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, the CAR-PGa’s primary focus has shifted from game defense to a study of all aspects of RPGs: Material is collected by our editor, 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