RPG Historical Museum

The goal of the non-profit RPG Museum is to provide an online (and later additional in-person) experiential learning museum on the history of all role-playing game formats: tabletop (TRPG), live-action (LRPG & larp), electronic (ERPG), and hybrids (HRPG).

The museum will have several "pathways of exploration" you can take:

  • Non-gamer layperson (from 2 years old on up) 

  • Gamer layperson (from 2 years old on up)

  • Recreational professional.

  • Entertainment professional.

  • Educational professional.

  • Historical professional.

  • Researcher / academic professional.

  • Therapeutic / healthcare professional.

  • Others as resources and demand allows.

* One of the first experiential pathways we will implement is based on Shannon Appelcline's Designers & Dragons books. He graciously gave us permission to use his outline in our museum!

Museum Catalog (work in progress - no public access yet)

Our volunteers are working as quickly as we can to get the vast quantity of historical content ingested into our system to make available to the public as soon as we can.

We have more than 25 boxes of new donated content we need to add to the RPG Museum historical catalog.

Our volunteers are evaluating different opensource museum catalog software platforms right now.

We plan to start broadcasting live the "unboxing" of the more than 1,000 pounds of contributions from the Cardwell Estate this October 2020. We will be streaming live on youtube.com/rpgresearch. 

If you would like to ship additional physical donations to the RPG Museum, either to be added to the museum itself, or (if duplicated) sold/auctioned to raise funds for the museum, please send to:

RPG Museum
1312 N. Monroe Street, Suite 114.
Spokane, Washington 99201, USA

If you would like to donate funds explicitly for use by the museum:



If you would like to volunteer as an archivist or museum curator, please sign up via our Volunteer application process: rpgresearch.com/volunteer

Here is an older version of the beginnings of the RPG Museum outline:  https://w3.rpgresearch.com/research/archives/public/museum

When ready, the RPG Historical Experiential Museum will be moving to www.rpgmuseum.org soon!

Volunteer to help

This page needs a volunteer to take it on to complete it.

If you are interested in helping complete this page, please  contact us.

Join our Discord Chatroom: https://discord.gg/u8fqtVgHere are some photos of the content we need to go through, itemize, and digitize for the museum so far:

Picking up the Cardwell Collection from North Texas June 2020

Boxes in U-haul trailer attached to RPG SUV: