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Welcome to The Escapist, a web page devoted to the betterment of role-playing games and the education of the public and media of their benefits to society.

Tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons are an engaging and intellectually stimulating activity that promote teamwork, problem solving, and creative thinking. Even better, in hands of a parent, guardian, or educator, they can be a fantastic teaching tool.

On this site you will find:

Information on what role-playing games (RPGs) are and how they are played (see the FAQ pages), how to get involved in the hobby (see the Square One podcast), and how to get kids involved, too (see the Young Person's Adventure League project).
Information on what role-playing games aren't - the history behind the urban myths surrounding RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons.
Articles, information, and links on how RPGs can be beneficial to players, including using RPGs to teach and build social and problem-solving skills (see the Reading, Writing, & Roleplaying project)
Information on getting gamers and game companies involved in charity work and other philanthropic pursuits (see the BeQuest project)
Features on the gamers themselves (Tell Me About Your Character), and gaming media (The Escapist Video Movie Review Report).
The occasional bit of humor, such as the time when I attempted to prove that Dungeons & Dragons spells aren't real

Don't know where to begin? Try the Basic Gaming FAQ for starters - or for the latest news and updates, visit the Escapist Blog.

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The News and Updates section that used to be on this page is now at the Escapist Blog. There you can subscribe to the RSS feed, follow the updates on Twitter, and leave comments and join the discussion!

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Visit the FAQ pages for answers to the questions you're asking, and the questions you should be asking...

The Escapistcast is sadly no more, due to lack of time to properly maintain it. It was great fun while it lasted, and I may find the time to fire it up again someday. Thanks to all who listened and participated!

Due to the popularity of social media, I've decided to shut down the official forum and instead let the conversations happen there. For those who would like to particpate, you can follow the Escapist on Twitter (@RPGAdvocate), Facebook ( and Google+ (The Escapist)

The Escapist Wiki includes sections on roleplaying in education and the Kid-Friendly Game Finder, a database of game stores, clubs, and groups that offer kid-friendly roleplaying.

The Escapist Archive is a collection of the articles that have been gathered on the site over the years - articles on roleplaying in popular culture, in schools, in the military and government, and positive and negative pieces about the hobby.


The Resources page includes links to informative articles and pages on studies about roleplaying games, how to handle reporters and game stories in the media, and even some handouts that summarize roleplaying advocacy.


These are the sorts of things that go on around here all the time.

Random Encounter - Musings on roleplaying games, life, and how the two don't mix.
Tell Me About Your Character - Interviews with average, everyday, extraordinary gamers. Have you submitted yours yet?
20 Sided World - A column on gaming culture from different parts of the world.
The Escapist Video Movie Review Report - Reviews of RPG-related visual media - films, television shows, etc. This feature is about to undergo some changes, including a new title, so watch for it!


These are the ongoing advocacy projects at The Escapist

BeQuest is a project aimed at getting gamers involved in charitable efforts - making donations, organizing drives, volunteering time, giving of themselves. In short, making a difference. Giving of yourself builds character, it aids those in need, and it shows the world that gamers are good people. It's a three-way victory.
The Young Person's Adventure League is a project aimed at getting future generations interested in roleplaying, with suggestions on the best RPGs to play with kids and tips on keeping the adventures fun, engaging, and sometimes even educational.
Reading, Writing, and Roleplaying is a project devoted to using roleplaying games as an educational tool in the classroom or even at home.
Terra Libris is a project that focuses on role-playing games as a library activity, to encourage reading, research, socialization, and library skills.
Square One is a gaming podcast hosted by Sam Chupp of The Bear's Grove and Bill Walton of The Escapist, that focuses on tips and suggestions for new players interested in the role-playing hobby.

Square One is currently on indefinite hiatus.
Read an RPG Book in Public Week is a thrice-annual event aimed at making the hobby more visible, increasing public understanding, and possibly even attracting new participants.


If you like what you see and would like to get involved in roleplaying advocacy, visit the Support page for ideas and suggestions.

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