About us

We're here to help improve quality of life for people around the world.

We are a team of passionate people whose goal is to improve everyone's life through research-and-evidence-in-practice-supported experiential social programs, helping improve lives for people all around the world!

Our Team

                Where to Begin?

                We offer a wide range of services, so it can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming deciding on where to begin. Though not ready yet, we are working on an online wizard to help get you to the exact services you are looking for, but for now, this section provides some of the more common starting points people find useful.

                The shortest version is that we offer music, recreation, educational, and therapeutic services.

                Our specialties are:

                • role-playing games (all formats: tabletop, live-action, electronic, and hybrids), for recreation, entertainment, education, professional development, and therapeutic

                • cooperative music jams and facilitated drum circles

                • Recreation Therapy / Therapeutic Recreation

                Our programs are based on decades of research and evidence-in-practice from multiple disciplines, including but not limited to:

                • music and recreation therapy

                • cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

                • compassion focused therapy (CFT)

                • modified applied behavioral analysis

                • computer sciences

                • habilitation therapy

                • cognitive neuropsychology and other neurosciences

                • nursing

                • rehabilitation disciplines (physical and mental health, substance dependencies, brain injury recovery, etc.)

                • education

                • research psychology

                • role-playing game therapy

                • therapeutic recreation.

                We offer services for:
                • Individuals, families, groups, organizations, schools, camps, business professionals, healthcare facilities, residential facilities, and more

                • Fun / recreation / entertainment / RPG and cooperative music parties - RPG Parties

                • Education / schools/ training / specific skills development

                • Therapeutic goals for individuals, families, and groups, including populations ranging in ages from 2 years old through senior adults, and a wide range of populations for physical and mental health goals

                • Professional development and services delivery




                Our founder, Hawke Robinson, is introduced by professional peers and event speakers as "The Grandfather of Therapeutic Gaming", has been working with role-playing games (RPGs) since 1977, computer software development since 1979, researching the effects of role-playing games since 1983, a paid professional game master (GM) since 1983, using RPGs in schools and other educational settings since 1985, with incarcerated populations since 1989, and therapeutic programs since 2004. 

                Read more in the history section, further down on this page.  Just scroll down this page to "A Brief History & Timeline Overview". 

                With more than 40 years of providing services, our client list is massive. This section provides just a few highlights to illustrate the variety of our client base. We do not include the majority of our clients and individuals under NDA, HIPAA, or other privacy protections.

                • PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) (USA)

                • MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) (USA)

                • Spokane Public Schools (Spokane, WA)

                • Navos Mental Health (Seattle / King County, Washington)

                • Boy Scouts of America (USA)

                • Campfire USA (USA)

                • American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) (USA)

                • PNWATRA (Pacific Northwest American Therapeutic Recreation Association) (Oregon)

                • WSTRA (Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association) (Washington)

                • GenCon (Indiana, USA, Global)

                • SpoCon (Spokane, WA)

                • WorldCon (New Zealand / Global)

                • PAX East Unplugged (PA, USA)

                • Saint Luke's Rehabilitation (Washington)

                • Spark Central Community Center (Washington)

                • NEYC - Northeast Youth Center

                • Realm of Inquiry - A School for Gifted and Talented Children (K-12) (Utah)

                • EWU - Eastern Washington University

                • WSU - Washington State University



                Just scroll down to the bottom of this page to the "Our Team" section to learn more about our staff.

                Since 1983 we have been providing professional RPG experiences.

                From a single gaming or music group, to corporate events or retreats, we even organize and host large scale conventions online or on-site, for thousands of participants worldwide!

                We can bring the party to you! We offer service locations including:

                • Online (capacity for over 20,000 live participants!), worldwide

                • On-site locations throughout Spokane and the greater Northwest USA (WA, ID, OR, MT)

                • Mobile accessible facilities, we can bring straight to your driveway, parking lot, or other locations with the RPG Mobile gaming bus and trailers.

                • At our own offices in Spokane, and a growing network of other locations in Seattle, Portland, Post Falls, Missoula, and elsewhere

                Keep in mind we only do so for events related to our specialties in role-playing games, cooperative music, and recreational therapy.

                Over time, due to popular demand,  we have expanded our program offerings to include birthday parties, executive retreats, and other celebratory events. Normally  most of our programs are usually for people with accessibility needs, gifted and talented, at-risk, or special needs physical and mental health populations.

                Example packages can be found via our Online Shop, or you can simply Contact Us for more information or to schedule your in-person or online event.

                 

                Since 1985 we have been providing role-playing games in, and around, educational settings, helping to achieve educational goals for ages 2 through senior adults.

                We provide cooperative music and role-playing game experiential learning opportunities for regular educational Pre-schools, K-12, colleges and other educational institutions, as well as other educational settings including but not limited to:

                • At-risk / high-risk students and "alternative" schools

                • Incarcerated student populations

                • Residential schools for various populations including Deaf, ASD / PDD, and others

                These programs can be part of a core curricula plan, work with IDEA IEPs, or be part of an after school program.


                We have been working with high-risk and incarcerated populations since 1989.

                We have been providing therapeutic programs since 2004.


                We offer a wide range of therapeutic programs using music & recreation therapy approaches to achieve goals for a wide range of populations ranging in age from 2 years old through senior adults, and everyone in between. We are especially known for our impressively effective role-playing game therapy programs. You can learn more about our individual and group therapeutic programs on our Therapeutic Services Page.

                Our founder has been a paid professional game master since 1983. We now offer the world's most comprehensive role-playing game professional training available. We are also offer a Certified Role-Playing Game Professional (CRPGP) certification program. While not yet accredited, we are working on getting accreditation through multiple agencies. Meanwhile our CRPGP certification program is recognized industry-wide as the most comprehensive, in-depth, and best evidence-supported professional RPG training program available.

                In addition to providing individual and group programs, we offer many services directly to organizations of all sizes, across may industries. If you are interested in either having our staff train your staff to provide your own programs at your facility, or would like us to provide the services directly, please Contact Us for more information.

                We have decades of experience providing training programs in multiple disciplines to individuals and organizational staff. If you are interested in one of our bundles training programs, or would like a custom targeted training program for your organization's specific needs, please Contact Us for more information.

                A Brief History & Timeline Overview

                This is a very brief list of key milestones in RPG.LLC's (and related projects/organizations) founding and development over the decades:

                •  1977 our founder, Hawke Robinson introduced to role-playing games by cousin (Original Dungeons & Dragons) by a cousin

                • 1979 founder begins developing software and early use of what would become the Internet.

                • 1980 founder begins working with elderly in senior care facilities.

                • 1981 founder begins experimenting with different RPG formats.

                • 1982 founder begins researching the effects of various role-playing game formats on participants: tabletop, live-action, electronic, & hybrids, wrote first 8-page paper on the subject in 1983.

                • 1983 founder begins getting paid as professional game master to run game sessions for multiple groups weekly.

                • 1985 founder runs role-playing games as a class, in the classroom for high school students five days a week during school time as alternative to drama/theater class or study hall, at Realms of Inquiry "A School for Gifted & Talented Children", and continues to run RPG programs in and around schools & other educational settings ever since.

                • 1989 founder begins using role-playing games with incarcerated populations.

                • 1990 founder begins working in healthcare over time as Certified Nurses Aide, LPN trainee, Habilitation Therapist, and more.

                • 1996 founder running remote tabletop RPGs over webcams using own servers. This continues to expand over the coming decades, as our founder becomes Director of Operations, Security Director, Chief Information Officer (CIO), & Chief Technology Officer (CTO), working with a wide range of companies, including in Silicon Valley, Fortune 100 & 500 companies, many others.

                • 1998 Founder begins implementing innovative bleeding edge technologies in online education, virtual offices, electronic publishing (ebooks), information security, wireless ISP, & many other sectors.

                • 1999 Founder implementing bleeding edge ebook technologies.

                • 2004 founder creates website, public research repository, & non-profit RPG Research. Also begins implementing targeted, measurable, therapeutic RPG programs through universities & other organizations, expanding as practitioner using music, role-playing games, & recreation therapies, and a growing background in computer sciences, research psychology, & neurosciences.

                • 2e012 founder offering over 50 courses on using role-playing games in educational, entertainment, recreational, & therapeutic settings. Business expanding far beyond just educational and therapeutic services due to overwhelming demand in education, entertainment, recreation, professional training services, conventions, accessibility, executive retreats, birthday parties, workshops, & much more.

                • 2014 RPG Therapeutics LLC business registered with Washington state. Due to overload of work, founder tried finding employees to hire and found nobody qualified. Realized he was going to have to create the necessary workforce from scratch, which meant expanding and accelerating the training programs.

                • 2015 Offering more than 70 in-person, remote, and online courses on using role-playing games in educational, entertainment, recreational, & therapeutic settings.

                • 2017 The non-profit RPG Research incorporated as 501(c)3 non-profit research & human services charitable organization, growing to have 100+ volunteers across 5 continents.

                • 2018 RPG Therapeutics expanded to: RPG Parties, RPG Publishers, RPG Education, and more.

                • 2019 RPG Therapeutics finally able to hire first two trained employees that had undergone 1 to 3 years of training through RPG Research and were now eligible as employee trainees.

                • 2020 RPG LLC registered as DBA for RPG Therapeutics LLC to reflect the diversity of services we now offer across many industries, professions, & interest levels. Began transitioning primary branding from RPG Therapeutics to RPG LLC. Now 5 employees.

                • 2020-2021 - RPG Therapeutics contracted to provided training to the Public Broadcast Service (PBS) employees for their internal and external programs, including broadcasting, community, online, and internal office processes.


                Our Team

                Employee
                Brian Huseland
                Educational Game Master Level 1 Trainee
                Specializing in J.R.R. Tolkien-based settings. Member of the Ea Tolkien Society. A historian. Mr. Huseland is a teacher at Northwest Christian Schools.
                Employee
                Danielle Whitworth
                Facilitator and Therapeutic Game Master 3
                WA State Dept of Health Registered Recreational Therapist, also with Sports Medicine Background. With RPG.LLC since 2018
                Employee
                David Griffith
                Therapeutic Game Master 1 Trainee
                Therapeutic Game Master Trainee Level 1
                Employee
                Hawke Robinson
                President and Game Master Level 19
                Professional peers around the world introduce him as "The Grandfather of Therapeutic Gaming" because he has been researching the effects of games and using in therapeutic programs longer than anyone else. Founder of RPG.LLC and non-profit RPG Research. Level 19 Therapeutic Game Master. WA State Dept. of Health Registered Recreational Therapist. Background in Music & Recreation Therapy, Research Psychology, Computer Sciences, & Neurosciences.
                Employee
                John Welker
                Facilitator and Professional Game Master Level 5
                WA State Dept of Health Registered Recreational Therapist, 21 year US Army Veteran, also with Nursing Background. With RPG.LLC since 2018