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devoted to the betterment of role-playing games and the education of
the public and media of their benefits to society.
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.
the role-playing hobby has acquired a reputation for being geeky,
dangerous, occultic, satanic, and even causing players to be prone to
suicide or homicide. Only one of these is accurate - sure, it's a bit
geeky, but that's the worst thing that can be said about it. The rest
of those claims are pure urban legend.
this site you will find:
Information on what
(RPGs) are, how they are played, 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
aren't - the history
behind the urban myths surrounding RPGs like Dungeons
Articles, information, and
how RPGs can be beneficial to players, including using RPGs to teach
and build social and problem-solving skills (see the upcoming Reading, Writing,
& Roleplaying project)
Articles, information, and
regarding improving the state of the RPG hobby for gamers and would-be
gamers (such as the BeQuest
Features on the gamers
Me About Your
Character), and gaming media (The Escapist Video
Movie Review Report).
The occasional bit of humor,
the time when I attempted
to prove that Dungeons & Dragons spells
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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.
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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.
Encounter - Musings on roleplaying games,
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different parts of the world.
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Movie Review Report - They actually make
movies about gamers, and someone actually reviews
the movies about gamers, and then someone else actually reads
the reviews of the movies about gamers...
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.
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.
Writing, and Roleplaying is a project devoted to using
roleplaying games as an educational tool in the classroom or even at
Libris is a project that focuses on role-playing games
as a library activity, to encourage reading, research, socialization,
and library skills.
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.
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in Public Week
is a thrice-annual event aimed at making the hobby more visible,
increasing public understanding, and possibly even attracting new
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