Improving Functioning and Quality of Life for our Patients Ages 2 through 102+ Years Old.

Backed by Decades of Successful Results For Our Clients.

We Have:

"We measurably improve bio-psycho-socioemotional functioning and quality of life for diverse populations of all ages through our innovative research-and-evidence-in-practice supported modalities including: recreational therapy, cooperative music, whole-body wellness, drum circles, role-playing games, therapeutic recreation, education, and experiential interactive exploratory adventures."

We Serve:

  • Accessibility / adaptive, including grasping, speech, motor, visual, auditory, cognitive, etc

  • Addiction (transition programs)

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Autism spectrum, including ASD, PDD, PDA, Aspergers, etc.

  • Aphantasia
    At-risk youth and adults

  • Blind and Visually Impaired

  • Brain injuries, including strokes and TBI

  • Building competence, functioning, efficacy, self-confidence, resilience, & grit

  • Cerebral Palsy (CP) and Muscular Dystrophy (MD)

  • Cognitive decline and dementia in Adults and Senior Adults

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH)

  • Developmental delays (DD)

  • Developmental impairments (DI)

  • Gifted & Talented

  • In-patient youth and adults

  • Transitions from In-patient to out-patient rehabilitation programs

  • Incarcerated Youth and Adults

  • Learning disabilities

  • Phobias, including social phobias and agoraphobia

  • Long-term and Short-term Transition programs from in-facility/in-patient to external-care/out-patient youth and adult programs for mental health and/or incarcerate populations

  • Social Skills Development

  • Trauma & PTSD

Founded by Recreational Therapist, "The Grandfather of Therapeutic Gaming", Hawke Robinson. At RPG.LLC, "Role-playing Games Build Character"!

Our roots begin in 1977 through RPG Therapeutics's Founder and President,  Hawke Robinson , known by professional peers, introduced at professional conferences and fan conventions, as "the grandfather of therapeutic gaming. He has been tracking and involved in the therapeutic and educational application of role-playing games longer than anyone else.” -- Adam Johns, Game to Grow, Executive Director, Lead Facilitator, 2018.

RPG Therapeutics LLC is a premier Recreational Therapy / Therapeutic Recreation services provider based in Spokane, Washington USA. We also provide on-site services throughout Washington state, Idaho, Oregon, Montana. We provide services using our  mobile facilities  throughout the continental United States, and online programs throughout the world on our dedicated secure and private digital platforms. 

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RPG Therapeutics LLC is The Innovative Global Leader in Role-Playing Game Therapy (RPG Therapy), Therapeutic RPG, Applied Role-Playing Gaming, and Role-Playing Game Professional Training.

Our programs follow a whole-person wellness-based bio-psycho-emotional-social approach supported by decades of research and evidence-in-practice.

A Leading Innovator and Provider of Accessible & Inclusive  Recreational Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation, Cooperative Music, Professional Training, Publishing, & Other Professional Services.

RPG Therapeutics LLC is a global leader in the research and evidence-in-practice design and implementation of the applied use of role-playing games, including measurable results for a wide range of populations to achieve recreational, social, educational, professional, and therapeutic goals.

Our practice is supported by over 40 years of related experience, research, and evidence-in-practice, through our multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary team.

We are now accepting new Wait List Candidates for all of our programs and training offerings.

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Our Services Include:

  • In-Person and Online Recreational Therapy, Role-Playing Games, and Role-Playing Game Therapy

  • Accessibility advocacy

  • Cooperative music & drum circles

  • Educational

  • Entertainment

  • Mobile gaming & cooperative music events at your doorstep

  • Parties, birthdays, special events, camps, retreats, & more

  • Publishing

  • Recreational

  • Role-playing games (tabletop, live-action, electronic, & hybrids)

  • Certified Role-Playing Game Professional training and certification uses for:

  • Therapeutic Game Master / Role-Playing Game Therapist certification

  • Applied role-playing game therapy (RPG Therapy)

  • Therapeutic programs for ages 2 through senior adults

  • & much more!

  • Recreational

  • Entertainment

  • Educational

  • Therapeutic

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Sign up for our self-paced online training, or register for our intensive on-site or online workshops.

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"Role-playing games build character".

Learn more about our wonderfully effective RPG Therapy modalities for individuals and groups from 2 years old through senior adults, from general populations to special needs, from individuals to couples and families. Our programs are multidisciplinary, drawing from Music and Recreational Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFG), Cognitive Neuropsychology, and neurosciences. We take a whole-person wellness-based bio-psycho-emotional-social approach with all our clients.

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Role-Playing Game training workshops and retreats for professionals

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Role-Playing Game publications geared for professionals: collected works, workbooks, study guides, instructor manuals, journals, and more.

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Adventure awaits! Experience tabletop, live-action, electronic, and hybrid role-playing game parties, or our facilitated drum circles and open music jam party events.

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Mobile facilities to bring our services right to your doorstep, or for rural and remote locations, retreats, and other purposes.

Our fleet of mobile facilities are available!


This book is the first in a series to support those therapeutic professionals across multiple disciplines wishing to incorporate tabletop, live-action, electronic, and hybrid role-playing games (RPGs) into their practice. Supported by over 45 years of research and evidence-in-practice.

Collected Works of RPG Research

Volume 1:

  • First Edition Preview Edition eBook (April 30th, 2023)

  • First Edition Hardcover (Fall/Winter 2023)

  • First Edition Softcover (Spring 2024)

  • Second Edition Preview Edition eBook (Summer 2024)

  • Second Edition Hardcover (Fall/Winter 2024)

  • Second Edition Softcover (Spring 2025)

Volume 2:

  • First Edition Preview Edition eBook (Fall/Winter 2024)

  • First Edition Hardcover (2025)

  • Second Edition Softcover (2026)

Collected Works of W.A. Hawkes-Robinson

W. A. Hawkes-Robinson is the Founder and President of RPG Therapeutics lLC as well as Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit 501(c)3 RPG Research

Volume 1:

  • First Edition Preview Edition eBook (March 11th, 2023)

  • First Edition Hardcover (Winter 2023)

  • First Edition Softcover (2024)

  • Second Edition Preview Edition eBook (Summer 2024)

  • Second Edition Hardcover (Fall/Winter 2024)

  • Second Edition Softcover (2025)

Online Self-Paced Courses:

Workshops (live in-person and online):


Self-Study Guides:

  • Level 1 RPG Professionals:

  • Level 2 RPG Professionals

  • Level  3 RPG Professionals

Psychology Today Verified Professional Service Provider

RPG Therapeutics LLC is Verified by Psychology Today.

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Better Business Bureau A+ Accredited

RPG Therapeutics LLC / RPG.LLC is a BBB A+ Accredited Business.

Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapists

Our Recreational Therapists are registered with the Washington State Department of Health


Since 2013, our founding staff are proud to have been members of the national (and internationally lauded) organization, the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)


Since 2014, a proud member of the Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association.


Since 2016, a proud member of the Pacific Northwest Therapeutic Recreation Association


Over 45 Years of Proven Experience 

  • Improving functioning and quality of life for all ages through research and evidence-in-practice supported   holistic bio-psycho-social   therapeutic recreation cooperative music and role-playing game programs.

  • Using Role-Playing Games since 1977.

  • Researching the effects of RPGs since 1983.

  • Using RPGs for educational settings and goals since 1985.

  • Using RPGs with at-risk, high-risk, and incarcerated populations since 1989.

  • Using RPGs for social and cognitive development, and therapeutic programs for diverse populations since 2004.

We provide solutions for individuals, couples, family, groups, and organizations meeting the needs a wide range of populations by applying relevant research and evidence-based approaches to assess, design, develop, & implement programs utilizing forms of adaptive cooperative music and role-playing gaming (tabletop, live-action, and electronic) as therapeutic and educational intervention modalities applying Recreational Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation methodologies, multidisciplinary biopssocial approach draws from proven psychology, play therapy, practical skills development, experiential techniques, compassion-focused therapy (CFT), mindfulness, social, information technology, computer sciences, neurosciences, and other applicable disciplines.

Meeting A Diversity of Needs and Providing A Variety of Effective Services

Our programs address:

  • Behavioral issues

  • Cognitive and other functioning

  • Empathy

  • Mood

  • Quality of life

  • Resilience

  • Self-efficacy and real self-esteem

  • Social skills


Supporting Diverse Populations From Ages 2 Years Old Through Senior Adults

Our programs benefit a great many people from a wide range of populations from ages 2 years old through senior adults, and everyone in between. Some of the most notable areas getting significant attention from researchers, professionals, and the media is the efficacy of our programs to help:

  • At-risk and high-risk populations

  • Autism spectrum

  • Behavior self-regulation issues

  • Brain injuries recovery

  • Practical daily functioning

  • A wide range of people needing help with social skills development

How Do Your Role-Playing Game Programs Help "Improve Lives"?

This is exactly the question we have been working toward answering for decades through research and evidence-in-practice. This is a complex topic, and for more thorough information you may want to reference our "cousin company", RPG Research, to dive into the world's largest research archives on the topic, offered  freely and openly to the public. Below are a few pages to help you get started with overviews that may help you.

General explanation on the Benefits of Role-Playing Games for Education and Therapy:

For Autism Spectrum and others:

Use for Brain Injury recovery:

The above should give you a good starting place. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.

Differentiation between offerings from the for-profit RPG.LLC versus the non-profit RPG Research

It all starts with roots in the 1970s and with RPG Research. RPG Research is a 100% unpaid volunteer-run, 501(c)3 non-profit research and charity organization, completely separate from RPG.LLC, studying the effects and uses of all role-playing game formats, but due to have the same founder, W.A. Hawkes-Robinson ("Hawke Robinson"), can be considered "cousin companies".

RPG Research and RPG.LLC are completely separate companies. RPG Research is a full C-Coporation with a board of directors, etc. RPG.LLC is a single own Limited Liability Company.

RPG Research provides everything modeled after the founder's opensource philosophies, free and open, and is always in a constant state of development flux, always updated with the latest research, while RPG.LLC provides more stabilized, polished, and targeted paid professional services.

After more than 45 years of research and evidence-in-practice demands for specific professional services evolved in the 2000s leading to a dizzying array of offerings from both organizations. 

Below is a high-level summary of the broad range of offerings and where there are clear distinctions between the two organizations. You can click on the image to be able to zoom in for a closer view:

Our Staff

Company team

Hawke Robinson, President

Founder and chief visionary, Known as "The Grandfather of Therapeutic Gaming". A Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist with an aggregate of more than 40 years multidisciplinary experience in education, music and recreational therapy, research psychology, play therapy,  nursing, role-playing games, compassion focused therapy, neurosciences, cognitive neuropsychology, and computer sciences.

Providing services globally

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Company team

John Welker

A Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist, more than a decade in nursing as LPN, and a US Army Veteran with more than twenty years in service. Over 40 years of role-playing game experience.

Based in Spokane, Washington, providing services globally

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Company team

Danielle Whitworth

A Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist also with a background in Sports Medicine. Danielle is a Level 3 Professional Game Master and Therapeutic Game Master trainee.

Based in the Washington Tri-cities region, providing services throughout Central and Eastern Washington State, and online.

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Company team

Brian Huseland

Grade school teacher with a penchant for history, Secretary of the Ea Tolkien Society, Brian is our Tolkien-based Role-Playing Game Specialist.

Based in Spokane, Washington, providing services in Eastern Washington.

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David Griffith

Professional Role-playing Game Master (Level 1) and therapeutic GM trainee.

Based in Spokane, Washington, providing services throughout Eastern Washington.

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Company team

Daniel Ivey

Role-playing Game Master Level I and Therapeutic Game Master trainee.

Based in Spokane, Washington, providing services Globally.

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Company team

Elizabeth Geller

Professional Role-playing Game Master (Level 1) and therapeutic GM trainee, Facilitator, Recreational Therapist Trainee, and Professional Game Master.

Based in Massachusetts, providing services globally.

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We set the highest standards in the industry. Our programs are by far the most rigorous in the world. Training requirements are extensive and take significant amounts of time to complete our peer-reviewed training and authorized partnership provider certification programs.

If you are ready to make such a commitment to being second-to-none in the industry, and are interested in partnering, and/or becoming an Authorized RPG.LLC Role-Playing Game Professional Service Provider, contact us for details.



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Want to Work at RPG.LLC? We're Hiring!

Want to work for the industry's leading and most innovative company in the field?

Check out our list of Employment Opportunities today!

We offer both in-person and remote work opportunities for exceptionally trained and experienced candidates.

Training Services

The world's most comprehensive training for RPG professionals.

Therapeutic Services

Proven programs based on real research and evidence-in-practice, and backed by over 40 years of experience.

Looking for free community-based Role-Playing Game Sessions or volunteer-based Professional Game Master RPG training?

See our sister company, the 501(c)3 non-profit research & human services charitable organization RPG Research for free online role-playing games and training open to the public!

Sign Up For Free Role-Playing Game Sessions Through the non-profit RPG Research