Informed Consent Form for Recording and Archival of Roleplaying Game Sessions

This is a release form for participants in a roleplaying game stating they will allow their voice and to be used as part of an archive of recordings for the purpose of work-shopping and research.

Informed Consent Form for Recording and Archival of Roleplaying Game Sessions

This informed consent form is for individuals interested in participating in recorded sessions of various tabletop roleplaying games. The archival project is being organized by Anthony Rossi as part of an effort to provide recorded roleplaying resources in as natural a setting as possible for use by researchers or participants in the hobby looking to improve the craft.

This Informed Consent Form has two parts:

  • Information Sheet (to share information about the project with you)

  • Certificate of Consent (for signatures if you choose to participate)

You will be given a copy of the full Informed Consent Form

Part 1: Information Sheet

Introduction

My name is Anthony Rossi, an amateur We are asking that you allow us to use a series of audio recordings which document your participation in the Cannons of the Sun adventure module in a study on how players in tabletop roleplaying games construct a shared narrative through play. You are free to talk to anyone you feel comfortable talking with about this research project and you may take time to decide whether or not you want to allow us to use your recorded words. If you have any questions, either about the research itself or about any items in this document you may ask questions at any time.

Purpose of the Project

Tabletop roleplaying games are a unique medium in that they allow multiple people to create a communal narrative through cooperation, and in that the rules of engagement are as much defined by the players and their social interaction as they are by any commercial product.

Type of Research Intervention

If you agree to participate in this project, the research being conducted will involve using an audio recording which has already been previously recorded with your full knowledge and consent. You will not be required to do anything else for the study if you give your consent to use these recordings.

Participant Selection

You have selected to participate in this study because you played in the Cannons of the Sun adventure path as part of the City of Dusk Pathfinder roleplaying group, and because your voice is recorded in a digital archive that we are seeking to use in our study.

Voluntary Participation/Right to Refuse or Withdraw

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. It is completely your choice whether to allow us to use your recorded voice or not. You do not have to take part in this research if you wish. If you agree to participate and then decide you do not wish for us to use your recorded voice you may withdraw permission to use the recording at any time

Procedures

If you agree to participate in this study, we will transcribe the recording of your voice and use the transcript to write an academic paper on communal storytelling in tabletop roleplaying games. You will not be asked to do anything beyond consent to the use of the recordings.

Benefits

If it is successful, this research project will benefit the roleplaying community by closely examining one of tabletop roleplaying’s most important elements, hopefully with the result of improving the artistic/aesthetic quality of roleplaying games in the future.

Confidentiality

Because the recordings contain many items of personal information, it is highly likely that you will be easily identified by members of the community which read the resulting research papers; However, because of the personal connection you possess with one of the researchers involved in the projects, we promise not to reveal any personal information beyond the contents of the audio recording and you will not be referred to using your last name in during the study.

Sharing the Results

The knowledge that we get from this project will only be shared with Professor Jennifer Andrus and your fellow participants in the project, unless you give your express consent otherwise. You will receive the final product of this study in the first half of December.

Who to Contact

You may ask us any questions you like before you decide whether or not to give your permission to use your recorded voice in this study. Any questions or comments – before or after you decide whether or not to give your permission to use your recorded voice -- should be directed to Anthony Rossi at [email protected] or 801-831-4672. You may contact Anthony Rossi at any time to withdraw from this research project or ask that certain pieces of information be withheld.

Part II: Certificate of Consent

I have been invited to participate in a research study on tabletop roleplaying games. In signing this certificate of consent I give the researchers permission to transcribe a previously recorded audio recording of my voice. In addition, I give them permission to use that transcript to write a research paper on tabletop roleplaying games.

I have read the forguoing information, or it has been read to me. I have had the opportunity to ask questions about it and any questions I have asked have been answered to my satisfaction. I consent voluntarily to be a participant in this study.

Print Name of Partipant:______________________________________________

Signature of Participant:______________________________________________

Date (Day/Month/Year):______________________________________________

Statement by the Researcher

I have accurately read out the information sheet to the potential participant, and to the best of my ability made sure that the participant understands that the following will be done:

  1. An audio reproduction of the participant’s voice will be transcribed.

  2. The transcription of the participant’s voice will be used to write a research paper.

I confirm that the participant was given an opportunity to ask questions about the study, and all the questions asked by the participant have been answered correctly and to the best of my ability. I confirm that the individual has not been coerced into giving consent, and the consent has been given freely and voluntarily.

A copy of this Informed Consent Form has been provided to the participant.

Print Name of Researcher:___________________________________________

Signature of Researcher:_____________________________________________

Date (Day/Month/Year):_____________________________________________

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