- Autism Spectrum (ASD, PDD, Asperger's, etc.)
- At-risk youth
- Brain injury recovery (stroke, TBI, etc.)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Deaf & Hard of Hearing
- Developmental Delays
- Developmental Impairments
- Gifted & talented
- Incarcerated youth
- In-patient youth
- In-patient to out-patient substance dependency rehabilitation transition
- Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
- Social skills development
- Social & agoraphobia
Do People Really Pay for a Professional Game Master?
Many of us are already paid to provide RPGs professionally at schools, healthcare facilities, community centers, etc.
For those that want a higher quality experience, increasingly people are willing to pay for professional game masters just for better entertainment experiences.
One way some people look at is is when looked at from a group perspective. Paying a GM $20/hr, split between 5 players is only $4/hr per player,
as Gary Gygax said for "an activity that is peerless among leisure-time pursuits".
Compared to the typical $12-$20+ for 90-120 minutes in the movie theater, passively watching a movie.
Paying for professional game masters is not yet an everyday occurrence, but it is growing exponentially!
The RPG Network Founder, Hawke Robinson, has been paid as a DM since the 1980s. Paid to GM games at conventions, fundraisers, parties, and other special events. And people pay RPG Therapeutics LLC to train them to become better players and GMs, and/or bring RPGs into their professional facilities (schools, rehabilitation centers, etc.).
The RPG Network is just trying to make it easier for people to find and book quality professional game masters.
Other Separate-but-related Websites
The RPG Research Project - Since 2004.
The Wheelchair Friendly RPG TrailerSince October 2016.
The Wheelchair Accessible RPG BusPurchased September 11th, 2017.
The RPG Fund - In development.
Synthetic Zen Music Since 1989. Including by-request custom music for gaming
Ea RPG Since 2005.
MerpCon - 2005 to 2009
Tolkien Moot Since 2009
Middle-earth Role-Playing Community - Since 1998
Suite GM Since 1995.
Other Minds Magazine - Since 2005
Ea Tolkien Society An official Smial of the U.K. Tolkien Society
To get started, look through the list of professionals available, then check which ones interest you by reading their profiles.