a wheelchair friendly trailer to expand providing services to special needs populations and locations from Spokane, to the Northwest and North America.

Please help spread the word: http://www.gofundme.com/rpgtrailer - Help build the wheelchair friendly RPG trailer to provide services to special needs populations throughout North America.

ABOUT THE FUND RAISER

The total for this fund drive, $6,500 USD, covers the down payment on the trailer. It also takes into account the gofundme's donation charges, the additional fees for their payment partner for each donation, as well as gas to drive down and pick up and return with the trailer. The total cost of the portable office trailer is $25k for the stripped model that is still wheelchair friendly, and up to $40K for the features such as air conditioning, generator, safety stabilizers, etc. I can easily afford the monthly payments, it is just the initial down payment costs that are a challenge. After the down payment, the monthly cost of the trailer is less than my monthly office costs.

Once I have the down payment, it will take them 6 to 12 weeks to build the trailer (in Mesa, Arizona). The more money I can raise for this program, the more people I can continue to provide free RPG sessions to across a broader area. Any extra funds will go directly to the principal for the loan and/or to providing sessions throughout North America.

Many thanks to everyone for their support and kindness!
-Hawke Robinson

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About Hawke Robinson

Hawke Robinson Presenting at Seattle Children's Hospital 2015I am registered with the Washington State Department of Health as a Recreation Therapist #RE60526204 . I am also currently a student at Eastern Washington University (EWU) working on an interdisciplinary degree in Recreation Therapy, Music Therapy, Neuroscience, & Research Psychology. After completing two internships (recreation therapy and psychology), I am planning to sit for the NCTRC CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) exam. I am a member of WSTRA & ATRA . I have completed the Mental Health First Aid certification program.

The populations I have been working with include (but are not limited to): Autism spectrum (ASD & PDD) youth & adults, ASD toddlers at Eastern Washington University, ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy (CP), brain injury (stroke, TBI, etc.) & Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients at Saint Luke's Rehabilitation , at-risk youth, the Eastern Washington Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing (EWCDHH) , the Deaf community in general, Parkinson's patients at Rockwood ClinicBoy Scouts of America day camps, Campfire USA's Camp Dart-lo , HIV/AIDS patients at Doxie Hatch long-term care facility (Utah), Down's Syndrome, developmentally delayed & intellectually disabled patients at Hillcrest Care Center (Utah), and senior citizens at assisted living and long-term care facilities in Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, Northern Utah, and others.

Among other recreation therapy and music therapy services, in addition to running group and one-on-one non-adapted "regular" role-playing games for many people, I also design adapted role-playing games using recreation therapy methodologies for various special-needs populations, all without charge to participants. For years I have been doing so throughout the greater Spokane & Cheney, Eastern Washington areas. I have been involved with role-playing games since 1979.

View my 90 minute presentation video at Seattle Children's hospital from April 2015 for the Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association  with a comprehensive overview of role-playing games, and more information about how role-playing games can be very beneficial to participants. My presentation was certified by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Please help spread the word: http://www.gofundme.com/rpgtrailer - Help build the wheelchair friendly RPG trailer to provide role-playing gaming to special needs populations throughout North America.

Many years of research provides significant indicators that participation in role-playing games can inherently provide many benefits to participants, and can also be a very powerful tool to help with the development and rehabilitation of many individuals and groups from a wide variety of populations. The RPG Research Project

It has become increasingly clear that role-playing games are an excellent modality for intervention using therapeutic recreation / recreational therapy methodologies to meet the needs of specific clients' development and rehabilitation goals.

I am trying to further the reach of these efforts to expand throughout North America, beyond just this limited geographic area, including to rural areas and groups that do not have sufficient (or any) facilities or resources.

The photos of the trailer are simulated "mock ups" of the proposed trailer design, and explanations about the features for wheelchair access and other requirements here.

This trailer would completely replace the need for the expensive offices in different cities/towns as gaming rooms, or the various insufficient facilities (many gaming stores, schools, churches, community centers, etc.) that are inadequate/sweltering/uncomfortable/noisy and/or not wheelchair friendly, and make affordable for me to provide sessions in rural areas that are completely lacking any facilities. The trailer will support all forms of role-playing games: tabletop, live-action (LARP), interactive choose your own adventure, and computer-based. It will accommodate up to 6 participants in wheelchairs or up to 10 non-wheelchair seated participants.

Many years of research provides significant indicators that participation in role-playing games can inherently provide many benefits to participants, and can also be a very powerful tool to help with the development and rehabilitation of many individuals and groups from a wide variety of populations. http://www.rpgresearch.com

Example Locations

There are already many individuals and groups throughout Eastern Washington & Idaho, as well as Seattle, Tacoma, and other states, that have indicated they are just waiting for me to be able to provide these sessions as soon as I can find the means to do so. Over time it is also planned to expand service provision throughout the entire North American continent. After significant research it is clear that the best way for this to be accomplished is by building a wheelchair friendly trailer as a mobile office gaming facility. This "RPG Trailer" will make it much easier to provide role-playing games to a much broader geographic area and to under-served locations and populations. Some locations where I have volunteered, or will be participating in RPG related activities (conventions, gatherings, documentaries, etc.) and would likely utilize the trailer, include (but definitely not limited to):

 

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More About Hawke RobinsonHawke as "King" at his "Lance-A-Lot" activity for "Medieval Sports" at Northeast Youth Center, March 7th, 2007

My name is Hawke Robinson, founder of The RPG Research Project, studies on the effects of all forms of role-playing games, and their potential uses to achieve educational and therapeutic goals for participants. I already regularly run (for free) non-modified role-playing games that include players with Autism Spectrum, Cerebral Palsy, and at-risk youth in the Spokane area. I would like to be able to provide these games to a much broader geographic area, including rural areas, and groups that do not have their own facilities. The Role-Playing Gaming trailer will make it possible to provide these sessions to many more people over a much wider area and populace.

I am registered in Washington State as a Recreation Therapist (though not yet an NCTRC CTRS) with the Washington State Department of Health (Credential RE#  60526204 ), have acquired my Mental Health First Aid certification, and have established RPG Therapeutics as a Washington state LLC. I am a member in good standing with the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA), and Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association (WSTRA).

I reside in Spokane, Washington. I am a student nearing completion of an  interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in Recreation Therapy, Music Therapy, Neuroscience, & Research Psychology at Eastern Washington University (EWU). I am a single parent of three teenage boys.

I have RPG program plans designed, waiting to be implemented, for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients, and am also in the early stages working with others on developing program plans for people diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Some of these programs are on hold until the trailer is available.

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RPG Research Summary 

Below is a summary of over 10 years of research and work related to role-playing games.

The most detailed up to date information is on The RPG Research Project website: http://www.rpgresearch.com
Examples of my presentations, videos, panel discussions, posters, etc. are below...

 

Zombie Orpheus Entertainment Workshop

Hawke Speaks in ZOE Workshop Hangout about the RPG Trailer Campaign, and related works

 

Video: WorldCon 73 - Panel/Presentation at WorldCon 73:

 "Gaming for Therapy, Gaming for Education" 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNgiW4domSc

 

Video: Hawke Robinson of RPG Research Presentation at

 Seattle Children's Hospital WSTRA CON 16

Presentation for The Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association's 16th

Annual Conference:

"Therapeutic and educational uses of role-playing games (RPG) as intervention modalities

for individuals and groups from the Therapeutic Recreation perspective." 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWsmElmhjdk

 

Video: Hawke Robinson of RPG Research at ZoeCon II

Presentation/Discussion at Zombie Orpheus Entertainment's ZoeCon II:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRzPz_y3Wl4

 

 Video: Presentation for Eastern Washington University (EWU)

 for Traumatic Brain Injury

Presentation for Eastern Washington University's Recreation Therapy Class for People with Disabilities:

"The Hypothetical Use of Role-Playing Games for the Treatment of a Traumatic Brain Injury Client"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwD4fAZx_2w

Slideshow: Presentation for EWU

Psychology of Human Relations

Conflict & Barriers to Interpersonal Effectiveness, The Defamation of

Role-Playing Gamers, Addressing Inculcated Stereotyping & Prejudice.

Research Poster for WorldCon 73

A Poster at the 73rd Annual World Science Fiction Convention (Sasquan), summarizing the

past 10 years of research from RPG Research: 

http://rpgresearch.com/blog/8-foot-rpg-research-worldcon-poster-at-printers

 

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 Essays

 

Sample Adventures / Program Plans

Some sample program plans and adventure modules using role-playing games as intervention modalities for education and therapeutic goals of various populations

 

Adventure Module / Program Plan for Autism Spectrum:

The Case of the Missing Surgeon

Adventure Module / Program Plan for Autism Spectrum:

Agents of Shield Z-Day Tacoma

Adventure / Program Plan LARP for

Autism Spectrum Toddlers:

Role-Playing Gaming Recreation Therapy

Handbook & Standards of Practice

(Hypothetical Draft)

 

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Additional Information About Hawke Robinson & The RPG Research Project

I have been volunteering extensively for many years. I am registered with the Washington State Department of Health as a Recreation Therapist. I am also currently a student at Eastern Washington University (EWU) working on a degree in recreation therapy, music therapy, neuroscience, & research psychology, and planning to sit for the NCTRC CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) exam. I am a member of WSTRA & ATRA. The populations I have been working with include (but are not limited to): Autism spectrum (ASD) youth & adults, ASD toddlers at Eastern Washington University, ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy (CP), brain injury (stroke, TBI, etc.) & Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients at Saint Luke's Rehabilitation, at-risk youth, the Eastern Washington Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing (EWCDHH), the Deaf community in general, Parkinson's patients at Rockwood Clinic, Boy Scouts of America day camps, Campfire USA's Camp Dart-lo, HIV/AIDS patients at Doxie Hatch long-term care facility (Utah), developmentally delayed & intellectually disabled patients at Hillcrest Care Center (Utah), senior citizens at assisted living and long-term care facilities in Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, Northern Utah, and others.

More about Hawke Robinson: http://rpgresearch.com/staff/hawke-robinson

For even more information about the potential benefits of participation in RPG, you can view my 90 minute presentation video at Seattle Children's hospital from April 2015 for the Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association with a comprehensive overview of role-playing games, and more information about how role-playing games can be very beneficial to participants.
Here is additional information on the concept (including simulated photos):
The RPG Research Trailer - http://rpgr.org/blog/rpg-research-trailer-flyer
The Two Bards Podcast Mention The RPG Research Trailer - http://rpgr.org/blog/two-bards-podcast-mentions-rpg-research-trailer
Early vision of the trailer - http://rpgr.org/blog/a-vision-of-the-rpg-research-trailer
Additional Trailer information - http://rpgr.org/blog/the-rpg-research-trailer-updated-information

If people could please help spread the word (and consider donating even a just a few dollars), it would be very much appreciated and really help toward making the RPG Trailer a reality that will benefit many people in under-served populations & locations. Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this, helping spread the word, and donating!

Here is a link to some examples of my Recreation Therapy adapted RPGs to help Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) toddlers, youth, & adults, at-risk youth.
The RPG Trailer will make it much easier to provide role-playing games to a much broader geographic area and to under-served locations and populations. It will include a fully ADA compliant, wheelchair friendly bathroom (toilet, sink, & shower), an easy-access rear entrance ramp, an option for a lower ride-height to reduce the steepness of the angle of the ramp, flaps on each end of the ramp to smooth out rolling over it, easily removable table and flip-up couches (that can also double as flip-down beds),

This includes all forms of role-playing games: (tabletop, live-action (LARP), and computer-based)

For tabletop, the trailer will accommodate up to 6 participants in wheelchairs at a time, or up to 10 non-wheelchair players.

For LARPing, in addition to being able to haul a lot more LARP-related materials (they can quickly take up a lot of space), additional features can be added such as exterior lighting (for night sessions), exterior shower (cool off on the hot days), external awning to add extra space for setting up gear in the shade, and of course a toilet, shower, sink, fridge, etc. so that those lengthy LARP sessions at remote locations can still have "facilities" better than those nasty "honeybuckets" port-a-potties at some places.

For computer-based RPG, I have 4+ consoles (Wii, PS/2, etc), and several PCs that can allow for various targeted goals of guided video gaming for specific needs (TBI for example).
The funding goal is for the down payment and transportation costs of a portable office (trailer) that is fully wheelchair-accessible for participants. This trailer would completely replace the need for the office gaming rooms. After the down payment, the monthly cost of the trailer is less than my monthly office costs.

http://spokanerpg.com/archives/adventure-modules/hawke-robinson/

 

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Contact Information

Hawke Robinson

email: rpgresearcher at gmail dot com

Cellphone/Text: (509) 481-5437

Founder & Primary Investigator for The RPG Research Project - http://rpgresearch.com

Founder & President of RPG Therapeutics LLC - http://rpgtherapeutics.com

Office & Mailing Address:

1312 N. Monroe, Suite #114

Spokane, WA

99201

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Photos & Videos

About Hawke Robinson

 

HBO's VICE Media Documentary Group

Mentions Hawke Robinson's

RPG Research

 

 

Youth at Hawke's "Lance-A-Lot" activity at

North East Youth Center in Spokane, WA.

 

Hawke with his volunteers & players,

at one of his many gaming-related events.

 

PBS Idea Channel Mention's Hawke's

RPG Research Project

 

The Two Bards Podcast Mention The RPG

Research Project and The RPG Trailer

 

Hawke speaking at Seattle Children's Hospital

about therapeutic uses of Role-playing games

 

Hawke on panel at WorldCon 73 /Sasquan

on "Gaming for Education, Gaming for Therapy"

 

Hawke Speaking at

ZoeCon II on RPG Research

 

Hawke as "Pirate #2"

in ZOE Gamers: Hands of Fate

 

Hawke's American Sign Language Group

Deaf ASL Skit of Monty Python's

"What have the Romans Ever Done for Us?"

Related to Deaf RPG

 

Hawke with Brian Huseland

of Tolkien Sociey, Speaking on Tolkien's

Love of Trees

 

Hawke as extra "Cass Fan-boy" in

Gamers: Hands of Fate.

 

Some of Hawke's RPG groups at Merlyn's

 

Northeast Children's Youth Center.

"Fantastic Fun For All" - "Extreme Medieval Sports"

For at-risk youth in Hillyard.

Left: Lord Weizer of SCA

Center: Hawke Robinson

Right: Professor Barb Brock

of Eastern Washington University

 

Setup for Hawke's

Live Action Role-Playing

(LARP) for toddlers with

Autism Spectrum (ASD/ PDD)

 

Hawke's organization of

Teenagers for

Collaborative Video Gaming

 

Hawke's primary vehicle

license plate directly

supporting the many

benefits of Role-playing

games, and music.

 

Hawke's Gaming Rooms:

Home Game Room #1

 

Hawke Game Room #2

 

Hawke Game Room #3

 

Hawke Game Room #4

 

Hawke Game Room #5

 

Hawke Game Room #6

 

Hawke's Video Gaming Room

 

RPG Research Office Building

 

RPG Research Game Room #1

 

RPG Research Game Room #2

 

RPG Research Game Room #3

 

Hawke's Infiniti QX56

(Will be pulling the RPG Trailer)

Infiniti QX-56 with RPG license plate, and towing package, ready to tow the RPG Trailer.

Quotes

"...there's a bonus outcome for kids with autism and Aspergers, and it's an ironic one, considering LARPing's geeky reputation: an improved ability to interact with other people in a healthy way. Robinson's program works by putting kids and adults with social difficulties in a setting where they're working together for a common goal, ..." - HBO's VICE Media, Mike Pearl

"Here's a cause I think gamers can get behind." - Dan Davenport of #RPGNET

"This is a truly wonderful way of bringing tabletop RPGs to those who could benefit from them the most. Excellent work, and I hope to be able to support you more in the future." P.Rynning, Donor.

"I have been thinking about the Trailer vs. Public Room issue and what I really like about the Trailer is its kinda recreating a "gaming basement", "man cave", "cozy gaming room" that isn't in the public eye (where there can be judgment) and instead becomes something many disabled gamers may not have been able to access.
Kudos on this great project." - Spinachcat.

"They mention autistic and CP kids, among others. Lots of folks with conditions that affect how they can deal with others benefit strongly from the sense of a controlled environment in which they can relax. They also mention rural areas and places that just don't have any suitable facilities; presumably the trailer comes with everything needed for the games they want to run. And yes, lots of places that would work for entirely able-bodied people can be a serious pain to get to, in/out of, and around in if you're in a wheelchair. Designing for wheelchair use from the outset involves a lot of adjustments many people wouldn't think of. (I needed use a wheelchair for a while, and have needed to use a cane at several points.)
I think it's an excellent idea. " - Bruce Baugh


"Never forget the power of a sign - making a concrete example of not just 'well, we'll accommodate you, barely, if you show up' vs 'we have made this space with you in mind' because all other spaces are NOT designed that way. " - Beatrix.

"I came upon your research when I searched for “role playing games education.”  I have been a dungeon master (AD&D) for 37 years.  The last 10 years I have mainly played with children (mine and others – started at age 6, I now work with 9-14 year olds – about 100 kids in total – so far).  This has morphed into an educational activity – using real historical places – kids end up researching folklore and historical documents to help them in the adventures.  I currently teach one after school class within our local public school system and one at a homeschool co-op."

-- -- Email from Linda Sattler - The DungeonMomster.


"As the father of a kid with (among other things) CP, I can´t stress this enough. " - Darren MacLennan.

"Anything to make gaming more accessible is a worthy cause in my book.
Actually, being pro-accessibility in general is super decent and awesome." - Necrozius.


"Not every neighborhood has an FLGS, let alone an FLGS with accessable gaming space. It requires more than just a ramp to get in the door.
The ability to take the trailer to the gamers, including LARP events sounds wonderful to me.This will open our hobby to a lot of people who otherwise might not be able to participate.
It definitely says "you are welcome here". " - Dave


"A friend of mine from Twitter recently had to use the freight elevator to get in/out of her hotel at GenCon. So… I think something like this could be potentially very helpful to a lot of folks. " - Caplin.


"Geez! I thought all businesses in the USA had to be ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant since the 90's. Is something as big as GenCon seriously using a location that isn't compliant? How bad is it for the little local gaming stores then? How do they get away with being in business and not being able to get wheelchairs in? "
"Oh, like businesses actually pay attention to things like that. I don't live in the States, but in Canada. Here in the nation's capital of Ottawa, many businesses don't even have handicapped door openers, and those that do often don't work. Many stores (usually smaller ones) don't have elevators to get to the second floor/ I use a walker, but can leave it behind for short periods, so I can climb stairs, but it gives me a ferocious back ache. Frankly, most business owners don't give a sh$*#, or at least are abysmally ignorant. Game stores in particular usually run on a shoestring budget, and can't afford to make their stores accessible. " - Owen E. Oulton.

 

"Kids who are rejected from classmates end up having a “gang of friends” that meet outside the class, even if they are from different schools
·      Child with nervous habit of licking hands, one year later, stops all ticks and becomes a sought-after playmate.
·      Two boys I played with in my younger days, later came out as gay.  They felt Role-Playing either allowed them to “be themselves” (he spent half the time shopping in towns to buy matching clothes for his character) or become who they weren’t (a big, tough dwarf fighter) to cope with difficult middle school years.  Both men told me that their years of Dungeons & Dragons kept them sane in a difficult school environment.
·      Older kids of the same character type tend to mentor the younger ones – teaching them nurturing skills.
·      I don’t have allow evil characters in my kid campaigns (for various reasons), so they all identify with a “hero.”
·      While setting up a game, kids were playing on computers.  When I announced I was ready, kids RAN FROM the computer.
·      Two first graders learned to read 2 weeks after getting the monster manual.  One child remarked to his mom, “Now I know why you and dad like to read.”
·      I created an Ancient Egyptian campaign set near the Valley of the Kings.  Kids (aged 7-11) had to find the bandits raiding the tombs.  They ended up researching the Valley and, because of that, was able to find King Tut’s tomb (since it really was so difficult to find – being pretty much under another tomb).  By the end of the year they had all memorized hieroglyphics and learned a ton about ancient Egyptian culture.
·      I had all kids calculate their own “to hit” scores for math practice.  Kids would try to outdo each other in “fast calculations” resulting in easy math facts practice.
·      One child who was behind in math was able to shine in the group when, after meeting a sphinx, they needed to write her a poem to escape.  He created a masterpiece and they all were freed – and he gained a positive reputation within the group.
·      Kids who balk at doing easy math facts had no problem calculating experience points and dividing 17,345 by 12 – if fact, they were always exciting about finding out how much treasure they got and if they rose up a level.  (BTW, my class is considered a STEAM activity)
·       Kids end up understanding probability at a much younger age.  For example, with damage 2-12 vs. 1-12, they quickly got that it was far more likely to get a 12 (or 2) with 1-12 vs. 2-12.
·      Kids who hated writing had no problem writing 30 pages in one day when they were part of my dungeon writing workshop (which they later ended up being DM’s).
·      Kids, in the midst of a game, never realized their bowl of chips was replaced with a bowl of raw spinach.  Gone in 5 minutes J"

-- Email from Linda Sattler - The DungeonMomster.