Hawke Robinson: Advocate, Consultant, Developer, Entrepreneur, Executive, Innovator, Mentor, Musician, Recreational Therapist, Researcher, Teacher, and Technologist

With my decades of background in physical and information security, I am generally uncomfortable putting my information online to such an extent, but due to popular demand, here you can learn a little about me, and what I do. Folks said I should put something a little more personal online instead of just all my efforts behind the scenes and in "professional mode". They suggested something more personal should be available for those that want to know more about the person behind all these projects and communities.

 I am an advocate, educator, entrepreneur, researcher, community builder, musician, therapeutic game master, and recreational therapist with a diverse background and a broad range of interests.

When meeting me in person, most people comment on my height (peak 6'9", now just 6'7", so at last I don't hit as many door frames now :) ).

I am a Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist with a background in computer sciences, music & recreation therapy, education, neurosciences, research psychology, and therapeutic recreation.

For several years now, professionals in the role-playing game and therapeutic industries have been introducing me, to prospective clients and when speaking at conferences, as "The Grandfather of Therapeutic Gaming".

I have been involved with role-playing games since 1977.

Experimenting with various formats and RPG related technologies since 1979.

Researching their effects since 1983 (first 8-page essay).

Been a paid professional game master since 1983.

Providing RPGs for educational settings and goals since 1985.

Working with incarcerated populations since 1989.

Founded RPG Research's online research repository in 2004.

Providing role-playing games to archive evidence-in-practice therapeutic goals since 2004.

I have been involved with computer science and information technologies development, and online, since 1979.

I am a proud father of 3 (now adult) boys, a full-time single parent since 2007. A grandfather since 2020.

What I tend to say when expressing frustration about myself, an individual, or a group's actions/choices: "What fools these mortals be, forgive them they know not what they do."

Mantra the rest of the time: "Patience and love, patience and love, patience and love."



Other Hobbies & Interests

  • Acting (theater, video, film) (IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5620159/)
  • Archery (USA certified archery instructor for Campfire USA)
  • Automobiles (4x ASE certified, instructor American Automotive Institute in mid-90s)
  • Drawing
  • Firearms
  • Languages (Spanish, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Finnish, Japanese, ASL)
  • Literature
  • Martial Arts (Kung fu (Shaolin, Chung Shing, Buk Sin Choy Lay Fut, & others), Aikido, Karate (Goju-ryu), Judo, T'ai Chi, and others.
  • Motorcycle (travel)
  • Music
  • Offroading
  • Outdoors (hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, white water, rappelling, fishing, etc.)
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Politics
  • Sciences
  • Singing
  • SuiteGM
  • Travel
  • Writing

Education & Certifications

  • Precision Tune 5 Star Certified (PT5SC) (1989)
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) x4 (1989+)
  • Certified Nurses Aid (CNA) (1990)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) trainee at Doxie Hatch (1990-1991)
  • Habilitation Therapist (1990)
  • Teaching certification (1994) (Utah) (Instructor at Bryman Schools / Utah Career College)
  • Associates in Computer Science (1998)
  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) (1998)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) (1998)
  • Certified Netware Administrator (CNA) (1998)
  • Java 2 Programmer (training) (1998)
  • Silverstream Certified (1999)
  • Broadvision Systems Administration & Performance Certified (2000)
  • Solaris Certified Systems Administrator (SCSAp1) (2002)
  • SANS Institute GCIH (2002)
  • Dell Certified Systems Expert  (2007)
  • Washington State Department of Health Registered Recreational Therapist (2014-2020+)
  • Interdisciplinary Bachelors (Music & Recreation Therapy, Neurosciences & Research Psychology). (2020)



  • Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment using Role-playing Gaming (video | slideshow)
  • Flow State & RPG (video | audio | slideshow )
  • Seattle Children's Hospital WSTRA (video | audio | slideshow )
  • ATRA (video | audio | slideshow )


  • RPG Brain Trust - Trustee of the Year Award (2017):  For R&D, and community programs "assisting those with disabilities to access gaming." with RPG Research and the wheelchair accessible RPG trailers and RPG Bus.