About the CAR-PGA

CAR-PGa is the Committee for the Advancement of Role-Playing Games, an international network of researchers into all aspects of role-playing games (RPGs). In the 1980s, there was a major campaign attacking RPGs. Because of the inaction of the game publishers’ organization at that time, CAR-PGa was formed to find out what the problem was. CAR-PGa members’ research showed that the charges—the same ones that are repeated to this day—had absolutely no foundation in fact. Today, CAR-PGa’s primary focus has shifted from game defense to a study of all aspects of RPGs: Material is collected by members and sent to the Chair, who catalogs it and publishes a notice of the new acquisitions in the Newsletter along with other game information. When an attack on RPGs resurfaces, CAR-PGa makes sure that its members know about it and they check the relevant research and records of historical attacks, investigate the specific circumstances of the renewed attack, and respond with the hard facts.

Membership is dues-free, but work is expected from our members. This can include a number of things: writing a letter to the editor of the local newspaper or writing a peer-reviewed paper for a scholarly publication; keeping a watch on the mass media for any story that may affect gamers; collecting material from anti-gamer organizations; an appearance on local TV or radio; finding us a grant; recruiting more active members; etc. Beyond that, we only ask that members keep us informed of these things, sending us copies of material produced or found so we can make it available to the rest of the group, and keep us informed of any changes in the membership-form data.

CAR-PGa Officers

This page has contact information for a number of CAR-PGa’s officers. If you you have a question or problem and contact an officer who cannot help you with it, they will forward your query to a member who is more familiar with the answer to it, who is closer to your area, or who has more free time just then. Please understand if it takes a little while to get back to you; we are all volunteers doing this in our spare time.

If you have a question that you don’t mind asking publicly, a faster response might be obtained by e-mailing it to the CAR-PGa discussion list on Google Groups. More importantly, doing so will allow the list members to discuss your question and come up with the best possible answer.

N.B.: Officers with an “E-mail” field each have an e-mail alias at this domain (car-pga.org) that forwards to their personal e-mail account (wherever). Each “E-mail” field only gives their username; you’ll have to supply the “@car-pga.org” yourself. E.g.: “E-mail: foo” means that you should e-mail “foo@car-pga.org”.

1.  Chair

Michael Tresca
PMB #347
2490 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06825-2400

2.  Regional Directors

2.1  Region 1: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC

William J. Walton
E-mail: region-1

2.2  Region 2: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Currently vacant; please contact the Chair.

2.3  Region 3: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Ronald Pehr
E-mail: region-3

2.4  Region 4: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Ted Skirvin
E-mail: region-4

2.5  Region 5: Canada

Currently vacant; please contact the Chair.

2.6  Region 6: Australia

Jenny Hein
E-mail: region-6

2.7  Region 7: Europe

Carsten Obst
E-mail: region-7

2.8  Region 8: Latin America and Caribbean

Omar Diniz
E-mail: region-8

2.9  Region 9: Africa

Currently vacant; please contact the Chair.

2.10  Region 10: Asia

Currently vacant; please contact the Chair.

3.  Webmaster

E-mail: webmaster

Joining the CAR-PGA

The CAR-PGA is active on the following social media:

Subscriptions to any of this media is open to the public. Please note that joining our social media is not the same as joining CAR-PGa. To join CAR-PGa, all you have to do is send a copy of the membership form (see below) by email to the Chair; there are no joining fees. To remain a member you need to “pay your dues,” but these are not necessarily monetary dues; all that we ask is that you do something—anything—for the cause. This can be as simple as keeping yourself informed by subscribing to the Newsletter or as complex as doing scientific research on role-playing games and getting it published. If you go an entire year without doing anything, you will be dropped from the membership. For more information about membership and how we operate, see the Members’ Manual.

The information on the membership form is confidential and only for finding talent, facilities, and demographic information. While the members’ names and contact information, including mailing addresses, are usually available to other members, exceptions have been made; please contact the Chair if you have any questions or concerns.

Membership Form

Name (surname first)
Address (current and permanent)
Phone number (home, work, and cell)
E-mail Address
Web Site
Birth Date
Place of work or school (including address)
Educational background
Name and LocationDatesDegreeMajor(s) or specialty
High School
Graduate School
Other Formal Training

List details for those of the following which apply (identify by number)

  1. Languages (a. speak, b. read, c. write; evaluate each on a scale of fluent, functional, marginal, decipher with translating dictionary). Also indicate those in which you can reasonably secure help in translating
  2. Access (e.g., in libraries) to microfilm or other copies of newspapers since 1975 (list; give dates; indicate if indexed)
  3. Access to standard indexes (Lexis, Nexis, PsychNet, ERIC, Sociological Abstracts, Psychological Abstracts, etc.)
  4. Member of local game club (name, where meets, indicate if officer)
  5. Role-playing games played (indicate if as referee)
  6. Game convention experience (indicate if refereed, led seminar [indicate subject], convention administration, etc.)
  7. Hobbies, extra-curricular activities, and special interests (whether involving RPG or not)
  8. Useful job skills (lawyer, printer, police, writer, public relations, etc.)
    Include jobs held in past and those of close relatives and associates (specify areas of expertise) who could help with research and translations.
  9. In-service training applicable to RPG (such as “cult awareness seminars”)
  10. Have electric typewriter (make and list of fonts)
  11. Have computer (type, compatibility, fonts, modem, laser printer, etc.)
  12. Have copier (type, zoom?, sizes of paper handled)
  13. Experience in civil liberties organizations (which and when, capacity)
  14. Anything in background that may cause a problem for CAR-PGa (criminal record, school expulsion, etc.) This will not exclude you from membership, we just want to avoid being ambushed by it.
  15. How did you find out about CAR-PGa?
  16. Anything we left out that might be useful