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Open & Free Research & Community Programs

Improving Lives Through the Power of Accessible & Inclusive Role-Playing Games


About RPG Research
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We provide the world's largest free and open research repository on role-playing games, including the RPG historical museum archives.

We research the effects of cooperative music and all role-playing game formats: tabletop, live-action, electronic, and hybrids.

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.


Our Roots Begin in 1977

RPG Research is a 501(c)3 non-profit research and human services charitable organization, that is 100% volunteer-run, studying the effects of all role-playing game formats and their potential to improve lives around the world. This includes tabletop, live-action, electronic, and hybrid formats.

Beginning with our founder, our roots with role-playing games  go back to 1977 researching  their effects of all RPG formats since 1983, using RPGs for  educational  goals since 1985, with incarcerated populations since 1989, and in  therapeutic  settings since 2004.

In 2018 we had only 10 regular RPG Research staff volunteers (not counting the thousands of other volunteers over the years when partnering with many other organizations). 

As of November 2020 we are nearing 150 volunteers!

Our  volunteers span 5 continents , and come from very diverse backgrounds and demographics.

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Our Team



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HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR PROGRAMS

RPG Research's volunteers are working in many areas, and due to our research and community programs, our actual list of live programs is changing constantly. See our Events Page and Schedule Page for more up to date information. This page represents an historical overview.

See our latest News & Blog updates.

Here is an overview of some of our key projects you may find interesting:

  • American Sign Language (ASL) study groups and RPG groups

  • Accessibility advocacy and programs

  • Advocacy public awareness about gaming

  • Assessment tools research and development

  • Brain-Computer Interface Electronic Role-Playing Game opensource development

  • Broadcasts on Youtube, Twitch, and elsewhere (many per week)

  • Conventions and special events

  • Drop In and RPG community programs

  • Fundraising events for other organizations

  • Game tier analysis and listings

  • Professional standards research and development

  • Research repository

  • Research studies

  • Robotics accessibility programs for games

  • Role-Playing Game Museum

  • Safety standards research and development

  • TheFantasy.Network streaming media and live convention/events interactive community platform development

  • Training programs

  • Transcription programs

  • Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) research and programs

  • Wheelchair accessible RPG Bus and RPG Trailers USA RPG Tours


Our Team

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Aaron Birdwell
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
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Aaron Stoyack
Archivist I [Volunteer]
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Adam Kantz
TRPG Player 1
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Adina Rubin-Budick
Researcher
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Ahmed Khalaf
Video Transcriptionist and Closed Caption Writer
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Aislynn Kenney
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
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Alex Belovich
Grant Writer Volunteer
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Alexis Rounsville
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Alla Chernikov
Researcher
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Alliah Spottedblanket
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
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Allison Dawson
Archivist I [Volunteer]
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Alyssa Marylee Heflin
Archivist I [Volunteer]
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Andrew Messersmith
TRPG Player 1
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Angela Kraker
Researcher
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Anna Ryburn
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
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Anthony Hinyub
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Anthony Hirt
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
Employee
Anushka Joshi
Grant Writer Volunteer
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Autumn Asay
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Bakhtawar Daud
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
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Bill Rounsville
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
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Blake Rose
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Brad Kane
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Brandon Allen
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
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Brandon Roan
RPG Advocate 1
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Brennan Robinson
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
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Brian Huseland
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
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Brittany Eide
Community Outreach Development, Marketing, & Fundraising [Volunteer]
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Brooke Lively
Board of Directors: Vice-Chair
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Caitlin Merikallio
Archivist I [Volunteer]
Employee
Carl Michael McDonald
Grant Writer Volunteer
Employee
Charles (Charlie) Loyd
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Chelsea Swigert-Lenarz
Researcher
Employee
Chris Hare
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Dakota Brown
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Damean Galloway
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Daniel (Dan) Ivey
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Daniel Zanatta de Aguiar
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Daniela Steierer
Researcher
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Danielle Whitworth
Executive Staff: Secretary
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Dario Gerussi
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
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Dauda Kareem
Volunteer Coordinator Assistant Team Member and/or Manage/Director, Volunteer Services [Volunteer]
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David Griffith
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
David Jeffs
Researcher
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David Perlman
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Dennis Grankin
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
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Derick DeCamp
Archivist I [Volunteer]
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Dillon King
TRPG Player 1
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Dinah Lankerovich
Visual Artist
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Doug McCord
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
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Drake Robinson
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
Employee
Ed Hammerbeck
Archivist I [Volunteer]
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Elizabeth Geller
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Emily Messina
Board of Directors Member
Employee
Erik Mitchell
Research Assistant 1
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Evgenia Diakonenko
Employee
Evgenia Diakonenko
Archivist I [Volunteer]
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Frank Decapio
RPG Advocate 1
Employee
Genesis A. Laboy Rodriguez
Researcher
Employee
Grant Murray
Researcher
Employee
Greg Derrick
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Hawke Robinson
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Founder, CEO, President, Researcher, GM 19. Washington State Registered Recreational Therapist
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Heather Allison
TRPG Player 1
Employee
Hunter Savoy
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
Employee
Ian Hunton
Researcher
Employee
Irvin Reynolds
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Jacob (Jake) Jones
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
James Wolfe
Grant Writer Volunteer
Employee
Janine Winfree
Archivist I [Volunteer]
Employee
Jay Steven Evans
Researcher
Employee
Jennifer Ravasia
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Jennifer Siegel
Archivist I [Volunteer]
Employee
Joe Koenen
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Joey Lanza
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
John Brandon
Video Transcriptionist and Closed Caption Writer
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John H Degler
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
John Pyro
Chatroom Moderator [Volunteer]
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John Welker
Vice President
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Jonathan Hook
Researcher
Employee
Jonathan Mendoza
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Jordan Klomp
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Joseph Kreindler
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Josh Dawes
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Kankeo Keopha
Systems Administrator I [Volunteer]
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Karla McCallum
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Kathleen (Kate) Hyatt
Project Manager
Employee
Katy Koenen
TRPG Player 1
Employee
Keith (Kim) Alcorn
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Kimberlee Cook
Archivist I [Volunteer]
Employee
Kristin Ziska Strange
Researcher
Employee
Kyle Schanz
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Lelia Woods
Visual Artist
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Lillian Ragudo
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Luke Gebbink
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
Employee
Mark Gallicchio
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Mark Poshepny
Employee
Mark Poshepny
Archivist I [Volunteer]
Employee
Marques Carr
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Matt Kimmel
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Matthias Payne
Video Transcriptionist and Closed Caption Writer
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Max Lerner
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Megan Frey
Researcher
Employee
Michael Berquam
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Michael Shoemaker
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Mike Darga
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Minako Polat
Video Transcriptionist and Closed Caption Writer
Employee
Mona Matsuda
Administrative Assistant [Volunteer] for Charitable Non-profit Organization
Employee
Mátyás Hartyándi (Matyas)
Researcher
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Natalia Welzenbach - Marcu
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Natalia Welzenbach-Marcu
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Nathan Harris
Visual Artist
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Nicholas Limbaugh
Game Facilitator 1
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Nicole Black
Video Transcriptionist and Closed Caption Writer
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Nicole Hudson
Researcher
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Niklas Anderson
IT Manager
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Noah Bacon
Ad Hoc Volunteer Advocate and More
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Noah Good
Researcher
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Omar Edrees
Researcher
Employee
Patrick Laffey
Systems Administrator I [Volunteer]
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Phillip M Lewis
ASL GM I - Game Master: American Sign Language, Volunteer, Trainee
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Polo Salonga
Technical Support Specialist 1 (remote)
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Rachael Kerrigan
Archivist I [Volunteer]
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Rachel Brubaker
Video Transcriptionist and Closed Caption Writer
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Rafe Taylor
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
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Ryan Allison
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
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Ryan Grau
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
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Ryley Ourada
Player Archetype Specialist 1 [Volunteer]
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Samone Pittman
Administrative Assistant [Volunteer] for Charitable Non-profit Organization
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Samuel Barrett
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
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Shane Dean
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Sudarsini Tekkam
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
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Sydney Dempsey
Video Transcriptionist and Closed Caption Writer
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Tamra Koopsen
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
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Tashina Robinson
TRPG Player 1
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Terrance MacMullan
TRPG Player 1
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Tim Noye
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
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Timothy Chism
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
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Tonie Clemons
Player Archetype Specialist 1 [Volunteer]
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Trent Dean
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
Employee
Trevor Fogle
Systems Administrator I [Volunteer]
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Trevor Troxel
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
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Valerie Krepel
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
Employee
Veenavi Warnakulasooriya Fernando
Researcher
Employee
Veronica Maria Felipe
Archivist I [Volunteer]
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Victoria Jesswein
Archivist I [Volunteer]
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Wesley Brown
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Wesley Brown
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]
Employee
William (Bill) Barton
Internet Broadcast Studio Crew / Webcast Streaming Production Technician
Employee
Woody Harris
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Yostina Soliman
Video Transcriptionist and Closed Caption Writer
Employee
Yostina Soliman
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
You Wu
Archivist I [Volunteer]
Employee
Zach Shallbetter
Role-Playing Game Master Level I Trainee Volunteer (GM1)
Employee
Zak Barba
eRPG Developer - Electronic Role-Playing Game (eRPG) Software Developer 1 [Volunteer]