Annual International RPG Conference 2020 has been canceled. Making plans for 2021

The Annual International RPG Conference 2020 was scheduled to take place July 10th, 11th, & 12th at Eastern Washington University, 120 Tawanka Hall 215 ABC, Cheney, WA 99004. Unfortunately, due to the series of events this year, we unfortunately have to cancel this year's conference. We are making plans now for 2021. Next year's conference will be virtualized on a robust conferencing platform, we are building in partnership with TFN, for other conventions and conferences like WorldCon and others. Watch for updates on this site in the coming months.

The RPG Conference is coming in 2020!

Planning RPG Conference 2021. Schedule information coming this Fall.


Rescheduling for some time in 2021. Times listed are PST8PDT

Friday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Saturday 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Sunday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Eastern Washington University, 215 ABC Tawanka Hall,  Cheney, WA 99004.


International gathering of researches on the effects of all role-playing game formats: tabletop, live-action, electronic, & hybrids.

Want to Present at the RPG Conference?

You can let us know that you are interested in being contacted when we have more information by completing the "Early Interest Contact Form".

EARLY INTEREST CONTACT FORM - Use this form to indicate your early interest in either attending as a presenter/panelist, or audience member. We are trying to gauge what size venues we should book.

If you are a professional with research information you would like to share with fellow researchers, please contact RPG Research:

Email: info at rpgresearch dot com

US Toll-free: (833) RPG-INFO

1312 North Monroe Street, Suite 114

Spokane, Washington 99201, USA.

Application forms for presenters, panelists, and others will become available in the coming months.


Hope to see you at the 2021 RPG Research Conference!

Past Updates History

Check back periodically for updates.

Past updates:

  • June 1st, 2020. Due to a combination of factors, including COVID-19 complications, the board voted to cancel the 2020 conference. We are now working on the details for the 2021 RPG Conference.
  • April 2020. EWU provided pricing information for facilities and catering.
  • January 2020. EWU confirmed facilities at Tawanka.
  • November 2019. Request sent to EWU to reserve facilities.
  • Board voted April 20th, 2019, and agreed to begin planning process for an annual RPG Research Conference beginning in late 2020.
  • Will likely be at local university campus in Spokane, Cheney, or somewhere in the region.
  • Tentatively somewhere around August to October, 2020. Much planning to do.

Conference General Schedule Outline

Tentative schedule (very early rough draft, may radically change):

Friday through Sunday weekend.


  • 5:30 pm - Open doors for at-the-door tickets and pre-purchased registration.
  • 6:00 pm  to 9:30 pm - Opening Ceremonies & speaker sessions.


  • 8:30 am doors open.
  • 1 hour lunch break.
  • Afternoon sessions
  • 1 hour dinner break
  • Evening sessions, wrap up around 9:30 pm.


  • 8:30 am doors open.
  • Morning sessions
  • 30 minute lunch break.
  • Afternoon sessions.
  • 2:45 pm Closing ceremonies and end event at 3:00 pm to allow people to catch their transports back home.

Some offerings may include role-playing game sessions in different formats, "eating our own dog food" so to speak, that illustrate some specific research related point.

Breaks between sessions to allow audience to socialize and speak directly with panelists/presenters before next session.

2020 schedule (cancelled) was:

July 10th, 11th, & 12th.

Friday July 10th, doors open for seating at 5:30 pm, event begins 6:00 pm and runs until 9:30 pm.

Saturday July 11th, doors open for seating at 8:30 am, until 9:30 pm.

Sunday July 12th, doors open for seating at 8:30 am, until 3:00 pm.

Coming soon:

  • Form to indicate interest for tentative RSVP to evaluate level of interest, and potential contacts
  • Form to submit Papers for review
  • Form to submit Panel proposals
  • Form to submit Presentation proposals
  • Form to submit Event proposals
  • Form for official RSVP and online ticket purchase.
  • Disclaimer pages
  • Maps
  • Hotels/accommodations page
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