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RPG Trailer & RPG Research Volunteers at Muscular Dystrophy Assocation (MDA) Summer Camp July 18th & 20th, 2017

by Hawke Robinson published Jul 22, 2017 05:30 AM, last modified Aug 08, 2017 12:32 PM
Here you will find a photo and video showing the RPG Research volunteers setting up the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer at the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) Summer Camp...

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Video clip and photos rom setting up the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer at the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) Summer Camp in Idaho. Preparing for 21 campers with MD (and their individual helpers, and dozen or so counselors) to participate in drum circles, live-action role-play (LARP, boffer combat style), and tabletop role-playing gaming (RPG, Adventures in Middle-earth D&D 5e). 

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Using LARP & Tabletop RPGs (and music/drums) for children, ages 6 to 17, with Muscular Dystrophy (MD). Day 1 was just a boffer LARP (based loosely on Amtgard rules, modified for wheelchair participants), in a Middle-earth setting. Day 2 was a basic quest, using water wands, balloons, bubble wands, etc. for any "combat" or "magic", traveling the entire length and breadth of the camp/retreat facility. I will soon be working on writing up a detailed article in the near future to share more information. 

MDA Drums

"The Summoning", using drum circles and drum facilitation techniques to gather participants, ice-breaking, begin improving instruction following and collaborative group problem solving.

Some adaptive percussion items we provided.

Overall it went exceedingly well!

We will be posting more photos and videos, if you want to see the fun in action, keep checking this page every few days for updates!

2 days of adventure! 

Day 1: "Battle Royale", boffer combat LARP/RPG

Day 2: "Epic Quest", questing and water battle LARP/RPG. 

Happy Gaming!

- Hawke Robinson

Phone/text: (509) 481-5437

Email: rpgresearcher at gmail dot com

 Campers customizing their shields in preparation for Battle Royale.



For those either intimidated by the combat aspect of the Battle Royale boffer LARP, they could choose to participate in the tabletop parallel adventure. Others, as they became fatigued (a common challenge with MD), that were too tired for the physicality of the LARP, could play the tabletop, and then if they recharged, go back to enjoying the LARP. Some campers alternated several times between the tabletop RPG and the LARP, throughout he 3 hours of each event.


Defenders (Elves) versus Attackers (Orcs) in Battle Royale boffer Live-Action Role-Playing (LARP)

Soaking the "Ent" (Hawke Robinson, project founder and RPG Trailer owner), to "cure" him of the wicked witch's curse.

Hawke, 6'7", was standing on 2' paint buckets customized to use as "stilts", so he was towering close to 9' tall!

Participants walking past 9' tall "Ent", as they "fought" (with water balloons, water wands, and bubble wands), the Wick Witch and her Henchman.






Emily says:
Aug 08, 2017 11:10 AM
Hello! I was a counselor at the MDA 2017 Summer Camp and participated in both the Battle Royale and the Adventure Quest. All I can say is that you guys are AWESOME. My shy camper completely opened up for the first time during the Battle Royale and had the best time. I know that it was his favorite activity from the camp! Plus, he loved that he got to decorate and keep his very own shield. Thank you for everything that you guys do. I'm forever grateful to you!
Hawke Robinson
Hawke Robinson says:
Aug 08, 2017 11:17 AM
Thank you very much for your kind comments! We are so very glad it went so well. What you describe is exactly what we have been shooting for, especially those people that struggle to engage in other activities. Thanks again for your support! Happy Gaming! -Hawke Robinson.
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