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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.
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.
this site you will find:
Information on what
(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
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 Reading, Writing,
& Roleplaying project)
Information on getting gamers
and game companies involved in charity work and other philanthropic
pursuits (see 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
know where to begin? Try the Basic
Gaming FAQ for starters - or for the latest news and updates,
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Visit the FAQ pages for answers to the questions you're asking, and the
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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
and Google+ (The
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
A R C H I V E
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.
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.
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
If you like what you see and
would like to get involved in roleplaying advocacy, visit the Support page for ideas and